- - Monday, October 14, 2013

All this talk concerning the Washington Redskins name and the push to change it is ridiculous (“NFL to meet with group proposing Redskins name change,” Web, Oct. 7). The term “redskins” has nothing to do with skin color. Long ago, when the white explorers saw American Indians in war paint, the paint they saw was usually red in color to invoke fear in the enemy. The explorers called these people redskins, as this was their first impression of those they saw. It was a cultural behavior exercised by those wearing the paint; it had nothing to do with race or skin color.

Most of the public would not even know of this name but for the reinforcement of Hollywood movies made over the years and media harping. Enough of the pettiness. Play ball.

FRED C. SEBLY

Mount Airy, Md.