Playing A Name Game With The Redskins

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The audacity of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in canceling the trademark of the Washington Redskins is frightening. When the government is in charge of deciding what is offensive and what is not, and has the power to punish the “offenders,” we move further away from a free society and closer to a tyrannical nanny state.

We are not talking about a political issue that should have Democrats and Republicans coming down on different sides here, but rather the fundamental freedom to express oneself, which is a part of the fabric of America. In the case of Dan Snyder, who owns the Washington Redskins, he is being demonized for standing up for basic American principles. The team bore the same name when he purchased it in good faith. There was no indication at the time that subsequent demands for a name change would emerge, costing him millions of dollars in related expenses, not to mention lawsuits he might encounter by other businesses that could be injured by such a move.

There is no indication that many in the Native American community are upset after decades of the team’s prominent and proud display of its mascot and name. This appears to be yet another case of purposefully induced hypersensitivity, providing yet another opportunity for unnecessary heavy-handed government tactics to infringe upon the peaceful existence of Americans.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Snyder, who is far from the demonic characterization seen in the gullible press that allows itself to be manipulated by those wishing to bring about fundamental change in America. I do not doubt for one minute that the Redskins organization would change the name tomorrow if it thought it was truly offensive to most Native Americans. Also, the majority of American citizens are still decent people who would not only demand a name change, but would vote with their feet and purses in a way that would send a loud and convincing message — if they thought the name was offensive. It appears that many have forgotten the power of free-market economic forces and have instead placed their trust in flawed government forces. Historically, individual freedoms vanish as government interventions increase.

Read the complete article at The Washington Times

71 Thoughts on “Playing A Name Game With The Redskins

  1. BJ Drwenski on June 25, 2014 at 9:46 am said:

    AMEN!

    • Lorelei on June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

      Shame on the government for their behavior in this matter!!! I have never, in my 51 years of life, heard anything negative about the name or the mascot! Only since the overpowering government has taken a stand has this become an issue at all!!! We need a man like Ben Carson to take on the mantel of the President of the United States of America!!!

      • William Horwitz on June 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm said:

        Amen to that!!

      • Sheri on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 am said:

        I am an American Indian and I have never once in my 54 years of life given one thought about the redskin name and logo. The government is intruding on every aspect of the lives of American citizens. Never the intentions of our founding fathers or the Constitution that the president took an oath to protect but has been undertaking an assault on instead. Any one remember We the people For the people… NOT ME THE NARCISSISTIC TYRANT WHO WANTS TO BE RULER OF PRESIDENT OF AMERICA AND I KNOW BETTER WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS AND SHOULD DO I WILL DICTATE EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE.
        NO FREEDOMES FOR YOU!!!!!

    • Jimmy L Mehaffey on June 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm said:

      I believe this is just another case of obama hurting the people with money. This is his mo. He hates people with money.

    • Kristine Larson on June 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm said:

      Shall we not then be able to sing “Jesus loves the little children … red and yellow black and white … I’m sure the person who wrote that song had not intention of ‘offending anyone’. It was a way to characterize differences in a simple matter understandable to children. Ridiculous!

    • Dr. Carson,

      As a Native American and a SDA, I’m very disappointed in this post. Native Americans have protested these team names for years. What makes you think that there is no indication that natives are upset? The term Redskin is a well documented racial slur, same as the “N” word. I am certain there wouldn’t be a team utilizing that name. It saddens me that you’ve jumped on the band wagon in pointing fingers at the government. This post stinks of personnel agenda. You should use your voice to defend those who aren’t able to defend themselves.

      • Danny Quest on June 26, 2014 at 11:12 am said:

        Yea but I bet you cant find any examples of RedSkin As a racial slur, at any time before the 90s ,, Your people at the what ever foundation and the powers that be made it up .. We have the internet you know Shilly ..

