How to rename the Washington Redskins

McCauley first trademarked the Washington Pigskins in 2015, and while he has lost count himself, a search of the US Trademark and Patent Office website shows that he holds trademarks for names such as the Washington Monuments, Washington Redtails, Washington Veterans, Washington Red Wolves and Washington Warriors.

Somehow I don’t think it will be the Warriors, nor “the Washington Pandas” (story here).

I say “the Washington Redtails,” or my very first choice would be the Maryland Tolerations.

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Washington F.C. or Washington Justice(s).

Washington owned slaves so you have change the name of everything, not just the team. When the vegans take power in the next or so decade, we will have to rename "pigskin" too. It's how America renews itself.

They've turned sports into a 'divisive circus' (Charles Barkley).

"Wizards" is already taken by the local Obama Handball team. And, it might be cause for outrage among transgender wiccans.

Obviously they should be called the "Washington Yellowbellies"

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The Washington Consensus

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The only sane choice is "D.C. Redskins," but I doubt they have the guts.

Who cares? It will more interesting to watch the National Farrakhan League crash and burn in the fall.

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You people seem to forget where the "Columbia" in "District of Columbia" comes from.

The only same choice is Washington Redskins. Evict the leftists and we don't have to put up with inane shit like this.

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I guess they’re satire deficient.

How about Curve Flatteners? Or Persons of Ruddy Color?

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I think Washington Arlingtons (listed in the article) is the clear winner as it will make a nice capstone to the pattren of giving DC sports teams bland meaningless names.

Washington Americans (+500) is the most bland, self-serving name I could possibly imagine. I can't believe anyone would seriously consider it for more than 5 seconds.

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The Washington Sniveling Shits

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Washington Social Justice Native American Sports Team

How about Washington Cave Ins or Capitulators

In keeping with ethnic team names they could be the Washington Frenchmen.

Or the Washington Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys but that might be too long and too ethnic

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Washington Frogs.

washington post-holes

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That doesn't seem fair to the French, at this point.

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The Washington Politically Corrects

Although I would probably rename the name of the town as well.

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+1 for "Washington Social Justice Native American Sports Team", very painfully politically correct but even more painfully appropriate would be "The Nation's Capital Social Justice Native American Sports Team" Imagine that on a football jersey

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The Onion had a good piece on this:
Washington Redskins Change Their Name To The D.C. Redskins
https://sports.theonion.com/washington-redskins-change-their-name-to-the-d-c-redsk-1819575691

I know that article was written in 2013 before the wave of wokeness hit the US, but you they could definitely do a story with the same title and make it about how offensive the name is because Washington owned slaves.

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Be careful with the DC reference, as the "C" comes from the hated Columbus.

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Washington Foreskins

Too anti Semitic.

The Washington Warrens

At least that name gives rise to a new team song: (To the tune of “My Bonnie lies over the ocean”)
My oneskin lies over my twoskin
My twoskin lies over my three
My threeskin lies over my foreskin
So pull back my foreskin for me

Pull back, pull back
My Washington Foreskins for me; for me
Pull back, pull back
My Washington Foreskins for me.

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I heard native Americans actually like it that the team is called the Redskins.
Interesting and significant that groups like BLM (and others) use issues like these for their own purposes without consulting the people they are supposedly protecting.
I suggest BLM or a supporter with more than two nickels to rub together, buy a professional sports team and name it the "Caucasions" or "Rednecks" or "Trailer Trash Hillbillies" and see if anyone reacts.

Most Native Americans have far more pressing things to worry about than the name of a sports ball team, but when Australia changes the name of the Redskin lolly before DC changes the name of their sports team it seems to send the message that America isn't interested in fixing past mistakes.

(We still haven't gotten around to changing the name of our cheese, but if it helps at all, I haven't seen it in the shops for a long time.)

'I haven't seen it in the shops for a long time'.

Are you sure? Think I saw it yesterday.

Australia and her racist snacks:

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/03/five-racist-and-homophobic-aussie-snacks-that-did-deserve-to-die/

It's surely a bit racist to refer to a sausage meat as "Fritz"?

Still, the pie floater should be safe.

Nah -- the pye floater is irrational.

