from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Native American.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An American Indian, Red Indian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A common appellation for a North American Indian; -- so called from the color of the skin. It is now considered pejorative by some persons of North American Indian heritage.
- n. A member of the Washington Redskins, a football team.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Red Indian; a North American Indian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
Colonists used scalping to prove they had killed an Indian for bounty which is where the term "redskin" came from - and why they deem the Washingon Redskins so negatively
Probably becuase the term redskin has nothing to do with skin color but rather the red buckskin worn by indian warriors before going to battle??
34 Their media guide—on page 272, no less—reads that “the term redskin... was inspired not by their natural complexion but by their fondness for vermillion makeup.”
The name redskin was never intended to be a word to honor Native Americans.
We didn't view the name redskin as a negative thing - although I can understand the term would be considered offensive.
"What the Redskins are all about is the tradition of the Redskins, fighting for old D.C., fighting for victory, the terminology 'redskin' is not meant to be offensive whatsoever, and to compare that is silly."
Let me substitute the word "redskin" for the word "black skin" from one paragraph in Kelley's commentary.
However, the occasional appearance of a "redskin," or a minstrel Uncle Sam with blacked face and long, nappy, fake dreds pouring out of his stovepipe hat complicated that claim, as did portraits of Obama in whiteface with large, red lips.
The "redskin" word is equivalent to the "n" word or other racial slurs that you ` ll see in Random House Dictionary.
Almost the only things coveted by the "redskin" from the "paleface," were his arms, his trinkets, and his "firewater."