Every time a major-league sports team is in the news whose name brings Native Americans to mind, representatives of that group protest that they’ve been slandered by the fact that teams have been named after them in a manner they consider derogatory.
This is a complex issue, and I’m only going to raise a question about one part of it:
Two of the teams in question, the Redskins and Braves, were originally the Boston Redskins and Boston Braves. A singular event in American history occured in Boston, not involving Native Americans, but rather involving American colonists dressed up in their garb. I’ve been wondering – were the Redskins and Braves named after Native Americans, or were they named after the hotheads who dumped the tea in the harbor?
Anybody (Cecil, the Teeming Millions, or whoever) know anything concrete about the origins of these teams’ names?