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"Indians" connotes India, and I'm not sure that anyone back then really believed that the "India" of spice fortunes was really that much closer by heading west by ship, than it was known to be by heading east by caravan. Also, Christopher Columbus, etc. never really did show the sort of respect to the locals that one would have anticipated if they had truly believed that they were dealing with the vast numbers and power known to exist where it's claimed they believed that they arrived at.

But, still, "Native Americans" seems to be really watered down when referring to the folks who owned all of this (both the "Northern" piece and the "Southern" piece) before the Europeans (whom we basically universally idolize by history and by lore) wheeled, dealed, batered, stole (or whatever it took) to take over title to (by any accurate description) nearly all of the land that we live on.

"Redskins" (locally "Utes") whatever disparaging nicknames we choose to employ to help justify monumental injustice, the disparagement, the disrespect, the insult, and we can call it what we will, but transparent attempts at minimizing our inability to accept guilt credit us, collectively, not in the least. The reality is that we're simply not honorable enough to admit the truth, and too fucking cheap to pay our debts.

So, what if we look at this as a win-win resolution. The Washington D.C. football team (as a template for themselves, and any and all other similarly situated persons elsewhere) simply adopt the name of "THE WASHINGTON LANDLORDS".

My wife and I live in a modest apartment, and we're called "tenants". Above us is "The Landlord". These titles forever cement the reality of the power in the main relationship of our living arrangement, of our reality.

I don't think that the team would even have to change the symbols (the helmets, the uniforms, and god only knows what all).

Everytime, on the T.V, in the newspaper, etc., the operative title read "THE WASHINGTON LANDLORDS" I have a feeling thast those of us wanting to try to get all uppity about our particular origins would have one more lesson in proper humility.

And I don't know any way that anyone could argue that it's possible for us to have too many of those, and that the rightful descendants of our true Landlords might not get at least a little bit of real pleasure, finally, out of the situation.

Originally posted to oldpotsmuggler on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:36 PM PST.

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