      • Rodney Soles on June 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm said:

        There has never been anything derogatory intended, nor meant by the word redskin. Comparing that with to the use of the N word is like comparing apples and oranges. When in history do you recall the term redkins being used in a manner to degrade anyone, this does not hold true with the N word, although the credibility of that is going out the window, with all the black people that are using that term in songs, rap, and everyday speech. There has never been an issue with the name of this team since it’s inseption in the 30′s, now somebody wants to make a stink over it, get off your high fucking horse and get over it!

        • Nick Matin on June 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm said:

          First off… It’s spelled Inception. I

          Secondly…

          I am half Native. Was a Native American Studies Major in college, and find this name disturbing and wrong. The term “Redskin” was first used to describe the scalps of native’s that were bought and sold during the 1700′s and 1800′s. This term was quite literally created in blood and death. On top of that it is a term that transformed into a general stereotype for Native people. The United States has a long, and sad history of neglecting, abusing and mistreating Native Americans. And to this day our people in poverty. To think that some billionaires have the right to use my race as a mascot, as a symbol for a sports team is wrong.

          I’m not on a high horse. We are simply asking for the same treatment that would be granted to any race in this country. Dr. Carson you should be ashamed of yourself for taking this stance. While I agree it is not the U.S. patents office to decide what is right and wrong. This name is damaging to people of Native descent, and it is not your place to decide for us what we do and don’t find demeaning and wrong.

      • Todd on June 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm said:

        Jai,

        I understand your point but, at the same time if the Redskin name has to go, why doesn’t the term Cracker Jack and Cracker Barrel. Isn’t the word Cracker a racial term used against the WHITEMAN? Guess I shouldn’t have used that term. It may upset some people. If it did, I am sorry. In my opinion, I was always taught, sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you. The problem with this country is that people want to complain about everything. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it, don’t listen to it, don’t be a part of it. Find something to do with your life. Get over it. Glad i am a Bears fan.

        • Smokey on July 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm said:

          Bears Fan….And you think I’m not supposed to be upset about that? Look at what I gotta put up with because of that name for a football team…especially with their record! Every where I go I am made fun of because of it. Even the racoons and the beavers laugh at me all the time. I think they need to change that name too!!!!. There are 2 things that need to be done here people: #1. Everybody quit wearing your feelings on your shoulders! Good grief people, don’t you have anything better to do with your lives? and #2 IT’S JUST A NAME! It was never intended to be a slur against anyone. It isn’t a slur against anyone who has one ounce of common sense. I’m proud someone uses my name as their symbol, as their mascot. It make me proud when all the fans get to see someone dressed up like me. And all the kids always remember not to play with matches. And all the grown ups get to remember their childhood when they used to play cowboys and INDIANS! I really do wish that all of you who feel the need to be “Politically Correct” would grow up and get on with something of importance. Like, say figuring out that we cannot continue spending more money than we have, we cannot continue paying people to do nothing, we cannot continue to allow evil to take over our nation and run rough shot over our freedoms and continue to destroy the greatest nation that has ever exited on planet earth! God Bless the Native Americans, the Red Skins, Dr. Carson (our next President) and God Bless the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Now go find something important to do and don’t play with matches.

          • I totally agree. there’s a great Clint Eastwood movie called Josey Wales Outlaw. In it, “redskins” is used by Josey to refer to the folks outside they are battling, and he says to the Native woman on his side when he speaks it in front of her that he means “no offense given” and she replies “none taken.” Then later in the movie, this Native woman refers to a different set of folks they are battling this time she calls them “palefaces” and says to Josey the same thing, that she means “no offense given” and he replies the same, “none taken.” See… That’s how we live together.

      • Janie Ross on June 30, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

        Perhaps you should look at the bigger picture. See Sheri’s comment. We’re rapidly being denied the use of many words. Are you offended by Housten Texans when Santa Ana and Mexicans lost to the Texans but now Mexicans are the majority in Houston?

      • I am SDA and I do agree with the comments. With our prophetic background/understanding, you should be able to spot the subtle implication of government interfering with peoples individual freedoms. You should also be aware that you cannot (nor should you try) create a perfect moral society through government. It is both unrealistic and dangerous to our way of life.

