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Delaware County Daily Times columnist Chris Freind

Columnist Mocks Opponents of NFL Redskins Name With Racist Cliches

ICTMN Staff
8/1/13

 

Chris Freind, a columnist with the Delaware County Daily Times, wrote a scathing column Wednesday about the debate over whether or not the Washington Redskins should change its name.

In his column, Freind facetiously and with disregard employs terms like “scalping” and “reservations” to punctuate his argument that the term ‘Redskins’ is beloved by many and detested by few.

He adds that the pro-Redskins chorus lacks a politician in D.C. who is “brave enough” to combat this “political correctness.”

“This is no time for peace pipes,” he wrote. “We must, without reservation, not just hold down the fort but go to war with those riding roughshod over hallowed American traditions — fighting the people who love nothing more than to chop away at things no one actually finds offensive. As with most issues though, we lack a political chief brave enough to tackle this type of political correctness. The biggest irony? If a leader painted this picture as the insanity that it is, it wouldn’t be his last stand, but a feather in his cap, because the vast majority of Americans recognize that using Indian names isn’t offensive, but complimentary.”

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builds-the-fire's picture
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Submitted by builds-the-fire on
I guess he should consider how far a sports team would get calling themselves the "Blackskins" ...

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Submitted by Mojo Hand on
Typical white privilege drivel....and once again, a white person deciding to speak on the behalf of a marginalized minority group about what is honorific to them. But he does have a point about has anyone asked the NA community if they feel offense. Yet, he goes ahead and uses the confirmation biased "poll" that most of them don't find it offensive. And proceeds to stop the dialog right there. No, put up or shut up. Sponsor a real debate or forum with the NA community and let's really hear what NA's have to say about the r- word.

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Submitted by hesutu on
Huh. I've got pretty thick skin when it comes to a lot of this sort of thing, but Chris Freind's comment did a good job at offending me. But then I recognize this is nothing more than tacky yellow journalism and these hacks make their living off of creating trouble, so I just move on and feel sorry for them.

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Submitted by Colville Member on
Washington D.C. already changed the name of the NBA Bullets to "Wizards" in order to avoid the appearance of promoting or sanctioning violence. If they are honoring a people with "Redskins," why don't they donate some revenue to Native American historical preservation or education, or have a drum group featured after the National Anthem? There isn't any evidence it's "honoring" anyone.

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Submitted by Colville Member on
Washington D.C. already changed the name of the NBA Bullets to "Wizards" in order to avoid the appearance of promoting or sanctioning violence. If they are honoring a people with "Redskins," why don't they donate some revenue to Native American historical preservation or education, or have a drum group featured after the National Anthem? There isn't any evidence it's "honoring" anyone.

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Submitted by tom on
Changing the Redskins name is idiocy. The profile in the Redskins logo is not derogatory. It shows a brave Native American warrior.

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Submitted by Dr. Obvious on
I mean should we really be that surprised by this kinda behavior from a ginger?

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Submitted by stfd on
I suppose we should change name's of other sports franchises as well; the Indians, kanucks, blackhawks, browns...the Yankees probably offend our English neighbors, the titans and saints might offend the religious right....calm down already. The redskins name comes from the members of the Boston tea party who dressed as Native Americans. The team came from Boston and were then the Boston braves. We really don't have to find a reason to argue just because it has presented itself. By the way...I'm half Cherokee half black. No biases here...so how about we sit back and watch some sports

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Submitted by Absolutpirate on
Isn't his point proven (about PC) if Native Americans get bent out of shape over something this trivial? Is racism really lurking around every corner or are there racialists pouncing on every little thing that isn't PC I'm order to exploit situations for their own gain? Full disclosure: I am not Native American so I expect my opinions are automatically discounted (or marginalized) in these kinds of discussions.

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Submitted by Marc Jeric on
The best name for the Washington football club would be Washington Marxists. That name would reflect best the nature of that place.

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Submitted by jerry deane on
It is refreshing to see someone stand up to the self imposed police of thought. This is so absurd that it should be a no brainer....to show respect for the people that inhabited this country long before the Europeans showed up, and twist it for the purposes of thought control is even more absurd. Will people ever have enough guts or backbone to stand up for what is right instead of let themselves be beat up with political correctness gone wild. Get a mind, and use it !!!

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Submitted by Gen. Custer on
Injuns

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Submitted by Johnny Featheri... on
Why not the Washington Rednecks? They can keep the face. Make it pale, keep the neck the way it is. Change the feathers to a mullet. It will represent the Virginia fan base which is where a majority of their season ticket holders live. Win-win! Besides, those in Washington support the NCAA in their iron fisted approach to making colleges change their nicknames, like "Fighing Sioux" or "Warriors" (which I don't understand how those are negative in any way). It's about time they feel the wrath of PC. Telling everybody else what to do is fine until it comes back to you/

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Submitted by F. Dunbar on
You look not only like a moron, youARE ONE. The name should be changed to the. PORKSKINS or the foreskins, since they are a bunch of steroid laced, muscle-headed microcephalic DICKS. they will all end up crippled with Parkinsonism, ALS, or Alzheimer's . I'm glad nobody in my family was so uncivilized. We live a good, long life. Hahahahah

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Submitted by Afghan Whig on
If it's ignorant and insensitive for so-called privileged people to speak on behalf of Native Americans when discussing the Redskins logo, why isn't it also odd for Native Americans to tell "privileged" people what they mean when they use the Redskins logo? Isn't the most sensible explanation for this dilemma that different people attach different meanings to the Redskins logo. If so, that implies that the "racist" character of the mascot is arbitrary, and not inherent to the Redskins brand.

