The Redskins are coming to Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday. That causes us to revisit the controversy about the name. This post is similar to one I posted a few months ago, but just as the controversy continues, so does my suggestion remain.
I read in the news AGAIN that there is pressure on the Washington Redskins football team to change its name because Redskins is thought to be derogatory. I have a suggestion that would allow the team to keep the same logo pictured below.
How about Washington Indians? The Cleveland Indians in baseball, of course, already are using that same name that I am suggesting, but we have both the Major League Baseball Giants in San Francisco and the NFL Football Giants in New York. Washington Indians would work. Keep the logo on the helmets. It seems respectful.
On the flip side, the Cleveland Indians need to lose their logo.
The poster above came from the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) website.
As I pointed out recently in another post on this blog, many actual American Indians call themselves Indians as well as Native Americans. The American Indian Movement is a group that sticks up for, well, let’s call them Indians since that is what they call themselves in their organization’s name . It is not the name Indian that is the problem.
Below is the sign for the Pine Ridge Indian (not Native American) Reservation.
If Redskins is dropped as the name, just use the name that real Indians call themselves and, again, keep the logo.
Now let us consider the names of two other professional football teams and an appropriate, very cool, even beautiful, logo.
The fierce Minnesota Vikings logo does not seem disrespectful to me. However, I have a suggestion for them too. And for the Dallas Cowboys. I have a dream. Pick me! Pick me to represent both identities.
If the Vikings merge with the Cowboys, I would like to be considered as the mascot since I am a Viking Cowboy by a combination of Scandinavian ethnicity and American West cultural circumstance. I hereby consent to my image on the right being displayed as the face of the Dallas Vikings, or for the Minnesota Cowboys, depending how the merger negotiations go. It could even be drawn as a caricature to be used as a logo, such as the Viking on the left as long as it is done tastefully and depicts my rugged good looks in a respectful manner.
A team with that visual image looks to me like a winner!