July 17, 2014

Bee Newspapers Drop "Redskins" Name From Sports Stories

My alma mater, Lancaster Central High School in Lancaster, New York, has a controversy on its hands.

The Bee Group Newspapers, which has upwards of 50,000 paid subscribers in the Western New York area, is refusing to use the word "Redskins" to identify Lancaster sports teams at any level.

This decision comes at the same time that many are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name due to perceived racism.

"We'll just refer to them as the Lancaster football team or the Lancaster field hockey team. I know that (nickname) is something that is very much a part of that community and I understand that, but things change...you're talking about someone's skin color as their ethnicity. That's their nickname," said the newspaper group's managing editor, David F. Sherman.

According to the last census, the racial makeup of the town was 97% Caucasian.

I played Lancaster sports for over a decade in my youth and didn't see an issue with the name. But then I left for college and met new people who actually had different skin colors and religions and sexualities.

In other news, pale Irish-Americans were also upset with the name "Redskins," but only during the summer months.