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I think the media has a plan. They are going to talk about the Redskins name, over and over again, day in and day out. They plan to wear Redskins fan down, until we relent and agree to drop the name "Redskins" out of frustration.
Most reporters live in a groupthink bubble. That groupthink feeds off itself. Right now, that groupthink has decided that the name "Redskins" has to go. THEY don't like it, so it has to go.
What makes matters worse---the sports media elite have chosen this as a quest. A power trip. Imagine how powerful they'll feel if THEY force the Redskins to change their name! They see a glorious future of Pulitzers, ESPYs, a lifetime of speaking invitations and people buying the books they write about THEIR heroic struggle to quash "racism." The sports media and chattering class see "Redskins" the same way Captain Ahab saw Moby Dick.
Here's hoping that the sports MSM's reputation suffers that same fate that Ahab did.
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I'm not convinced that all of the media buys the argument while not listening to ours. I think they just want to avoid the controversy of racial blowback. As a history buff, I'm particularly incensed at the notion that "redskin" referred to scalps of Native Americans. That's historically discredited, yet accepted unchallenged by the Redskins-slammers.
Scalping, by the way, was practiced with greater enthusiasm by Native American fighters. Nobody brings that up. Redskins, the brand, not redskin the alleged slur, is about football. The only scalpers are people who sell tickets online.
The topic has ceased to be a conversation and the two sides are talking past each other. Daniel Snyder should direct his comments to the only people still listening to him, Redskins fans, and ignore everyone else.
And yes, someday Snyder may decide that a name change is good business. I wouldn't like it, but I'd be ok with it. I'm not ok with the guilt trip. The people who will make the case for good business are we increasingly defiant Redskins fans -- the ones who spend real money on the team. WE will decide when Snyder changes the name.
Now is a great time to be an Oneida Nation member. Hire an agent and a PR specialist, then offer to go on every talk show and talk to every newspaper about how the name "Redskins" has damaged your psyche. Just insist that you do the interview in person, in their offices. Of course, they'll have to fly you there. (First class preferred, but business class is acceptable). And, you'll need a rental car (mid-size or better) and hotel room. Plus a few show tickets. To soothe your pain, of course.
Agreed that both sides are now talking past each other. But, that happens in all disputes. You listen, and weigh both sides of an argument...and then you pick a side. IMO the MSM, scolding class and chattering class picked their side long ago. They're no longer listening. Their minds are made up.
So, it seems there are two things that Redskins fans should now do.
(1) Stick to our guns. Don't give in to the scolding. Snyder has the money to fight this battle, if he so chooses. It wouldn't surprise me if someone in the scolding class says something stupid, in public, that makes them legally vulnerable. Discovery is a painful thing...
(2) Follow your earlier suggestion, and make the case to those people who ARE undecided, in support of the Redskins keeping their name.