Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What's a "Redskin?"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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  • Cleveland Indians

Until yesterday, I must confess, the appropriateness of sports teams' using "Redskins" or "Indians" as mascots was way, way far down the long list of humans rights issues that make me want to cry, and fight; to sign petitions and to post insinuating memes to Facebook.

The Vince Lombardi era Washington Redskins will always hold a special place in my own soul's hall of fame, but I naively think the solution to that may be just to somehow out bid Green Bay for the mascot name the Washington "Lombardis." Egregious abuses speak for themselves in obvious ways: See this charming Cleveland Indians souvenir Pez dispenser, available from the team site for just $35.99. (Really? You want to be offensive that badly?

But yesterday my thoughts on the matter turned on a dime when a long-time friend, community leader and member of the Tohono O'odham nation posted this to her Facebook page. I played it three times. Folks, this isn't just more noise from indignant white progressives any more. This is a thing. And it's a blockbuster. Watch for this commercial during the Super Bowl this Sunday, and maybe have some humble pie with that beer.

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