The Kansas City Star Scores Touchdown for Native American Indians/First Nation

Updated: October 5, 2012

Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

BASN has never condoned or used the R-Word when referring to Washington’s NFL team…and we did it long before anyone like the Kansas City Star spoke up.

OAKLAND, CA (BASN)—Spike Lee stated many times “Do The Right Thing”. The Kansas City Star is doing just that. The Star is one of the Major Newspapers in the United States that prohibits the use of the R-Word in articles referring to NFL Washington Football Club. This is just one step in the fight for racial healing in the United States of America.

President Obama residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave rekindled racial issues like the R-Word in our nation’s capitol. This issue will not go away anytime soon with the staunch stance of the football ownership.

This is the article written by The Kansas City Star on October 2, 2012. Here are many excerpts with commentary.

“Kent Babb is a columnist for The Kansas City Star who is joining The
Washington Post next week. Now that Babb is moving to D.C., maybe
he’ll finally have the opportunity to refer to Washington’s NFL
franchise by its actual name.”

In 1932 the Boston Braves Football Club became the Boston “R-word”
Football Club because the owner George Preston Marshall did
not want his team to be confused with the Boston Braves baseball team.
The team moved to Washington in 1937 along with their new name. This
organization became the flagship football team of Old Dixie and
harbored some of the Southern racial attitudes. In fact it was the last team
to permit an African American player on the field. Wide receiver,
Bobby Mitchell, was Washington’s first Black player.

Mr. Babb has the opportunity to enlighten the football fans in the
Washington D.C. area about the negative effect of the R-Word. His
former employee has enlightened the Kansas City faithful about the
dreadful name and what it really means.

Too bad The Star has taken little effect on the Kansas City Chiefs fan
base with their continual use of the Tomahawk Chop and mistaken Native
American chant. This too is offensive and not Native American/First

“According to The Big Lead, the Missouri-based newspaper has a policy
that prohibits its writers from calling the Redskins, well, the
Redskins (minus a few instances). Slow your roll, Chiefs.

Public editor Derek Donovan detailed the reasoning behind the Star’s
decision in a blog post earlier this week;

And here, I also agree very strongly with The Star’s longtime policy
on this matter. I remain unconvinced by every argument I’ve ever heard
that the name is not a racial epithet, plain and simple. And I’ll even
break my usual rule about commenting on issues outside The Star’s
journalism to say that I find it inconceivable that the NFL still
allows such a patently offensive name and mascot to represent the
league in 2012.

“The nickname of Washington’s football team — and Native American
nicknames in general — will always be a point of contention despite
the fact that the Redskins have been named as such even before they
arrived here in 1937 (1933, for those wondering).”

“I almost always come down on the side of publishing a word when it’s
the crux of a debate (as I did here in the first paragraph). It isn’t
healthy for discourse to pretend any words or thoughts don’t exist.
“But I see no compelling reason for any publisher to reprint an
egregiously offensive term as a casual matter of course.”

For example, Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas had this to say this week:

“The intersection of sports and Native Americans is a touchy area, and
it frequently descends into angry name-calling. But I don’t think it
has to be that way. If you’re fine with the use of Native American
imagery, that doesn’t automatically make you a racist. And if you’re
opposed to it, that doesn’t make you an activist crusader. In short, I
think reasonable people can disagree on this issue.

The chances that the Redskins ever change their name are probably
somewhere between slim and none, but that doesn’t mean that the
argument will ever go away.

In the mean time, welcome to town, Mr. Babb. Write the word “Redskins”
to your heart’s content.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Redskins don’t play in the same
conference, and won’t play this season. But they will play in
Washington next season, providing reason anew to talk about racial
epithets and their place in pro sports”.

This is the short term definition of the name
noun Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive.
a North American Indian.
This is the long definition of the name:-

For those who do not know, during the days of the old American West,
cowboys received rewards for bringing back animals that they had
killed. However, they could not bring back the whole animal due to the
lack of space. Therefore hunters and trappers would bring back the fur
pelts, skin pelts, or heads.

This practice led to bringing back the scalps of Indians during the
Indian Wars to prove the number of kills. Remember head wounds bleed
more than any other body wounds thus…., the current name of the
Washington Football Club.

The broadcasters and writers of BASN truly hope Mr. Babb keeps the
Star’s motto and use The Washington Football Club name instead of the

This is a movement truly worthy of honor for all Native American
Indians/First Nation residents. It has to start somewhere.

Special thanks to Robert Klemko -USA TODAY Sports
Adam Vingan- Channel 4 News Washington, D.C.
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter and Native American Indian-Leni
Lenape Tribe- Central-South, New Jersey.                                                                                                                                                      Michael-Louis Ingram- BASN Associate Editor

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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