History tells us the Native American Indians received a royal screwing from the Americans early on. One only has to travel in Indian country as I did a few years back in AZ to see how they live today; on land you couldn’t grow weeds on, solid rock, land they were ‘given to’ by the white men. They sit on roadsides selling their hand-made trinkets. Their struggles are still ongoing today.
However that being said, I can’t understand all the ruckus about changing the name of the Washington Red Skins because it discriminates against the Indians. They have been the Red Skins since I was a kid; although similar complaints have been filed over the past few years, this year the opposition has gone to the NFL Commissioner trying to force a name change. The owner vows to change the name not only because it is the team’s symbol but I’m sure the expense to change the logo; however look at the money he’s make selling the new logo, jerseys, etc.
Yet nothing has been said about the Cleveland Indians, or the Atlanta Braves. I always thought the Red Skin symbol of an Indian symbolized bravery and courage. I never looked upon the symbol as degrading the American Indian.
Can someone tell me what I am missing here?