The Word ' Redskins ' And Mascot Of The Football Team Essays

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The word “redskins” is offensive. According to Dictionary.com the word redskin means, “A contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.” The logo and mascot of the football team, the Washington Redskins, is a Native American man. While it is not right to use an offensive word for a team’s name, it is not immoral. If something is offensive, it doesn’t automatically make it immoral. We use offensive words and phrase often, that doesn’t mean we are being immoral. The word slut, for example, is an offensive word that is thrown around often. This doesn’t make it immoral. This word, along with many other words, may hurt people’s feelings, but there is no real harm. When something is immoral people avoid doing it as much as possible.
Immoral things have consequences and directly harm people. People are fragile, their feelings get hurt over many reasons; the causes of these negative emotions don’t make them automatically immoral. The name of the Washington Redskins is offensive to many, and rightfully so. There is free speech for a reason, though, censoring everything that is offensive, whether it is associated with a race or just a general word is not a necessary helpful thing. It’s a football team, the name is meant to show strength and be intimidating to their opponents. The Minnesota Vikings aren’t getting any shame for using Vikings, which are also a group of people. The use of the word redskins, in the Washington Redskins, isn’t meant to be harmful and there…

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