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Are you in Queensland, CMC? That might explain it.

Of course, in Western Australia it's called Heinrich Himmler cheese.

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Cincinnati Crackers has a nice cadence to it. Although the Reds haven't been fingered for a name change in any of the articles I've read about the Redskins, Indians, Braves, etc. Is the "Reds" not a reference to Native Americans?

It's just the color of the uniforms.

Yes, originally "Red Stockings" for the baseball hose. Like the Red Sox.

Changed name to "Redlegs" for a while in the '50s because of Red scare.

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Bars in Oklahoma used to do very well on Sundays with Dallas haters in war paint - some full blooded, some wannabe Warren types - all united by their hate for Dallas and its 'Cowboys.' Come on, look how much fun it is to hate the 'Yankees' and "Celtics" Puritanical Utopians always screw things up. People who get offended by the worry that others are getting offended need to reconsider the true source of their discomfort.

As well as their motivation. Infantilization, plainly, is rife today, what with the media permitting BLM folks to believe all sorts of fairy tales.

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This happens a lot. They wanted to remove Speedy Gonzolas from Loony Toons, because it was apparently offensive to Mexicans. Mexicans campaigned to have him added back in, because they love him.

As a rule of thumb, if someone's offended on someone else's behalf, you can ignore them--typically the group that's supposed to be offended isn't. Ironically being offended on behalf of someone is a pretty strong power-play: it's saying "I know what's good for you better than you do, so sit down, shut up, and be offended by things your betters tell you to be offended by."

Same with Apu in the Simpsons. He is one of the biggest hearted characters on the show, yet the SJWs continually take offense on behalf of Indians.

I demand the right to take offense!

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I can't speak for Native Americans but I think the name Redskins is offensive. It's different than the Braves which refers to a particular (emulated) characteristic of certain Native Americans, rather than a generic ethnic characterization which I think is awful.

You really must think Whites are superior to think something like this is 'awful.' Methinks thou doth protest too much...paleface. Are you offended? Bet you're not. And why not?

This is why no one like white people.

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Obviously because people like being associated with a successful or high status group. Wake up and think.

Right. They do, and their feigned interest in protecting the interests of POC usually has more to do with trying to assert that superiority than with improving their plight. The struggle for status is tough with so many billionaires around. And anyway, as long as their renaming and tearing down symbols maybe they will leave me and my money alone.

You don't know if their interest is fake.

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More than likely correct. The man who designed the Redskins logo was from Browning, Montana, an Indian town on the enormous Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The mascot of Browning High School is the Indians. No, white people didn’t choose that mascot. The basketball team (comprised of guess who... Indians) wears headdresses during warmups before every game.

I’ve personally witnessed it at several state championship basketball tournaments and it is awesome: a great display of Indian culture, and the entire stadium—Indians and whites alike—enjoy and appreciate the show of pride.

From reading local Facebook comments (from Indians), my anecdotal feel on the Indians’ thoughts on the change of the Redskins name is that they see it as further removal of their culture. Nobody seems to be talking about that though.

Sorry, this was supposed to be in response to Dr. Federico Baskerville-Wright above.

The new name fo the Washington Redskins should be, the D. C. FORTRESS and use the White House as the team emblem

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Yeah, you're probably right that Redskins isn't super PC, but honestly I think *because* of the use in the NFL, nobody even thinks to use it as an insult anymore.

I've heard a LOT of racist things about Indians, and I've never heard the term "Redskin" thrown out. Despite that, it would be a pretty lame insult. Who cares of someone's skin has a reddish tint?

Overall, I think the best course of action would be to change the name Redskins to another name with a positive connotation towards the Indians, keeping the original logo from the Blackfeet tribe.

PC + respecting Indian culture = Win

Oh all right: The Washington Wigwams.

The Washington Wampum?

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As you said, you can't speak for Native Americans. How about asking them? Do native Americans need outsiders to protect them from words they should might or might not find offensive, and might even like?
So the club could rename itself the Apaches, and that would be ok? What if Apaches don't like that?
My impression is that Native Americans don't give a hoot; extreme political groups are using them for their own advantage.
It seems un-American to ask benighted people of colors what they want and how they would prefer to live. American WASP Elites know what is best for everyone everywhere and are Biblically obligated to force them to be "little brown Americans" whether they like it or not.

