NY Daily News Sacking 'Redskins' Name

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 07:13 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The New York Daily News will no longer use the term "Redskins" in its coverage of the Washington football team, the paper announced in an editorial.

The tabloid said it would refer to the team, which has been called the Redskins since 1933, simply as Washington. Exceptions will be made in letters from readers and, for the time being, in content carried by the News that is supplied by outside vendors or the NFL.

In giving notice of the policy change, the News wrote that the "Redskins name is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes. No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins, or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind."

The newspaper said that while the owners and some fans "in good faith" adhere to the position that the moniker has no derogatory connotations, "the inescapable truth is that the term Redskin derives solely from the racial characteristic of skin tone in a society that is struggling mightily to be color-blind."

Representatives of the Native American community have convinced a federal panel that the name and team logo should be stripped of U.S. trademark protection, the News said.

"Why drop the term now? Why not yesterday or last year? The answer is that, as attitudes evolve, words can move from common parlance to unacceptable in good company," according to the News.

The editors acknowledged that a recent ESPN poll found that 71 percent of those surveyed wanted to retain the Redskins name against 23 percent who were for a new one. It said, however, that the trend was shifting in the direction of dropping the name.

The New York paper joins The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Detroit News, The Orange County Register, The Seattle Times, Slate, and the Washington City Paper, among others, in dropping the moniker, Politico reported.


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