Red Skins

thAs an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, I despise the Washington Redskins and don’t care what they will inevitably change their name to because of PC pressure – Deadskins has always been fine with me. But, Bob Costas aside, nobody uses the term “Redskins” in a derogatory way. Their emblem on their helmets depicts a proud, dignified American Indian. First recorded use of the term was in a letter from a colonist, Samuel Smith,

“”My father ever declardt there would not be so much to feare iff ye Red Skins was treated with suche mixture of Justice & Authority as they cld understand”.

Renowned Smithsonian linguist, Ives Goddard, thinks the letter a fake. He states that the first use was actually by an American Indian himself – Illinois chief, Mosquito, in 1769 –

“I shall be pleased to have you come to speak to me yourself. And if any redskins do you harm, I shall be able to look out for you even at the peril of my life.”

Had a lot to do with red paint on their skin. Not derogatory then; not derogatory now. Much ado about nothing.

One comment

  1. I wonder if Red Mesa High School, a school located on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona with nearly 100% Navajo attendance, will be changing their sports team name and logo? They are the Redskins. This has just gotten to be beyond ridiculous.


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