Today it doesn't matter whether a simple majority, or even a super majority is OK with the name. It's got to go even if it offends one person out there. Tough when there's the perpetually offended out there looking for more power.

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The team should probably be called the Washington Rednecks - no need to care about what the crackers think.

The satirical site Babylon Bee had an article about how the name Cracker Jack was changed to Caucasian Jack to make it less offensive.

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rename them-"the inbred racist trash- please fuck off "
to memorialize the words of democratic "strategist"
adam parkhomenko

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The Washington Bureaucrats?
The Washington Insiders?
The Washington Beltway?
The Washington Lobbyists?
The Washington Think Tanks?

Blowhards ?

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Make it something that's actually a little scary: call 'em the Washington Inspector Generals. I would also consider the Washington Special Prosecutors as an option, now that that's a bipartisan affliction, but it also might become a bit obscure over time if by some strange happenstance we stop electing corrupt politicians. I'd go with the IGs: the mascot can be a guy in a suit carrying a thick book of regulations written by someone with dyslexia.

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There's a word I can never remember. It's that neologism they came up with for "government shutdown" a few years ago. It was the "flatten the curve" of like 2108 or 2014 or whenever, and I heard it most charmingly used by a mentally disabled (autistic?) girl who used to come in my place of employment with her family, and weep and holler at the top of her lungs about whatever was on CNN 24/7 at the time. That girl sort of became my metaphorical stand-in for a segment of America. She uttered it about a hundred times in ten minutes.

It's vexing me that I can't recall that word that was on everyone's lips: we must avoid the *****.

It was like the "government retainder" or the "government detention pond" or something.

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“ I heard it most charmingly used by a mentally disabled (autistic?) girl who used to come in my place of employment with her family, and weep and holler at the top of her lungs about whatever was on CNN 24/7 at the time.“

You had Greta Thunberg visit? Cool.

Sequester?

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The Washington Grifters

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Washington Pork
Washington Apparatchiks
Washington Palm Greasers
Washington Chickenhawks
Washington Iron Triangle
Washington Plumbers
Washington Dirty Tricks
Washington Leakers
Washington Moles
Washington Young Interns
Washington Sound Bites
Washington Comptrollers
Washington Auditors

There are a lot of good options in this thread, but I'm partial to the Washington War Hawks. It's historical and you can have a walrus representing John Bolton be the mascot.

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I thought of the auditors also, but I think the Washington Taxmen playing at IRS Field would intimidate the opposition.

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The Potomac Pirates?
Meade's Marauders?

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Two syllables is de riguer, especially if one were to do a reworking of Hail to the Redskins on the order of God save the queen/My country, tis of thee.

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The Washington Monuments.

I like it, but when they tear down the monuments (I heard even Abe Lincoln is not safe, due to his early musings on slavery) will they have to rename the team?

My favorite counterfeit trademark: in the mid-1990s I saw a made in China knockoff of the Washington Redskins jersey, when I was overseas, I forget which country, and it said: WASHINGTON REDNECKS . This was back when misspellings were more common than today (the UK clothing firm took these misspellings to a new level and actually created a fashion company, SuperDry, to celebrate them; at the insistence of my hot Filipina half my age I bought one of their crummy winter rain jackets with seven zippers that don't work and it's inappropriate for DC winters, due to lack of insulation, but it's (or maybe was?) trendy.

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Did you hear about the new monument to Martha Washington?

It's a 500 foot hole in the ground.

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The Washington Weaklings, The Washington Wusses, The Washington Stop-hitting-me's, The Washington Oh-for-the-love-of's

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The Washington Karens would sound very formidable.

Seconded.

I would like to see the San Francisco Nimbies and the Seattle Social Justice Warriors also

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Not sure, I think The Karens go better with the Rams. Nothing against LA.

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washington swampers

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Hopefully COVID deals a lethal blow to sports fandom. The obsession with millionaires playing commercialized kids games is ridiculous.

Au contraire. I think we have profoundly underrated how much time that used to be spent talking online about sports is now spent 'talking' about politics, and in much the same spirit.

