Last night on Sunday Night Foorball weighd in on the controversy surrounding the name of the Washington Redskins. Costas started out by saying no one intends to offend Native Americans through the use of the term. Not the Redskins owner Dan Snyder, nor their fans. He even points out that nicknames like “the Braves” and “the Seminoles” can be seen as honorable as long as the associated symbols are respectful.
However, points out that there is something different about the term, “Redskins.”
“But think for a moment about the term Redskins,” Costas said. “Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group? When considered that way, Redskins cannot possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait.”
“Nor, can it possibly be considered a neutral term,” Costas continued. “It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.