: marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion
— fanatic noun
— fa·nat·i·cal·ly adverb
— fa·nat·i·cal·ness noun
It would be an understatement to say that Philadelphia fans love all their sports teams. A fan base that includes NFL fans so extreme in their love for the Eagles, that they were willing to boo and throw snow balls at Santa Claus
, but this time a fan may have gone too far.
In the wake of their week one match-up with division rivals the Washington
Redskins, this photo of a Eagles fan showing his displeasure surfaced on the internet and it brings back up the question: Should the the Washington D.C. franchise stop using the derogatory nickname “ Redskins.”
While the owners of the Washington
, Daniel Snyder has already come out and said that the team will not be changing the nickname
it has had since 1933, photos like this should really make him rethink his stance.
It is perfectly o.k. for the fan to be dressed as he was supporting his own team but when you depict something as heinous as a Native American scalping to show your fan-hate towards a rival, it has gone too far.
The recent influx in violence at sporting events shows that there are people willing to do anything in the name of supporting their favorite team, so what is to stop a Washington fan from attacking this man, or another fan doing something similar, because they felt disrespected by the expression of “love” towards a bitter rival.
While Synder does not feel the need to do the right thing, others have found ways of showing their displeasure. Sports Illustrated writer and developer of the “Monday Morning Quarterback” web page Peter King is now contemplating the idea of no longer using the term “redskin”
on his website.
While a small step, it is definitely one that should be applauded and supported.
And just in case you still may be struggling with why the term “redskin” is just as ugly as the term “n*gger” here is a what Clem Ironwing a Sioux Indian thinks about the term:
“The word Redskin was taught to me at a very young age, and this is the meaning it has for me.
“I am a Native American. I grew up on an Indian reservation. As a child, the United States government and the Catholic church came into our homes, took us away from our families, and forced us into Catholic boarding schools. There was no choice to be had in this matter, you had to go. The Catholic church with the blessings of the United States government took it upon themselves to determine that we were savages, and needed to be transformed to fit into their society.
“When my hair was cut short by the priests, I was called a ‘redskin’ and a savage. When I spoke my native tongue, I was beaten and called ‘redskin.’ When I tried to follow the spiritual path of my people, I was again beaten and called a ‘redskin.’ I was told by them to turn my back on the ways of my people, or I would forever be nothing but a dirty ‘redskin.’
“The only way ‘redskin’ was ever used towards my people and myself was in a derogatory manner. It was never, ever, used in a show of respect or kindness. It was only used to let you know that you were dirty and no good, and to this day still is.
Part of the issue is that the Native American community has a small voice in the entertainment and sports world– so it may be time to stand in solidarity because just like there were many non-blacks supporting the civil rights movement, there is no reason why we all cant come together to support this human rights cause.
Oh it goes deeper, that Eagle fan does not discriminate, he also uses that same severed head when he goes to Philadelphia Flyers versus Chicago Blackhawks games as well…