Without question there are racial undertones to this situation based on how Jackson was treated when compared to Cooper.
The Colbert Report has argued that Colbert's character on the show is simply a conservative, bigoted persona who is simply a comedic archetype. But regardless, the actions of this persona do have repercussions -- intentionally, or unintentionally.
Sometimes you have to listen for the silences to understand what is actually being said. The NFL is considering penalties against players if they utter one of the most despicable racial slurs against African Americans.
If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.
I've made my mind up about the NFL's first openly gay draft prospect: I want him. I want him on my team, in the NFL, playing for my fantasy defense and leveling hit-sticks in Madden.
The term 'redskin' is of the most derogatory in nature, the reality of which most know nothing about. Perhaps this is why, Washington Redskins, the name of a football team in the National Football League, does not disgust and overwhelm at mention.
I almost never pray. But a few months ago, I decided I would go to the Big Man for a big win. We were headed to Green Bay to face a frighteningly good offense led by Aaron Rodgers, and I was pretty certain God wasn't enough -- but I figured, why not?
"Redskins" is an offensive term and therefore inappropriate for the team representing our nation's capital. That's kind of obvious, right? Most Republicans don't think so. For one thing, Republicans tend to wear a set of blinders, crafted and actively maintained by the party's functionaries and its media priesthood.
Last Sunday, the top American grandmaster won the London Chess Classic, a rapid chess competition, leaving many world class players behind, including two former world champions Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.
Thanksgiving this year was truly something to be thankful for. Over the past two years, I've come a long way -- I've grown as a Christian, as a man, and more so as a human being with an understanding of life.
In the spirit of both Thanksgiving, and general, Internet list-making, I thought I'd write down 15 things for which I'm thankful.
In addition to Jeffrey Wright's latest roles in Catching Fire and Boardwalk Empire, he talks about his distinguished career and process for choosing roles. Wright also discusses his beloved Washington Redskins and the debate over the team's name.
This is not about which side is right. This is a lesson on how to approach differences. In this case, the Neshaminy kids took into consideration the opposing view. The billionaire NFL owner is just a bore.
Thousands of people are spending time, energy and money on a team's nickname, while the depressing plight of Native Americans on reservations today is basically ignored.
If the Washington Redskins insist on keeping their name, we could always level the offensive playing field by renaming some other professional sports teams.
What about the day when I teach my child about our local team? When they ask me, "Daddy, what's a Redskin?", can I spin out a tale of tradition and pride and then simultaneously try to teach them about diversity and tolerance? I'm not as talented as Dan Snyder.