It doesn't matter if you made a poll today of every Native American and the results were the same. People like Wise already have made up their mind and facts don't matter. It's not about facts, it's about control. Media feels they have the right to force their opinion on everyone through intimidation.
Exactly. Mike Wise, during his presentation at the seminar advocated "intimidation" to force a change. He believes people like me should be intimidated and embarrassed by calling me a "racist" or other names to get HIS change made. He is not interested in a debate on the merits or facts. He's decided, partially based on some personal discussions with Native Americans, that it is a racist name and needs to be changed because we would never tolerate a team being called the N word or "blackskins" or "dagos" or some other truly derogatory name. He has already decided for all of us that it IS a racist name despite the facts to the contrary. And most if not all the media are too chicken to stand up to this kind of intimidation because they do not want to be called a "racist" by these liberal neanderthals who refuse to consider the facts.
You, know, IF anyone could prove that "red skins" was actually used at some point to mean "bloody scalps" most if not all of us would immediately say, "you're right, Mike; the name needs to go." But they cannot. The facts are on our side and not theirs.
Admittedly, "redskins" is an arcane word no longer used in our common vocabulary except to reference the Redskins. But that does not make it racist because it is just an old term used 200 years ago.
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If anyone is keeping score in 2013, we've been crushed by 15+ national voices over the past two months. We have a couple of local voices supporting us in a team blog and a home town radio station at 106.7.
Did I forget anyone else?
But we can all win this battle if we just keep fighting the media. It will all go away eventually right?
Are you being sarcastic, RFK? This fight has been around for at least 20 years, mostly brought up by a Post reporter from time to time. I expect it will continue to be brought up regularly. I am not too concerned about Danny caving but I am concerned that the NFL and the other NFL owners may create enough economic pressure to force a change if the political pressure is great enough to change the name. The end game is going to be hard to win unless there is vocal support for the name from Native American groups like the Seminole tribe that supports the Florida Seminoles name. Fan support alone is not going to be enough to fight the media onslaught. The NCAA has threatened to prevent Florida from participating in NCAA championship tournaments for all sports because of their name. Only the strong vocal support from the Seminole Tribe has prevented Florida from not changing their name.