Hoops Star Shoni Schimmel Says Redskins Name Should Go
In "The Five Faces of Shoni Schimmel", ESPN's women's-sports sub-site ESPNW checks in with Native American superstar basketball player Shoni Schimmel as she gears up for another season with her college team, the Louisville Cardinals. The article paints a portrait of a tremendously talented young woman keeping it real and coming into her own as a sports celebrity. In one section, "finding her voice," Schimmel is asked to comment on the Washington Redskins name controversy. The writer notes that "Two years ago, maybe even last year, Schimmel would have deflected the question. Not anymore."
Indeed, Schimmel's answer is thorough and well-reasoned:
I would change the name of the Redskins mainly for the Native American people as a whole. ... It's about respect for the Native American race, especially to not promote the racism carried over from the past. It was racist to be called a 'redskin' back in the day, so what makes it OK today? ... Just because what our people went through was hundreds of years ago doesn't mean we forgot what happened, forgot what our elders went through. Changing the name would help give us, as Native Americans, the same equality that every other race wants.
For the full story, see ESPNW's "The Five Faces of Shoni Schimmel"