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U.S. Rep says Redskins name “is not likely to stand”

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The battle lines have been drawn.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder says he’ll “never” change the team’s name.  Now, a member of Congress says, essentially, that the name never will last.

“This name is not likely to stand,” Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) told NBC Sports Radio Network’s The Erik Kuselias Show on Thursday morning.   “It would be much better if Dan Snyder did what [Wizards owner] Abe Pollin did.  Now, Abe Pollin was not criticized when he bought the so-called Washington Bullets but changed the name because he didn’t think it was particularly appropriate for a big city team to be named bullets.  You know, that’s good sportsmanship.

“Here is somebody who claims that . . . who it would seem to have some kind of principled reason for keeping a name that the great majority of Native Americans find derogatory.  What’s the principle?  Let me tell you the opposite.  Do you remember the Dan Snyder that sued the City Paper here in Washington because of an article that he regarded as derogatory but pinpointed particularly a picture that accompanied the article that he said was anti-Semitic?  Here’s somebody who had his own ethic sensibilities [offended] and is unable to turn the other cheek and understand why Native Americans would feel disparaged.”

Holmes Norton, one of the U.S. Representatives who signed the letter comparing “Redskins” to other racial epithets, also addressed the absence of a unified consensus that the name “Redskins” is racially offensive.

“Who wants to have a name that some regard as derogatory?” she said.  “You know why this has not received I think the kind of cache it would have received if we were talking about African-Americans or Latinos? It’s because Native Americans are less than 2 percent of the population. They are a very silent minority. Well, they don’t speak up a lot but they’ve spoken up on this count. If the other side has a good reason to keep the name then I want to hear it.  So far I haven’t heard it.”

Holmes Norton made it clear that she supports the team, even if she opposes the name.

“[T]his is a team that is much beloved, and I’m one of those that is among their biggest fans – after all, I’m from D.C.,” she said.  “This is not against the team, this is a matter that it seems to me if Snyder would just be grown up about it would say, ‘Wait a minute, is this where I want to make my big fight, is this where I want to be remembered for in history?’  I don’t think so.”

While she wants to see the name changed, Holmes Norton doesn’t advocate stances from players that could make the team non-competitive, such as refusing to join the Redskins as a draft pick or free agent.

“This has nothing to do with the players, this has to do with the owner and the management,” Holmes Norton said.  “Please, look, if you’re good at football please come to Washington and play for us — we need you.”

The team also needs this issue to go away.  We have a feeling that won’t happen any time soon.

Even if the name changes in 50 years, the controversy would linger for another 50 beyond that.

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332 Responses to “U.S. Rep says Redskins name “is not likely to stand””
  1. bigdaddyraven says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    Absolsutely positively well said. Change the freaking name.

  2. skins1982 says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    tell that dude in the picture, that wants the name change, to stuff it

  3. Patriot42 says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    I vote to rename the Redskins to the PC’s short for Politically Correct).

  4. thetrashjuice says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    Yet again, someone else speaking for the Native Americas. Why don’t you write an article interviewing or quoting actual native Americans. Let their voice me heard. Why doesn’t Congress donate their time to actually helping them and their communities?

  5. prrebel says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    She needs to worry more about a budget, IRS intrusion and other Constitutional violations that have occurred.

  6. logicalvoicesays says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    We will be the Washington REDSKINS until the end of time and we WILL be the best franchise in NFL History as usual. #Dealwithit

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    The only thing I hate more than the Redskins’ name is Congress, so I’m backing the Redskins on this one.

  8. deddmunnie says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    Show me that a great majority of Native Americans find the term offensive and I will listen to you. Problem is you can’t because they don’t.

  9. 49faithful says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    We about the American people before a pro football teams name. I get it some think its racist but there are way to many pressing issues to focus on. I swear everyone one in the senate and congress needs to have the door hit them on the way out.

