The Washington Redskins and the Potential for a Better Identity

It’s a little hard to believe that, in a culture so obsessed with political correctness and respect for all people, a team name like the Washington Redskins persists and can, in fact, be staunchly defended by large swathes of the populace. This month, amid rumors that a name change could be in the offing, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote an open letter to the team's fans reaffirming his commitment to the name. “When I consider the Washington Redskins name,” he writes, “I think of what i … [Read more...]

The Ghosts of Thanksgiving

"To remember the things that death and sin have stolen from us, this is the only way, I think, to be grateful for that which remains." My name was almost Powhatan John.Powhatan Bolling was my great-grandfather's name, and it almost became mine. His son, my grandfather, was named John Nokomis. Paw hated that name because everyone thought it was a girl's name. It is the name of Hiawatha's grandmother in Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha," and Longfellow says it means "Daughter of the Moon." M … [Read more...]