In case you haven’t heard, there’s a football team based in Washington, D.C. called “The Redskins.” You may also have heard that the name is a racial slur. Seriously, it’s a dictionary-defined offensive term.
Recently, the Daily Show did a segment on the issue that collected some of the arguments for keeping the name and revealed some of the fans’ hypocrisy. Let’s take start with a quote from one of them.
If the name is changed, and I have children someday, what will I pass on to them?
How about you pass on your misplaced sense of persecution? Or, you could buy a new shirt with the new logo and pass that down to your kids. Or pass down your love of football and let your kids buy their own merchandise. Really, though, the questions you should be more concerned about is whether you want your kids to have a father who cares more about keeping his sweatshirt up to date than the disenfranchisement of an entire people.