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Code Talker says Redskins name not derogatory

By Matthew Brown

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:26 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game says he considers the team name a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a derogatory slur.

Roy Hawthorne was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Hawthorne says the Code Talkers met with team owner Dan Snyder but did not discuss the name. Hawthorne says the word redskins is a Native-American icon that has many positive meanings.

The brief ceremony came amid a "Change the Mascot" campaign by some Indians and civil rights leaders who regard the word redskins as a racial epithet.

Snyder has called it a badge of honor.

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HanabataDays wrote:
Snyder the multimillionaire found a Native American who doesn't think it's a derogatory term. Just shows that with enough money, you can buy anything or get anyone to sell anything -- even self-respect.
on November 27,2013 | 08:47AM
Nalukai wrote:
Are you Indian ?? Then you have no say !
on November 27,2013 | 02:54PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Two Indians on this message board, allie the Indian and IndianDave, both of whom are extreme haters of Hawaiians, have nothing to say. Apparently, they don't mind being called Redskins.
on November 27,2013 | 03:07PM
lee1957 wrote:
We could lobby to change the name to the Thinskins, like some of the PC posters here.
on November 27,2013 | 04:13PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Right. Now Snyder can hang his hat on the words of one sellout- how sad.
on November 27,2013 | 05:26PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I find it really encouraging to hear it from a leader of the Code Talkers that the name "Redskins" is not a derogatory term. Those protesters are taking things out of context when they state that it is a derogatory name. I am sure that the team plays with pride when they play under that moniker. In fact, I think the team takes the name with pride and all the fans also. It cannot be placed in the same class as the "N" word which IS used in a derogatory manner. But one must understand that it is ALSO used in a manner quite different by those of this racial group. What gets me, though, is that these same people who use it amongst themselves are offended when someone from another race uses it. If they do not like this word being used by anyone, they should simply stop proliferating its use. If you hear a rap song, you will hear the use of this word quite a lot. This double standard just continues the problem. If they don't like the word being used by the mainstream, then they should not use it with each other. I find it hypocritical to expound on the negative connotations and use it with others of the same race in another sense.
on November 27,2013 | 08:52AM
innocentBystander wrote:
Think harder...
on November 27,2013 | 10:24AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Ha- he can't, it hurts
on November 27,2013 | 05:32PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Thanks, Chief.
on November 27,2013 | 09:05AM
DABLACK wrote:
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
on November 27,2013 | 09:09AM
entrkn wrote:
I call it a badge of honor too...
on November 27,2013 | 09:15AM
cojef wrote:
Wonder if the baseball team name is offending and discriminating to the birds?
on November 27,2013 | 09:28AM
innocentBystander wrote:
"Indians"? Come on. Aren't we past that term yet? Read a book, Mr. Brown!
on November 27,2013 | 10:22AM
richierich wrote:
Why's everyone so hyper sensitive about the color of their skin? Brownies, Whities, Haoles, Mokes, yada yada yada.. get over it.
on November 27,2013 | 10:28AM
Eradication wrote:
Says the white guy...
on November 27,2013 | 05:34PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Mr. Hawthorne, "Go For Broke". Mahalo for your service to our Country.
on November 27,2013 | 10:35AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Don't you just hate it when Old School Common Sense doesn't keep pace with the race of Who Can be the most Politically Correct? Same doofuses trying to change "women" to "womyn" or "history" to "herstory." Being "Politically Correct" doesn't require thought, it requires stupidity.
on November 27,2013 | 11:46AM
cojef wrote:
The liberal idealist insist on political correctness when minorities are concerned but otherwise won't do anything when the shoes is on the other foot. For example, the "knockout" games being played out currently against the another minority religious group..
on November 27,2013 | 01:52PM
Eradication wrote:
Yeah, and the word "Ni**er" is really a term of endearment not meant to be offensive at all. Why some of my best friends are "skins". Just because I call their women squaws doesn't mean anything. Old school common sense says that's the way we've always talked why change now. Geez, wish people would just leave things the way they are and quit trying to complicate my life.
on November 27,2013 | 05:41PM
Eradication wrote:
Let's just call them the Sambo's and have the mascot be a white guy in black face..."mammy, how I love ya, how I love ya dear dear 'ole mammy..." could be the fight song.
on November 27,2013 | 05:30PM
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