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    Washington Redskins, should the name be changed?

    Some consider the name and logo of the Washington Redskins to be racist.[66] However, University of Memphis Professor Luvell Anderson argues that, for a term to be a slur, it must communicate ideas beyond identifying a targeted group. [67] A 2013 USA Today poll found widespread support for the Redskins name. The poll indicated that 79 percent of Americans polled believed that the Redskins should keep their name.[7] Likewise, an October 2013 study by market research firm Survata found that just 19 percent of respondents supported a name change for the Redskins, while 30% did not, and 51% had no opinion.[8] In contrast, in 2001, Indian Country Today conducted a poll of an undisclosed number of readers reporting that "81 percent of respondents indicated use of American Indian names, symbols and mascots are predominantly offensive and deeply disparaging to Native Americans."[68] A 2014 AP poll showed that 83% felt the team should keep its name


    There is a similar controversy brewing concerning the Chief Wahoo logo at the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise.

    Chief Wahoo is a logo of the Cleveland Indians, a Major League Baseball team. The logo is a cartoon caricature of a Native American face. It has drawn criticism from some sportswriters, religious groups, and Native Americans, but remains popular among fans of the Cleveland Indians. The team considered replacing the logo in 1993,[1][2] but it was ultimately retained.[3][4] Although Chief Wahoo is most properly described as a logo, he is sometimes called a mascot.


    As the debate rages on I thought it would be interesting to get reaction on these types of controversies here at iReports.

    Right or wrong, the question is, has Political Correctness gone too far or not far enough?
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