Bob Costas Labels Redskins Moniker an "Insult" and a "Slur"

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Bob Costas is not afraid to take a stand.

The veteran broadcaster made waves last December when he used part of an NBC telecast to push for gun control - and he appeared on Sunday Night Football's halftime show last night to give his opinion on another controversy:

The team name "Redskins."

Many - including President Obama and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray - believe this name should be changed, considering its derogatory nature and disrespect toward Native Americans.

And Costas clearly agrees.

"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins' and how it truly differs from all the others," Costas said last night on air, comparing this name to similar ones such as Indians and Seminoles.

"Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor could it possibly be considered a neutral term.

It's an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent. It's fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended but if you take a step back, isn't it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?"

Do you agree with his assessment? Do you think the team name Redskins should be changed?

 

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HE'S JUST UPSET BECAUSE HE LOOKS LIKE A SEMETIC REDSKIN !!! HEY M JEW BOY : IN THIS WHITE COUNTRY WE DON'T QUESTION THE FREE EXPRESSION OF OTHERS !! SO GET THE FUCK OUT !!!!

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Bob Costas has come late to this decision. This is a disappointment considering his sports history. Where was he two, five, ten years ago.

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In all serious though- I remember learning in an am history class in college that that had something to do with their skin being red from blood, not the tone of their skin. I cannot recall specifically the exact wording, but it had to do with bloodshed of natives when there was heaving fighting between natives and the whites.

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In 1995 the Washington Bullets owner decided to change the name of his NBA team to the Wizards because he didn't like the overtone in regards to the city and the high crime rate. Still today the crime rate is high. A name change will never go over well and it will not accomplish anything. This liberal movement in the name of progression is nothing more than polishing a turd. Costas and Obama and many others have are trying to gain attention and push a society towards diversity and satisfy their own idea of justice but the more they push the further we are apart. The Redskins logo is that of a WARRIOR, a FIGHTER and all Costas can Obama can see is the color of the redskin. I have been looking at that logo for years and I never saw red, I see it for what it is- a survivor or leader. Who is actually the racist in all this?

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I suggest a name change from the Washington Redskins to the Washington Foreskins to honor all the PC dickheads like Bob Costas.

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@ Jasonn

Hahaha- that's awesome!!! So true. Allll those pricks in Washington who are self-interested losers. Good idea.

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If Native Americans want to take a stand against the name, then they have a right to. But idiots like Costas and Obama need to shut their pie holes.

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Is there anything else? People in the south call asphalt roads- black top, is that racist? maybe we can burn ALL records of Bing Crosbys "white Xmas" because that could be seen as eliminating all and have XMAS soley for the whites. Costas continues to try to keep his name in the light and this is they kind of talk that keeps people in their own little segregated corner. it's worse today that when MLK was alive because today their is no dialog, just divide and protect.