questionsdo you find team names like the blackhawks…

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From what I've collected about the issue, team names such as the Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, etc all shed a "positive" or a "neutral" light on Native American culture.

On the flip side however, a team name such as the Redskins can be viewed as offensive and demeaning.

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No. But then again, if I were Native American I may feel differently.

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I agree with @studerc . Although I'm not sure about the Indians. That might be offensive considering the politically correct term is Native Americans. I'm not, so I can't say for sure. Is it like an eskimo/Inuate thing?

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I like this poster from the National Congress of American Indians. Redskin has always been pejorative as far as I know. At least it sure seemed that way when I was a kid by the way they used it in old movies.

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@zuiquan: Thank you! Perfect example(s).

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I think redskin is a derogatory term. All the other NAMES are ok, but I don't think the mascot or logo should be a caricature of the race. (like zuiquan's link showed) The KC Chiefs, for example, are safe because they have a wolf for their mascot and the logo is just an arrowhead. When you pick a name for your team, you're usually doing it out of respect and admiration for that person/place/thing, but you don't want to make a mockery of a race by using a cartoon representation of a whole group of people.
My opinion matters little since I'm not of the Native American race. Just don't get me started on the New Zealand "All Whites"! (kidding)

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Well heck, let's just get rid of some of the rest of them:

White Bread
Crackers
Jujubee
Pineapple

The list is endless.

Does anyone else see the stupidity of trying to be "politically correct". Or am I the only one that grew up having their parents tell them "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"?

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Heh... how about the Pekin Chinks (now Dragons)?

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-12-05/news/1994339058_1_chinks-pekin-high-tribune

Then again, it is possible for "those who wear the name" to be rightfully proud and yet offend others.

Then again...http://www.piolog.com/?p=668
If 2 guys can't use "White Power" and "Nigger" during a game of beer pong (and they chose their own team names).... IMHO, it does more harm than healing....