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    Mary would you like people to stop dressing up like leprechauns on saint Patricks Day too? It might offend one uptight Irish person out there.
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    If people choose your heritage as a mascot, and dress like you in pride, that should be considered a compliment and not a slur. Why do people choose mascots like Vikings or Spartans? Because they are tough, because they command respect. Same goes for the Indians.
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    Excellent point.

    The 'Redskins' is a bit different as it is a PEJORATIVE term. That's the difference.

    You'll notice that they're not called the "Minnesota Mountain Monkeys"....
    That's what the Danes call them: "fjællaber"
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    @Frisbee ...If they called a team the _____ Blackskins with little black sambo as their mascot, I wonder if anyone on here would say that would be ok too? Sadly, I think too many on here would have no problem with it, it astonishes me at the lack of understanding they have on this issue. Either that or they just don't care, with the latter being my best bet...
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    @Frisbee Rednecks is a pejorative term.....and rednecks have owned that term and made it their own.....

    Again learn the history of the Redskins.....and MOST native Americans have no problem with it and are actually fans.....stop it.....just stop with the race baiting.....
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    Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where David Puddy paints his face for the NJ Devils game then afterwards he has a run-in with a priest on the street.
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    Oh My another so called liberal racist story...sorry I havent time for this kind of complete garbage today.

    I am Cherokee...I do not take offense to this.

    "However, it turns out he was proud of his costume and had no qualms about encountering Native Americans while dressed as one of them"

    Good for him...Please do entertain the word "Costume"
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    But yet you still managed to find the time to read the article and comment that you didn't have the time to do exactly what you just did...
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    I too have enough Cherokee blood to get me in the snack bar at Taulequah Rez, but not enough to get me in the back room of their Casino's. <wink> Native Americans have been celebrated in different ways in years gone by, by naming States, Cities, Towns sport teams, military aircraft and even yelling "Geronimo" after leaving a perfectly good airplane. All this "BS' is a result of liberal political correctness to stir and elevate hate and animosity where none existed....Get a Life!
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    @S-N-A-F-U I have cherokee in my blood, too- my great grandmother was full blooded. I agree...all of this is nonsense. Stir the racist pot liberals!
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    @ahsum99ss
    You are one of the few posters I know IS Native American. So you deny that ANY Native Americans are offended by the Washington team's name?
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    @Linebacker66 You expect a well-reasoned comment that turns the tables on you and forces you to become the subject of your own discrimination from him?

    You probably don't realize that you've just paid him the compliment that you expect him to be better than you.

    I notice that you couldn't find it in yourself to answer his question.
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    this gets old. how long has this team had this name and now some are acting offended.

    my family is made of a mix of tribes and europeans some are 1 or the other most are a mix not one is offended or has mentioned being offended.

    it seems we do have few in the country who look for any reason to become offended by things .
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    How long were black people property, and now some are acting offended..... How long were women not allowed to vote, and now some are acting offended....

    It get's old, doesn't it?
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    @Frisbee I do like your train of thought...how long will we continue to murder babies in the womb. It does get old...
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    @Frisbee the people that are getting offended didn't live through the offense either. Everyone's a victim mentality now.
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    @TigerLandSC
    You DO know that even if abortion was outlawed......it wouldn't even tick down the # of abortions by any meaningful %, right?
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    On the other hand, the Florida State Seminoles tribe has taken great pride in being the mascot for that college. At least last I heard ( it's possible the PC pressures have gotten to them, too). A shame how the Indians keep letting politics ruin their self esteem, now as in history.
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    It might help that their name is "Seminole" and not "Indian" or "Redskin."

    I wouldn't expect a professional team to call themselves the "Negroes," and take pride in it.
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    @HawkTheSlayer

    Maybe because it was a derogatory term used to refer to people of color by white people in an oppressive, segregated society.

    Just a guess.
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    Redskins is a name which can be comprehended as a racial slur. Braves, Seminoles are names and not slurs. Learn the difference. Stop deflecting.
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    is whiteboy a racial slur? redneck? cracker? honkey? if so, pretty much every black in America is a racist.
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    OK, I've said it before. I'm an Indian. I'm not offended by any of the sports references. In a way it seems to be some recognition, if ya think about it.

    Too many people making a big ballyhoo about nothing.
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    i'm shawnee... but one thing that i'm not is an 'indian'. you can call me shawnee, or ' first nation', you can call me aboriginal, you can even call me indigenous... but i've never been to india, so i'n not an 'indian'
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    @dances-weebles oh, and i'm certainly not a 'red skin' unless i go to the beach and get a sunburn. otherwise i'm what my wife calls 'fishbelly white'.
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    Since I don't take the race thing too awful serious I don't sweat it. Raised up as an Indian, not a Native American. When it's necessary I'll classify myself as a 'fookin' Injun' (that's a cleaner version of what I say). I am human in reality. My ancestors understood that.
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    @justapirate The name most tribes apply to themselves is their languages word for man or more accurately human. Everyone else was an alien.
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    It's a good thing the Washington Nationals aren't named the Senators. Now that would be an emnarassment to the team. Who'd want to be named after politicians?
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    It's always baffled me why Natives would be insulted by a sports team being named after them. The names are used to promote a sense of strength and fearlessness. However, I do think that mascots and logos should also be designed respectfully. And perhaps using redface to Natives is the equivalent of blackface to people of African decent. Good taste vs. bad taste.
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    was out riding and saw "chinatown next exit", is that not racist? how come you crying ass sissy's never look after our friend the asian?
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    @fraps

    ...and the Liberal Victim Class bus rolls on as they all sing in unison..."I'm a victim, you're a victim, we're all a victim...wouldn't you like to be a victim too???"
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    Ask they need now is their own Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. I'm Cherokee and it doesn't bother me being a redskin. I'm proud to be native American
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    @Frisbee Uh.....no.....that is progressive liberals.....and militant atheists.....oh yeah I just went there.....booyah.....
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    I find it sad that we do not show the Native Americans more respect. I suppose no one thought there would be any real Native Americans present. Does that make OK, if no Native Americans were there? Would you paint your face black and walk anywhere out in public? Is this really any different?
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    I think that it would be reasonable to get a ruling from the Native Americans on what is and is not acceptable to them and then change whatever is offensive. Good gosh people, the teams will get along just fine with a new name, it is just sports that we are talking about, just games. We need to grow up and fix what is broken and not just cling to the Status Quo. Some Native Americans, like the people who posted here, may not be offended, some people might be. It is better to do the right thing, than to continue doing the wrong thing just because it does not offend you.
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    American Indians or Native Americans are and have always been real...they were here before the supposed discovery of amerika...just saying...
    Everyone seems to view things differently but in my opinion that does NOT give anyone else the right to bash them. That being said : since the schools seem to freely teach things they know nothing about then why is it they cannot teach that amerika was not discovered by columbus?
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    Most Schools around here no longer teach that Columbus Discovered America. He wasn't even the first to advertise the new continents. Columbus thought he was in Asia.
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