Can you see the racism now?


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#2

And Washington Redskins, of course.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/shortcuts/2013/oct/08/washington-redskins-name-racist-obama


#3

Don't worry, that one's covered:


#4

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

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.

Colors, amirite?


#6

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

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

There's nothing like the crosstown rivalry of the New York Baseball Team A fans and the New York Baseball Team B fans.


#9

Several years ago a Native American group tried to nickname a basketball team the Fightin' Whities. Trouble was, everybody wanted a t-shirt.


#10

I would wear all three of those hats. At the same time.


#11

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.


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#13

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

Hear hear! I totally want one of those Jew hats (not a yarmulke).


#15

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

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

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

Does anyone actually think this is as racist as the mascot for the Cleveland Indians? Honestly curious.


#19

At what point did we start considering Nebraskans to be white?


#20

Kraut is certainly racist.