The man who gave the Washington Redskins their name was a horrible racist

As the debate continues over whether the nickname of Washington’s NFL team is racially insensitive and should be changed, there is no doubt that the team’s founder, the man who named them the Redskins, was boorishly racist to the core. HERE are a few details: When George Preston Marshall [above] died in 1969, he left some money to his children but directed that the bulk of his estate be used to set up a foundation in his name. He attached, however, one firm condition: that the foundation, operating out of Washington, D.C., should...

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A magnet for racists

Timothy Egan of The New York Times LAMENTS the ugly outpouring of racial hatred in the wake of the beating death last week of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in a Spokane, Wash., parking lot: Shorty Belton was white. The two teenagers arrested in his murder are black. When the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News — the troglodyte trio — saw this story, it went from an all-too-common tale of urban violence to a politicized narrative and magnet for racists. The Spokane newspaper, The Spokesman-Review,...

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Regarding the right-wing obsession with finding a racial counterweight to the Trayvon Martin case

Brian Beutler EXAMINES a recent socio-political phenomenon: There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly. This isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but it’s intensified noticeably in the past year for at least two reasons. Conservatives, particularly white conservatives, feel a burning urgency to find a racial counterweight to the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s shooting (including President Obama’s...

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George W. Bush had two black dogs, but wingnut website seems offended that Obama does, too

The Daily Caller, a website headed up by the infamous twit Tucker Carlson, offered THIS OBSERVATION the other day about a new pet at the White House: With the addition of Sunny, the Obamas now have two black Portuguese water dogs. The Obamas do not have any white dogs. The implication, I guess, is that the Obamas are anti-white or something. George W. Bush also had two black dogs (above). I suppose he was anti-white as...

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Study (satire): Redskins name not offensive if you don’t think about the history it represents

THIS satirical piece (which includes an F-bomb) is from The Onion: A new study published Monday by the University of New Mexico confirmed that the name of the Washington Redskins is only offensive if you take any amount of time whatsoever to think about its actual meaning. “When you hear or say ‘Redskins’ in the abstract, it’s completely harmless, but we’ve discovered that if you briefly pause to remember it’s a racial slur for an indigenous group wiped out by genocide over the course of a few centuries, then, yeah, it’s awful,” said lead...

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