Redskins Name Controversy – How Much NFL-Redskins Have Meant to USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
May 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
May 30, 2014, At first, although interesting, I didn’t believe the Redskins name debate was relevant to USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops. Then I remembered how throughout the last few years and well before a Redskins name change was on the agenda of activists, each North and Native American victim of Canada Scoops placed in USA expressed to me their love of that team, their pride in the team logo, the team colours, the team players and, in a good season, the team victories. To them, NFL-Redskins represent strength and pride. I am sure that impression was helped by, whenever they attended Redskins games, their being high-5 celebrated by Redskins staff and fans alike.
When, more often than not, their cultural heritage was ignored in the melting pot that is the USA, a mention of the Redskins on the news or in the local watering hole, brought their North/Native American Indian’ness back into the spotlight. And, it did so in a way that everyone could relate to no matter if they were of North/Native American Indian descent, a football fan or not.
Hopefully this debate over Redskins name change will take these indivduals’ feelings into consideration. At the moment, the debate seems very much like a marginalizing political debate amongst professional activists with no regard for the majority of North/Native American Indian fans themselves.
Below is link to 1 Forbes article on Redskins name change debate.