Oklahoma Congressman calls ‘Redskins’ name ‘very offensive’

January 18, 2013

By Charles Dharapak/Associated Press.

Somehow or other, Courtland Milloy’s column on RGIII, karma and the Redskins name — which I found personally poorly timed and a million miles over the top — has now led to a gazillion follow-ups on what had been a mostly dormant issue. The latest public figure to weigh in was Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., one of two Native American members of Congress. And, yes, a Cowboys fan.

“Come on. This is the 21st century. This is the capital of political correctness on the planet,” Cole told Roll Call. “It is very, very, very offensive. This isn’t like warriors or chiefs. It’s not a term of respect, and it’s needlessly offensive to a large part of our population. They just don’t happen to live around Washington, D.C.”

Cole also told the publication that he wouldn’t make any more of the issue, and that any decision would have to be made by Daniel Snyder.

And now, to save you time, some sample comments you can copy and paste below. These are all taken from past Bog posts on this issue. And the conversation never seems to change much, so a simple copy-and-paste just seems easiest.

– *Yawn*

– HTTR

– It’s absurd to think that an organization would name it’s team so as to belittle a small group of people and not give the team a strong image to play under, i.e. the Jaguars, Patriots, Giants or Lions. How is Giants not a derogatory term for big people?

– Fact is, the very group you claim to be concerned about doesn’t find the name offensive, as demonstrated by polls. They get it.

– Fact is, most Native Americans have no problem with this and consider it an honor. This has been shown over and over again.

– I do not think that they meant a to offend anyone when they chose the word Redskin. To me it seems that it was meant to honor they warrior spirit of the word. I am of Irish decent and am damn proud of Notre Dame having the name the Fighting Irish!

– after they change the name of the raiders and buccaneers who were brutal murderous criminals. even then, don’t change the name. let’s worry about the fact that our president is tearing up the constitution and we are now living in a police state, before we cry rivers about our entertainment and act like this country has values anymore

– There is nothing offensive about the name. The only reason certain Native American’s are challenging the name is because they feel left out of the lawsuits and government PC effects which have been afforded to black people. Native Americans get the short en of the stick while blacks win in the complaint arena all the time.

Seriously, just pick any of those. They’re all pretty effective.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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