  10. geddyn says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    I hate the Redskins, but I really hope Snyder doesn’t cave to the pressure to change the team’s name. All this useless whining about “feelings” needs to stop. Anyone who is offended by a word needs to get the hell over it.

    And someone ought to tell this woman that, as a member of Congress, she’s got more important things to worry about than the name of a football team.

  11. mikeknaj says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    >> While she wants to see the name changed, Holmes Norton doesn’t advocate stances from players that could make the team non-competitive, such as refusing to join the Redskins as a draft pick or free agent. >>

    Bwahahahaa! Like any potential NFL player is going to refuse to join the Redskins after they’re drafted just because some politician doesn’t like the team’s name in the first place.

    Norton isn’t even a “real” member of Congress, by the way – she can’t vote.

    I’m so sick of this story and those who think they can bully the team into changing.

  12. johnnyjagfan says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    A team named the “Bullets” is not derogatory. Bullets were used in crossing the Delaware river in winning the American Revolution.

    The problem was the D.C. was the Murder Capital of the U.S. at the time and in the midst of a PR/Tourism nightmare, the team changed its name. Having guys drawing guns on one another in the locker room didn’t help.

    Holmes-Norton doesn’t have a vote in Congress. She’s playing to her constituency for her own politics. Should she continue to be given a forum, you can expect more posturing. If nobody covers her, she goes back to her irrelevancy.

  13. mvikes10 says: May 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    Too bad American citizens didnt feel and take a “stand” against Congress!!!

  14. logicalvoicesays says: May 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    Hail to the REDSKINS. Best team in professional sports. Weather you like it or not. The truth is UNDENIABLE. #GodsTeam

  15. southpaw2k says: May 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    I’d actually understand Senator Norton’s point if she was also petitioning the Blackhawks, Braves, Seminoles, Chiefs, and – oh yeah – the INDIANS to change all their names too.

  16. pathsovglory says: May 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    “As a citizen of Norwegian decent, I demand that the state of Minnesota change their football teams name to better represent a more open and accepting term.

    “Vikings” is an offensive and derogatory term that blatantly assumes all people of Scandinavian descent are ruthless savages. And I take great exception to that.”

    Yes, it is the same thing.

  17. gurnblanstonreturns says: May 30, 2013 1:28 PM

    Maybe Snyder could revert to form one last time and, ignoring solid advice, sign the name “Redskins” to a record-breaking, long-term contract. That would guarantee that the name would be out of DC within two years.

    Hail!

  18. jeffchadwick says: May 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    Member of Congress? Someone hasn’t watched the “Better Know Your District” episode on Washington, DC.

  19. doomsdaydefensetx says: May 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    Hail to the Redtails lol.

  20. jack3dsd says: May 30, 2013 1:30 PM

    time for comments from people who aren’t native to say how the name isn’t offensive to them

  21. u4iadman says: May 30, 2013 1:30 PM

    He owns the team, there is long standing precedence established on the name.
    I am not a fan of the owner, but can we stop with all the political correctness already?

    Our elected officials should spend time improving economy, school, healthcare, and our standard of living for low/mid class. The naming is a waste of our time and money until the above priorities are solved. Then, you can spend time and our money on a frickin name.

    Morons.

  22. veence69 says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    She makes a very valid point regarding Snyder’s hypocrisy.

  23. purplepride74 says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Just change it already. You’re going to have to someday. Look on the bright side, think of all the extra merchandising money you’ll make as your fans have to buy all new gear. I vote for Redtails…

  24. dbones750 says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Yea, but what’s going on with Key and Bieber?

  25. dooley644 says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Dan Snyder, I have my opinions of your personnel decisions, but for the love of God, please stand your ground on this. We have been wussified and PC’d enough over the last 10 years.

    They are the Washington Redskins. No one associates that name with Native Americans. No one thinks twice about it. They’re just the Redskins. That’s it.

    Stand your ground.

    Signed,

    a Packers fan.

  26. azarkhan says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Just what we need… another liberal fossil who has done nothing in her life except suck on the government teat telling us how to behave.

