Redskins Historian

Redskins Historian I'm the official Redskins historian, and I've authored two comprehensive books on Redskins history -- The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault.
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Please visit my Web site at www.redskinshistorian.com. Redskins Historian is Mike Richman, who is Mr. Multimedia when it comes to the iconic sports franchise in the nation's capital. He's also no stranger to fans of the burgundy and gold. Mike is the foremost authority on Redskins history and has authored two books on the storied franchise: The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. The encyclopedia is the most comprehensive journalistic account ever on the Redskins, and the Vault is unique because it features memorabilia (press passes, ticket stubs, game program covers, etc.) that one can touch and examine. Mike is also the producer and host of the Redskins TV show, “Burgundy & Gold Magazine,” and has earned a series of awards for his work on the show. Most recently, he won first place for sports coverage in the nationally recognized 2013 Hometown Media Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media. Mike also hosts a radio show-podcast called “Burgundy & Gold Flashback,” which relives the Redskins’ tradition through the words of legends who once represented the franchise. Many print and broadcast media have interviewed Mike on Redskins history, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News and network TV affiliates in the Washington, D.C. area. Plus, Mike has co-hosted “Redskins Chronicles,” a history show produced by the team. NFL Films interviewed him for its documentary on Redskins history, and the Redskins did so for the 75th anniversary production, “Great Moments in Redskins History.” He appears on the “NFL Top 10,” which airs on the NFL Network. A long-time Redskins fanatic, Mike grew up in the D.C. area in Montgomery County, Md. He holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland and Master’s degrees from Temple University and American University in Washington. He lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Brooke.

Please visit my Web site at www.redskinshistorian.com. Redskins Historian is Mike Richman, who is Mr. Multimedia when it comes to the iconic sports franchise in the nation's capital. He's also no stranger to fans of the burgundy and gold. Mike is the foremost authority on Redskins history and has authored two books on the storied franchise: The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. The encyclopedia is the most comprehensive journalistic account ever on the Redskins, and the Vault is unique because it features memorabilia (press passes, ticket stubs, game program covers, etc.) that one can touch and examine. Mike is also the producer and host of the Redskins TV show, “Burgundy & Gold Magazine,” and has earned a series of awards for his work on the show. Most recently, he won first place for sports coverage in the nationally recognized 2013 Hometown Media Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media. Mike also hosts a radio show-podcast called “Burgundy & Gold Flashback,” which relives the Redskins’ tradition through the words of legends who once represented the franchise. Many print and broadcast media have interviewed Mike on Redskins history, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News and network TV affiliates in the Washington, D.C. area. Plus, Mike has co-hosted “Redskins Chronicles,” a history show produced by the team. NFL Films interviewed him for its documentary on Redskins history, and the Redskins did so for the 75th anniversary production, “Great Moments in Redskins History.” He appears on the “NFL Top 10,” which airs on the NFL Network. A long-time Redskins fanatic, Mike grew up in the D.C. area in Montgomery County, Md. He holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland and Master’s degrees from Temple University and American University in Washington. He lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Brooke.

Mission: To uphold the tradition and promote the history of the Washington Redskins, one of the most storied NFL franchises ever.

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THE KANSAS COMET: NFL legend and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet," passed away earlier ...
09/25/2020

THE KANSAS COMET: NFL legend and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet," passed away earlier this week at age 77. He was suffering from dementia. I mention this not only to honor perhaps the most electrifying running back in NFL history, but also to note that the man whom I'm writing a biography about, George Allen, drafted Sayers in 1965.
Allen is widely remembered as the head coach who transformed the Los Angeles Rams into one of the league's most dominant teams in the mid to late 1960s and performed the same feat for the Washington Redskins from 1971 to 1977.
In 1965, a year before Allen went to L.A., he was the defensive coordinator and head talent scout (which would be the same as general manager today) of the Bears. In the first round of the draft, Allen orchestrated the greatest back-to-back selections in NFL history. The Bears chose Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus with the No. 3 pick and Sayers of Kansas at No. 4. Those acquisitions will forever leave football historians and enthusiasts in awe. Today, Butkus is regarded as the greatest middle linebacker ever, and Sayers is among the all-time best at his position. Not surprisingly, both were selected for the NFL Films 100 greatest team, which was announced last year. Plus, their Hall of Fame inductions mark the only time that two players from the same team who were selected with back-to-back picks have been enshrined—both on their first ballot, no less.
Dan Pompei, a long-time Chicago sportswriter and co-author of the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, told me this:
“How the Bears got Butkus and Sayers with the third and fourth picks, that’s something Oliver Stone might want to do a movie about,” he said in reference to the famed film director. “On a list of the greatest all-time football players, it would be impossible to have Butkus and Sayers out of the top 20. They would probably be in the top 10 for a lot of people, maybe even higher than that. To accomplish what the Bears accomplished, both in knowing the talent and being able to get Butkus and Sayers, was improbable and incredible.”
That same year, Allen signed Wake Forest running back Brian Piccolo, the leading rusher in the nation in 1964.
After playing mostly a backup role to Sayers in the coming seasons, Piccolo died in June 1970 from a virulent form of testicular cancer that had spread to his chest. He was immortalized in the tear-jerker 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song,” which brought to life his close interracial friendship with Sayers.

