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Washiington Redskins Trademark
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Posted 6/18/14
In yet another abuse of Government power the Federal Trademark of the Washington Redskins has been removed, though still in force as it is being appealed. I hope the REDSKINS win this and keep their name which is NOT racist or offensive...I feel like buying some merchandise now to support the team! The name is noble and honoring - keep up the fight against these self righteous dictators who want to force their misguided notions on everyone else.
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Posted 6/18/14
What is this? There's a thread about my favorite football team on Crunchyroll?

I must be seeing things. *goes to bed*

Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14
You can think what you want.

Some Native American tribes find it terribly offensive and racist.

There are other Native American tribes that could care less and are more concerned with issues like; alcoholism on reservations, education, issues with US government (US Government apology for genocide committed against Native Americans) and so on.

Redskin (noun) Archaic, Offensive
The term red skin started out as a descriptive term for those Native American tribes that painted their bodies red, not for the color of their natural skin. Over time the term took a negative connotation becoming a stereotypical term and then racist. The term is rarely used today.

I don't like the term Redskin for two reasons.
1. While many do not care if the word is offensive or not, including Native Americans, I do not like the negative connotation the word definitely carries.
3. While it may not be racist, Using the term Washington Redskins is a way of America stealing Native American culture and romanticizing it after trying to destroy it.

VI don't hate the NFL. I just don't like American Football.
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Posted 6/18/14
I agree, just the people who are angry at the NFL trying to hit the teams this time.
Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14
Political Correctness can kiss my ass.

Moving on.

In this particular case, this was not being used in a racist way at all. There are plenty of other names and trademarks kept everywhere, yet this was signaled out, and is an abuse of power. This was just a name and a logo not being used in a derogatory way.

Inspired by this nonsense going on I'd like to further state that hiding something does not diminish the problem. Covering it up lets the problem escalate and thrive in the shadows. Facing whatever it is head on instead of covering it up and trying to make it "nicer" like how it happens in society pretty much globally solves nothing.

Political correctness is not being polite. It is a way of lying, it is a deception, it is false mannerisms and a false front and it is another right being taken away from people and from society. By inculcating this in society, the government is just telling you what they want you to do, telling you to act the way they think is best, telling you to think the way they think. This is freedom with a blindfold and a hand guiding you to where they want you to go. This is a form of control under the guise of a pretty phrase.

There are many things like this happening worldwide in society today. Do not let this control you. Always speak your mind.



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I really don't care one way or another if the word "Redskin" is racist. I have native american blood coursing through my veins as well. To me, it just seems like one of those situations where lazy pussies gain another victory because no one has the heart to crush the weak. They "need" big brother to save their asses on something that doesn't involve civil liberties at all. Go figure. The weak only strive to be weaker.
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The Washington Redskins have had that name forever its not racist people just always have to make a scene about everything. I hope the redskins can keep their name because i find this really stupid.
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I think the government has many more things to worry about than a football team name. They should really start doing their job.
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Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14
I view it as certainly racist; however, I think that the significance of it is being blown way out of proportion. It's a racist term in origin, but it's not being used in a consciously racist manner. Personally, I don't don't believe that the loss or the continuing of the name and symbol would make much of a difference, but I fully understand what this issue represents: Heavy-handed "political correctness" threatening people's every day lives. The name has been around for 81 years. It's been absorbed by the community and even the country. It's idiotic to expect people to stand by and do nothing when someone says, "You know that name and icon that your football team has had for almost a century? You know-- What many of your community and the team's fans take pride in? Yeah... They're racist, so they have to go. Never mind the fact that we didn't give a damn until recently. Teehee!"
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Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14
It is a cycle that has happened time after time... moving to a new word due to negativity will force that word to become negative as well IF the thing the word is describing itself is considered negative by some groups. Retard was actually once considered a euphemism for idiot or imbecile... and so will 'special' as it already is starting to have connotations building up.

Redskins however does NOT fit this situation as there isn't really a sizable group out there who still feels that being Native American is a bad thing. In the context it is being used in a glorified way, you don't see any sports team out there naming themselves "Terrorists"... To most people there is no longer any negative connotation implied nor is any intended. It can't be a hate word when there is no hate around...

When things like this happen you have to really consider intent more than anything.

(also look at the history of the term "colored"... it too was once accepted by EVERYONE including the group it described)

Redskins should be a non-issue. (and my native grandmother agreed with me on this logic too... a bit of an irrelevant note she also got to see her team win XLIV before she died)
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I think it is funny with all this going on about the "Redskins" How the minority of the population is up in arms about it.. I could understand it better if it was 100 years ago when the term was not used in a nice way.

Maybe in a way I might understand how they feel, I can't count all the times I have heard the term "You white boys", or "You white folk". Like it is a demeaning thing to be. I always get a laugh when it is used against me, seeing as I am 1/2 Celtic and 1/2 Native American.

Sorry to say, but it seems to me that it looks like only the "White Race" is thought to be racist, and all the others races can feel free to call the "White Race" racist names.
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People getting pissed off about the name of a football team when there is a state whose name means the same thing (Oklahoma is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people"). And while I'm not saying we should change the name of the state, you would think that if the name of a private enterprise is so offensive, then the name of a state would be 4000 times more offensive because it's the government using the disparaging terminology. Lastly people should remember the old children's saying "sticks and stones may break my bone, but words can never hurt me", truly people just need to toughen up and learn to let the words just roll of their backs.
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Posted 6/18/14
Since this has become such a big issue, I guess I'll give My opinion on it. So well...Actually...I DO think that it is Racist, to an extent. Should it be changed completely? No. Because then, look at all that Memorabilia that would be sold for who knows how much. But then again, I don't think that it should be an issue that's dealt with simply with Monetary means either...
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Amazing how stupid some people are on this subject. Native American organizations have come out and said that its racist, they have been trying to get the name changed for years. It doesn't fucking matter whether or not you think its racist, if fucking Native American organizations think its racist then its FUCKING RACIST. And for those that fail to see why "Redskins" is an offensive term, allow me show you an example: Imagine if a team had a logo of an African tribe member and the team name was called the "Darkies", imagine how the NAACP would feel about that. Its truly amazing that this is even a debate in this day of age.
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Overall, we live in an overly-sensitive world where anyone and everyone seems to be offended by something. It's a way for people (or a group of people) to feel relevant in society; in order to shout their displeasure on something to change it. It makes them feel like they've accomplished something in life and can feel an inner-victory in their actions. This is not solely about the Redskins, but about the pointless things I hear about every other day, about how 'offensive' something was/is. I'm just tired of it in general. You would think they would have something else better to do in their lives than fight an NFL team to change its name.

Well, whether the name changes or not doesn't really matter to me. But we live in a serious world where you can barely joke or make remarks in public without someone calling foul or being offended. It's like having the FCC around at all times.
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