  27. bucrightoff says: May 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Just skip the inevitable step of removing all offensive names and just make it easy like the Browns and name everyone after a color. People can’t get offended by that can they? (I’m aware that yes, of course they can)

  28. whitdog23 says: May 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Does Ms. Eleanor Holmes Norton have enough clout to write a bill?
    This wouldn’t even get out of committee to the floor.
    Can you imagine the amendments which would be attached to a bill like this? Taxpayers would be building Bridges to Nowhere in all 50 states

  29. clownsfan says: May 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Snyder’s resolve strengthens with every article written. The name will never change.

  30. theytukrjobs says: May 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Do a majority of Native Americans even care? We always hear these non-Indian senators tell us how offended they are, but never hear of any big protests from actual native americans.

    My perspective on this is that Native Americans are practically invisible. It is like we swept them under a rug. The only time you even hear of their culture is during history discussions and when you hear frumpy white female politicians and activists rage over team names.

    Would a world in which we just never saw any Native American imagery or wording, “derogatory” or otherwise, be better for them really? I mean would it be better that we just never ever referred to them in any way at all?

  31. bostontim says: May 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    “Even if the name changes in 50 years, the controversy would linger for another 50 beyond that.”

    Especially with you and your ilk fanning the flames and living off the heat.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  32. thestrategyexpert says: May 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Well all of these people so vastly disagree with Dan Snyder. Perhaps Snyder also disagrees with the effect of this issue lingering, maybe he likes the extra publicity and attention, even if those that oppose the team name don’t understand his motives. He’s just coming from a different perspective.

    In professional wrestling, sometimes it pays dividends to market yourself as the good guy, but sometimes it pays dividends to market yourself as the bad guy.

    Snyder just LOVES having it both ways. The more people complain about what he is doing is wrong, the more profits he can make in the meantime until the issue goes away.

  33. obnoxiousDCfan says: May 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    For such a “terrible” word, yall sure are saying “Redskins” a lot. If it were the Washington N-words, y’all sure as hell wouldn’t be throwing that around.

    So please, tell me again how “Redskins” is so offensive since you have no problem saying it 1,000,000 times a day?

  34. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: May 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    Let’s let Wikipedia settle this…

    “…However, common wisdom appears to have settled on the notion that the term is a particularly egregious racial epithet that represents a bloody era in American history in which Indigenous Americans were hunted, killed, and forcibly displaced removed from their lands by European settlers.”

    Apparently, wisdom isn’t common enough.

  35. cardmagnet says: May 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    Times have changed. Who still uses Redskins meant as a slur? Just because some of our forefathers may have hurled it as an insult, that doesn’t mean it’s meant to insult today.

  36. piecesofvinyl says: May 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    there has to be SOMETHING more important for them to focus on

  37. footballhistorian says: May 30, 2013 1:34 PM

    Eleanor Holmes Norton is a radical leftist who as a legislator has contributed NOTHING useful to anything…except increasing taxes and government spending. Like most opportunistic politicians, this is ONLY a chance for her to continue the balkanization of the country.

  38. chargerdillon says: May 30, 2013 1:34 PM

    Do you notice the only people who think this is a big deal, are the people that are doing the politics to get the named changed so they can be credited with doing so for their own pathetic political careers.

  39. metalhead65 says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    so happy members of congress have nothing better to do than try and intimidate a owner of a private business into doing something they do not want to do. not surprising it a liberal democrat leading the charge over something that nobody but tree hugging liberals care about. how about focusing on the scandals of the current administration? I would think getting to the truth about what happened in Benghazi would be a little more important than the name of a football team. sorry actually I am not but most people associate the name redskins with the football team and not a racist insult. I am 54 years old and have never heard anyone called a redskin as a insult racial or otherwise. I am Bears fan so the redskins mean nothing to me other than just another team not to like. I hope snyder does not bow to her or the pc police and if they try and make him change the name that he sues them for everything he can get. granted it won’t be much since she is liberal and any money would come from taxpayers but it’s the principle that counts in this matter.

