The National Basketball League of Canada could have come up with ANY name for their new team. So what did they chose to do? Use the Algonquin word "Tomahawk" which is a racist move. Just like the "Cleveland Indians" or the "Washington Redskins" the use of the name "Ottawa Tomahawks" appropriates an Algonquin word that is commonly associated with a throwing axe. At a time when Aboriginal peoples are fighting for their rights all over the world and most recently with the Idle No More movement stemming from Canada, this new name is provocative and racist. The franchise should be renamed immediately.
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