Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 9/19/13
Arguably the biggest social debate in the NFL is the one surrounding the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name. An old and once dead debate has been brought to the forefront in recent months, thanks to everything from journalists and media networks refusing to refer to the Redskins by their name to even 10 members of congress sending letters to the NFL about the subject. The controversy is over the fact that the word “Redskin” is traditionally a racial slur used against Native Americans. However, in today’s world, the word is much more commonly associated with the football team than the slur. Words change their meaning over time, largely for cultural reasons. For instance, the word ************ has been culturally defined as everything from a slur against women, the elderly, and in today’s English, against homosexuals. And, of course, its original meaning was a bundle of sticks. Words only mean what society believes they mean. The Redskins’ name has, perhaps inadvertently, ...
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