This past weekend I traveled to the AT&T stadium to watch the Washington NFL team play the Dallas Cowboys with about fifty other DMV football fans. I’m far from a sports fanatic, but most of my husband’s family has been supporting the Washington team for generations: his grandfather, his father, and now him. It was a family affair, and, as someone with limited football experience, it would be easy for me to shift my flimsy Eagle’s alliance to be able to root beside my husband and carry on the family tradition.
Would be, but for one huge issue… the team’s blatant refusal to change its name and the constant promotion of propaganda that distorts the facts.
Through my own family I see the history, the experiences, and the emotional ties that are linked to sports. And because of this, I am calling for a change of the team’s name so that I too can participate in this family tradition.
I have heard a few arguments from people about why the name shouldn’t be changed. One that seems to be the most popular, and the most promoted by the Washington PR team, is that not every Native American finds the word offensive. In response, I have to take examples that I find parallel and hope that it illuminates some hypocrisy– not to denigrate and shame black Washington NFL fans, but to show that I believe we can find some common ground.
Despite the war on “political correctness” waged in comment sections across the internet, I’d say that black people have been victorious in reprimanding public figures for their racial insults despite whether the black community has reached a consensus. Not all black people were offended when Don Imus referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as a bunch of nappy headed hoes. Not all black people were moved to anger by Donald Sterling’s private conversations banning his mistress from hanging with black men at his games. And not all black people got upset when Paula Dean waxed nostalgic about slavery days. Despite the variation in responses to these issues, these public figures were blasted and punished for offending members of the group. Endorsements were lost, jobs taken away, and pockets hurt.
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