LET'S CHAT OVER TEA
Farewell Skins Nation by J. Higdon
Since I can remember, Sundays have been designated for cheering on Washington's football team. It's been a common rule, don't disturb us whenever the burgundy and gold were scheduled to hit the field. My Granny (Ms. Ann) and Grandpa (Sonny) always made sure we attended church and dinner was made well before kick off. But our family has always been divided on whether to root for the Cowboys or Indians so to speak. I always wondered why so many Washingtonians were dead set on being Cowgirl fans, until my Uncle B a native Washingtonian himself broke it down, "The Redskins owner was the last one forced to integrate players." Uncle B was the leader of the crusade to recruit as many cowgirl fans as he could, which included my son and brother. Still the history of Washington's racist antics fell on deaf ears, and I still chanted, "SKINS NATION, IS STILL THE SITUATION." But Native Americans have long called for a name change deeming the term "Redskin" to be offensive. "Redskin" was once used as a self-identifier between races. It was James Fenimore Cooper's 1823 novel "The Pioneers" where the term was first used in a derogatory tone. In 1863 the Winona Daily Republican featured an announcement reading, "The state reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory." Even with this history being googleable,, (yeah I made that up) Daniel Snyder swore in "ALL CAPS" Washington's team name will remain the same. The recent toppling of confederate statues nation wide, and the removal of the former team owner George P. Marshall's statue, forced Nike, PepsiCo, and Bank of America to receive letters from 87 investment firms asking to sever ties with Washington's Football team until there is a name change. Amazon recently announced they would be pulling all of Washington Redskins merchandise from their site as well. It took money entering the equation for Snyder to fold, confirming that he's still disconnected from the history of the name. And I'm not just disassociating myself from my home team due to selective outrage. It's been the RGIII debacle, non re-signing of Alfred Morrison after a thousand yard rushing season, and the million dollar donation to President Gump, that made me cancel my annual trips to Fedex field. Even with a name change being eminent, the owner is still the same. A new logo will be designed, and the replacement nick name will take time to grow on a dedicated fan base, and I'll still say FAREWELL SKINS NATION.
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