Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/19/12
The Washington City Paper made an interesting announcement on Thursday regarding the local NFL team in DC. The weekly newspaper declared that from now on it will refer to the Redskins football team as the "Pigskins", citing that the name the team prefers is a pejorative term for Native Americans. The new title was chosen with assistance of a reader poll. Pigskins is intended to be a reference to Washington's famed offensive line during the first Joe Gibbs era.Here's a snippet from the USA Today further detailing the situation:Though Snyder has done enough things over the years to draw the ire of the team's fans, the Paper may be the one receiving blowback on this one. The nickname Redskins is clearly a flashpoint for many Native Americans who consider it blatantly racist, and whether the team should alter the name has been a controversial point of debate in the courts of law and public opinion over the years.However the Paper's approach could be interpreted as making light of the issue rather than seriously addressing it. The Kansas City Star, for instance, adheres to a policy of omitting the word Redskins from its NFL stories, which seems a more appropriate way to keep a serious issue at the forefront.How do our society ever become so thin-skinned, err I mean sensitive?
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