Ace goes to great lengths here to try and elaborate on his stance on the Washington Redskins’ naming flap.
He questions why it’s okay to call a team the “Braves” or the “Indians” or the “Vikings” but not the “Redskins.”
He points out that none of those other teams are in a flap because of their references to ethnic groups of people. He points out that naming a team after something or someone is a sign of respect; no one names their team the “Schnauzers” because team names are supposed to be something noble, fierce, respectable, and…
This is actually a pretty common argument when it comes to folks taking exception to a team name. “It is meant to be a compliment, not an insult!”
The problem here, which Ace misses, and I think anyone that is defending the team name “redskins” in any manner other than “it is what the team is called, deal with it,” is that “redskin” is a racial slur. To further the example above, I don’t think anyone would have a problem one with a team name such as, for instance, the Sheboygan Zulus, but would rightfully have trouble with the same team being called the Sheboygan Spearchuckers. The team name “Zulus” refers to a tribe of black men who had a fierce reputation as warriors. The team name “Spearchuckers,” refers to black men, also, but in a way that was historically reserved for insulting them in some way or another.