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'Redskins' Is Officially a Dictionary-Defined Racial Slur—in All Cases

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'Redskins' Is Officially a Dictionary-Defined Racial Slur—in All Cases


The R-word is no longer occasionally disparaging and offensive as it is currently defined in the dictionary. From now on, the word is a racial slur in all cases (and it’s about time).

“In our next update, we’re removing ‘often’ so the label just reads ‘Slang: Disparaging and Offensive,’” Jane Solomon, senior content editor and lexicographer at [sign in to see URL], told MTV News. [sign in to see URL] has recognized that the word's level of offensiveness has changed over the last half-centry, MTV News said.

New contextual adjustments to the R-word are being made across the board following the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s cancellation of the Washington NFL football team’s name. The recent update, for example, on [sign in to see URL] is one of those adjustments. And the Patent and Trademark Office has already denied six versions of the word: Redskins Fanatics, Redskin Pigskins, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and Redskins Hog Rinds.

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This image by longtime editorial cartoonist Tom Stiglich, which compares the Nazi, Confederate and Redskins flags, appeared in the New York Daily News in 2013.

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 Houska: The Racial Wallpaper of Slavery and Genocide

Every day, I walk down the streets of our Nation’s capitol, through the halls of Congress, past statues of celebrated American leaders. And every day, I am subjected to pinpricks of racism directed at Native Americans.

Jerseys, hats, bags, umbrellas, bumper stickers, miniature flags, giant banners, even paper towels – all proudly displaying a caricature of a Native American with a dictionary-defined racial slur as its moniker.

Here, in the place where federal Indian law and policy are made, Native Americans are openly mocked for the sake of sports. “It’s an honor,” we’re told. What honor is there in racism? Is blackface an honor? Ask Rachel Dolezal how her masquerade as a black woman turned out.

Atop the U.S. Capitol, there is a frieze depicting American history. At first, Native Americans fight an onslaught of colonists. Our final reference is the death of Tecumseh and a kneeling Native American woman, hands upraised. There is nothing after. In the story of American exceptionalism, Native Americans cease to exist after Manifest Destiny.

In reality, as our numbers dwindled to near extinction, George Preston Marshall, staunch segregationist, chose the Washington team name. Andrew Jackson, proponent of the Trail of Tears, appeared on the twenty dollar bill. Christopher Columbus, who was brought back to Spain to be prosecuted for the horrors he enacted on indigenous peoples, was given a federal holiday.

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 Change the Name: Obama Administration Reiterates Opposition to Washington Football Team Mascot

Last year, team owner Dan Snyder began the process of designing a new stadium, and he is considering the District as its potential home. It was also last year that his team lost six of its seven trademarks after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concluded that the name of the team is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Snyder said he will “NEVER” change the name.

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