Originally posted by Niners99:
How is calling Native Americans "Redskins" any more racist than calling someone white or black? Obviously their skin isnt red. Nor is anyones skin literally white or black.
This is good question. But the answer is the history of the word. Native Americans find it offensive in the same way that African Americans find the N-word offensive. The original owner of the team was also a virulent racist and anti-integrationist. The team was the last team in the league to have a black player...and that happened only the Kennedy Administration basically forced him to add a black player.