I usually cast a jaundiced eye at efforts to change the name of sports teams that refer to Native Americans. After all, I reason, fans love their teams, so there can hardly be anything demeaning in what they call them. I do understand tribal sensitivities in regard to mascots–misusing tribal symbols such as eagle feathers and perpetuating stereotypes–but I salute the Seminole Nation,for example, in affirming the dignified reference to their tribe by Florida State.
But Washington “Redskins”? Yeah, that’s pretty racial and hard to justify. Change is going to come eventually. So, if the name of the football team that represents our nation’s capital is going to change, what should it be? I am looking for suggestions both serious and humorous. [Read more...]