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The term “Redskin” is a slang word meaning Native American. It was used back in 1769. The first time it was used was when a British lieutenant colonel translated a letter to an Indian chief claiming safety rights if an officer visited his tribe in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Some Native American activist consider this word a racial slur. However, some consider it as an honorable image of native Americans when it’s being used to represent the Washington NFL football team, “Washington Redskins.” Is it ethical to use the term as a logo for a football team? Or is it too offensive and shouldn’t be used no matter the situation? August 22nd, 1812 at a Washington reception for several natives, President James Madison referred to the Indians as “red people” or “my red children” when calling for support. July 20, 1815 after being involved with famed explorer-turned-Missouri Territory Gov. William Clark, Meskwaki Chief Black Thunder gave a speech. “I turn to all”, he said referring to “redskins and white skins”. Sept. 25, 1863 the Winona Daily Republican in Minnesota gave an announcement that uses the term “redskin” as a disapproval. His announcement stated for every Indian found dead, it was worth $200 which was more than the Indian dead bodies east of the red rivers worth all together. 1898, Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary claimed “redskin” can also mean “often contemptuous.” 1933, George P. Marshall changed the name of his football team from the Boston Braves to the Boston Redskins. They claimed the name was changed to honor their couch William “Lone Star” Dietz, who identified himself as a Sioux. Then Marshall told publicly he changed the name from braves to redskin because the city’s baseball team had the same name. Then 1937 Marshall moved the team to Washington D.C and had his wife create the lyrics “hail to the redskins.” 1940, in the movie “Northwest Passage” one colonial tells another explorer to kill a native by saying, “get me a redskin, won’t you?” 1961-1962 the team used native Americans in its game day program.  It featured a drawing of an angry Indian and a “Teepee Talk” with an Indian sticking his head out a teepee. These are just some of the events from when the term redskins started to the ongoing use of it. If you were to research whether a Native American finds it offensive or not, you would find just as many articles saying no as you would find saying yes. In my opinion anyone and everyone has the right to be offended if a slur is being used against them for their race. Although sometimes people may not mean it in a offensive way, people still tend to get offended. Washington post did a survey on whether natives found the word offensive or not. The outcome was 9 out of 10 said they do not. However, this was a phone survey which means they were never actually sure whether they were true Indians claiming to not be offended. Another newspaper gave out Indians opinions and quotes on the term “redskin.” One stated he was not offended because he believes there’s no racial problem with it, but his wife said otherwise. She believed it was extremely offensive towards her and her family. So yes, some get offended and some do not. Those who do have the right to be. What’s the difference between the word “redskin” and the word “nigger”? Both are racial slurs, and sometimes they’re offensive sometimes they aren’t. When someone wants to use the “N word” without it being offensive, they take out the “er” and replace it with a letter A. Some African Americans get offended, some don’t. However, those who do have the complete right to. I don’t see a football team using racial slurs that were used on Africans. Therefore, even though it is just a football team and they may not all be offended, there are people who do get offended so it shouldn’t be used and isn’t ethical.


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