REDSKINS NAME: To those of you who didn't hear my interview on all-sports D.C. radio station 106.7 yesterday on the Reds...
07/08/2020

REDSKINS NAME: To those of you who didn't hear my interview on all-sports D.C. radio station 106.7 yesterday on the Redskins' name controversy, here's the link: https://thefandc.radio.com/media/audio-channel/7720-hour-2-mark-maske-mike-richman
The interview runs from 18:40 to 27:15. My buddy Grant Paulsen, co-host of the show, invited me on to discuss the issue from a historical perspective. I hope I educated many people about the history of the word "Redskin," that in real life it was never meant to disparage Native Americans, only to honor them. The same goes for how the Washington Redskins have used the word over the years. To the best of my knowledge, only in old Western movies did the term have a negative connotation. That's how today the opponents of the name have come to believe that it offends Native Americans. Check out the interview and feel free to chime in with your thoughts. In the end, I hope Dan Snyder doesn't cave into the pressure to change the name.

Another iconic figure in Redskins lore has died. Joe Bugel, one of the greatest offensive line coaches in NFL history, p...
06/29/2020

Another iconic figure in Redskins lore has died. Joe Bugel, one of the greatest offensive line coaches in NFL history, passed away at age 80. Buges, the Redskins’ offensive line coach from 1981 to 1989, is most remembered for molding the "Hogs" into one of the most dominant offensive lines ever. That line was the backbone of the Joe Gibbs-1 glory period when the Redskins won three Super Bowls and stood as one of the elite NFL teams in the 1980s and early 90s.

Bugel helped make legendary Redskins running plays, such as “50 Gut” and “70 Chip,” work to perfection. In the most famous play in Redskins history, John Riggins ran 43 yards on "70 Chip" for the go-ahead TD in the Redskins' 27-17 win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Animated and vocal, Bugel ran intense practices and taught exceptional run- and pass-blocking techniques.

"He was an outstanding coach,” Redskins offensive tackle Joe Jacoby, one of the original "Hogs," told me for my book, The Redskins Encyclopedia. “Great motivator, a very thorough technician. It was almost like being on the Radio City Rockettes because all of us had to step with the right foot on whatever play was called. That’s how meticulous he was in going through the films and grading us.”

After leaving the Redskins, Bugel served as head coach of the Cardinals for four seasons and of the Raiders for one, before returning to the Redskins for a second stint as assistant head coach-offense from 2004 to 2009.

R.I.P. Joe Bugel.

As many of you have heard, Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell just passed away. He was 84 years old.I had the honor of inter...
04/07/2020

As many of you have heard, Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell just passed away. He was 84 years old.

I had the honor of interviewing Mitchell several times and always found him to be a class act. One of the most exciting players to ever wear the burgundy and gold, he produced staggering numbers in his 11-year career: 7,954 receiving yards and 2,735 rushing yards, plus 2,690 on kickoff returns and 699 on punt returns. His 14,078 combined yards were the third-highest total in NFL history when he retired after the 1968 season, and his 91 touchdowns ranked fifth. He was inducted in 1983 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which wrote: “Few offensive stars ever found more ways to inflict telling damage on a National Football League opponent than Bobby Mitchell.”

It's often said that Mitchell was the first black player to play for the Redskins. He was the first black superstar. After playing running back for four seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to the Redskins when the U.S. government forced the team to integrate its roster following the 1961 season. He was one of four African-American players who joined the Redskins at the time. Switched to flanker before the 1962 season, he caught at least 58 passes in his first six years in Washington, once leading the league in catches and twice in receiving yardage. Blessed with exceptional speed and acceleration, uncanny faking ability, and terrific lateral moves and balance, he was twice named All-Pro and played in the Pro Bowl three times while representing the Redskins. Many of his receptions in D.C. came on passes delivered by the golden arm of Sonny Jurgensen.

