The Redskins name is again a hot topic...I'm in my early 40's and I remember maybe 20+ years ago when these names were a hot topic and colleges started changing their teams names. I was completely on the side of not changing these names and mascots. It bothered me being a big sports fan that these names I'd known and liked as a kid and for my entire life would be changed. Indians, to me, seemed almost like fictional characters or totally extinct entities and I saw no harm in the names or images used to depict them.
Years later after learning more about what happened to Native Americans and the extent to which they were totally annihilated, I've completely changed my views on this topic. The closet comparison I can think of a people getting treated even somewhat similarly to the Native Americans are the slaves. Nobody can imagine any team using any form of slave reference or slang for slaves or African American in their teams name, why? Simply because their ancestors are still here in big enough numbers to be respected. They have a voice. Native Americans, not so much. We don't need to concern ourselves with what they think about a cartoon-ish Indian face on baseball hat or what's supposed to be a more serious depiction of what we think an Indian looks like on a Redskins helmet, simply because they didn't survive in large enough numbers for us to take their feelings and thoughts into consideration.
I remember 20 years ago the people on the side of keeping these names would use a supposed current Native American community leader who would go on camera and say he was ok with the names as an justification of keeping them. I ate that up until I learned more and more on what what happened to the Native Americans...and heard from more of them on how even living ancestors today cannot fully imagine or understand what their forefathers went thru.
I know many people, likely a strong majority, disagree with getting rid of these names and images because like me 20 years ago they love the tradition and history of these colleges and pro sports teams, after all many of these universities have been around over 100 years, that's a lot of tradition...but when you think of this: By the end of the 19th century, writes David E. Stannard, a historian at the University of Hawaii, native Americans had undergone the"worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people." our 20 or 40 or 60 years of loving our teams and traditions gets put into perspective.
Hopefully, one day these names will get changes just because the current owners want to and society better understands what happened to the Native Americans and just how brutally they were treated. Lastly, The argument that these names and depictions honor them will hopefully die out, again, see slavery or the holocaust, and imagine trying to use a mascot or a name to honor those victims.
I respect and understand that Eleven Warriors isn't a place typical Democrat/Republican politics but I don't see this as a left or right issue and hopefully everyone can see how this issue ties into our shared love of sports.