Maybe we should just ban the words “Red” and “Man” from our vocabulary. —Al
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A day after losing their trademark registration by the federal government, the Washington Redskin’s mascot controversy is hitting close to home.
Richard Whitman, a member of the Yuchi tribe, remembers being teased as a child – repeatedly being called a “redskin.”
“You live with it, you know?” Whitman said of the teasing. “It was part of our little survival technique, if you will.”
So he is glad to see pressure put on the Washington Redskins to change their name.
He says it represents the scalps that were collected by bounty hunters who made a living killing Native Americans.
“Medical health shows the impact of this kind of imaging for young native people,” Whitman said.
But if the Redskins name is changed, should Oklahoma change its name too?
The state’s name is from the Choctaw words “okla” and “humma,” meaning “red people.”
The Choctaw Nation website says following…
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