• And finally, if you don’t understand why the term, ‘redskin,’ or ‘eskimo,’ is offensive, especially when used as a symbol or logo for a professional sports team, there’s little I can say here which will change your mind.
But the issue isn’t what you or I think. It’s what the Native Americans and Inuit — the people who’s culture, heritage and history are at the root of this issue — think and on that basis, it’s hard to believe changing a team name still encounters resistance.
This has nothing to do with political correctness or optics. It has everything to do with decency and respect. Indigenous people in North America have been denied that decency and respect for centuries. They’ve also been subjected to brutal, dehumanising treatment by a society which has attempted to eradicate their culture even as it trades on the stereotypes of that culture.
It’s just time to change that. Actually, it was time 50 years ago but if sports are supposed to represent something meaningful in our world, this has to happen.