A linguistic analysis of books published between 1875 and 1930 show an increasingly negative context in the use of redskin, often in association with "dirty", "lying", etc.; while benign or positive usage such as "noble" redskin were used in a condescending manner. Bruce Stapleton (March 6, 2001). Redskins: Racial Slur or Symbol of Success? I hope this passes the board's admittance on what would be considered a racial or ethnic slur, and proper documentation of such.