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Harlan McKosato: Another season to fight team's racist mascot






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Harlan McKosato gears up for another season of battling the racist mascot of the Washington NFL team:
Okay, let’s look at some of the arguments that R**skins supporters offer up when they try to insist that the nickname is not insulting or racist, and that Native Americans who find the term insulting and opponents of the name are being too overly-sensitive and that objecting to the name is just part of American society’s new, absurd sense of political correctness:

First of all, the Washington NFL team has always used this name, this is our tradition. My response is “no, that’s incorrect.” The franchise started off with the nickname Braves. If you want to talk about tradition and legacy, go back to Braves.

Or, you could easily change your name to “Pigskins” which I’ve been advocating for quite some time because of Washington fans’ infatuation with your famous offensive line that blocked for John Riggins nicknamed “the Hogs.”

Even better, let’s rename the team “Rednecks.” Before the game you could have a guy looking like Larry the Cable Guy drive out to the 50-yard line at FedEx field, get out of his four-wheel drive pickup, put in a big wad of chaw in his jaw, chew on it as the fans go wild and then take a big ol’ spit of tobacco juice as the band plays and fans sing in unison, “Hail to the Rednecks.” That would be cool don’t you think?

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