At a time when many are debating the appropriateness of the Redskins nickname, the team is taking a decidedly passive-aggressive approach.
Rather than risk offending anyone, and coming out with a statement telling the offended to buzz off, the Redskins posted a bizarre story on their official website about all the people who take pride in the name.
They found 70 high schools that still refer to themselves as “Redskins,” and quoted Coshocton High School athletic director George Hemming as saying: “We are very proud of our athletic teams and very proud to be called Redskins!”
With all due respect to George, so what?
Each individual has to make their own decision about whether the name is appropriate or offensive, and to be honest, whether some high school AD thinks it’s OK doesn’t matter one whit to me.
In fact, if someone from the team stood up and told the world to go climb a totem pole while wearing a feathered headdress, I might have more respect for the position, in that a position had actually been taken.