Song of the Post: Stand by Me by Ben E. King
There is debate going on surrounding the Washington Redskins being forced to change their name. There are groups claiming that it is offensive and should be taken down. Today, on First Take Stephen A. brought up a great point, if the Redskins name needs to be changed then so should the rest of “questionably” offensive team names. That would include the Blackhawks, Indians, and Braves.
I don’t think that the Redskins should be forced to change their name for many reasons, first off they were created back in the 30’s so some of these terms were just how you would clarify Native Americans. Just like you call blacks, whites, browns, there is no offensive term when it was established therefore it should be taken that way. Also, the Washington Redskins are one of the top five most marketable teams in the world. They are roughly worth billions of dollars. The fans are also some of the most loyal football fans out there; to think the team and whoever changes their name wouldn’t be in trouble with the fans is beyond me.
And then there are the other teams, the Blackhawks, Braves and Indians.
Now I may be biased because the Blackhawks are my backup team behind the Bruins; but the term “blackhawk” is most referring to the tribe that lived in that area. They were warriors and badass ones at that. To change the Blackhawk name and logo would be insane because then you can open up the argument that every likeness of Native Americans should be changed. That means most of the continental United States would need to change it’s state’s name and towns and street names and so on and so forth.
That leaves the Braves and Indians.
The Indians however… I mean, look at their logo.
If that’s not offensive than I don’t know what is? I mean its a cartoon yes, but it just doesn’t look as heroic as the Blackhawks or Redskins logos. Those are representing the Native Americans in a brave and proud light whereas the Cleveland logo is a representation of racism. It looks like it would be in a racial political cartoon back in the 1890’s; where this particular Native American is lighting your house on fire while pillaging your neighborhood while riding a horse and smoking a peace pipe.
Now that’s racism.
If any teams were to change their names and or logos, it should be the Cleveland Indians. I mean Cleveland is a disgraceful town as it is. It’s a heap of trash right next to Lake Eire. Not even an interesting town, I mean there’s the Rock n Roll hall of fame but even that isn’t great.
I’d rather live in Detroit.