  2. mario c. uy on June 25, 2014 at 9:54 am said:

    I share the same sentiment, Dr. Carson. Enough said. Our freedom is being slowly hijacked by political correctness.

    • So agree with Dr. Carson our rights are corroded by a few–gov’t stay
      OUT of our lives and do the job you were elected to do—–

    • George W on June 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm said:

      This is not even political correctness. This is out and out tyranny. Come on all Native Americans. Let’s hear it for a protest about changing the name of the Redskins. Let the govewrnment know you are proud of the Redskins and will support them all the way.

  3. Mike Robbins on June 25, 2014 at 9:55 am said:

    I am no longer surprised at anything as we spiral downwards as a nation. Trying to figure out how to resolve the decline and right this ship of country is frustrating and vain. People, apparently en masse, have left God and His influence, and we are suffering because of that. How do we bring people back to God before some kind of catastrophic collapse? THAT is the question of the day.

  4. Jackie Comito on June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

    Thank you so much, Dr. Carson, for being a voice of calm reason amidst these days of insanity and so many opinions…

  5. Janet Muldoon on June 25, 2014 at 10:01 am said:

    This issue is so crazy. In MN and ND we have had this nonsense going on for for years with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. There is a small town in Minnesota called the Warroad Warriors that have had an Indian logo for years and Indians and whites that attend that school would not dream of changing the name because they are famous for the number of professional hockey players that have come out of that school, both ‘red’ and white. Do you ever wonder how stupid the rest of the world thinks we are when at the same time we were able to put a man on the moon? LOL :)

  6. Nancy Carter on June 25, 2014 at 10:02 am said:

    Well stated

  7. David Tompkins on June 25, 2014 at 10:02 am said:

    Thank you, Dr. Carson, for your commentary. As usual, you are right on with your perspective. It saddens me that our society has gone down this road.

  8. DadBob on June 25, 2014 at 10:05 am said:

    I see this as another heavy handed extortion play by the Democrats. If the Owner of the Washington Redskins starts contributing large sums of money to the Democrat National Committee, the attacks by Senator Reid and other Democrats will magically stop.

    I’ve come to believe over the years that elected officials like Reid are criminals first, public servants a far distant second.

    • This clown was a financial supporter of obama’s…but its a cute media distraction from all the real news that should be reported on by this administration’s stupidity and clear lack of regard for the country’s citizen’s rights and the Constitution. And if I remember right, isn’t the main agitator in all this Redskins hoopla a personal friend of our President?

    • Gerald Koch on June 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm said:

      I think that the teams should be named for the type of people who are dominate in the city that is the home of the team. In this case, I believe that a proper name for the team would be “The FORESKINS”!

  9. Jonathan Murray on June 25, 2014 at 10:06 am said:

    I would like to say that I normally like and agree with your opinions and views but I can not agree with you on this subject. As a card carrying member of the Cherokee Nation, I find the term Redskin offensive. It would be the same as calling any person of a different ethnicity a derogatory name based solely on the color of their skin. I actually like the logo and would not be upset if they renamed the team after a tribe but to call the team a slanderous name is appalling. I’m not sure why Dan Snyder and the team are taking as much heat as they are over this as I personally find they Cleveland Indians logo a 1000 times more offensive.

    • Rob Ricker on June 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm said:

      Jonathan,

      I’m not an official member of Cherokee Nation. My ancestors hid in the mountains in Appalachia and avoided the forced removal to Oklahoma. They also did not trust the government, so they did not sign any rolls or census (that I know of). Even though I’m not a tribe member, I’m of Cherokee blood and my physical features are obviously Cherokee. I personally take pride in the Redskin name. I don’t think Redskins is offensive. It’s what Natives called ourselves. Your own state, Oklahoma, means “Red People”. That’s pretty much the same thing. I think the problem is two things. People don’t understand history. And liberal whites need issues like this to help them feel better about themselves. They have abandoned truly righteous causes, so they must create something that makes them feel superior. I will not participate in their movement.

