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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 2 years ago

    Go, Oosiks.
    .
    Was a real team name in Alaska until the school got sued.

  2. chayasnana

    chayasnana said, over 2 years ago

    I hear some people complain about these mascots, but I haven’t heard and would like to know the opinions of the majority of native Americans. If they do feel that these mascots denigrate ridicule their culture, then the teams should get new names.

  3. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    Oh, for Pete’s sake. “Redskin” is and always was an insulting term — describing someone by their skin alone, rather than the people they identified with.
    You can always find people to argue both sides. But my understanding is that most Native Americans do NOT like this name. And for that matter, if there is even a significant minority, I’d listen to it when the solution is so simple.
    The owner has been particularly obnoxious in his insistence on it. There’s nothing magical or sacred about the name; lots of teams have changed theirs over the years. Why not this one?

  5. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    Please provide a link to tribes that celebrate the term redskin.

  6. Magnaut

    Magnaut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    How about the ‘Washington Palefaces’…………..just stick it to them……Daniel Boone with a ’Coon skiin cap

  7. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 2 years ago

    @Stipple

    Oosik is a walrus private part, I think you were misinformed.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    This is how it starts. You “ban” certain innocuous words because they engender hate or fear in a specific group of people, in YOUR opinion.

    Book burning is not far behind.

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Oh, c’mon, Bruce. Do you think we should have the, say, “Atlanta N-Words?” How about the “Minnesota Crackers?”
    Your First Amendment rights are not being entailed in anyway. This is a football team name, a trademarked logo. Nothing more.
    As I noted, LOTS of teams have changed their names. Repeatedly. Check out any old baseball team, for example: The Red Sox have had half a dozen names. What’s the big deal?

  10. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    By narrowing down our view of those cultures to mascots, it is part of our own history that we are insulting. I don’t know about the US, but in rural parts of Canada, the line between “white” and “native” is pretty thin in some places.

    Think for an instant of the fortune we spend to go visit places like the pyramids, the Great Wall of China or medieval european castles. We’re passionated with the old stuff of other cultures! We should be able to relate to our own past, our own first cultures as much as other people do.

    (I wrote a longer article about this in Sooky’s Doghouse)

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    What’s your point?

    Mine is that “government” should not make that law. That decision should be a “social” one. I would think that “civilized” people would take great care in not using offensive speech simply because you would not want to cause your brothers mental distress.

    But when you have the LAW then you have the PENALTY. When that PENALTY does not change human nature (which it won’t) then you must remove the source.

    Either people are free to speak as they want – regardless of who’s “feelings” they hurt – or they are not.

    It is MUCH ado about NOTHING and distracts from what is really important.

    But go ahead. Insist that a sports franchise not call itself a certain thing. It will do NOTHING to change people’s attitudes.

  12. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    The government is NOT making a law to change the Washington team’s name. Where did you get that idea? It is in fact popular demand.
    And it is absolutely NOT much ado about nothing — except perhaps for the owner refusing to ever even consider it. That’s much ado about nothing. As long as extremely visible teams are allowed to bear insulting names, it says something about how we are entitled to treat the people they insult.

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