Because this is a day in which people consumed food, and got married, and put their children to bed, and ate powdered cheese product, and pondered what it means to be human beings in this crazy mixed-up universe, this is a day in which people said stuff about the Redskins nickname.
Today’s people include Phil Jackson, and Scott Fujita, and NPR’s Scott Simon, and USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, and Forbes’ Tom Van Riper, and Taiwanese animators. And yeah, I’m using a fairly broad definition of “today,” truth be told.
Via Twitter: “For the past decade my alma mater has dithered about their mascot name: The Fighting Sioux. I gave a talk some 5 yr ago when honored with a PhD of Phil-osophy about “change.” How each generation has to embrace change…. The use of the name #Redskins is highly offensive. It is time to find a new name. I suggest the name Whigs.”
Via Twitter, in response to Jackson.
@PhilJackson11 Tnx coach. I try to avoid saying name of DC's football team on air–as I try to avoid all ethnic slurs.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) June 13, 2013
Via Twitter, both this week and last week:
Whoever drafted the Commissioner’s letter to Congress about the football team in DC failed him miserably.
— Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) June 12, 2013
Over/under on length of time before Washington football team joins the 21st Century? Days, weeks, months, years, NEVER? — Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) June 14, 2013
Via his USA Today column:
Dan Snyder is blowing it. The owner of Washington’s NFL franchise has an opportunity to make a bold statement in the name of social progress by discarding the racially offensive nickname of his team — and he won’t budge an inch….
I talked to five team owners about the nickname issue, and none was willing to speak on the record — which underscores the sensitivity of the issue. One of the owners, however, told USA TODAY Sports that if a team’s nickname offends even a small percentage of people, changing it should be considered. Another owner, though, maintained that some Native Americans have personally expressed to him that they have no issues with the nickname.
TOM VAN RIPER
Via his Forbes column:
“If you walk around and call people redskins, it’s offensive,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a research firm that measures consumer attitudes toward sports teams and athletes, among other properties. “But when it’s for the Washington Redskins, it’s not offensive, it’s everything the commissioner said.”
The public can debate the name and context all day, but a change will remain unlikely.
You’d better just watch it yourself.