September 28, 2006

Indian watches Redskins

The football team, that is. Here's what he saw:

American Indian team mascots hit home hardIt was clear that I was descending rapidly into the inner circles of Native American Hell. Treading through the stadium underbelly in search of my section and seat, ominous sights abounded.

A woman with a painted face and a faux Indian headdress hurried past.

In Club Macanudo, a cigar-store Indian statue held a football aloft in his right hand and a clutch of cigars in his left. A rancid, half-smoked stogie was jammed into the statue's open mouth.
And:It was shocking to behold a gigantic caricature of a Native American face emblazoned on the middle of the field. By my estimation, the face and feather were 30 feet wide. The same awful caricature vibrated garishly on huge digital billboards at both ends of the stadium.

There were sporadic chants of "Let's go, Redskins, let's go Redskins."

Any doubt that I was standing at ground zero of Native American Hell was dispelled when I saw what must be the largest and most blatant public display of a racial epithet anywhere in the world—the word REDSKINS painted in massive block letters across both end zones.
For more on the Redskins, see Red·skin n.  Dated, Offensive, Taboo.


Not a Sioux said...

Here's a win-win solution we can hope for that gets rid of the problem while working around the misguided reactionaries who have a great love for the team name:

1) Los Angeles (still oddly NFL-free) take the Redskins and give them a new name.

2) Washington DC gets a new team, with whatever new name is decided on (Redinks, Fighting Fillibusters, what have you). It appears that when a city loses a team and then gets a new one, more often than not a new name IS chosen. The Cleveland Browns are a less-common example of when the city's new team gets the same name as the one they lost.


It's not so far fetched. The exact same sort of thing happened with Washington's former Senators baseball team(s). Check into the history of the Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers, and the Minnesota North Stars / Dallas Stars / Minnesota Wild hockey team adventure.

Rob said...

This solution isn't farfetched, but the NFL is unlikely to implement it just to eliminate the "Redskins" name.

Anonymous said...

It's a team name, get over it.
Now, if they were the Washington Dirty Theiving Injun Motherfuckers, then i can see the cause for anger.
but hey, it's an old outdated term... just like Black. and White for that matter.