Red-Skins.

I love football.  I didn't play much of it when I was younger, and its one of my oldest regrets.   Seriously, I really wish I got on that train at an early age.  The kids will definitely be getting some snaps.  Yes, I don't care what she says.  Bad Parent?  Nah.  Kids are here for you to live vicariously through, right???

The game has always been magical to me.  These Titans in flashy clothing, clashing every Sunday for the ultimate week finale.  If someone took football away from america, I'd move.  No bullshit.  The league upholds a certain american standard and tradition, that creeps past the spotlight and lands in the subconscious of our youth.  Yes, a lot of our children (much like I did) look up to sports figures or organizations, and mimic what they do without realizing the patterns their accepting.  Parents have a hard time seeing this, and doing otherwise because they too were raised fairly similar and the cycle perpetuates.   So, why would I not be upset if one of these "stand up organizations" decides that it's NOT going to change it's company name and logo because its a none-issue?  What does this teach everyone? What is it saying about our traditions? What does it say about our country?

"Redskin" is a slang term referring to Native Americans in the United States American English it is labeled "usually offensive","disparaging", "insulting", and "taboo".

How are we able to turn a blind eye to this, and act as if theres nothing wrong with this name.  In America, exercising your 1st Amendment basically means we all soapbox and complain about other shit that doesn't matter to us on a day to day basis.  Lets take, public bathrooms for 500, please.  This issue has been going on for YEARS now, and now North Carolina believes that we should make a change and agitate this already combustable society.  Transgender individuals have been around for years, and seemingly perfectly happy with urainating amongst the sexual group they relate with.  So why poke a sleeping bear?  I don't know.  However, if we are waking up sleeping giants, then why can't we talk about the hypocrisy which floats around the racial slur that is the Washington Redskins.  After all, thats what it is.  A football team, who's mascot (source of symbolic pride amongst a group united by a set goal) is a flat out described as "utterly offensive", and "insulting" to a group of individuals, we to this day live amongst.  

The Redskins came into existence in 1932.  To put that into perspective, Hitler had not yet invaded Poland to jump start WW11 yet.  He was just getting warmed up.  The following year, the Nazi Party rose to power, thus persecuting and removing Jews and other minorities from Germany.  If that doesn't give you a good perspective on how antiquated this way of thinking is, think about this....  In 1933, it was illegal nationwide to produce, import, transport of sell alcoholic beverages here in the great US of A.  With just these two instances, think about the mindset of that day and time.  Both of these instances in this day and age are now are not only laughable, but outright offensive.  Yet the Redskins logo and name aren't huh?

Listen,  I get the argument of "when will it stop".  Or I get the "when I say Redskins, I don't think of it being derogatory".  I get that to.  When I say the name, I don't think of it as immediately offensive as I would the "N" word (hard ER) simply because we didn't grow up around anyone using it on the daily.   The word/logo itself does not offend me directly.  But given this fact, should it not be something I stand up for?  Plenty of people in the past stood up for my people who couldn't directly relate to the factor which oppressed us!!?!  Being able to relate to a significant percentage of america's population who have been referred by disgusting names for a long stretch of american history, I could only imagine how I'd feel if I were native american and called this great nation "my home". It would make me hate the great game of football and the land that it was played on.  It would definitely make me hate the people who stole that land from me. 

I have never liked the redskins logo, thats true.  Colors have sucked, and as a kid there was nothing that drew me to them.  I like them about as much as... lets say, the San Diego Chargers.  Well, no... I actually like the Chargers throwback colors and uniforms.  Ah, the Buffalo Bills!  I could live with them, or without them.  They are there, and I acknowledge them as that random week 12 opponent on your schedule that is a stepping stone win to help you edge out your devision.  Much like the Redskins, their noticed.  But the Redskins need to be addressed for their sigil.  I personally don't know any Native Americans (sadly), but I don't need to know them to address my opinion on the hypocritical postion the NFL is taking at the expense of all native americans. 

My father is a great man.  He taught me plenty of things growing up that I use on a daily basis.  One thing that sticks with me is this : Don't complain about a problem, and not have a proposal for a solution.  Otherwise your just complaining and nobody wants to be a complainer.  Thats true.  Complainers are the worst.  The painting is my proposed solution.  I felt like putting a woman in as the subject, for a predominantly male dominated sport as the spokeswoman for their brand was a good touch.  Also, be it that she's white, and from Switzerland really goes against the grain. I turned her in the opposing way of the current logo as a metaphor to my resistance.  Lastly, this Red Skin.  When I think of red skin in reference to native americans, I don't think of pigment.  I think of bloodshed.  

So yes.  Redskins, please consider changing your colors, team name and logo.  Although the Pats didn't change their name, the definitely switched up their colors and uniforms, and look what they turned into.... #facts.

-CB 

The boy always be watching the work unfold. 

The boy always be watching the work unfold. 

Underpainting, acrylic wash.

Underpainting, acrylic wash.

First layer.

First layer.

King just decided that my painting days are numbered, and he's going to chew through my shit.  He did NOT go unpunished.

King just decided that my painting days are numbered, and he's going to chew through my shit.  He did NOT go unpunished.

Taking form. 

Taking form. 

Touchups. Final.

Touchups. Final.