  40. billsgiantsfan says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    The only way this will go away is if ticket sales or merchandising sale start to decline. Politicians can yell all they want, but only dollars and cents will cause a change. Plus, who doesn’t think the politicians are only yelling because it looks good in the eyes of the more outspoken voters. I’d bet a nickel they could morally care less one way or the other.
    If Snyder keeps silent and doesn’t respond to the political “outrage”, this argument will go quiet within 6 months.

  41. thatsrightmike says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    Rename to the Washington Politicians and use Pinocchio as the mascot… Appease the minority while still making your statement.

  42. stull60060 says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    THIS WOMAN IS A BUFFOON and the people who voted for her are BIGGER BUFFOONS. It’s not against the law to offend somebody. Guess what Norton. You offend me. You need to go away as soon as possible.

  43. manilarizzo says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    I’m a huge skins fan. And I for one hope we never change the name unless native Americans and only native Americans in a large organized effort advocate for such change. Not congress who has far better things to be concerned about. Seriously this is getting ridiculous.

    And again, why is there no issue with the Indians or the Chiefs? Shouldn’t it be one for all and all for one versus picking on this team alone? We are witnessing yet a another step towards the downward spiral of American society.

  44. captainwisdom8888 says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    The idiotic argument of, “Shouldn’t congress be worrying about more important things!?”, can be applied to ANY instance in which congress happens to be addressing an issue that isn’t of UTMOST importance. It is just way too easy to say…over…and over…

    How annoying would it be if someone interjected into your sports conversation simply to say,”Well, why don’t you talk about something more important than sports!?” It’s just plain stupid.

  45. baddegg says: May 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    Emperor Norton!

    Soon she will be telling you what you can name your children, your dog, your cat.

    Why stop there…just tell me who to vote for or better yet give me only one choice…the one that you approve.

    PC is one step from fascism and I’ve lost a LOT of respect for Rep Norton.

  46. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    The good reason to keep the name is: economic impact on a major sports organization that changes it’s brand. Especially one so long standing.

    I’m sure sucking up to native americans has NO political or financial benifits for Elenor Holmes Norton either… After all, she was quick to point out how “silent” and “small” a minority they are. Right. Good call. I’ll remember that when I go to full on casino’s in a state where gambling is illegal and have a blast pouring money into the silent minority. Shocker: I wasn’t the only person there.

  47. randywhite54 says: May 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    That’s because nobody gave a crap about the name until it became “popular” to sue people and be PC whine-a-babies.

    They changed the name from Bullets to Wizards because DC was the crime capital of the nation at the time, small difference.

  48. calibear831 says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    “Do you remember the Dan Snyder that sued the City Paper here in Washington because of an article that he regarded as derogatory but pinpointed particularly a picture that accompanied the article that he said was anti-Semitic?  Here’s somebody who had his own ethic sensibilities [offended] and is unable to turn the other cheek and understand why Native Americans would feel disparaged.””

    BURN!!!!

  49. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    Eleanor, why don’t you do your job and fix what is really wrong with DC and stop worrying about the Redskins name. Changing the name won’t do ANYTHING for the native people. Frankly, it may have a negative effect on them. Huge disasters are happening in OK and state reps there are worried about the name, worry about all the lives lost and damage done to your state how about that. I can’t wait for the season to start so this non-issue goes away like it always does year after year. All this down time makes this non-issue faintly newsworthy. The name will never change so let it go. RED in Redskins refers to red war paint worn, not skin color… read up on it. People dig for racist issues that don’t even exist nowadays. The Skins name is not offensive or racist. Pc wackos just want to make it racist for their own political interest and gain and to make themselve feel like they are doing “good”. Go do your job and fix what is really wrong and stop wasting the taxpayers money on non-issues.

