The online magazine Slate announced last week that it will never again refer to the Washington’s National Football League team,the Redskins,by its name.
The name,according to Slate,offends American Indians,and therefore should be dropped. And until such time,Slate will never mention it. It will become,in effect,the R-word.
The article,to its credit,acknowledged that the term “redskins” was not coined as a racist epithet:
“The word redskin has a relatively innocent history. As Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard has shown,European settlers in the 18th century seem to have adopted the term from Native Americans,who used ‘red skin’ to describe themselves,and it was generally a descriptor,not an insult.”
So,then,what’s so bad about the name Redskins?
Read More at Human Events . By Dennis Prager.
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