I confess I was not aware of the meaning of the word "Redskins" and asked a friend why it was offensive since I saw the term being used on a reservation at the local school there as their team name. I was appalled when he told me what it meant and felt terrible that anyone would want to use such a term. In fact, it is repulsive as is the "N" word which I hear young black kids use all the time. I agree it isn't right and indeed I remind them what the fights were about in the Civil Rights movement of the 60's were about and how people died because of that term to rid society of thinking in those terms. I understand your concern about Columbus Day as well. In fact, it would be as the rest of America celebrating an "Osama Bin Laden" Day. A terrible reminder. We cannot change what has happened historically, but we can vanquish the negative ongoing terms from our minds and manners and solicit more understanding between us. I for one am grateful for my Native American friends and have been blessed to learn history - their rich history - and even hospitality and kindness and friendship from them. I hope this article receives the viewing and understanding it deserves to help foster a better relationship with all members of humanity here in the US.
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 20:47