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Delaware County Daily Times columnist Chris Freind

Columnist Mocks Opponents of NFL Redskins Name With Racist Cliches

ICTMN Staff
August 01, 2013

 

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.”

Go here to read the rest of Friend’s column. 

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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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