Redskins Argument Bingo! (Or, 24 Inane Arguments Shot Down)

ICTMN Staff
4/4/14

Discussing the necessity of changing the team name of the Washington Redskins gets tiresome -- whether it's comments posted to the Washington Post website or Facebook exchanges or Twitter bickering, the same arguments for keeping the name crop up again and again. And again. You know these ideas are coming, it's only a matter of time before each is trotted out. If anyone is more sick of hearing these lame objections than we are, it's got to be the sportswriters who are barraged with them every time they post a story.

Two of these, Sean Gentille (@seangentille) and Robert Wheel (@bobbybigwheel) put out a call for a Redskins Name Defender Bingo card, and Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) responded. Here's what he came up with:

These arguments aren't just tiresome, they're also completely defeatable. In fact, a few of them are self-defeating, and others are just nonsense that needs no response. For a bit of Friday fun, we've run through all 24 (skipping "SMH" -- shake my head -- as it is not an argument). This should be very useful -- if everyone would just read this article, we'd never, ever have to debate any of this again.

1. What about the new foundation?

The new foundation is a very clumsy attempt at positive PR. American Indians who care about this issue called it out as such immediately, and much of the media figured it out a day later.

2. It's Snyder's team, he can do what he wants.

True. He can have a racist slur for a team name. He may lose the trademark (if recent actions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicate a trend, he will), which would allow anyone to profit off the name however they can, but he can keep the name. Newspapers and websites can refuse to print it, but he can keep the name. TV networks might someday follow suit, but he can keep the name. The team can get used to being picketed in every town they travel to, but he can keep the name. And we can all continue to post thousands of comments on every news story on the topic, but he can keep the name. Someday, though, he may realize that if he fights this fight to the bitter end, all public sentiment be damned, he will be securing a very questionable legacy for himself. Those who defend institutional racism well beyond its expiration date become symbols of wrongness -- does Dan Snyder want to be remembered as the George Wallace or P.W. Botha of the NFL? (Ok, those aren't totally fair comparisons, but they're not totally unfair either. They will be made.)

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Chooj's picture
Chooj
Submitted by Chooj on
25. Well, I'm part Indian* and it doesn't offend me. (*meaning my great-great-great grandmother was a cherokee princess)

Charity Everett
Charity Everett
Submitted by Charity Everett on
I just registered to post how hilarious and well written this article is. Kudos for arming the readership with ways to combat some of the most farcical statements that are passing for arguments these days.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Good one, Chooj! Why is it that everyone who claims to be part Indian is Cherokee? I've often wondered if everyone is related to the same Cherokee princess. ;)

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Teedy333
Submitted by Teedy333 on
I saw this on youtube and thought it was a great response: "I've said it before and will say it again, when the Leprechaun community bands together in protest over the use by Notre Dame, I, and many of my fellow natives, will stand in solidarity with our Leprechaun cousins in fighting the injustices of Leprechaun mascotry. Until then we natives are just gonna fight native mascotry, since it is a real issue that harms our people...."
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