      The same liberal, government controlling mindset that sent our peoples to Oklahoma, is the mindset that is trying to take other men’s freedom too. I’m against any name change for the Redskins, because I believe freedom for ALL MEN is the only way which is right. The only way to truly respect ALL MEN, including Native Americans.

      • Trish on June 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

        Rob…very well said. I am so “OVER” people calling themselves Black Americans, Asian Americans, etc. The truth is, we are all AMERICANS…no matter what skin color, ethnicity, etc. I’m an AMERICAN and PROUD to be one. I have a niece and 2 nephews that are 1/2 American Indian…they are gorgeous, proud young adults. They don’t like the Redskins football team (live in other areas of the country), but find it idiotic that all this ‘hoopla’ is taking place.

      • Lucy Nicks on June 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm said:

        I live in Oklahoma and I am also a card carrying member of the Cherokee Nation. I agree with Ben Carson and we’ll said Rob Richter. Please except the people’s mandate and run for President Ben Carson. I have been a fan of yours for many years ever since I first read your story about you and your amazing mother.

      • Molly Day on June 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm said:

        What’s next? No white bread? No black cats? No yellow ribbons? This is ridiculous! Redskin is talking about the color of their skin. So what?

      • Georgia Stafford on July 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm said:

        I Thank Mr. Snyder for standing up for basic American principles. But the Leftists pulls out their pitchforks. The radical liberals attacks’ on the ‘Redskins’ name are Totally Un-American. The ‘name’ Redskins Is Not Offensive. They should NOT Change their name. !!!

    • Trish on June 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm said:

      Jonathan, I would agree with you if the name REDSKINS was directed at a group. They aren’t calling anyone a name. Dan Snyder is a smart business man…he would not have bought a team with an offensive name. It is ludicrous to authorize a patent, allow someone to invest millions or BILLIONS of dollars, then jerk it away. What the name REDSKINS represents hasn’t changed…it’s a FOOTBALL team loved by thousands of people, not an American Indian nation. We also love YOU. I don’t like all this PC that has suddenly ‘popped up’, but if this name was even the slightest bit directed at a group of people, I would be on the band wagon with you. You can find something disparaging about almost any team name if you look at it from the ‘correct/incorrect’ perspective. Listen to the Redskin song…HAIL to the Redskins, HAIL Victory, Braves on the warpath, Fight for old DC (yes, DC…nothing else).

    • It’s not derogatory. Never has been. Your offense and your comparison are, thus, moot.

  10. ron eagle on June 25, 2014 at 10:07 am said:

    This goes way past the NFL and the Redskins, as the article says it attacks our basic freedom of speech. i am sure this lawsuit was drummed up by the liberals. and i will also bet there is a silent majority of native Americans that could care less about Washington using the name Redskins

    • Brad Fisher on June 25, 2014 at 10:50 am said:

      Ron,
      By being proud and offended, you remove the honor of native Americans further from the consciousness of America. Soon, your only remaining pride will be in the quality of life native Americans exhibit as government subsidies on reservations. Sad commentary to a proud people. Remove yourself further from relevance? Go ahead if you must.

  11. Brian on June 25, 2014 at 10:17 am said:

    How does changing the name of a Football Team solve the Poverty, Education, and Health issues in the Native American community?

  12. Coach Lee on June 25, 2014 at 10:17 am said:

    I wish Mr. Snyder would wash his hands of Washington DC, and move the team to San Antonio. Let DC enjoy not having a team at all. He should meet with the local Comanche tribe and gain permission to use their name, and even Chief Quanah Parker as his mascot. A small portion of sales could be donated to the Comanche nation for education and advancement.

    It has worked pretty well for Florida State and the Seminole Nation.

    • Trimilove on June 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm said:

      I would hate to see the people of DC Lise it’s team over a few liberals who really need to be focused on more important matters…coming from part Cherokee, but this is an excellent idea if it would benefit Indians and their children on reservations who are becoming a lost ethnic group in our country…

    • Billy Boy on June 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm said:

      If I were Dan Snider , I would move the team tomorrow, and name them the Blackies and a Few Whities .. , just for spite … However I think that the suggestion of Coach Lee is the best here .

