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WASHINGTON -- Amanda Blackhorse has never met Daniel Snyder, but she's thought about what she might say to him if she ever does.
"I'd ask him, 'Would you dare call me a ****, right here, to my face?' " she says. "And I suspect that, no, he would not do that."
Blackhorse is Navajo and a psychiatric social worker and the named plaintiff in Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc., a federal suit in which a group of five American Indians seek to strip the federal trademark rights from the football team Snyder owns.
The battle of the Washington Redskins' team name has reached the U.S. Supreme Court, but don't worry, you probably won't have to tape over the Redskins' logo on your favorite jersey anytime soon.
Lawyers for a group of Native Americans filed a petition for certiorari in the case that has bounced around courtrooms for years, according to Legal Times. The Native American group claims that the name "Redskins" is a derogatory term for Indians. They want the Redskins trademark, which was issued in 1967, canceled.
A dozen Native Americans protested peacefully outside RFK stadium before the Houston Oilers-Washington Redskins game as part of their campaign to get Washington to change its nickname.
The group at Sunday's game, which included members of the American Indian Movement and the Congress of American Indians, banged on drums, recited Indian chants, and carried signs that read "The Team Has a Racist Nickname" and "If I'm a Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke is a ****."Cooke, the Redskins owner, and other team officials maintain that the term "****" speaks to the proud, loyal heritage of Native Americans. But the Indian groups maintain the term is derogatory and racist.
Native Americans from Wisconsin tribes gathered at Lambeau field Sunday protesting the nickname and logo of the Washington Redskins. Redskins is a particularly offensive term versus something like the Atlanta Braves or Cleveland Indians.
"It was always used as a disparaging term. It represented genocide of whole tribes. It represents the worst of the worst," said Clif Morton, a New London resident who organized a conference this weekend to take on race-based stereotypes.
The issue of Native American mascots is being talked about more right now because of a state hearing on the matter set for this week.
The only morally defensible argument for keeping the name of Washington’s professional football team is that people (like me) who wish to replace “Redskins” are supposedly exaggerating the problem because of political correctness run wild.
In this view, the name’s critics are just a small group of overly vocal, overly sensitive Native Americans backed by a knee-jerk chorus of guilt-ridden, non-Indian liberals.
I don’t think the case stands up, but the argument deserves to be addressed. That’s true especially given the recent surge of interest in the topic and the team’s attempt to dismiss complaints about the name as “ludicrous.”
The strongest argument for keeping the name is that Native Americans themselves aren’t unanimous in objecting to what Indian critics call the “R-word.”
“It doesn’t bother me one bit. There are other issues that we should be concerned about,” said George Blanchard, governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, which counts about 3,000 members.
Some members of Blanchard’s tribe send their children to McLoud High School, whose team is also called the Redskins. The Washington team has pointed to the McLoud nickname as evidence that the word was acceptable to Native Americans.
However, other chiefs and national Indian leaders said the number of Native Americans who share Blanchard’s view has declined with time. Most Indians would prefer to see the Redskins name discarded, they said.
“If it went through a vote [of Indians], I think it would be overwhelming to drop it. I’ve always thought the word [Redskins] was very offensive,” said George Tiger, chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, which is also based in Oklahoma and has 75,000 members.
“If the team had another name related to black folks, that stadium would be on fire,” Billy Redwing Tayac said. “Redskins is a racial slur for North American Indians.”
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