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Redskin’s racist name needs to be changed

It isn’t often you have the opportunity to witness factors coming together to rapidly bring about a positive change. Yet, we have that situation right now in Washington, DC.

The controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins has escalated to the point where we could actually see a name change. Several sportscasters and sports outlets have said they will not use the name Redskins at all this season. More recently, Eni Faleomavaega, the non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives from American Samoa delivered a speech on the House floor, saying he is appalled that a “slur” could be used by an NFL team.  However, I am surprised at the number of people across all races who do not want to see the name changed.

They say, “That’s what we’ve been calling them for years, so what’s the problem?”

Keeping that attitude in mind, allow me to suggest a new name. Fans who support the Redskins’ name probably wouldn’t have any problem with it. And it will get immediate national attention. Let’s call them the DC Darkeys! What? Did I hear someone say that name is racist? Oh…come on…give it a little time to catch on.

Just imagine what it will be like to watch the game and hear the announcer say things like, “Those Darkeys sure can run the ball.” It sort of reminds you of the late Howard Cosell’s  line during a 1972 televised ABC broadcast on July 29, 1972 when he commented about Kansas City running back Mike Adamle in the preseason Hall of Fame game between the Chiefs and the New York Giants.  Cosell blurted out,  “See that monkey run!” And then he used ‘monkey’ again a short time later.

Maybe they could put one of these faces on the Redskins' helmets?

Maybe they could put one of these faces on the Redskins’ helmets?

Too bad Sherman Hemsley passed away last year. He could have resurrected his George Jefferson character and done a few guest spots. I can hear him yelling, “Weezy, look at that front line. White, black, white, black…it looks like a zebra! Yo Darkeys, bust through that honky line.”

They could drop that very red faced, feather headed character in their logo and replace it with something more suitable. Perhaps the image of a man that looks like the son of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.  That will look fantastic on a sweat shirt.

And consider this…the word Redskin has been around as long as the name Darkey. They have common roots.

Yes, it isn’t often that we can witness the elements of change coming together so rapidly. The time is perfect to field a new team in the nation’s capitol…The DC Darkeys! Everyone, chant with me…Darkeys, Darkeys, Darkeys!

By the way: Go Ravens! Now there’s a name!

And please read: Hell to the Redskins and Why I hate them.





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Danny Dundalk

Danny is a white-collar professional with a blue-collar upbringing. He enjoys crabs with Old Bay and Natty Boh with friends at one of their favorite bars in Fells Point. His son and daughter go to public school and he often talks with neighbors after work as he walks his dog. Follow him on Twitter: @DannyDundalk Contact the author.
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10 Comments

  1. Nick Vukmanovich says:

    view…redskins protest logo…@monroeartworks…or…monroeartworks.com

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  2. Redskins forever says:

    I find it curious that the “author” of this piece (of shinola) is all about commenting when he thinks he is right or has a good ol’ Indian saying to spout off, but I cited my source, I proved him wrong….where is his admission that he is wrong and needs to work on his research skills? I want a retraction and an admission that he was wrong. I hate when “writers” think they can just post something and won’t get called out. I’m calling you out Mr. Dundalk MD? I’m calling you out….!!

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  3. Redskins forever says:

    Oh good….you got the comment function back on Mr Dundalk….so..as I was saying in my comments…yes the American Natives were the first to use the term Redskins…and here is my source below – now lets see yours pin head!
    I should hope that a “writer” such as yourself might actually do a little research on something that he clearly has no idea about (the Wasington Post ran an article about this in 2005, you do know how to use google, right?).

