The collection of newspapers which have expressed opposition to the name ‘Redskins’ by omitting it from their publications are beginning to stack up.
The Kansas City Star – hometown paper to the Chiefs – made sports talk radio waves last summer when it explicitly laid out the reasons why it would no longer print the name, in a piece titled: “Star Policy on Washington NFL Team’s Name.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Star’s public editor on Sept. 24:
“I remain unconvinced by every argument I’ve ever heard that the name is not a racial epithet, plain and simple. And I’ll even break my usual rule about commenting on issues outside The Star’s journalism to say that I find it inconceivable that the NFL still allows such a patently offensive name and mascot to represent the league in 2012.”
And now it seems they have help.
The Washington City Paper, DCist, and even select Washington Post writers have joined the Star in its uphill struggle against tradition.
“I understand people don’t like it. Some people like the name, some people don’t like it. Some people want it changed, some people don’t,” 106.7 the Fan’s Danny Rouhier said Wednesday on Holden and Danny. “To me, an outlet that is responsible for covering the news, deciding as a policy that they’re not going to say the name of the team is irresponsible.”
“I don’t even know if irresponsible is the right word, I just think it’s flat out wrong,” Holden Kushner said. “You’re job as a journalist is to report the news. Now there’s opinion columns. The Kansas City Star came out with a nice opinion column saying why they’re not going to use the name anymore.”
“The landscape of journalism has changed a lot,” Kushner continue. “People take stands now. Things evolve. Things get reported that weren’t reported, but I’m with you on this. The name of the team is the Redskins. You talk about the Redskins, you write the Redskins. You don’t have to make yourself the center of the story when you do this.”
“What you’re doing is you’re imitating kind of the way our social phenomenon are going now with social media,” Danny said. “Everybody gets to be a critic. Everybody gets their own little Facebook page so everybody’s value is the same online. So a newspaper outlet is reflecting whenever John Q public is like, ‘I hate the name Redskins. I’m not saying it anymore on my Facebook wall.’”
As talks of a possible name change continue it will grow increasingly more difficult for the Redskins themselves to ignore the issue, leaving only one thing certain: at some point we’ll all to take a stand.