Our local high school football team’s name: Redskins. Yes, of course, I know it’s a controversial name across the country, and it’s been controversial locally on and off over the years (more off than on, currently — anyway, I’m not in charge of these things). This area of Pennsylvania is replete with native history and references. Last night, the Redskins hosted the visiting Indians. As I said, replete.
Like many other people, a dad attending the game was wearing a shirt that said Redskins. He was Indian. As in, from India. (I’m pretty sure — I didn’t ask.)
There was also a white guy with a seriously bushy beard wearing a shirt with an American flag on it and the words Undefeated World War Champion.
I don’t know what all this means, maybe something about melting pots or the circle of life, but it seems important.
The Redskins defeated the Indians 43-7.