This Washington Post letter to the editor presents a pretty peculiar argument in defense of the Washington football team’s racist name: If the team name is changed, how will parents in 2525 explain the great legacy of Native Americans to their children?
John Kosko of Germantown, Md., submitted the letter, which largely consists of a mock conversation between a mother and child in which the child asks what a [Pigskin] is. The mother then explains the history of Native Americans in this country and says the team name (which is, by definition, a racial slur) is “in honor of and in remembrance of the great race of people whose land this once was.”
“This conversation never takes place if the name [Pigskins] is changed,” Kosko concludes.
If all future conversations about Native Americans are predicated on football, then that’s maybe reason enough to change the name.