  50. calicowboysfan86 says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    This is getting ridiculous! Am I missing something? Why is this an issue all of the sudden? I love to hate the REDSKINS doesn’t mean I hate Native Americans. “Indian” can be just as offense to some people. Is anyone pushing the Cleveland Indian’s owners to change their clubs name? Native American is probably not preferred by some people either. Can’t make everyone happy. How do these politicians think they can force a name change. “I’m sorry I thought this was MERICA!!!”

  51. breadslicer says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    I’m just glad Dan Snyder doesn’t own the team I root for.

  52. wstover says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    Just change the team logo to a picture of a man with a sunburn. Problem solved.

  53. randywhite54 says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    #Deniable #VERYwishfulThinking

  54. flyboy123456 says: May 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    This guy Eleanor is nuts. How about the Yankees? That name, obviously, needs to change as I find the term “Yankee” offensive. It was a derogatory label put upon us by people of the southern regions of the US. It has negative connotations as you all know. It’s got to go!!

    Step by step, we’ve got to make this country as bland as water – we’ve got to!!!!!

    Come on, everybody!!!

  55. corkspop says: May 30, 2013 1:38 PM

    Most Native-Americans don’t find this offensive. Do the job you were elected to do…… moron.

  56. firstclasspack says: May 30, 2013 1:38 PM

    Get a life people, it’s just a name for a team. It’s not like they are going around scalping people or going on the warpath kill pale skins. If the gov’t wastes 1 penny on this they should all be removed from office on the spot. However if they do go after the Skins they better go after every other team that has a questionable name……Braves, Chiefs, etc, etc.

  57. therealsmiley says: May 30, 2013 1:38 PM

    What part of NEVER did you not get? The name stays. Hail!!

  58. bucs24 says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    I’m Native American and this is the dumbest thing ever really there’s nothing offensive myself and family don’t care don’t we bigger problems in the USA to deal with than trying to figure out if the Washington redskins is offensive to Native Americans

  59. raiderufan says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    This is STUPID.

    I don’t disagree that a massively small amount of people are or should be offended by the name…the fact that our government is just so very dedicated to getting this fixed while showing ZERO resolve to take care of actual legit issues that affect Caucasion, African American, Native Americans, Asian Americans and any other nationality within these borders has me livid. Deal with this when the issues affecting at least 75% of Americans are dealt with.

    I don’t mean to put down how a name like this may make Native Americans feel but after all these years of degrading treatment I’d bet most of them are content with the idea of getting to the really big stuff first. I’d bet alot of them are looking for jobs alot more then they’re thinking about the name of a football team.

  60. mclovinib says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    it’s the redskins were talking about, who cares…i didn’t even know d.c. had a team anymore…

  61. stigman2012 says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    Am I missing something, or is Snyder the private owner of a private company? What does this congressperson think he/she is going to do? Pass a law forcing the Redskins to change the name?

    I went to Miami of Ohio and remember in the mid 1990s when, because the school sucks off the state tete, it was in essence forced to switch its 160-year old nickname of Redskins to Redhawks. It sucks that our society is now so PC. It sucks more when the government tries to force us to be tolerant–all in the name of freedom, right?

  62. geetee52 says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    Anyone ever notice that there’s never a Navaho, Seminole, Cherokee…or any of a thousand other tribes that are ever whining about this?

    Could it be they’re not offended and see the name in the way it was intended?

    It is a tribute…a compliment…a recognition of admirable qualities.

    This is nothing more than Lefties utilizing another form of social engineering. Go away and let people think for themselves.

    BLEAH

  63. skinsfan91 says: May 30, 2013 1:39 PM

    I’m thinking this chick is just hopping on a hot button issue to get her name press. Another example of people exploiting Native Americans.

  64. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    We should change the name “football” because people who have been kicked in the balls are offended.

  65. baddegg says: May 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    johnnyjagfan says: May 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    A team named the “Bullets” is not derogatory. Bullets were used in crossing the Delaware river in winning the American Revolution.

