Wrote this up for a college course, thought it'd be interesting to share.
"Change the Name?"
"The Washington Redskins name has been a rising hot button discussion topic as of late, especially with the partial loss of their trademark and some league associates steering clear of referring to the team by that name. Even political satire staple The Daily Show got in on the controversy, pitting some of the team's fans against Native American protesters in an awkward debate.
Taking Gloria Anzaldua's ideas about linguistic terrorism into consideration, we can try to understand the issue better. For the better part of a century, the team appropriated what's now considered to be a racial slur for their own personal use.
What makes this different from other sports names like the Braves and the Seminoles, this term is used to spread hatred. No other name can claim that. Even the Cleveland Indians, who having a blatantly racist logo, but a neutral name.
Still, many people, mostly fans, claim that the name is "a homage" and "honoring Native American culture," in spite of the fact that there are times when they are mocking it. The simple fact is that it wouldn't be difficult for Daniel Snyder to change the name, but he's obviously too stubborn to do that. Until he does, (or is forced to), the team he owns will continue to keep the hatred, unintentional or not, alive."
AUTHOR NOTE: Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen would never support racism. He was number one.