Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Redskins

Why do I have to explain routinely that the Redskins are not named after real Indians, Native Americans, etc?

The team was once called the Boston Redskins because, as you may have deduced, it was located in Boston. And if you know almost nothing about American history you would still know that on December 16, 1773, a bunch of colonists dressed up like Indians and dumped tea into Boston Harbor. The Boston Redskins took their name from that important event in American history. These same Redskins moved to Washington and retained the name. So, the name is about warlike stereotypes of Native Americans, or really about Native Americans at all.

I'm a New York football Giants fan. I don't particularly care about the name of Washington, DC's football team, but I do want people to know the facts.

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