    I would also hope that you would man up and apologize and admit you are wrong..I believe the source cited here is a much more reliable source then “Roots” as you stated. You really are a little white pale face who just wants to push his views on the rest of the world no matter how wrong you are.

    http://valhalla.law.und.nodak.edu/LawReview/issues/web_assets/pdf/86/86-4/86NDLR879.pdf

    “….A highly regarded study by Ives Goddard, a senior linguist in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of History’s Department of Anthropology, has demonstrated the term “redskin” originated as a translation from Native American languages. The term was used by Native Americans for themselves, and throughout the nineteenth century, the term was essentially neutral when used by whites, reflecting neither a particularly positive or particularly negative connotation.26 …”

    26.Ives Goddard, “I am a Redskin”: The Adoption of a Native American Expression (1769-1826), 19 EUR. REV. NATIVE AM. STUD. 1, 1 (2005), available at http://anthropology.si.edu/ goddard/redskin.pdf.
    So Danny Dungee…..you are wrong….are you man enough to admit you were wrong and really need to learn how to do proper research before you run your mouth about something you clearly have no idea about? Go back to walking your dogs…..that’s the best you can offer. Hail To The Redskin’s Mf’er…:) Peace out…

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  4. Redskins forever! says:

    by the way….can you site your source for this BS?

    “…And consider this…the word Redskin has been around as long as the name Darkey. They have common roots…”
    Please clarify what those “Common roots” are. I don’t like when “writer’s” just put unsubstantiated BS out there thinking no one will check. The other commentor….ooh you had two readers…was right, you are an idiot.

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    • Danny Dundalk
      Danny Dundalk says:

      Both terms have their origins in derrogatory slang used by whites at a time when Native Americans were considered heathen animals, and, African Americans were ‘property’, later to be second class citizens. That’s their common roots. And the word ROOTS was specifically chosen as a reference to Alex Haley’s book, ROOTS. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

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  5. Redskins forever! says:

    You should do your research on the origin of the name Redskin – Indian’s themselves were the origin of the word. You not only write poorly, but you don’t know what you are talking about . I find it remarkable that wanna be writers such as yourself, write about something you have no idea about, but if you take the stance you did, you simply get attention. I have never read anything you have written that is becuase you are irrelevant, but…now you got my attention. Why? Cause your blogg came up in my REDSKINS alert. Does that offened you? Redskins? It offends me more that the majority of the American Indian community have no problem with the name, but you lilly white punks what to push your PC agenda on the rest of us. By the way 10th grade writer…..have you done any research into who owns the name of The Redskins??The NFL, not the team. Fells Point, your dog and your neighbors….you don’t know jack outside of Camden or Fells Point. Oh and I like the Ravens, but I don’t like you. There are more egregious things in the world you could focus on, but alas, no one would care what you have to say. And we still don’t. REDSKINS FOREVER…and if that offends you? Good…

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    • Danny Dundalk
      Danny Dundalk says:

      The “Indians” themselves coined the name redskins? Really? Can you cite your source for that? The name redskin is English. Not Apache, or Comanche, or Navaho, or Lakota Sioux, or Cheyenne. And, you assume I am ‘lilly white’. Perhaps… I’m just a Pale Face.

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      • Redskins forever says:

        You’re wrong Dungee…are you man enough to admit you haven’t a clue what you are talking about? I guess you really are just a stupid pale face….research danny boy, do proper research..
        http://valhalla.law.und.nodak.edu/LawReview/issues/web_assets/pdf/86/86-4/86NDLR879.pdf

        “….A highly regarded study by Ives Goddard, a senior linguist in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of History’s Department of Anthropology, has demonstrated the term “redskin” originated as a translation from Native American languages. The term was used by Native Americans for themselves, and throughout the nineteenth century, the term was essentially neutral when used by whites, reflecting neither a particularly positive or particularly negative connotation.26 …”
        26.Ives Goddard, “I am a Redskin”: The Adoption of a Native American Expression (1769-1826), 19 EUR. REV. NATIVE AM. STUD. 1, 1 (2005), available at http://anthropology.si.edu/ goddard/redskin.pdf.

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      • Redskins forever says:

        Admit you are wrong Dundalk….Admit it!! Can’t can you….you ain’t man enough to admit you are wrong…!!

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  6. The author is a jackass says:

    You Sir, are an idiot.

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