  13. Glenda Shockley on June 25, 2014 at 10:26 am said:

    Being from Oklahoma, I’m wondering how long it will be before we are required to change the name of our state. Good grief!

  14. Allen Reed on June 25, 2014 at 10:33 am said:

    Since when does the wishes of the few dictate the will of the many??

  15. Ronin on June 25, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

    “It appears that many have forgotten the power of free-market economic forces and have instead placed their trust in flawed government forces.”

    Isn’t that the definition of liberalism? Liberals see the government as a means of forcing the outcome _they_ want to see, whether an issue falls under the legitimate purview of the government or not.

    Conservatives believe in the freedom to decide one’s own path, and know that injecting government power into a new area, however well-intentioned, rarely ends well for anyone.

  16. Nicole on June 25, 2014 at 11:09 am said:

    It seems as though there is a lot of misplaced anger going around these days and those who are easy targets (distractions) are getting the brunt of it. Government’s overreach is starting to hit home. Between the IRS and this, I’m starting to feel incredibly uncomfortable just being me…. because all I can think is, “what’s next?” Thank you, Dr. Carson, for speaking out.

  17. Carlos523 on June 25, 2014 at 11:36 am said:

    I agree that the cartoonish “Chief Wahoo” both by name and depiction is much more aggregious the the proud mascot of the Redskins.

  18. I fear our options are running out. Americans will either leave this country and take their money elsewhere ( like so many wealthy Americans are doing), take a stand against the government fleas biting our backside every day with yet more and more removal of our freedoms, or bury their heads in the sand; closing their eyes and crying Clairol take me away!

    I’ve never hated living in this country as much as I do now. I’ve never hated my government as much as I do now.
    When a man can’t fly the American flag at his own place of residence for fear that Muslims will become offended, When Hate-theists attack our right of religious freedoms, When governments lie, cheat and steal, then sign their own “get out of jail free card”, while making the people suffer for what they themselves do….
    When someone we all know is guilty as hell gets away with destroying evidence ….
    I mean.. Do we really have a country worthy of our support at all?

    I loath the lack of honor, integrity and justice in this country. But I suspect within my heart that we were warned and what we see now is just the tip of the ice and my Bible says it will only get worse.

    TGW

    • BJ Drwenski on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm said:

      Tammy I have had the same thoughts about leaving this country ! I fear America is broken beyond repair. The minute they gave Obama the Nobel Peace prize I became so disillusioned ! This president has ordered and executed over 250 drone murders , one of which was a 16 year old boy they called collateral damage. Political correctness is strangling America today.

  19. I agree. If we’re really going to be so sensitive maybe we should pause and look at the Redskins arch rivals name! Think about it for a second. Who is responsible (at least in Hollywoods version of History) for killing all of those Native Americans? That’s right! Cowboys. Let’s get rid of that name while we’re at it. :)

    • Melany on June 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm said:

      I’m a huge Cowboys fan. Afraid the next change is going to be ‘Cowpersons’. CowBOYS is gender-offensive, after all …. :-/

      • George Goulet on June 26, 2014 at 11:09 am said:

        Yes, Cowpersons. And speaking of gender discrimination, I am offended that 50% of the players are not women. Also, can you imagine how offensive it must be for the ethnicities who are not equally represented on every team? And finally, equal pay for all players. How could anything else not be offensive?

  20. Allen Gault on June 25, 2014 at 11:45 am said:

    Maybe the state of Oklahoma should be forced to change its name, too. Look up its etymology. Big Brother is definitely looming.

  21. King Mob on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 am said:

    First of all, I deeply respect you Dr. Carson and all you’ve done professionally.

