Redskins Are Cool September 20, 2013Posted by geoff in News.
I remember playing cowboys and indians as a kid. Despite the fact that the cowboys were invariably foreordained to win, at least half the kids wanted to be indians. Why?
Indians were cool.
Indians were the original American ninjas: strong, stealthy, low-tech, and skilled with weapons. Even though kids knew their mock death was inevitable, playing the part of an indian was irresistible.
Indians were cool.
Which brings us to the Washington Redskins, who have been taking flak for daring to keep their 80-year-old name. Somehow, people think that four generations ago people named their team the “Redskins” because they had insufficient respect for Native Americans (whom I prefer to think of as “Indians” because I’d rather not saddle them with a crappy dorky name). As if they wanted to name their team after a group they despised.
It’s obvious that that wasn’t the case. The name was adopted precisely because it evoked the image of proud, indomitable warriors, just as the names of the “Braves,” and the “Fighting Sioux” were. But now the politically correct faction is telling us that those indomitable warriors are weak – so weak that they need their name protected for them by the “enlightened” folk. So much for their ninja warrior rep – now they’re pitiful and pathetic.
At this point I’m willing to let the PC crowd have its way. Perhaps then they’ll see that recasting Native Americans as helpless victims isn’t a step up at all. Rather than the Redskins, we can call them the Washington Oppressed Minorities, and with that name complete the crushing of the last vestige of pride and self-respect held by the Native American population.
I think the genuine regard we backwards children held for them was much kinder and respectful.
Indians will be lame.