We have the city of Boston to thank for the NFL Redskins.
The franchise was originally the Boston Braves, just like the baseball team. When the team moved to Fenway Park, the owner changed the name to "Redskins," partly because it harmonized better with the other team playing there. Redskins. Red Sox.
The owner, George Preston Marshall, hired a coach named William "Lone Star" Dietz, well known for being part Sioux, although researchers now say that is almost certainly a fraudulent claim.
It would be unfair to accuse Marshall of a specific animus against Native Americans. He was a virulent and venomous all-purpose racist who led the charge to keep...