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Barry Likes "The United," Doesn't Like "Redskins"


(Awesome 1998 photo by Juana Arias - TWP)


Marion Barry has apparently perfected the art of managing to infuriate a fan base while supposedly pandering to said fan base. Like, ask him about D.C.'s stadium hopes (Hogs Haven did it), and here's what he says:

"Awful. Mayor Fenty's blown it. We can't recover from it. Times moved on. This administration does not support the United at all. They do not support the United. He says he does but he doesn't."

Sweet. So there's no chance at a stadium, plus he calls them "the United" twice in a 10-word span. Well done.

But that's nothing compared to his Skins comments. Barry wants to figure out "how we can get the Redskins back in the District of Columbia." That makes Redskins fans happy. And Barry thinks the Redskins nickname is "degrading and disrespectful. This happened in a time when you didn't have that kind of attitude going on...you know, an era that went on that should have been changed to another name." That makes Redskins fans sad. (Or a lot of them, anyhow.)

Coming next week from the Mayor for Life, he wears an Alex Ovechkin jersey while proclaiming there are only 15,000 hockey fans in this town, promises the Wizards will improve but only if they reacquire Kwame Brown, and says he loves watching the Nats, especially because they're on his favorite network of all time.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2009; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Redskins , Wizards  
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Comments

Obviously Mr.Barry hasn't put the crack pipe down yet.....

Posted by: FloresFan | June 22, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

First sensible thing MB has said in years. "Redskins" IS disrespectful.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 22, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If I knew the opinion of prostitute loving crack smokers still mattered I would be posting on here much more often.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 22, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Degrading" and "disrespectful" to who? The overwhelmingly vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the team name Redskins. 90% of Native Americans have no problem with the team name Redskins, according to an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll.

I don't know about you, but I'm with the 90% of Native Americans who aren't bothered by it.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 22, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see "the United" is catching on!

Posted by: JDP_ | June 22, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The United's deal for a stadium is dead only as far as the team being given prime development rights along the Anacostia, with the new and more sensible owner in place, ground breaking for a team financed stadium should begin in the near future.

Vamos Los United!

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 22, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

DCU should move out of RFK to Nat's park for the time being. At least its a better stadium facility, not falling apart. Could you fit a soccer field inside Nats park?

Posted by: alex35332 | June 22, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Chang was always a big part of the ownership/operator group, PB69. He just bought Vic's share so he's now up to 98%.

Posted by: sitruc | June 22, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1 - the proper term is "American Indians". Most of them find both "redskins" and "native american" unsavory.

PB69, as always, please bite me.

Posted by: dcufan | June 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Barnot1 -- you're right. Maybe the next Washington team can be the DC Spades in honor of, you know, shovels.

My guess is YOU'RE not even part Native American right? How many African Americans use the N-word to each other, so would THAT be an acceptable team name?

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 22, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The United under MacFarlane were making threats to move the franchise, Chang has ended that. MacFarlane was demanding mixed use development rights to prime real estate, Chang is just looking to build a stadium. MacFarlane allowed the team to decline and miss out on the playoffs last year, it might be coincidence, but under Chang the team is back on top. From a fans perspective, that's a huge improvement since Chang bought controlling interest in the United.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

On the plus side, this just goes to prove that the Powerboater is just as correct as the Barry on all things DCU.

Posted by: the_slammer | June 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1 - the proper term is "American Indians". Most of them find both "redskins" and "native american" unsavory.

PB69, as always, please bite me.

Posted by: dcufan | June 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Most of them find both 'Redskins' and 'native american' unsavory."

This is a lie. As I previously stated, 90% of Native Americans are not bothered by the term Redskins. This is not my opinion, this is a fact. Annenberg Public Policy Center has done polling on this specific issue, as well as Sports Illustrated.

As for your claim that "the proper term is American Indian" I must point out this is another lie. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of Native American/American Indians prefer the term "American Indian."

Please save your lies for some other blog.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 22, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Barnot1 -- you're right. Maybe the next Washington team can be the DC Spades in honor of, you know, shovels.

My guess is YOU'RE not even part Native American right? How many African Americans use the N-word to each other, so would THAT be an acceptable team name?

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 22, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You're not really this stupid are you? Wow. You just equated the N-word, which is universally accepted as one of the most derogatory terms in the English language, with the word "Redskin", which 90% of Native Americans are not bothered by.

Marion Barry is that you? Lay off the pipe pal.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Facts outweigh unsubstantiated speculation....Barno wins.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 22, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Barnot, I'll ask again, are you Native American (or American Indian)? How the $@#% do YOU know what is or is not offensive to members of a minority group to which you do not belong?

But OK, since you DO know everything and you don't go along with the N-word comparison, how about the Washington Blackskins. A cartoon like Aunt Jemimah could be the mascot. Or perhaps the Washington Yellowskins with Charlie Chan. Maybe The Washington Brownskins and the Frito Bandito?

Or the Washington Honkies? Some guy named Biff can be the mascot. Danny is short and Jewish and it's his team. Use your imagination on that one.

Let's accept, if we must, that most American Indians are not offended (or at least 90% of those surveyed are not, although I'll bet none of them came from the Rosebud Reservation) -- why have a name that offends even 10%? Seriously. Why? It's not THAT great of a name.

Washington Warriors? Would that make you happy? Keep the Indian stuff and the feathers -- just make the Chief Z jackass drop his act.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 22, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I think if you had a team called the Washington Blackskins and had a mascot which was a bad ass black dude (like the bad ass redskin) it would break popularity records throughout the DMV.

Are you a Native American bethesdaguy or are you just looking for a debate? Sticking up for topics that have nothing to do with you.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 22, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Name ain't changing. It is Washington Redskins and if you don't like it, that's tough. As for Barry, give him a break. He's a sick senile old man.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 22, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

give him a break. He's a sick senile old man.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 22, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"Sick senile old man?" Sounds like you're the one who should give him a break, guy.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 22, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what an opinion poll says?

I'm white and I find the term "Redskin" to be not so much degrading as it is ridiculous.

Posted by: thewrittenword | June 23, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I bet even the golden dome would consider changing at least the fisticuffs fellow if the prime minister of Ireland said "Fighting Irish" was especially distasteful and threatened to create enough bad press. Seriously, change the name to Washington Sioux or, heck, I'm not picky, the DC Coeur d'Alene, and who's going to complain in ten years? Go back to the Braves, maybe? (ducks onslaught)

Seriously, who cares? Redskins offends. I can see why a reasonable person could be offended. Change it already.

Posted by: WorstSeat | June 23, 2009 2:53 AM | Report abuse

fushezzi -- I'm 1/4 American Indian. The topic hardly has nothing to do with me or my relatives.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 23, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what an opinion poll says?

I'm white and I find the term "Redskin" to be not so much degrading as it is ridiculous.

Posted by: thewrittenword | June 23, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Well if you're going to claim it's a "controversial" name that "offends many" you sort of have to back that up with something other than comments from the PC Police.

And if less than 1 in 10 Native Americans are offended by it, it's a non-issue/pseudo controversy created and perpetuated by the media

Posted by: Barno1 | June 23, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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