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The Redskins name debate has been mentioned in connection with the Confederate flag debate for at least 25 years.

“The argument that the Stars and Bars is a racist symbol holds about as much water as the claim that ‘Redskins’ is a racist name for Doug Williams’ team,” a Washington Post letter writer argued in 1988.

This linkage, of course, has intensified in recent days, as opponents of the team name have used the Confederate flag debate to argue that the Redskins name should go away. NBC Washington’s Tom Sherwood did a piece on the topic. Fox 5 held a debate, in which anchor Shawn Yancy — who is black — explained why she no longer uses the team name.

Vice’s Ty Schalter wrote a lengthy piece on the matter. So did The Nation’s Dave Zirin. It came up in a court hearing on the name’s trademark. Well-known liberal Keith Olbermann devoted a segment to the topic. Well-known conservative Todd Starnes also made the connection. And Will Leitch wrote about the matter for Sports On Earth:

Maybe you love the Confederate flag — and it’s worth noting that most of the friends of this Georgia resident have been ready for the flag to be out of their lives for years — and maybe you’re against gay marriage, but you can’t deny the direction of the wind: Even longtime advocates are realizing these are battles they can’t win. Maybe you like that and maybe you don’t, but pretending it is not the case is denying reality. Which brings us, perhaps inevitably, to the closest thing the world of sports has to the Confederate flag: The logo and nickname of the Washington Football Team.

Many will reject this comparison for obvious reasons, pointing out that a scientific poll has shown Native American support for the Redskins name, that football should not be compared with politics, and that it’s entirely unfair to link the name of a sports team with such a weighty symbol as the Confederate battle flag.

Still, it’s hard to deny that defenders of both the team name and the flag have sometimes used very similar language to state their cases. This quiz asks if you can tell the difference.

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“It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect.”

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"They feel passionate about it. They think it represents positives and pride and tradition. And there are different views out there. So all of us have to be respectful enough to understand that."

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"I'm not arguing to keep it. That's not the point. We're so beyond that. That's not the point. The point is as with everything else the Left does, what they tell you they're irritated about is not where it ends."

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"A group that purports to represent people should at least have a consistent message, not one of selective outrage."

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"I'm not a political correctness freak....[It] is not a racial slur." 

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"Lookit, change is unavoidable. Change is constant. And it does need to be embraced. But I’ll tell you, all of the change being advocated now — at least [from] the change advocates, the people who think they’re hip and modern — all they’re actually doing is advocating the government take more control of things."

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"Our [traditions] are under a relentless attack by race demagogues and their willing accomplices in the media....No one should get the idea that all they have to do is proclaim, 'I am offended,' and expect that their subjective feelings will have the force of law."

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"It’s all the politically correct idiots in America, that’s all it is. It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the '60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right. If you don’t like it, protest."

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“It’s just the selective outrage that I think is unfair.”

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"We are not racists. We despise racism and bigotry. And we think the people who are creating this ‘cultural cleansing’ are the real bigots in this story."

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"It was always prideful, it was courage involved."

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"Most -- by overwhelming majorities -- find [it] to be rooted in pride for our shared heritage and values."

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"I believe that everyone should stand up for their heritage."

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''Heritage, Honor, Pride, Not Racist.'' 

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It "represents support, commitment, courage, heart, history, pride, but most importantly, tradition, love and honor."

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"Let us honor the pride of our past and the promise of our future."

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