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Gene Simmons: I Understand Why Native Americans Aren't Thrilled About Redskins

Gene Simmons: I Understand Why Native Americans Aren't Thrilled About Redskins

Gene Simmons, the KISS rocker who co-owns the L.A. Kiss Arena Football League team, said he understands why Native Americans would be upset with the Redskins name.

Here’s what he told the Wall Street Journal this week:

Well, look. There’s sports, there’s business and then there are people. As a Jew, I wouldn’t be thrilled as “The Kikes.” And if you’re black, you wouldn’t be thrilled with a football team called “The Blacks.” I could use a worse word. Because “Redskins” was what the white man called them. So I understand if you’re a sports fan and if you’re white, you go “Hey, what’s the problem? We have a long history.” But if you’re an Indian, think about it. White dudes don’t have to worry about that stuff because [they] were always the majority in imperialist countries of the world. “Cracker” means nothing to white people. They had all the money and the power.

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