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Old 11 January 2013, 06:22 AM
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Comment: Recent discussion of a possible name change for the Washington Redskins
led me to a story at the Christian Science monitor that offered differing
versions of where the term "redskin" originated. (story at
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice...2s07-usju.html)

The version that surprised me:

"The National Congress [of American Indians] offers a different version of
the historic pedigree of the term Redskins. "The term 'Redskins' had its
origins in the commodification of Indian skins and body parts; these
'Redskins' were required as proof of Indian kill in order for bounty
hunters to receive payment," the NCIA brief says."
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Icon102 The Real History of the Word Redskin. It's Not What You Think.

In 2005, the Indian language scholar Ives Goddard of the Smithsonian Institution published a remarkable and consequential study of redskin's early history. His findings shifted the dates for the word's first appearance in print by more than a century and shed an awkward light on the contemporary debate. Goddard found, in summary, that "the actual origin of the word is entirely benign."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_v...correctly.html
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Old 19 December 2013, 11:36 PM
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Maybe the N word started out 'entirely benign' as well. It's good to know that it wasn't always derogatory or (as the article quotes a 1898 dictionary) "often contemptuous" and that its origin isn't in horrific massacres (that nevertheless actually happened) but that doesn't make it OK to use it.
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