Saturday, June 28, 2014

Joe Gibbs defends use of Redskins nickname


There are those who are in favor of changing the Washington Redskins name and then there are others who are just fine with it. Count former head coach Joe Gibbs as one who supports the use of the Redskins name.

“I grew up in North Carolina and the only games we could get on TV in the late ’40s was the Redskins,” he said Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, where he was preparing to watch his Joe Gibbs Racing team compete. “I pulled for them my whole life. The whole time I was there — 15 years — never once did I hear anybody say anything negative about the name Redskins.”

In case you weren't aware, the discontent over the Redskins name has reached an all-time high over the last year. One of the most notable events to transpire came last week when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademark registrations owned by the franchise.

I could be mistaken, but it seems as though there are far greater issues the government could be focusing its time and energy on than the nickname of a football team.

The mere fact that the name is an issue at all probably says more about the sensitivity and combative nature of our society than anything else. How else can you explain the uprising over a name that has previously been in place for over 80 years? If the term is deemed offensive now, why wasn't it considered offensive many years ago?

The answers to these questions may or may not be reasonably sound.

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