Letter to the Editor

Yankees is just as bad as Redskins

Regarding the Sept. 17 letters “The responsibility of the fans”:

I find it strange, as momentum builds to change the name of the Washington Redskins, that no one has proposed changing the most offensive name in American sports: The New York Yankees.

Why the Yankees, you ask? It’s quite simple. The term “yankee” was created by the British to mock the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. It was an insult. And the history of its use — unlike Redskins — is not in dispute.

As if the term (which I will from here on refer to as the “Y-word”) wasn’t offensive enough based on its use during the Revolution, it was used again, during another war, to insult largely white Northerners. That’s right: The Confederate States of America used the Y-word as an insult as well. In fact, the Y-word is still used today in the South, to refer — usually in a disparaging manner — to Northerners.

Given the fact that the Y-word has an indisputable negative connotation throughout its history, and the fact that it’s still used as an insult today, why isn’t there a push to change it? And, ultimately, is any perceived insult about skin color, or skin thickness?

Jason Fornwalt, Hagerstown, Md.

As a native of Washington but now a California resident, I have always loved the Washington Redskins logo. The image is noble and regal, and it should remain. It’s time, though, for the name to be changed. I suggest the Washington Americans.

Alec Moss, Pacifica, Calif.

 
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