Ask a sportswriter. If you say anything bad about Toronto or Utah you will be pilloried in much that same way that you are for not recognizing the severity of that moment's social evil. People need these collective identities and when they have their arbitrary regional, sports oriented ones taken away they put that passion elsewhere.

This is a rare excellent comment on MR. And on a very dopey post, too.

The "politics is sports" meme has been done to death. I'm glad you old fogeys are now up to speed on tweetstorms ancient in internet years.

You're not big on reading comprehension, but we're forgiving around here.

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@Carter - true, in Europe and Turkey, passion for football (soccer) is a substitute for politics and channels aggression against the state onto the football pitch, sometimes with disastrous results.

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I have the Article How to rename the Washington Redskins
This is a view of the Peoples of America.
I really appreciate the author about this.

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Why do sport teams have "tough" sounding names? I say Washington Weaping Willows to correct this imbalance.

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The East Coast Rainbows is something the left will accept, let's not settle for less!

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Swamp rats is fitting.

The Foggy Bottoms

the kneelers

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The DC Wokes

the trained marxists

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The logo for the Washington Redskins was designed by Walter "Blackie" Wetzel in 1971. He was Chairman of the Blackfeet Nation and President of the National Congress of Indains.

He's a traitor to his tribe/race and he needs to be MemoryHoled, along with his racist "Indains" (sic) organization!

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The Indian Maiden on Land o Lakes was also drawn by an Indian, his daughter was very upset with the change.

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The Washington Shostakoviches. I suspect Tyler would like that one.

Maybe not enough mid range?

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Really? Shostakovich strikes me as a little too normie for Tyler. Shouldn't Tyler be singing the praises of Boulez or Cage?

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I saw a good meme when Land O Lakes butter got rid of the Native American woman on its logo: “They got rid of the Indian and kept the land.” Oops.

I’d just change to a non-pejorative term for Native Americans or at least the specific tribes indigenous to the Washington area. “Redskins” is offensive because it’s derogatory (and was used in a derogatory sense historically); it would be like calling a team the Negroes or the Mongoloids. But there are many non-derogatory ethnic team names that people enjoy. In fact I like the sports team names based on some distinctive local heritage instead of just a random animal, and Native Americans are certainly part of the heritage in all parts of the country.

Neither Negro nor Mongoloid is historically pejorative; the Blacks themselves used the term in the 1960s. And I recall lower case 'black' was considered not PC back when, before 2011 or so when the Atlantic began to capitalized it, the term "African-American" was preferred (which is absurd since most Blacks are not from Africa). Steve Sailor is the expert on this topic.

Bonus trivia: George W. Bush's use of the term "Grecian" is technically not improper, it's a real word. Word!

Oriental wasn't either but the recent generations don't seem to like the term.

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Actually Ray, those words were right there at the founding of "scientific racism."

https://www.penn.museum/sites/morton/craniology.php

Real throwbacks today revert to craniology when dna and population genetics don't give them the answers they want.

They might even attend secret "race and iq" conferences, which "in no way should limit a young academic's career."

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How about the Washington Chinamen?
Or San Francisco Japs?
Miami Afro-Americans?
Chicago Jews?
St. Louis Jerries? (use to be pejorative or affectionate for Germans)
New York Germs? Or New York Viruses?
Oakland Nazis?
San Diego Transgenders?
New Jersey Tampons?
Just a few suggestions. BLM can think of others.

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Retard is also not "historically perjorative". Things change. Thats the whole point.

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It was a bit jarring to see color footage from 1968 of Robert Kennedy use the term "negro" in a speech. I had always assumed that if you see someone use the term in black-and-white footage, that meant it was probably an ok term at the time of filming.

But I learned I was wrong. This article explains it all. "Negro" was originally promoted by W.E.B. DuBois to replace the term "colored." Then, apparently under the influence of Stokely Carmichael, "black" replaced "negro" in pop culture between 1966 and 1974. African-American was in turn promoted by Jesse Jackson as yet another replacement in the late 1980s.

It is very odd that Black replaces black, but perhaps that isn't really at odds with genetics. Black is a social identity, where black was a physical description. You only have to be White if you value that identity. And anyone can be all about one big wonderful human family.