    To begin, you seem to have completely misinterpreted the situation at hand here. The US Patent & Trademark Office didn’t cancel the trademark to “punish” the Redskins because it is a tyrannical nanny state, it simply removed the team’s ability to continue to capitalize and make money off of an offensive slur. If you tried to get the words Nigger, Kike or Chink trademarked they wouldn’t let you do it either!
    Dan Snyder isn’t being demonized for standing up for basic American principles unless you think racism is a basic American principle, but hey, you might be right on that one.
    You think that because there “is no indication that many in the Native American community” are upset about its use, that it automatically sanctifies the word? So because the majority of African Americans use the word Nigger/Nigga/Niggah and there is no indication that they are upset about it, that means anyone can use it and it is not offensive? Can I start a business and name it that?
    You do not doubt for a second that Dan Snyder would change the name “if it was truly offensive” well then you, sir, are a bigger fool than I took you for. Snyder’s decision has nothing to do with who’s being offended, clearly. His decision is purely economical and he really could care less what anyone thinks about it, including the Native Americans.
    Then, sir, you proceed to make the most absurd of comparisons between The Blue Devils and The Redskins. It literally makes no sense and takes a tremendous amount of historical ignorance to make such a comparison. The word Redskins has over 2 centuries of bloody and oppressive history while the words Blue Devil and other mascot names do not. This should be obvious to anyone who’s ever taken a basic course in US history.
    In conclusion, Doctor, you seem to have forgotten that this country has a long and oppressive history when it comes to dealing with minorities. Such oppression and mistreatment we, as a nation, are still healing from. And out of all the minorities who have suffered here on this continent, none have suffered so much as the Native Americans. The removal of the offensive slur as the title of a sports team is not, as you said, the most important of issues facing this country, but it is a good and solid step towards undoing some of the institutionalized racism and oppression directed at a brutalized minority.
    I don’t think you would be sitting there penning this OpEd if the name of the team was the Washington Porchmonkeys.

    • Rob Ricker on June 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm said:

      King Mob,

      I believe you are way off base. “Redskins” is in no way similar to the other words you mentioned in your post. It historically was not a disparaging word at all. It was what we Native Americans called ourselves. It was a source of pride.

      This “battle of the mind” is going to be a tough one. Not just because of the liberal control freaks, but also because the good folks like yourself have drawn conclusions that aren’t historically accurate. I pray that you would please study and re-consider.

      Signed,
      Proud Native American & Lover of Freedom

    • Fran on June 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm said:

      Just wondering how long it will be before the powers that be insist that we change the name of our state– Oklahoma. The name is a Choctaw word meaning, “red people”. As an educated American who has Cherokee and Shawnee ancestry, it never occurred to me to be offended by the mascot redskin or the name Oklahoma. Left and nanny state, butt out!

    • Petra on June 26, 2014 at 11:15 am said:

      As long as we make the distinction of “African” “Spanish” “Mexican”…Americans… instead of seeing individuals, we will discriminate. The problem is not racism, discrimination, or hate. The problem expresses itself in those ways but the real problem is a systemic character issue. We humans have a flawed need to devalue a person or group of people. We all do it but it is only wrong for “your reasons” but “not mine”. We have this flawed need to feel superior to another person or group of people. Whether the qualifications for superiority are based on money, aristocracy, skin color, religion, sexual orientation, career, country of birth, eye color, skin color, body shape, physical appearance, intellectual capabilities, the neighborhood you are from, or political choice; we all have our “this is why I am better than you” scenarios. There will always be those we differ with. We can differ though without devaluing that person. Any reason we use to treat another person badly is discrimination, the same discrimination that leads to slavery and genocide.
      I cannot undo the past but I can treat the people around me with human dignity. We are outraged at slavery but at the same time yell at the cashier who did not get our order right. The thinking that justifies slavery is the same thinking that makes us think we can yell at a cashier. Whether you steal a penny or a ten million pennies you are a thief.
      I was married to a person not of the same skin color. People would ask me if I am raising my kids “white” or “black”. I was raising them to be decent human beings who treat everyone with respect.

  22. Rhonda on June 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm said:

    The original owner is buried in an Indian mound in Romney, West Virginia. Maybe the team should move there and screw DC right back!! Lol…that’d be sweet!!

