On today’s ESPN Radio broadcast of The Dan Le Batard Show, an NFL team was casually referred to as “the Washington Racial Slurs.” It got us wondering how many other outlets have penciled in this unusual nomenclature.
During the 2015 NFL season, only a handful of other places have opted for this same R—– S—- descriptor, including NBC Sports, Forbes and the blog Pigskin Today. We had to go all the way back to the pre-season to find a headline mention. From Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion writer Jeff Darcy’s Aug. 13 item:
Team owner Dan Snyder, the Donald Trump of the NFL, continues to insist the ethnic slur honors Native Americans, despite the fact that at least 23 Native American tribes have called upon the owner to change the team’s name…
While the team’s name is disparaging, the logo on the side of their helmets is not. Especially when compared to the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo.
Washington’s helmet logo was introduced in 1972. It was proposed by Walter Wetzel, then president of the National Congress of American Indians. The logo was modeled after the Buffalo nickel and team’s logo from when they were originally called the Braves while playing in Boston.
The Indians’ “Sambo” style, bright red Chief Wahoo actually matches Washington’s team name better than their own helmet logo. With it’s bright red skin color, hook nose, teepee shaped triangle eyes and name, the Indians mascot is a blatant racial stereotype.
Interesting stuff. And that summer 2015 designation of Trump? Well, that stands as a spot-on political scouting report.
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