Those who are truly concerned about the plight of Native Americans could focus on some of the very real problems that Native Americans face. A visit to an Indian reservation is a visit to the third world..That we are content to do nothing about the problem is a national disgrace.
Regional, the misnomer "Imdians" has been visited upon all of the peoples indigenous to the Western Hemisphere since Europeans discovered it. We can call people Georgians or Nevadans but we can't be troubled to call others Creek or Cherokee or Iroquois because they do not nestle properly in our established geo-political boundaries. And I guess male homosexuals should just go back to being "queers".
Fly, you are correct. The name of a football team pales in comparison to the indignities heaped upon Native Americans - to use Regional's not favorite description. Poverty, alcoholism, and a government agency unable and/or unwilling to administer funds due to these people, probably all rank higher on the list of concerns needing rectification.
Lumping people together has always been a problem. Georgians' are not South Carolinians', just as Chickasaws' are not Cheyennes'.
As my post makes very clear, and as these comments suggest, finding a name which truly represents the group making a statement is most important is of paramount importance.
Using a 'slur' to address any individual or any group is not acceptable under any conditions. Using the term 'homosexual' to describe someone who favors another male sexual partner is not using a slur but rather accurately describing their desires and actions.
the term "redskin" is what is offensive-back when there was a bounty on "indians" the term meant about the same as hide or pelt, which pretty much means they were worth more dead than alive- much like a beaver, wolf or a buffalo-the cleveland indians insultingly stupid looking character that they have on their caps is also offensive-
I think this blogger should check himself if he wants to keep his anonymity. You see, several people in one certain office have access to the account "Regional" - as a matter of fact, I am accidentally "logged in" as Regional and I did not write this blog!