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Redskins Is Not an Honorable Nickname

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You can buy most anything emblazoned with the name and logo of the Washington Redskins these days: dinner plates, fuzzy dice, handbags, sunglasses, foam fingers, vinyl car mats.

That 80-year-old name, goes the canard that’s as worn as FedEx Field, honors Native Americans.

Car magnets, nail polish, dog toys, plush monkeys, feather earrings, golf towels.

 

Cultures reduced to a pile of logoed baubles and a stadium full of singing about “braves on the warpath” and a name that former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell lists as one of the four most derogatory words to describe a Native American. The equivalent, to some, of the n-word. An honor.

Campbell, the former Olympian who enjoys football and counts coach Mike Shanahan as a...

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