Tuesday letters: ‘Redskins’ not offensive to all

July 8, 2014 

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Now that the U.S. Patent Office has ruled that the Washington Redskins trademarks need to be canceled because the term “redskins” is offensive to Native Americans, I guess we’ll have to change the names of redskin potatoes and redskin grapes.

And perhaps other things as well. Newberry College was forced to change its name from the Indians to the Wolves, for much the same reason.

Being a descendant of Native Americans, from the Cherokee and Powhatan tribes, I do not find the term “redskins” offensive or disparaging at all, and I do not understand why the Washington Redskins cannot continue to use the term and have it protected.

Nor can I understand why everything in the past has to be reversed, changed or forgotten because a few people find these things offensive.

History is behind us. We must remember and learn from it. But why change it? It is what it is.

Or should I say, “it was what it was.”

W.R. Thomas

Columbia

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