Should Sports Teams Ban Offensive Names

Should Sports Teams Ban Offensive Names

There seems to be a big conflict about team names that can offend certain cultures, religions, and races. There’s one team that’s mostly referred to in this argument.  It’s the Washington Redskins.  In my opinion the Redskins name isn’t really that offensive.  Because I do not think the name is offensive, I do not think they should have to change it.

All the people that say it is offensive are just overreacting.  In one of my sources President Obama said that if he owned the team then “he would change the name.”  You know that if President Obama says something about it then it is going to start something even worse.  The Redskins are named that so people can tell that they are savages.  It is like when Americans stereotyped the indians when America wasn’t developed yet.  The Redskins want to be called savages.  They want people to be afraid of them and they want to win for their people.  The Redskins are just using a name to describe themselves as champions so that when they have a game they won’t cave in under the peer pressure.  They want their foe to be scared of them so that they might triumph in victory.

Another reason that the Redskins should keep their name is that the word redskin was first used by American Indians to describe themselves.  In a BBC Magazine article Tom Geoghegan reports that “the colour red was being used to self-describe natives in the Illinois region in the 1720s.”  The name did not have a bad meaning until the 1800s.   Dan Snyder, the Redskins owner, has said: “We at the Redskins respect everyone, but like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chicago Blackhawks, we love our team and its name and, like those fans, we do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group.”  The Redskins team is not using the name in a bad way so they should not have to change it.

I think there might be a solution to this.  That solution would be for people to still be able to express their opinion but not force their ideas on others.  We have freedom of speech in America all the time, not just until someone gets their feelings hurt.

About the Author

Niklas S. has 3 dogs that all have disabilities.

Works Cited

Belson, Ken. “Obama Points to ‘Legitimate Concerns’ Over Redskins’ Name.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 05 Oct. 2013. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.

“Daniel Snyder on the Redskins Name Controversy: ‘The Truth Is on Our Side’.” Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.

“Should the R-word Be Banned?” BBC News. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.



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