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"1968 ... it was probably an ok term at the time of filming ... But I learned I was wrong ... "black" replaced "negro" in pop culture between 1966 and 1974."

A speech in using a term that only started to be used in 1966 and was not fully accepted until 1974 does mean it was ok at the time. Do you expect everyone to immediately use the new PC term?

Everyone? No. Robert Kennedy? Yeah, kind of... that is a bit jarring.

Is it *mind-blowing*? Horrifying?! No. But definityl a bit jarring.

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Good point. Soon enough, when all the sports teams are renamed, all those embarrassing reminders of the native inhabitants of the continent will be gone.

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The team should be named after those tireless capitalist servants of the common man who help desperate fans get tickets at the last moment when no other options are available. What do they call those guys?

+1

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Uh-oh.

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"tireless capitalist servants"

proletariats?
wage slaves?
working stiffs?

The punchline has eluded you, my son.

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Excellent.

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+1. Phoenix program, Bob Kerrey.

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Redskin wasn’t even originally a derogatory term - it’s first use was by the native people themselves (or at least a subset of them). Apparently ‘red’ had some kind of cultural significance around their identity, for a number of tribes.“, and they found it fitted in with the colonisers descriptions of white and black folk.

But yeah, it became more derogatory in time.

Washington Injuns?

Honest Injuns

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Isn't "Hogs" the obvious choice? For a mascot, the team could use the entedolent or "hell pig," a prehistoric megafauna that lived in the D.C. area.

And the stadium's 96-ounce beer could be called the Porkbarrel

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Rejected team names as reported a few years ago on Car Talk:

19. Brussels Sprouts
18. Cannes Openers
17. Amsterdam Yankees
16. Vienna Sausages
15. Belgium Waffles
14. Manila Folders
13. Czech Bouncers
12. New Delhi Catessans
11. Buenos Aires Heads
10. Guadalajara Krishnas
9. Iraqi Raccoons
8. Bolivia DeHavillands
7. Seoul Brothers
6. Taipei Personalities
5. Syria Killers
4. Hungary Jacks
3. Dublin Mint Twins
2. Prague Tologists
1. Peking Toms

Stockholm Syndromes
Copenhagen Chaws
Helsinki Plumbers
Hamburg errs
Frankfurt Beans
Bern Colliders
Swiss Cheeses
Geneva Conventioneers
Lima Beans
Melbourne Identities
Kiel Haulers

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So a fan loves the team so much that he trademarks a billion names - not because he wants to make some money but because he wants to give Snyder a helping hand against those other profiteers. Got it. What a guy!

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Swamp Dwellers is appropriate to both the team’s location and the team’s performance over the many years since Joe Gibbs was the coach.

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The Washington Paltroons

The Washington Hens

The Yellow Herd

The DC Dodoes

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Sept. 25, 1863: The Winona (Minn.) Daily Republican features an announcement that uses the term “redskin” as a pejorative: “The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth.”

1898: Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “redskin” as “often contemptuous.”

And to tie this together with the actual post -
March 29, 1972: A delegation of Native American leaders meets with Redskins President Edward Bennett Williams and urges him to change the team’s name. The team soon tweaks its fight song’s lyrics — most notably, replacing “Scalp ’um” with “Beat ’em” — and scraps its cheerleaders’ black-braided wigs.

So it wasn’t derogatory when used in conjunction with a bounty declared by the State? Amazing, who would have thought. I wonder how many Native Americans complained “I don’t mind you putting a bounty on my head, but I resent being called a redskin.”

What’s really amazing is that there are still people who argue that the treatment of the Native Americans wasn’t genocide.

"What’s really amazing is that there are still people who argue that the treatment of the Native Americans wasn’t genocide."

Nothing amazing, its the truth.

It was a war for land. The larger and more technological advanced side won in the end. There were atrocities on both sides.

Indian warriors killed thousands of US troops and won multiple battles from St. Clair's Defeat to Custer's Last Stand. Plenty of white civilians were killed as well.

There was no US policy of extermination. War is seldom pretty and it was not here. That does not make it genocide.

‘It was a war for land.”

That’s what the Nazis said. They needed Lebensraum.

