Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
So, for me, the original intent of the name, whether it was meant to be good or bad, doesn't really matter.
But I've heard Sambo used as a derogatory term. I've heard gay used in demeaning context. We've seen it in our movies, we've heard it in our music, in our books, we've seen it in the news.
I've never heard "Redskins" used as a derogatory term. Not in the movies, not in books, not in music, not in the news.
This is like saying the Cleveland Indians should change their mascot because Native Americans find it offensive. Their mascot isn't doing anything that should be considered offensive. He looks authentic, proud, fierce, honorable. But because he's a "mascot" it's offensive?? I'm not buying it.
A local highschool deals with the same thing. They are the Indians. Their mascot does a war dance before the game, after every score, at half-time... someone said it was offensive to Native Americans & suggested they change their name & mascot.
It makes no sense.