¡Viva Los Redskins! Offensive in any language?

¡Viva Los Redskins! Offensive in any language?

There has long been controversy over sports teams that use Native American names.

Now a new song may add salt to the wound for many Native Americans.

It's called "¡Viva Los Redskins!" a new Spanish-language translation of the Washington, D.C., football team's fight song.

The team plans to play the Spanish-language version of their team song during Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals and they also are launching a Spanish-language site for the team, according to The Washington Post.

It's being unveiled in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.

There is something ironic about that, especially considering many Latinos have indigenous roots or are mestizo, a blending of European and indigenous ancestry.

The song was created by Michael Garin, José Antonio (Tony) Melián and Matt Rocker and you can hear it on their website.

It's clear they are diehard fans of this team. But I wonder if they considered the cultural implications of this song.

In general, I'm in favor of bilingualism and the idea of a Spanish-language version of a team song. I support other teams that have created bilingual shirts, like the NBA's Phoenix Suns, that took a stand by wearing their "Los Suns" shirts after Arizona passed the controversial immigration law S.B. 1070.

It's impossible to celebrate the song for this football team, whose name has generated controversy and pain.

Call me politically correct. But a Native American person will tell you that the name of this football team is the most racist name you can call them.

Lo siento. I can't bailar or celebrar this song.

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  • "Call me politically correct. But a Native American person will tell you that the name of this football team is the most racist name you can call them."

    No, I will simply call you incorrect. The Redskins team management consulted with Native American tribes and were informed that the vast majority were not at all offended.

    By far, most of the "offended" people are outsiders who claim to know how others are affected without doing any actual research; in other words, opinion columnists and not actual reporters.

  • Teresa ~ As the man said: I feel your pain. Of course pain is a funny thing -- some choose to deny it. Does that make them tough or thoughtless? A theme for your next post....?

  • What about the "Hasidic Jews" AndyPandy?

    Think team management could test pilot that one?

  • From an interview with Amanda Blackhorse published in the Above the Law in November 2009. http://bit.ly/oUZAVK
    ATL: How did you get involved with the case against the Redskins?
    Blackhorse: In 2005, my friends and I decided to protest at a Redskins – Kansas Chiefs game in Kansas City. I was shocked to see the way people thought we were. They didn’t consider us human beings. People threw beers at us, told us to go home, yelled racial slurs. After that, I knew I needed to do something.
    ATL: Have you ever heard “redskin” used as a slur?
    Blackhorse: Yes. A lot of people shorten it to “skin.” It makes my skin crawl. Native peoples don’t have a sense of belonging in this country. Names like this, making us exist as mascots and symbols, make it worse.
    ATL: What other team names would you want to see changed?
    Blackhorse: There are so many. I don’t think it ends here. The Braves, [Kansas] Chiefs, [Cleveland] Indians… Any depiction that uses Native American culture. We chose the Redskins because it is the most racist name you can call a Native American person.

  • In reply to Teresa Puente:

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!
    Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
    Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  • In reply to Teresa Puente:

    so are native american's now racist?

    http://www.thegrio.com/news/second-largest-us-indian-tribe-expels-slave-descendants.php

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