Following retirement, Mitchell served in the Redskins' front office for more than three decades in various capacities. They ranged from director of pro scouting, to assistant to the president, to assistant general manager,

“Bobby Mitchell was one of the greatest all-around ball players,” said Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer Lenny Moore, who also switched from running back to receiver in the same era as Mitchell. “Anybody who can transition himself and be one of the best in the business at both positions, that’s saying something, man.”

R.I.P Bobby Mitchell. You'll always be remembered as one of the giants in Redskins lore!

The photo of Bobby Mitchell at the 2013 Redskins alumni game is courtesy of sports photographer Ed Sheahin.

SAM WYCHE: I was saddened to hear of last week's passing of Sam Wyche. He's widely remembered as the fiery coach who too...
01/05/2020

SAM WYCHE: I was saddened to hear of last week's passing of Sam Wyche. He's widely remembered as the fiery coach who took the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, where they lost to the 49ers on a last-second TD pass, and who scolded Bengals fans throwing snowballs with the words, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati." His 8-year playing career included a stint as the Redskins' backup QB from 1971 to 1973. (In the photo in this post, which was shot during a 24-20 Redskins win over the Cowboys on Nov. 20, 1972, he's in the background with the single-bar facemask.) I interviewed the charismatic man in July for my upcoming biography on legendary Redskins coach George Allen. He sounded strong and articulate, several years after undergoing a heart transplant. But he developed metastatic melanoma, which doctors reportedly said they couldn't treat because of the medications he was on for his heart transplant. R.I.P Sam Wyche.

The Ron Rivera era has begun. There's a lot to be excited about with a new coach who crafted a .546 winning percentage o...
01/03/2020

The Ron Rivera era has begun. There's a lot to be excited about with a new coach who crafted a .546 winning percentage over eight seasons in Carolina (76-63-1), with four trips to the playoffs, including an appearance in Super Bowl 50, a 24-10 loss to the Broncos. He's inheriting a host of promising young players, such as QB Dwayne Haskins, WR Terry McLaurin, defensive linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, and LB/DE Montez Sweat. Plus, the Redskins have the No. 2 pick in this year's draft. At the same time, I'm taking a measured approach to see how things play out starting with the 2020 season. One of Rivera's top priorities must be to transform the culture of the organization so the players know week after week what it takes to win. That means having a sense of focus and understanding their responsibilities every time they take the field--doing their job, in other words. With that in mind, his remarks at today's press conference that instilling discipline in his players--a critical element of success in any sport that was sorely lacking during the Jay Gruden regime--is imperative:

"Things will begin and end with one simple principle, discipline. I come from a military family where discipline isn’t taught, it’s lived. It’s expected from day one. I have a philosophy that every player, every coach, everyone who works for this organization, they’ll know it day one. You’re not going to play for this team, you’re not going to work for this team, if you don’t have the discipline to give us everything you have. No exceptions, no excuses. It’s that simple, guys. We have to hold each other accountable, and that’s something we most certainly will do. We’ll expect the most from each other."

Photos courtesy of Ed Sheahin. Thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Redskins' luminaries who were selected for the NFL FILMS' All-TIME 100 GREATEST TEAM, whic...
12/28/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Redskins' luminaries who were selected for the NFL FILMS' All-TIME 100 GREATEST TEAM, which was announced in 2019 to coincide with the league’s 100th season. The list was finalized on Friday night with the selection of the top 10 QBs, which included--to no surprise--the NFL's top passer in the 1930s and 1940s: Slingin' Sammy Baugh. Coach Joe Gibbs, safety Kenny Houston and cornerback Darrell Green are also on the list. I was a bit surprised not to see John Riggins on the list, mainly because of his iconic 43-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII, as well as Adrian Peterson, who is currently fifth all-time with 14,138 rushing yards. Tell me who else you think is missing.

With the Redskins about to enter the final stretch in this lost season, I have a few questions that are dominating the c...
11/10/2019

With the Redskins about to enter the final stretch in this lost season, I have a few questions that are dominating the conversation about the team's future:

--- It seems unlikely that the Redskins will promote Bill Callahan from interim coach to permanent. Thus, should they aim for hiring a proven coach, such as the Steelers' Mike Tomlin if he's available. Or should they elevate the 34-year-old Kevin O'Connell, who as the team's offensive coordinator is now calling plays, to head coach? The Redskins have already let some young savvy assistants go to other teams, as in Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, and Matt LaFleur. We've seen how successful they've been elsewhere. It would be a shame if O'Connell, if he really is as promising as has been reported, made his mark with another team, too.