Exactly

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The Woke Warriors

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I still think the solution should have been to create an expansion team called the Vancouver Vanilla Faces.

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Who can complain?

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lol!

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-53413107?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5f0ed05ebac8f90655aa9f6e%26Chile%20police%20training%20dogs%20to%20sniff%20out%20infections%262020-07-15T10%3A03%3A39.973Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:05da6ff0-526a-4e11-be4e-4b0f110580bb&pinned_post_asset_id=5f0ed05ebac8f90655aa9f6e&pinned_post_type=share

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How about the Washington Squirrels after the Lee family?

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Washington Greenbacks?

It doesn't roll off the tongue, but I like "Redtails" too.

The cheerleader uniforms alone would make changing the name to "Redtails" worth it. ;)

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I am surprised they haven't gone with "Washington Potomacs". You preserve the connection to Native Americans, wouldn't need to change the logo, and it would be a tribute to the old Negro League baseball team.

I don't think the activists want to preserve the connection or the iconography.

You've got to go with something new, like "Washington Lady Popes."

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Swamp rats

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Washington Red Skin Potatoes seems like the only logical choice. Probably run into some trademark violation with Mr. Potato head when creating a logo though.

Go Tubers!

Moorhead Minnesota has the Moorhead Spuds.

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I think I read this years ago in Sports Illustrated - the Washington Pigskins.

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Call them the Limeys, after one of the greatest fighting forces ever. Wink, Wink.

The Law.

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The Washington Politically Corrects

DC PCs?

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I understand there is nostalgia, resistance to change, and the overwhelming feeling that social justice warriors are taking over. But how about a little thought experiment? How ridiculous would it be if a new NFL franchise started and decided to call themselves the yellow skins, with a logo of a generalized face from Asia. It would be totally absurd. Now let's place that absurdity on one side of the scale, with nostalgia on the other. To me, it seems clear the Redskins need a new name. They should have changed it a long time ago. The end

So buy it and change it. Put skin in the game.

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Washington's state nickname is the "evergreen" state, so maybe the "Washington Evergreen's" -- it seems bland and inoffensive enough.

The official state tree is the western hemlock, so maybe the "Washington Hemlocks"

I don't advocate changing the name, but I am enjoying this exercise.

And I don't advocate the continuance of the NFL, but this is easily the most enjoyable MR thread in weeks. However, the eastern hemlock (since this is D.C. we're talking about, not Washington state) is being decimated in forests in the vicinity of D.C. due to an invasive Asian insect. This is readily, and sadly, visible on the once-beautiful Shenandoah Parkway.

Washington Woolly Adelgids has a certain ring, though.

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DC-11
Vetoes
DC Daisies
Your Name Here
PAC Pack
Football McFootballfaces

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Parasites

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Landover Lollipops

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Rename the team,
In honor of a patriotic American,
or, in memory of the past,
The
RBG's,
Which could mean
The Ruth Bader Ginsberg's or
The Redskin's Ball Game.

Satisfied both groups.

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The D.C. Redskins

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The Washington Consensus

Dad would appreciate that.

Signature play: whenever the team is angry at the coach for their bad play calls, you go for the bomb.

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The Dermatologists
The Retinols

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All joking aside, how about the Washington Union, in honor of the term used by the army which saved the union and enforced the emancipation of the slaves?

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Or, Washington Patriots.

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Webster's dictionary online says:

"redskin noun
red·​skin | \ ˈred-ˌskin \
Definition of redskin
offensive
: AMERICAN INDIAN"

The word is clearly intended as a slur and always has been.

I vote for Washington Red Hawks. Magnificent native bird. I saw one of these swoop down, grab a snake, and fly off with it writhing in its talons. Cool.

"word is clearly intended as a slur "

Why would one put a slur as a team name? These names are intended to create positive feelings towards the team.

Use by the NFL team is a compliment, ascribing fierce warrior traits to the team.

"Why would one put a slur as a team name?"
Because one is insensitive or unknowing.

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"The word is clearly intended as a slur"

What Bosh! There is not a single team in any US sports league named with any other slur. Yet variations on "Indian" are common. Despite the government's history with Indians, Indians have always been viewed positively by a substantial part of the American population, going back to and before Ben Franklin, and been positively portrayed frequently in American west mythology.

