Bob Costas loves to offer his opinion on the national talking points of the day. This usually occurs in the form of an essay with a strong take that's broadcast infront of a big national audience, typically during halftime of Sunday Night Football. Last year he took a strong stance on gun control in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting. Last night editorialized about the political correctness of the Washington Redskins name and why the franchise needs to make a change, calling "Redskins" an "insult" and "a slur."
Still, the NFL franchise that represents the nation's capital has maintained its name. But think for a moment about the term "Redskins," and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed towards African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or any other ethnic group. When considered that way, "Redskins" can't possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It's an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent.