#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, October 11th, 2013 13:15
#2 By: millie fink, October 11th, 2013 13:21
#3 By: Tim, October 11th, 2013 13:24
Don't worry, that one's covered:
WASHINGTON—Following an outpouring of criticism from across the country, the Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they are officially changing the team’s name to the D.C.
#4 By: xzzy, October 11th, 2013 13:28
Chicago Blackhawks should take some flak too. There are some not-completely-crazy arguments defending them keeping the name, but the jersey definitely needs to go.
#5 By: Kevin Thoman, October 11th, 2013 13:31
I don't know about the other hats, but the Orange hat is always the racist of the bunch. Red and Yellow getting together, looking for trouble.
#6 By: ghengis, October 11th, 2013 13:47
Man, I'm Jewish, and all I can say, is I wan a NY Jews hat. And Philly had a team like that back in the 1920's there were the Hebrew All Stars. They were a barnstorming team. They once played the KKK in a historically amusing game. You can even get reproductions of their jerseys. http://www.ebbets.com/category/f/447
Mind you I am from Tallahassee and we have a team called the Seminoles here. The tribe does give their support if that helps.
#7 By: daneel, October 11th, 2013 13:50
Why do US sports franchises need these artificial nicknames/brands at all?
Why can't they just be called the Cleveland Baseball Club or something?
#8 By: Tim, October 11th, 2013 13:53
There's nothing like the crosstown rivalry of the New York Baseball Team A fans and the New York Baseball Team B fans.
#9 By: micah, October 11th, 2013 13:53
Several years ago a Native American group tried to nickname a basketball team the Fightin' Whities. Trouble was, everybody wanted a t-shirt.
#10 By: Harry C, October 11th, 2013 13:54
I would wear all three of those hats. At the same time.
#11 By: mikelipino, October 11th, 2013 13:55
I wonder how much is due to the ridiculous caricature? I would put the Blackhawks (selfishly: I'm from Chicago) in the same category as my alma mater's football team, the PENN Quakers**. The caricaturized Cleveland Indian and the Washington Redskin name are a bit more dicey.
** Completely understanding that we are not living in a post-racial society, and that the historic minimization of Native American cultures more than overshadows that of a largely white religious group in the NE.
#12 By: Jonathan Peterson, October 11th, 2013 13:55
#13 By: Andrea G, October 11th, 2013 13:55
I realize this is just looking for trouble, but... "What, no Fighting Irish?" (Or Vikings, or even Packers)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a big pasty-white blond farmer with a goofy grin for their mascot. Is it making fun of farmers? I don't know, I'm not a farmer.
Look, if someone with Native ancestry finds that logo offensive, I'm not gonna argue with them or tell them to lighten up. The mascot's face is a caricature and I would understand changing it. But if we do away with the name, it doesn't make sense to leave all the other culture/society-based team names intact.
#14 By: Lev Osherovich, October 11th, 2013 14:00
Hear hear! I totally want one of those Jew hats (not a yarmulke).
#15 By: millie fink, October 11th, 2013 14:01
Do you know a lot of Irish Americans or let's see, Cornhusker Americans, who object to those names? No? Didn't think so. The thing is, they've done something that a lot of Native Americans either can't do or have chosen not to do -- they've become white.
Being Native American or Indian -- and suffering through the ongoing effects of racism -- means a hell of a lot more to them than being Irish or whatever means to anyone in America who's white.
#16 By: Old, October 11th, 2013 14:03
I always get all confused by where race and country of ancestry meet.
"Chinamen" is not a race, and yet it sure smells racist.
How about Krauts? Racist, or more about country of origin?
#17 By: retepslluerb, October 11th, 2013 14:03
I missed the part where Vikings, Packer and even Irish in Americans were prime victims of organized genocide. But hey, to each their own.
#18 By: wysinwyg, October 11th, 2013 14:04
Does anyone actually think this is as racist as the mascot for the Cleveland Indians? Honestly curious.
#19 By: C Taylor, October 11th, 2013 14:05
At what point did we start considering Nebraskans to be white?
#20 By: retepslluerb, October 11th, 2013 14:05
Kraut is certainly racist.
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