    The problem was the D.C. was the Murder Capital of the U.S. at the time and in the midst of a PR/Tourism nightmare, the team changed its name. Having guys drawing guns on one another in the locker room didn’t help.

    Holmes-Norton doesn’t have a vote in Congress. She’s playing to her constituency for her own politics. Should she continue to be given a forum, you can expect more posturing. If nobody covers her, she goes back to her irrelevancy.

    —————

    By the way, what has changing the name to Wizards done to make the streets in DC (or anywhere for that matter) safer. Gun sales and mass killings are at an all time high the last I checked. And Arenas did his little “gun show” as a member of the Wizards, not the Bullets.

    The change was hallow and ultimately inconsequential…

  66. jeffreyshulenburg says: May 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    I find the name “Patriots” to be particularly offensive to immigrants. I find the term “Cowboys” to send a negative image toward the hard working ranch hands of the south. I find that “Raiders” and “Buccaneers” are morally questionable figures for our children to see on a weekly basis. I find “Giants” to be derogatory toward people with giantism. I find “Browns” to be harmful toward people with dark skin. I find that “Falcons”, “Eagles”, “Seahawks” and “Cardinals” to be bad for people with a crippling fear of birds.

    My point is, where do we draw the line of political correctness? Most native americans couldnt care less about a term that hasnt been used outside of football for 50 years. Ive talked to some. Im liberal toward a whole mess of things, but political correctness is something im not a fan of pursuing to this level.

    In the end, Dan Snyder has the right to name his company whatever he wants. The government cant really change that legally.

  67. blacknole08 says: May 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    She’s a big-time fan, she’s from D.C. Cool.

    So where was her outrage years ago?! You supported the team for so many years and now you think the name is offensive?

    Doesn’t Congress have other problems they need to solve (and by solve I mean screw up)?

  68. samuelcd says: May 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    Why create an issue. Just rename them. Washington Warriors. Don’t have to change anything else.

  69. National Fanatic says: May 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    it’s only a matter of OPINION.
    RED isn’t bad, nor SKIN isn’t bad, so why would REDSKIN be bad?

    Cow isn’t bad. Boy isn’t bad… but may as well change their name because FAT PEOPLE probably don’t like it either.

  70. coltzfan166 says: May 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    Well you also have to understand that Dan Snyder is one of the biggest idiots in football

  71. joejacks says: May 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    Rep Norton should be worried about serious matters in this country. Not bollocks!!

  72. n0hopeleft says: May 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    Hahahahahahah!!

    Change the name of the insignificant franchise already – we are tired of hearing about it!

    Call them the Maryland Marys.

  73. musicman495 says: May 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    Eleanor Holmes Norton is a non voting member of the US House of Representatives. She has no more authority or control over the Redskins or the ultimate outcome of this controversy than “Mr. Redtail,” the D.C. City Councilman.

    I realize this has become a PFT hobby horse, and I hate the way Daniel Snyder is handling this matter. But please do not imply that Rep. Norton’s statement and opinion will have any more significance in whether the name actually changes than the statements or opinions of ten other people.

  74. thetrashjuice says: May 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    Yea where is this Congressional outrage for the Chicago Blackhawks? Their logo is identical. I know they don’t have ‘skins’ in it, but where do we draw the line. Redskins is meant as a tribute! Down with Congress!!!

  75. cj20208 says: May 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    I feel like congress has a few bigger problems

  76. august589 says: May 30, 2013 1:45 PM

    “Here is somebody who claims that . . . who it would seem to have some kind of principled reason for keeping a name that the great majority of Native Americans find derogatory. ”

    Great majority? Where’s the research that documents that assertion? Guess what? IT’S NOT THERE!! We’re beating a dead horse here. Let’s please move on. (Meanwhile, I’ll be ordering a Redskins T-shirt for my Cherokee wife who wants one really bad.)