--- Why won't the Redskins commit to starting QB Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the season? That's the million-dollar question. The Redskins need to see how good he is.They're going to have a 1-4 pick in the 2020 draft, so they need to know if they have to draft another QB. Granted, maybe Haskins lacked first-round potential, and the Redskins took him too high while panicking in light of the Alex Smith injury. Still, Haskins appears to have raw talent they can build around, including an NFL arm. Case Keenum and Colt McCoy aren't the future of the franchise. Haskins is. So start him!

Photos courtesy of Ed Sheahin. Thank you!
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LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of J...
04/14/2019
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LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of Joe Gibbs, the three-time Redskins Super Bowl winner and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As part of a special promotion, you can get a copy of the book, "Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy." Just click on this link to get your hands on this collector’s item: http://youthfortomorrow.org/JoeGibbsBook. The deadline is May 1. This full-color book has hundreds of photos and focuses on the four pillars of Gibbs’ life: the Redskins and football, his wonderful foundation Youth For Tomorrow, his NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, and his devotion to faith and family. I felt honored to serve as an author and the editor of this book. All of the proceeds go to Youth For Tomorrow. For more than a quarter-century, YFT has served boys and girls who have been abandoned or abused by family, who are homeless, who are expelled from public schools, or who are in need of therapeutic aid to address their mental health issues. Thank you!!

04/14/2019
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LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of Joe Gibbs, the three-time Redskins Super Bowl winner and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As part of a special promotion, you can get a copy of the book, "Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy." Just click on this link to get your hands on this collector’s item: http://youthfortomorrow.org/JoeGibbsBook. The deadline is May 1. This full-color book has hundreds of photos and focuses on the four pillars of Gibbs’ life: the Redskins and football, his wonderful foundation Youth For Tomorrow, his NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, and his devotion to faith and family. I felt honored to serve as an author and the editor of this book. All of the proceeds go to Youth For Tomorrow. For more than a quarter-century, YFT has served boys and girls who have been abandoned or abused by family, who are homeless, who are expelled from public schools, or who are in need of therapeutic aid to address their mental health issues. Thank you!!

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In watching the Redskins’ 7-9 season come to a painful end yesterday, I had a sickening feelin...
01/01/2019

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In watching the Redskins’ 7-9 season come to a painful end yesterday, I had a sickening feeling, one I don’t think I’ve had since our 17-0 loss to the Cowboys in 2009.

On that day, the next-to-last game in Jim Zorn’s ignominious two-year coaching stint, the Redskins simply looked helpless. It’s like they had no chance whatsoever to beat the Cowboys, not matter how hard they played. Dallas, of all teams, was just toying with us.

I felt the exact same way in the 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, a defeat that was exacerbated by the sea of green at FedExField and the obnoxious chants of “E-A-G-L-E-S.” Josh Johnson was running for his life all game, the running game with Adrian Peterson had no pep in it, and our defense looked like a doormat for the Eagles. Allowing a 21-play, 12-minute, 87-yard TD drive is all you need to know about that.

For someone who’s been a diehard Redskins fan for a half-century and, by the way, will never relinquish his support for the Burgundy & Gold – no matter how depressing things have been over the last quarter-century – the loss was incredibly difficult to stomach.

But did our once-promising season have to come crashing down like this, with six losses in the last seven games? We were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC East. The division title was in clear sight, and if that escaped us, a wild card spot seemed like a certainty.

In my opinion, if Alex Smith doesn’t go down with a season-ending and possible career-ending injury at that point, we’d be in the playoffs right now, despite the slew of injuries we’ve suffered for the second straight season. Others in the media point to that as a copout for the Redskins’ woes. But it’s the truth. The veteran QB was doing nothing spectacular. Alex Smith was simply being Alex Smith the game manager. He was a stabilizing force on the offense and would have found a way to squeeze out the two or three more wins we needed to capture the division.

In other words, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if Alex Smith had remained healthy.

Still, reality is reality, and in this case we’re out of the playoffs for the 21st time in the last 27 seasons since the Redskins won their last of three Super Bowls in the Joe Gibbs-1 glory era.

So where do we go from here, and who’s to blame for this mess?

• Is it Dan Snyder, whose Redskin teams have won 43 percent of their games (141-185-1, including a 2-5 mark in the playoffs), in the 20 years he’s owned the franchise?

• Is it Bruce Allen, who’s presided over a 59-86-1 (.410) squad in his nine full seasons with the organization?

• Is it Jay Gruden, whose teams have been a model of mediocrity in his five seasons at the helm with a 35-44-1 record (.438) and only one playoff appearance?

• Is it the training staff, with at least 25 Redskins on IR for the second consecutive year?

Let me address these one by one.