Team names related to Indians are there because much of America has always admired the bravery, resourcefulness and dignity of Indians.

There's a reason no one names teams negatively. Who wants to pay to watch the Dirty Assholes?

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the mostly peaceful protestors

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The Fighting Politicians

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There are way too many obtuse points about this matter. This is an economics blog. Think about the vast money to be made in selling re-branded merchandise and new sponsorships.

This could become a new trend with teams rebranding every decade or two, with a stylish new name, targeted at the young and free spending demographic. Think about all the corporate marketing opportunities.

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During the Obama Administration, a Special Master was hired to research the history of the term 'Redskin'. He produced a 96 page report, concluding it was offensive. I read the report. It was trash.
There were about 3-5 examples of purported pejorative use of the term. All were questionable. The most recent incident use of the term 'Redskin' in the report was from the turn of the 20th century - something about a defeat of 'the Redskins' by US Army forces. Calling this phrase pejorative is equivalent to calling the term 'Germans' pejorative in the phrase 'The US Army defeated the Germans.' After that, this OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HIRED SPECIAL MASTER documented no examples of pejorative usage in the ensuing decades. We are talking about a century.
You can check this yourself by searching for pejorative usages of the term Redskin. It just doesn't happen.
What *did* happen was that, over the decades when there were no recorded pejorative usages, dictionaries increasingly defined the term as pejorative. Now anyone want to guess how that happened?
It's pretty obvious. Activist groups had to justify their existence and they scored victories by convincing dictionary maintainers to define 'Redskin' as pejorative. After all, as I pointed out, there was no *actual usage* of the term in the pejorative sense that anyone can document.

This is another example of activists attempts to paint historic use of language as racist in order to convince and coerce people to their movement. That's all it is and it's a shame that people fall for this crap.

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I've suggested Bureaucrats but I do like Monuments -- headline writers would be ready with "Bears Topple Monuments"

Were the team from New England to defeat a team called the Monuments your headline would be "Patriots Topple Monuments." Of course, depending upon the source of the story, it would be unclear if the article was about a football game.

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What about the "DC Current" or "DC Power"?

DC lost to AC. Very fitting.

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This guy hasn't "trademarked" any of these names. He's applied. But he's never used them for anything. Use it or lose it in American trademark law. Trademark squatting is not an effective strategy for anything.

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When neither Redskins nor Washington is acceptable in a team name, the Overton Window has moved.

No grievance left behind.

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It would have to be a name that gets white DC justice warriors all fired up, given that actual indians name the high school teams on reservations the 'redskins' and have no problem with it, only white progressives do.

For a while I think the Washington basketball team was called the 'Capital Bullets', so instead of Washington or District of Columbia both being out among the would be fans of influence because of cancellation, the geographic name could be 'Capital'. But wouldn't 'Capital' imply capitalism, which is bad. Maybe is they spell it Capitol. Not different enough, maybe they can use the Potomac river, and call it Potomac, though that might get confusing since there is a DC burb called Potomac. Let's go with Capitol.

I think Community Organizers is obviously the most admired occupation in DC, isn't it?

So Capitol Community Organizers.

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Three observations: You guys are cracking yourselves up. You seem to be lacking in self-awareness because you're not funny, sorry. Clearly it's not a defensible nickname.

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Washington Wankers

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Filibusters!

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Washington Lawyers, Washington Industrial Complex, Washington Judges, Washington Technocrats, Washington Unintended Consequences, Washington White Privilege

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Well, I think the proffered "Washington Scandals" would be best.

But to keep a martial theme, he could try "Washington Werod", which means a host, troop, company, etc., but among the Anglo-Saxons was the name for the king's war band. And an "efenwerod" is a member of that company.

In this day and age, would the Anglo-Saxons complain?

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+1 for the Washington Scandals.

Alternatively, I think Megan McArdle proposed the Washington Gridlock, which works pretty well.

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I grew up with Indians (Lakota). My nephew is Indan (Chippewa). Will I watch whatever sanitised ex-Indian name they choose as their mascot? Why should I?

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