Watch Gyasi Ross and Ray Halbritter on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines'

ICTMN Staff
4/29/14

Last week, the ESPN sports news show Outside the Lines focused on the controversy surrounding the team name and mascot of the NFL's Washington Redskins. Host Bob Ley led a discussion that involved ICTMN contributor Gyasi Ross, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin (edgeofsports.com), and Evan Redmon, editor in chief of the Redskins fan site sonofwashington.com.

Redmon later tweeted, "I felt like I showed up at a gun fight with a butter knife lol," which is not a bad description. Though some viewers criticized Ross for use of "the N-word," the very fact that it's usually called "the N-word" and is considered taboo is relevant to the conversation about Redskins -- if we can't say "the N-word" why do we argue about "the R-word"? 

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Submitted by scd on
I'm sorry, but i didn't get through half of the video without getting angry. I get so sick and tired of "discussions and debates" that i could throw up! Just change the d*** name! We ALL know what snyder is doing! We ALL know how offensive it is! We ALL know that Snyder and even the commissioner will do everything in their power to keep the name because a change WILL cost them some money! We ALL know that most whites don't give a d*** about our feelings or what we think or want! They care more about a stupid game than a human life. But, we've know that ever since columbus came. And this "Original Americans Foundation," this "handout," is an embarrassment and a joke pure and simple! What pi***** me off the most is that Tribal people are TAKING the handouts. And as long as you do he will keep this charade up. I would to GOD that i was the one he (snyder) came to with a backhoe. I would have told him in front of the media to stick that backhoe up his a** and CHANGE THE D*** NAME!

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Submitted by scd on
I'm sorry, but i didn't get through half of the video without getting angry. I get so sick and tired of "discussions and debates" that i could throw up! Just change the d*** name! We ALL know what snyder is doing! We ALL know how offensive it is! We ALL know that Snyder and even the commissioner will do everything in their power to keep the name because a change WILL cost them some money! We ALL know that most whites don't give a d*** about our feelings or what we think or want! They care more about a stupid game than a human life. But, we've know that ever since columbus came. And this "Original Americans Foundation," this "handout," is an embarrassment and a joke pure and simple! What pi***** me off the most is that Tribal people are TAKING the handouts. And as long as you do he will keep this charade up. I would to GOD that i was the one he (snyder) came to with a backhoe. I would have told him in front of the media to stick that backhoe up his a** and CHANGE THE D*** NAME!

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Submitted by MC23 on
Very good point about Snyder's Redskins "Original Americans" foundation. If Snyder is defending a name that is not offensive, but is "respectful and honorable" in it's representation, why not call it the Redskin's "Redskins" foundation? Because it's redundant? Oh, no....that's right, because the term IS offensive and Dan Snyder wouldn't dare name his newly formed over-politically correct, faux-do-gooding name after a culturally offensive word. Additionally, it's more than timing that makes his "effort to help" the Indian community sickeningly fake, it's the fact that he expects us all to pretend like the timing of the formation of this "Original Americans" foundation and the fact that his team's name is under fire - is a mere coincidence. Snyder is assuming we will all willfully suspend our disbelief as it pertains to what is obvious about his actions. For someone whose own culture has grappled with holocaust deniers - those individuals who openly denied what the rest of the world saw as obvious - how could Snyder himself not see the wrong in maintaining and defending such a degrading concept?

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Submitted by mstrofzen on
Why do white folk always think they have the right to tell us what is or is not offensive to us?.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I watched the video and although I'm happy to see some representation there was nothing new to see. All the pertinent points were brought up, but all the people who matter aren't listening.
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