Bob Costas on the Redskins name: “It is an insult, a slur”

During halftime of Sunday night’s game between the Redskins and Cowboys,  NBC Sports’ Bob Costas gave his thoughts on Washington’s name.

“Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from all the others,” Costas said.  “Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed African-Americans.  Hispanics.  Asians.  Or members of any other ethnic group.  When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

“It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent,” Costas added.  “It is fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended, but if you take a step back, isn’t it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?”

I completely agree with Costas.

As much as Washington owner Dan Snyder would love this story to go away,  it won’t.  It seems like this story continues to grow each week.

 

Comments

  1. Rex T says

    bob costas = PUZZIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not speak for all of us who are NATIVE AMERICAN and love the Redskin NAME!!!!!!!!! SCREW THAT STUPID ON O-TRIBE AS WELL..

  2. says

    THERE IS NO SLUR IN THE NAME REDSKINS.NATIVE AMERICANS WERE A FIERCE PEOPLE,HENCE THE NAME REDSKINS FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM. BOB COSTAS MUST HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THEN TO TRY AND INCITE SUCH AN IDIOTIC VIEW INTO THE MINDS OF THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL NATION.

  3. spynee says

    Due to NBC’s Bias reoprting I will never again watch any show on that network I will also never say that networks name again

  4. Chencho585 says

    Braves, Warriors, Indians, Utes,…..I have no problem with these and others similar. I am Native American. I was called a redskin once or twice, it’s offensive and fights always ensued…time for the change

  5. says

    Bob Costas has ALREADY proven that he’s a ‘clown’ with his remarks regarding guns in a previous show.
    and…WHO the HELL is “BOB COSTAS” ??
    Did he play football / baseball / basketball.
    Or is he one of those college-boys who got a degree in communication and writes whatever he wants. WHO is BOB COSTA’S SUPERVISOR.??
    “REDSKINS” stays. PERIOD
    Unless Mr. Costas and his Sissie friends can get the $2 BILLION dollars together and buy the team –then they could change the name.
    Redskin old term synonymous with warrior, a chief, a brave, fighter, conqueror.

    HAS NOTHING to do with harming Indians, native People and such.

    Maybe Bob would enjoy viewing the uncut R rated version of “Blazing Saddles” (Mel Brooks just got a lifetime achievement award) for the movie which used the words: Nigger, Chinks, Irish (in a derogatory way), twat, faggots,
    Where is YOUR tolerance, Mr. Costas

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