WHAT’S IN A NAME? LOTS

We no longer can put off talk we must have about Hawks’ moniker

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - RICK MOR­RIS­SEY rmor­ris­sey@sun­times.com | @Mor­ris­seyCST

Is there a dif­fer­ence be­tween the team name ‘‘Red­skins,’’ which trades in ugly racial stereo­types, and ‘‘Black­hawks,’’ which pur­ports to honor the Na­tive Amer­i­can war­rior Black Hawk? I would say there is, but when I look in a mir­ror and see the pasty vis­age look­ing back at me, I know I’m not the right per­son to an­swer that ques­tion.

Sev­eral years ago, I vowed never to use the name of Wash­ing­ton’s NFL team in print when dis­cussing foot­ball, and, ex­cept for one in­stance of brain freeze, I haven’t. If Na­tive Amer­i­cans are in­sulted by the name — and many are — that’s the only cri­te­rion that should mat­ter. End of story.

But I never have been as force­ful with re­gard to the team

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