I know this topic has been talked about a many a time. Yet I sense a growing feel about this thing, and the name will be changed sooner than later. So I'll dust this topic off and bring it up again. Should Washington change their name, why are why not?
As for me, in the past I didn't really have much opinion on this subject. I was probably on them changing the name, but now, I'm officially for them changing the name. Originally the term was probably used as an identifier by the colonial peoples, and not specifically a slur or negative terms. Yet it became more of a negative term as time went on. Of course, back then, any name the colonial peoples used to describe others was destined to become seen in an negative light, considering the views back then. This is not to say that every white person back then were nothing but bigots. This is a very human condition. Dominant cultures all over the world saw other people and cultures as less than. All that aside, the term "redskin" has become a negative term, and not just recently.
There was a time when the terms "colored" and "*****" were accepted among everybody. Yet today they are not. If someone named their sports team the Washington Coloreds in honor of a coach who was part black, we would have still gotten rid of that name already because of it's negative context in society. (I wish the NAACP would change their name, more so because it's an old fashion term and because the name excludes a people group. They should name the group for the advancement of all people) So I say change the name. Some would say changing the name would lead to politcal correctness chaos. Yet I vehemently disagree with this. This is about providing a voice for a people who is almost forgotten in the mainstream american society. So what are you guys thoughts on this again?