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#1 Gerowen

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:20

 

Protesting the Washington Redskins' nickname on the grounds that it's supposedly racist, an American Indian tribe has purchased a 60-second ad to air during halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
 
The ad was slotted for the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington markets Tuesday night. It aired in Miami during Game 2 of the series.
 
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of northern California purchased the time for the airing of a 60-second version of the National Congress of American Indians' "Proud To Be" ad. A longer version is available online.
 
"Native Americans call themselves many things," a man's voice says on the commercial. "The one thing they don't ... "

 

 
 
Here's the longer version of the video.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:23

When I first heard about this, my immediate response was that people were being too sensitive.  Then I thought about it a second.  What if we had a team named the Alabama Negros and their mascot was a huge black person with exaggerated lips and saggy jeans?  As somebody who is part Cherokee and Apache Indian, and who is very proud of that heritage, this video kind of struck a chord with me.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:25

I'm not even from the US, but I must say that, while on one side I totally agree with Gerowen, on the other side I also think that one has to remember the context a word or name is used in.

As long as you don't use a word in a derogatory way no one can be offended by it, no blonde will ever be offended by the term blonde...and no native american can be offended by "redskin" if it isn't used in a derogatory way.

People minds have to change, changing a name won't make a difference for the natives if they are still mistreated everyday by people around them.

Personally I have a lot of respect for native americans, it's really disgusting to think what europeans have done a few centuries ago.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:35

Funny how redskin didn't bother people for decades.

 

Are they going to rename red skin potatoes too ... ?



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:46

Funny how redskin didn't bother people for decades.

 

Are they going to rename red skin potatoes too ... ?

I think it's one of those things that developed over time.  Something nobody really thought about at first.  Here's a perfect example.  Drawing black people in this manner was perfectly acceptable when Bugs Bunny and other cartoons were still pretty fresh.  Looking back on it we say things, "Holy crap we let our kids watch that?!"  Then again, maybe I was right in my first assumption about people being too sensitive.

 

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:41

I think it's one of those things that developed over time.  Something nobody really thought about at first.  Here's a perfect example.  Drawing black people in this manner was perfectly acceptable when Bugs Bunny and other cartoons were still pretty fresh.  Looking back on it we say things, "Holy crap we let our kids watch that?!"  Then again, maybe I was right in my first assumption about people being too sensitive.

 

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Some months ago, I saw that book: 100 ads that we will never seen again (http://www.amazon.fr...s/dp/2755610530 Sorry, it is in French)

 

It listed some extremely racist, sexist or plain stupid ads such as this one

 

 

Translation:

I love my wife,

I Love Kronenbourg (This is a beer brand)

My wife buys Kronenbourg in six packs

It is crazy how I love my wife.

 

Very classy stuff as you might guess.

 

There was some racist ads in the book too with slogans like this: "a washing powder so efficient that it will transform negros into whites"

 

The thing is that some societies evolved and changed for the better, and figured out that this was hidden racism/sexism and we are better off without them.

Same with the redskins, time for a new name

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:56

I have a feeling that if it was the "Washington Honkies" all the people that say it's not a big deal would be clamoring for it to change. 



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 13:24

Not all NA references are so callous.

Our high school was close the Huron River, so named because the area was lagely settled by the Huron tribe. The teams were always referred to as "The Chiefs" and they used a very regal looking Chief in Huron regalia as a logo. They still retain the name and imagery, and the local tribal members see it as honoring their historic connection to the area.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 16:41

Funny how redskin didn't bother people for decades.

 

Are they going to rename red skin potatoes too ... ?

And why is that NOBODY has attacked the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, MLB Atlanta Braves, or ACC Florida State Seminoles?

 

What is even MORE hilarious is that NONE of the locally-based Native American tribes actually LIVING in the SMSA that is home to the Redskins' franchise is complaining.

 

 In other words, why THIS team, as opposed to any of the others?



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:33

And why is that NOBODY has attacked the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, MLB Atlanta Braves, or ACC Florida State Seminoles?

 

What is even MORE hilarious is that NONE of the locally-based Native American tribes actually LIVING in the SMSA that is home to the Redskins' franchise is complaining.

 

 In other words, why THIS team, as opposed to any of the others?

Because it's the team for Washington DC and god forbid DC have a bad image.../s



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:42

If they want to do this, let be fair.  Let go over every the name of every single sport team in the US, and change all the offended names.  Stop being cry babies, and leave Redskins alone.  'Redskins' is a proud name for us.  They should thank the team for making the name 'Redskins' become famous and proudly.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:42

Only problem I have with this is it is not consistent.  Cleveland Indians anyone?  I know some people who no like Indian and you must say Native American.

 

And is Red Skins really a derogatory name? 



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:47

I think it's one of those things that developed over time.  Something nobody really thought about at first.  Here's a perfect example.  Drawing black people in this manner was perfectly acceptable when Bugs Bunny and other cartoons were still pretty fresh.  Looking back on it we say things, "Holy crap we let our kids watch that?!"  Then again, maybe I was right in my first assumption about people being too sensitive.

 

So?  I watched all those cartoons and even Dumbo with the crows.  I never once thought anything racist about it until the media/common person started getting sensitive about it.  I also do not treat a person of color differently at all.  I watched looney toons as well, which is now considered violent, and never once had the desire to drop an anvil on someone or blow up a bridge to kill the road runner.  The problem is that people want others to take responsibility for what they need to do...be a parent.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:56

Funny how redskin didn't bother people for decades.

Funny how racial segregation didn't bother people for decades. Society evolves.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 20:50

I have a feeling that if it was the "Washington Honkies" all the people that say it's not a big deal would be clamoring for it to change.


Proud to be a honkie here. ;)