I was thinking about this today.
I think there are some people out there that are desperately looking for something to feign outrage over, & other's that are probably way too sensitive. There are groups who feel it's an offensive slur, but if I remember correctly there was a Sports Illustrated poll saying about 75% of Native Americans seem to be cool with it (not bad, but I'd feel better if that percentage was even higher).
I personally wouldn't want to see the name changed because the Redskin's logo is one of the most identifiable in all of sports, & they have some classy uniforms as well. Also, whatever lame animal they would inevitably decide to replace it with doesn't have a chance of being as cool as the old name/logo.
That said, I have a hard time believing anyone would be okay with a team called the Blackskins, or the Yellowskins. I have a theory as to why we all seem to be cool with it in the case of the Redskins, & I think it’s because there’s a bit of a disconnect between our Hollywood characterization of an “Indian”, versus actual human-being Native-Americans.
Think about it, it’s like ‘Indians’ are fictional characters to us. We have Cowboys vs Indians. We have kids dress up as ‘Indians’ every Halloween & no one finds it offensive, but try putting black-face on & see how that works for you. We don’t even think of them as real people. In some sense, they might as well be Vampires, Pirates, or Storm-Troopers to us.
Make sense to anybody or am I way off-base here?