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About the term Redskins.
And how it's truly differs from all the others.
Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African Americans.
Asians but members of any other ethnic group.
When considered that way Redskins can't possibly honor -- heritage or noble character -- Nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.
It's an insult a slow -- no matter how benign in the present day intent.
Bob Costas Costas said the game last night with his thoughts on the team Redskins and they.
The name the owner Dan Snyder wrote this in the letter.
I respect the opinions of those who disagree -- want them.
To know that I do hear them and I will continue to listen and learn but we cannot ignore 81 year history -- the strong feelings of most of our fans.
As well as native Americans throughout the country after 81 years the team name Redskins.
Continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from who we are.
And who we want to be in the years to come.
We're back -- the path.
-- The normative question should the name of the Redskins -- changed surely depends on the answer to an empirical question is a substantial portion.
-- native American community offended by this I don't see the evidence for that and I think there -- reasons for -- that let me give -- two contrasting cases.
The time of peak in Illinois near Peoria was named by its -- residence after picking China as Beijing us.
They name their high school football team the peak and peak in alimony checks.
They have a skating rink that called the chain break.
Understand that some Chinese Americans got upset about this and after several tries they got to change -- On the other hand the universe of element I had the chief -- -- -- A man who danced at halftime -- football games with the help of the -- nation that helped put together and authentic cost him for them.
It was pioneered by a student of Indian culture.
-- and I -- K okay.
Which should be policing all the myriad corruption to college for a walk him down like a ton of bricks on this call it -- -- and abusive.
Florida State Seminoles remain the Utah utes remain chief for -- and -- is -- it's capricious.
Action by the sensitivity police -- them on their own business including broadcasts.
-- a great broadcaster and a good friend and wrong in this case.
-- -- I think it's a tough.
Situation actually especially because there's a lot of disagreement even over what Redskins means that there you know some people say we it's a European term that refer to the fact that.
Indians there painted their faces red.
Other people say no it's it's refers to.
American Indians being scout.
Two very different things I think but if you look at the dictionary it's in pretty much every dictionaries referred to as an offensive.
Term and that would give me positive I.
Never happened honed at a football team but -- had to had to have that name and I think.
It is offensive the fact that a lot of people don't find it offensive probably -- -- fact that probably don't know exactly what it means.
But about 90%.
Yeah -- so.
So that is an argument certainly in the favor and think of the Redskins owners but if you but the fact that our dictionary is your first this as an offensive term that none of us and use -- and unanimous and -- -- -- -- an Indian.
American Indian outweigh -- I -- -- -- then and and agree with you Pearson said he would change it Charles.
Well I'm not able to achieve hi guys -- -- cost us more like a mighty good friend George on the other side.
I'm in -- -- judge and over this I think this is not something that is sort of a matter of principle.
And I respect and those -- Schneider position.
I don't think there's any intent to malice -- no intent of the -- and there is eighty years of history -- words have histories of their own.
And they evolve the word negro fifty years ago was the most respected -- -- referring to an African American.
He was used fifteen times by Martin Luther King in the I have a dream speech.
Fifty years later it's considered because of its own history having to do with lack of power and others are complicated history.
It's become award that implies patronizing.
That -- patronizing you would never say.
There are thirty negroes in the US -- -- wouldn't stay that in the same way you Redskins has evolved.
And despite its history it is now considered -- Growing up I used to use the word yet.
I never knew until I became -- -- That it was a shortening of Gypsy and I didn't take -- -- -- -- that point to see how many are offended I stopped using -- it's very easy to do.
It's nothing to do with the sensitivities of a mass of people it has to do with a decent simple elementary respect you don't use that word if you can.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- This pandora or orange or -- someone -- of the field from this camera Wimbledon because the president was asked a question like all presidents -- cancer.
Presidents are -- expected to have opinions about absolutely everything.
-- hope to live long enough to have a president who when asked a question about this Michael Jackson's death or anything else says.
You know that's really none of my business we agree on the peninsula question to you -- we disagree.
That -- decency of using a term that has evolved into Jerusalem but.
One last try if -- empirical evidence shows that 90% of the people including.
Perhaps -- a lot of native Americans are not offended by Washington Redskins to George's point if you're an American Indian with a high rates.
Unemployment illiteracy and alcoholism.
I think -- ranks pretty low when -- scale of concerns and probably learn from a -- who cares.
But it matters you know on the part of those who use it and we shouldn't if we can avoid.
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