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Submitted by Jim B on
Funny and spot on! Why aren't there other people who get it like this guy. Grow up America.

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Submitted by Chuck Stamford on
"Columnist Mocks Opponents of NFL Redskins Name with Racist Cliches" The first two examples given, "scalping" and "reservations", are, one would naturally assume, considered the most egregious. Did I miss the "uprising" over the term "ticket scalping", or "dinner reservations"? How many other English words would American Indians like us to never use? "peace pipes", "fort", "war", "hallowed", "chop", "brave", "painted", "last stand", "feather". Seriously? This is rhetorical racism? Or is it just that the redder the skin the thinner it is?

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Submitted by deedeemao on
Liberals decided that the name "Indians" itself was demeaning to the Indians, (Feather, not dot) so they decided that Amerocan Indians should be called "Native Americans" Well guess what happened? The indians themselves decided that he condescending Liberals were the biggest racists of all and found the Name "Native American to be far more demeaning than "Indian" which is the name which they call themselves. My guess is that if Elizaberh Warren trest to run as the first Female President thae the Indians will demand a pelvic exam to verigy that she is what she claims to be. Because you see, LIBERALS believe that the ends justify the means and so that gives them license to LIE and be as phony as they need to be to bamboozle the ignorant masses for their own good. I mean how do you think Obama got elected twice?

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Submitted by deedeemao on
Liberals decided that the name "Indians" itself was demeaning to the Indians, (Feather, not dot) so they decided that Amerocan Indians should be called "Native Americans" Well guess what happened? The indians themselves decided that he condescending Liberals were the biggest racists of all and found the Name "Native American to be far more demeaning than "Indian" which is the name which they call themselves. My guess is that if Elizaberh Warren trest to run as the first Female President thae the Indians will demand a pelvic exam to verigy that she is what she claims to be. Because you see, LIBERALS believe that the ends justify the means and so that gives them license to LIE and be as phony as they need to be to bamboozle the ignorant masses for their own good. I mean how do you think Obama got elected twice?

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Submitted by Andrew McLaren on
From my perspective as an Eastern Canadian, we are surrounded by the legacy of our aboriginal peoples (First Nations) in many of the place names of our local and national geography. These are the sort of names which should be adopted by sports teams and other groups who want to reflect upon the human history and traditions of those who were called 'indians' by the colonialists. Using pejorative--racist--terms for those peoples is wrong, but also boring, when the alternative can provide an opportunity to greater appreciate the true history of our many ancestors, and to better understanding. As examples of such place names from up here, we have Quebec (Mik'maw) and Canada (Iroquoian) and there are many US States with names derived from the pre-colonial languages and traditions. People should continue to respect and celebrate this legacy. Using blanket-terms for race like redskins is 180-degrees the wrong way to do that and is offensive to human dignity.

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Submitted by Tom Mayer on
Send the column to the NCAA who took offense at North Dakota's use of the "fighting Sioux." The moniker was Sioux and by customary usage evolved into fighting Sioux. Indian reservations in North Dakota supported the name except for one where the tribal chairman prohibited the issue from being put to a vote. Political correctness prevailed because the NCAA said it would prohibit UND from participating in post league play unless it was changed. The impetus for the change came from some professors and student activists who were not even North Dakotans. So, hold the line on Redskins.

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Submitted by Arthur Plotkin on
We're not smoking Peace Pipes, The Chiefs, The Braves, The Cowboys, Yo, I'M from Revere, MA and my head says, also get rid of Plimyth Rock, Massachusetts, next will have to not call Pussy, Pussy, because of the Cat backlash.

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Submitted by John Sayer on
We "Indians" are dying off and fading away at an alarming pace. It is nice to see my ancestors remembered in ANY form even if it is a sports team. It's not like we are remembered on the door to a bathroom. The liberal white man is his own worst enemy.

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Submitted by TheVoice on
Chris Freind isn't a "white snob" just because it pisses some people off that he's RIGHT. "Redskins" is NOT offensive just because a bunch of incompetent snits claim that it is for their own self-anointed intellectual satisfaction. Just as 2+2=4, you can't claim it actually equals 3 or 5 just because you don't want the answer to be 4, and you can't falsely accuse someone of having a non-existent bias in an attempt to attack the facts.

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Submitted by TheVoice on
If "Redskins" is offensive and racist, why do most living native Americans say it ISN'T, and are PROUD to represent an NFL franchise? The current logo was actually picked by a native American tribal chief that the team consulted with in order to choose the coolest and most HONORABLE symbol of team PRIDE!

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Submitted by RussPenman65 on
My question is why is the lightest skinned indians making this such an issue? Why is it they want to complain about a name that has been the same for decades? Why don't they complain about their people stuck in God forsaken land called reservations? Seems to me this is a assbackward argument.

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