Dan Snyder: He needs to hire the best possible player personnel minds available and retain them. I know Doug Williams and Alex Santos, among others, are highly valued in the organization for their skill at judging talent. Joe Gibbs has often said that his ability to tap into very savvy people – GM Bobby Beathard and an astute assistant coaching staff, for example – was one of his overwhelming keys to success when he coached the squad in the 1980s and early 90s.

Bruce Allen: I know the “I hate Bruce Allen” crowd wants him to be shown the door ASAP for bad personnel moves and other dubious decisions that have happened on his watch. But nobody, and I mean nobody, knows what really goes on at Redskins Park except for the people who work there. I sense that decisions made there are mostly group decisions, meaning you can’t point the finger at any one person as the culprit. Convince me otherwise.

Jay Gruden: I said before this season that if Gruden doesn’t make the playoffs – given that five seasons is a strong barometer of the capability of an NFL coach – he’s got to go. One playoff season over five years with a mediocre overall record doesn’t cut it in today’s NFL. To be honest, I don’t know what to say about that now, given the slew of injuries the team suffered for the second straight season. Much of the way the season came crashing down appeared to be out of his control. At the same time, Gruden in my opinion is an average NFL coach, and I’m not sure that even with a relatively healthy squad, he’d be able to mold the Redskins into a team that’s dominant year after year and spanks opponents week after week.

The training staff: Something can’t be right when you have at least 25 players on IR for the second straight season. I understand that some of those injuries, such as Smith’s compound leg fracture, can’t be controlled no matter how advanced a team’s approach to conditioning its players. Or does this have something to do with the way the Redskins are preparing in training camp and leading up to games during the season? Perhaps they’re not hitting hard enough in practice to get their bodies conditioned for games, a trend that would point toward Gruden and his staff. A number of players from the Joe Gibbs-1 era have told me that he had them hitting so hard in practice that they looked forward to Sunday. Teams can’t hit as hard now in practice because of an agreement between the players’ union and the owners, but this rash of Redskins injuries is bizarre.

With all of this said, I’ll point out that winning cures everything. When the day comes that the Redskins win consistently again – and note that I said when – we’ll all move on from these ominous times and cheer with pride for the Burgundy & Gold.

As always, Hail to the Redskins!

Many thanks to photographer Reggie Hildred for these excellent pictures from Sunday’s game.

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Fedex, Nike, Walmart, Target ,Dick sporting goods, Pepsi,etc have all stopped selling racist Redskin gear. You can still find them at your local Klu Klux Klan stores, just in the back next to the confederate flags.😂😂😂😂 Wouldn't it be great if Snyder's racism cause him to bankrupt and demolish the team because he was too racist to change a simple name. *Gregory St. James Mundy*
Dan Snyder & the NFL Owners- Isn’t Racism against Black people enough for you? To say that you are not a Racist because you claim that you are not offensive to Black people, while being offensive to Native Americans, only means that you are a RACIST! DICTIONARY.COM- N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian. REDSKIN- just like deerskin, rabbit skin, etc. Native Americans were lynched and skin like animals. They hung their bodies up in trees to try to scare Native Americans off their lands. As they scalped them and sold their heads like an animal pelt for money. This is how the name REDSKIN came about. The same way they lynched and cut off Black men’s genitals to scare them. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a29445/true-redskins-meaning/ Do we not already have enough to separate us in this country, questionable police shootings and modern-day lynching of unarmed Black men. Jewish synagogue and centers being attacked, and Black churches being burnt down. People shooting up malls, concerts and even schools due to outright hatred and racism! Shooting people in the streets simply because they do not want them in this country. I am sure just like you who see nothing wrong with your views on this name. They probably see nothing wrong with their actions as well. Shakespeare in a play once wrote " What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Why is it so hard for you to change the name, or for the NFL and their sponsors (like FEDEX) continue to allow you to use it, unless it is simply because you are all Racist. - Gregory St. James Mundy -
Robert Cornelius Mitchell (June 6, 1935 – April 5, 2020) University of Illinois Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. Mitchell became the Redskins' first African-American star after joining them in 1962. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
STOP RACISM Racism question for the NFL.... DICTIONARY.COM REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian. N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. How can one be offensive and not the other? Racism is something that apply to all people, not just black people. You cannot say the N-word on the radio, tv, or even in the newspapers or internet. Yet, the FCC allow the offensive word against Native Americans to be broadcast freely all over the media. Can you tell me why this is so, we as Americans, must fight against all forms of Racism in this country. It is time to Change The Name, stop supporting Racism. Please pass this on through your facebook, twitter and all social media. http://redskin-racismcom.my-free.website http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a29445/true-redskins-meaning/