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Letter: It's ridiculous to argue Native American mascots 'honor' that culture

Let's be honest about race-based mascots

2:34 AM, Oct. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Frequent responder Gerald Molling wrote in his most recent letter he doubts founder George Preston Marshall had anything derogatory in mind when naming his football team "Redskins."

I suggest Molling do a little research on Marshall's legacy as one of the great racists in sports history before writing any more letters.

Washington only started allowing black players in 1962 - after every other NFL team had integrated - because they wouldn't have been able to play in the new, taxpayer-funded stadium unless the discrimation ended. Until faced with the loss of revenue, Marshall claimed he would never integrate his team.

Molling comparing "Redskins" to "Bears" is another of the straw man arguments so often used. Is a human being really the same as an animal, Mr. Molling?

I understand the emotional attachment high school, college and professional fans have toward race-based nicknames and mascots, but don't try to sell the claim that the whole idea is "honoring" those races. It's not. Many people like the names and longtime tradition of the name and mascot. Changing anything one has an emotional attachment to is very difficult.

Native Americans are a small percentage of the population, which makes it easier to ignore the slights. Keep the names and mascots if you like, but at least be truthful about the reasons.

Chad Holmes,

Wausau

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