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Redskins by poasterchild Redskins by poasterchild
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Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, happens to be Jewish.  So am I (well, half, anyway).  As a Jewish person, I have a very difficult time comprehending why another Jewish person seemingly finds it impossible to understand why some of us (I'm also half Lakhota) take great offense at the use of the word "redskin" which had its origin as a short-hand term for the scalps of my relatives when they were turned in to the U.S. Army for a cash bounty.  Much easier than dragging in a whole corpse, don'tcha know. . .Given the history of the Jewish people, in my view, and consistent with Biblical teaching for that matter, Jews, especially American Jews, have a special responsibility to speak out against racial and religious discrimination, and to speak up for the oppressed.  Dan Snyder has missed a teachable moment and has forever labeled himself as a man who cares more about the ka-ching than he does about the right thing.
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jushtan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to stand behind Dan Snyder on this topic. It isn't because I am a racist or insensitive or incapable of empathy. It the principal of the matter, which is; Why should he do something he doesn't want to just because other people said so? (rhetorical)

I guess you could say I support the first amendment more than I support the offended, because freedom is above your offended-ness. It's every Americans right to be offensive. If you don't like it, tough nuggie.

That being said, I would have changed the name if I owned the team.
TrimbleS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Have you watched the Last Week Tonight clip about this? I think it's pretty good, I'd love to hear what you think of it if you watch it…
poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It was pretty good. Thanks.
BlackMage-V Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Most First Nations people do not mind that they use the name Redskins
poasterchild Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'd say "some," but not "most."
LeRevolutionnaire Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
good one poaster!
AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
So true. We are acutely sensitive to Jews in America, and according to a recent Pew poll Judaism is the most favorably ranked religion here. Not to say there isn't antiSemitism, but publicly you cannot even remotely hint at it and not face repercussions, as it should be. Whatever the racial issue is, replace the target people with Jews and ask yourself if you could get away with doing the same thing.
poasterchild Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I read a Washington fan's comments in the Washington Post, and he said this: would you accept it if there were a team named the blackskins, or the whiteskins, or the yellowskins?  I think the reason people resist changing the name is because to have empathy with the people who suffered this genocide means having to take a piece of the moral responsibility for it and its ongoing consequences.  It's easy for Americans to condemn the genocide committed by Hitler against the Jews and others; after all, we were the liberators, we were the prosecutors at Nuremberg, we passed judgment in the name of humanity.  It is correspondingly much more difficult for Americans to acknowledge the genocide some of their own ancestors committed against American Indians because they were the killers, and have not yet been called before the bar of justice.
AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Well said. :nod:
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