By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
So, what happens when you raise this problem with many African Americans?
They look at you strangely, as if you have just spoken to them in a strange dialect of Turkish.
They shrug their shoulders and look away, often mumbling something like "...yeah..." but you usually cannot hear the end of the sentence.
They then either walk away or change the subject.
When I have pushed the matter and pointed out that I suspect that few African Americans would appreciate a football team called the "Tennessee Niggers" or the "Atlanta Sambos", there is generally an acknowledgement that this is correct, but, again, the discussion ends.
So, let me ask this: do we really think that it is unimportant that there is a patently racist name for a football team? And, would we actually be so passive if the team were the "Washington Uncle Toms"? Seriously, I would like to hear an answer to the question.
There is a disconnect that we as African Americans, and only we as African Americans, have to address. Racism is not simply about what happens to us. The same people that feel comfortable using the term "redskins" are not that far from using the terms "niggers" or "spics."