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Old 06-16-2013   #117
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Default Re: Should the Redskins change their name?

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Originally Posted by Dan B. View Post
I don't consider the word "redskin" to be the same as the words "black" or "white."
Are you seriously implying "skin" is not implied whenever anyone says white or black?

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Neither does the country.
Says you even when polls of Indians doesn't agree.

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If we did, your choice on the Census would be Black, White, Redskin, Hawaiian, Asian. Instead we call them Black, White, American Indian, etc. If it were merely a descriptive term like you claim, it would be used in the same fashion. Police and the media don't describe Indian subjects as redskins -- but they do describe others as black or white. I can't think of a single part of society where the word "redskin" is used in just a plain descriptive fashion the way "black" or "white" is. Can you?
It also is not used as a common pejorative. You don't walk into a Walmart and hear rednecks commonly saying some crap about GD redskins holding up the lines but you sure do with blacks. Outside of a few narrow areas (as Hookem points out maybe South Dakota and all 5 people up there) redskin is not hurled around in a negative fashion. It is a word which simply doesn't come up. Fact is for 99% of people on this MB the word redskin won't come up in conversation in the next year other than in reference to the team.

Oh and yeah the census should decide this. From the census bureau:

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White – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
I doubt many folks would call this person white because they are from north africa.

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