Going back to my junior high school days, I always thought the Washington Redskins, a National Football League team, should change its name. Historically speaking, American Indians have had the weakest political clout in US History. In essence, American policy toward the American Indian has been one of prolific lies. Can you imagine what would happen if Washington called themselves the Washington Black Faces? Think about it: A man with a painted black face dancing around with watermelon in one hand and fried chicken in the other. In reminds me of 19th century minstrel shows in which whites mimicked black culture by making fun of their norms. This was pervasive in the antebellum South.
I am curious to see how this plays out with the trade mark issue. What bothers me the most is that the VAST majority of Americans do not see what is wrong with the name Redskins. But, why would those who hold power feel that way. I have elected not draft a Redskins player for fantasy football, watch their games, nor those of the Cleveland Indians.I want RG III to put money away and make an Arthur Ashe like argument against his team. Of all people, how can black folks support this? We were once mocked.