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Stereotypes and Other Offensive Depictions in Sports Mascots and Team Names
I am an unapologetic Washington Redskins fan. I love watching the team play, win or lose, and am happy to give 3-4 hours of my Sunday to the couch. However, I cannot formulate any defense regarding the team's name. I haven't ever been able to, really. In fact, I usually ironically bring up just how racist it is when I tell people I'm a fan (e.g. "I love our nation's capital's team, in spite of its horribly racist name").
But this issue brings up a series of intriguing moral questions for debate. Does the name still evoke anything hateful or degrading, or has it detached itself completely from the cultural issue? Likewise, is it worth forcing the organization to shovel out tons of cash to "re-brand" itself? What about other teams in similar positions? If the Redskins need to change their name, what about the Chiefs, Indians, Blackhawks, or the Braves?
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