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NBC's Costas On Redskins' Name: 'Insult, Slur'

Bob_Costas_2013NBCs Bob Costas said Sunday night that the Washington Redskins name was undeniably a slur and an insult, weighing in on the controversy in a monologue during halftime of Sunday Night Football.

Costas said he didnt think Redskins owner Dan Snyder or anyone in the organization harbored ill will toward Native Americans. But he added that its no excuse for keeping the name.

Think for a moment about the term Redskins, and how it truly differs from all the others, he said, rifling off the difference between Redskins and team names that he said honor Native Americans, like Braves, Chiefs, and Warriors.

Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed towards African Americans, Hispanics, Asians or any other ethnic group. When considered that way, Redskins cant possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. Its an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent.

Source: Brett Logiurato, Sports Illustrated


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