Christine Brennan to stop using ‘Redskins’ in USA Today column

September 12, 2013
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USA Today columnist Christine Brennan has become the latest in sports media to announce dropping the name “Redskins” from their work.

Brennan, who spent three years as a Redskins beat writer for The Post, offered her explanation in a column on Thursday, citing a panel discussion over the summer as her turning point.

But when I said the nickname this summer during a panel discussion, I stopped myself. For the first time, it didn’t seem right to say it.

Why then? Why not last year? Or five years ago? Or when I covered the team? I think it was the cumulative effect of all the reporting on the issue in the past year or so, solid journalism that continually brings to the surface just how racist the term is to many in the Native American community. And even if only some Native Americans think it’s racist, here’s news for the rest of us, whether we want to hear it and deal with it or not: it’s racist.

Like Peter King last week,  Brennan made it clear that this is a personal decision.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Dan Haren, on the Nats’ playoff chances:

“I don’t know how many more games we can lose. I know [Jayson] Werth was doing some math, but that math keeps getting smaller and smaller.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Speaking of cousin Terio

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Umpires discussing a timeout during a Denard Span at-bat is riveting.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nats at Mets, 1 p.m. on MASN. All TV/Radio listings here.

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