  23. Rhonda on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm said:

    Love you Ben Carson!!! :D

  24. Audrey Whetsell on June 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm said:

    Well stated King Mob! Shame on you Dr. Carson. Mr. Snyder and all those that wasn’t less government intrusion get out there and participate in the free market and quit relying on government welfare. Snyder you’ve recovered your investment many times over.

  25. Amanda on June 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm said:

    I completely agree with Dr. Ben Carson. Overreaching of government to say what is right and wrong is out of control, the name is not offensive, and this issue is because of a few who found a reason to be offended.

    As a full blooded Native American from the desert of Arizona, a descendant from the Hohokam Indians, one of the first documented people in modern America, it’s not offensive. There are many issues Native communities are facing, they’re a priority, not an NFL name. Natives on tribal lands are not talking about this, they’re talking about finding an income, taking care of families, an NFL name is not going to provide a way of life.

    To imply Dr. Ben Carson does not understand the history of minorities in America, is ridiculous. Parts of Native history is brutal and we see the evils of government, but we have to stop looking in the past and focus on the future, the opportunities that are available today, and how are we going to help future generations.

  26. Bake Shop on June 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm said:

    Thanks Ben for your insight on this… I’ve loved the Redskins since I lived in DC back when they won the superbowl 83… what can we do to reverse this stupid decision?

  27. Dr. Carson did not have to speak out on this issue. The smart political thing would be to avoid taking a stand on something that could make himself into a target, and focus on other issues. The man has principles. We need this man now more than ever.

  28. Have you all read about the”Asian Carp”? That’s how insane political correctness has become.

  29. Doreen Caswell on June 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm said:

    I am Native American and as a child I have been called a redskin among other things, but I was raised to be proud of who I am and that person is an Indian or a redskin. I have no problem with sport teams naming their teams after Native peoples. There are not any teams named the white guys or the jews. So I am happy they pick names from fierce people who once were feared by many. My father loved football and I don’t believe he missed a game because of a name, I believed he my have not bothered if theses teams were not winning.

  30. Trimilove on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm said:

    So agree…I have never associated or thought for one minute that Redskins was a derogatory connotation for Indians…Washington must have better ways to spend our tax dollars…please. There is time for real change in offices this election year, for certain!

  31. I am a citizen of Oklahoma. Do we have to live wondering if some “goofball” is going to demand the change the name of our state because it means “Land of the Red Men”?
    My children graduated from a high school whose logo was the “Shattuck Indians.” How many times during their years in high school did we cheer, yell, sing, perform, etc to the thrill of those words….Yea, Shattuck Indians!
    (May I add that my children are genetically part Native American, and we all have profound respect for the contributions their ancestors have made to our precious country.

  32. Melodie VanderWal on June 26, 2014 at 9:06 am said:

    Our local highschool here in Clinton, ON CANADA did the same thing. After more years than I can remember, CHSS is no longer calling their athletes the ‘Redmen’ for the very same reason. Why can we not celebrate the strength and fortitude in what it takes to become a great athlete and attribute that to the represented race? There was never ever a negative connotation to natives intended when the Redmen acquired their name.

  33. I was born and raised in mass. And we have always been called yankees. But i find that offensive. Does that mean that they will pull the patent rights of the new york yankees. If not. WHY.

  34. Gloria on June 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm said:

    In this day & time, WHY are Indians still on reservations? Why are they suppressed to live on designated lands? I know there was a treaty many, many years ago but today, in this era, this should NOT happen! They are AMERICANS & should have the right to jobs, education, housing, & healthcare! They shouldn’t be suppressed, held back or forgotten!

  35. Barack Hussein Obama, many consider your name offensive. Would you consider changing it for them? I didn’t think you would. I would argue that the same people offended by your name are not the same people offended by the term Redskin. Both would be standing on equally shakey ground in demanding a name change.

  36. In a list of priorities of things needed to fix our country’s problems this one ranks very close to the bottom.

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