  77. acoman89 says: May 30, 2013 1:45 PM

    Yankee could also be considered a derogatory term, should we change the name I the Yankees next?

  78. ras1tafari says: May 30, 2013 1:45 PM

    I am 99% sure there is no law re: the names for sports teams. Congress needs to mind their own business, and stay out of sports. If the owner doesn’t want to change it, tough.

  79. mungman69 says: May 30, 2013 1:47 PM

    Indians, Braves, Warriors are but a few names that would work.

  80. dcsween says: May 30, 2013 1:47 PM

    She’s right that Snyder is one the thinnest-skinned billionaires in the country.

    Mike Freeman from CBS Sports had a great article about this, but the nice one is a quote from a real Indian (who peeps up here don’t want white, black, or liberal people to speak for). Freeman writes:

    If you’ve never read the quote below, it is important, because it helps understand the true history behind the word. It comes from a man named Clem Ironwing, of Sioux descent, and was made before a committee in Kansas considering ending the use of Redskins for a high school.

    “The word Redskin was taught to me at a very young age, and this is the meaning it has for me.

    “I am a Native American. I grew up on an Indian reservation. As a child, the United States government and the Catholic church came into our homes, took us away from our families, and forced us into Catholic boarding schools. There was no choice to be had in this matter, you had to go. The Catholic church with the blessings of the United States government took it upon themselves to determine that we were savages, and needed to be transformed to fit into their society.

    “When my hair was cut short by the priests, I was called a ‘redskin’ and a savage. When I spoke my native tongue, I was beaten and called ‘redskin.’ When I tried to follow the spiritual path of my people, I was again beaten and called a ‘redskin.’ I was told by them to turn my back on the ways of my people, or I would forever be nothing but a dirty ‘redskin.’

    “The only way ‘redskin’ was ever used towards my people and myself was in a derogatory manner. It was never, ever, used in a show of respect or kindness. It was only used to let you know that you were dirty and no good, and to this day still is.

    “A long time ago, a group of people who had no knowledge of these facts, and who put no thought into what ‘redskin’ actually meant chose to use this word for their mascot. A new group of people, now being confronted about it, have somehow decided it is their decision to change the meaning of this word to fit their purposes and agendas, but again have put no thought into its true meaning or what this word means to Native Americans.”

  81. chillyp says: May 30, 2013 1:49 PM

    You know, if Daniel Snyder goes before a judge to have his name changed to Daniel Redskins, it would take all the thunder out of Mr. Norton’s argument….

  82. twilson962 says: May 30, 2013 1:49 PM

    BAAAAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! This coming from a rep that doesn’t even have a vote! BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAA!!!

    Go sit in the corner with the reps from Guam, Virgin Islands, & American Somoa & let the VOTING members of Congress handle their business,

  83. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 30, 2013 1:49 PM

    “Progressivism” is a brain disease. I am convinced. Not only is it a misnomer, the staggering irony flummoxes, if not infuriates.

  84. realfootballfan says: May 30, 2013 1:50 PM

    Cue the white guys saying everybody is being “PC” when discusssing racially insensitive topics that have never affected white people.

    And for the person saying Native Americans should be quoted in the story, i don’t know if you know any Native Americans, but like stated in the article, they are a small part of the population and hardly represented in our government (reservations are quite separate worlds from the rest of society), and even if a few were quoted here, I’m just guessing there would still be alot of shouting them down for being offended by a name the majority of them, I can tell you from experience of knowing quite a few from different tribes all over this country, don’t like. They’ve never liked it.

    Some of them don’t like the Seminoles of Florida State and they are very respective to that tribe and tradition, something the Redskins hardly have any room to claim.

    The name should have been changed long ago, and for those bringing up history and tradition, the NFL barely resembles itself from 10 years ago, let alone 50, so no better time than now to change the name.

  85. askmarc says: May 30, 2013 1:51 PM

    Wizards is offensive to non-Satanists. She like all the others on this fake topic is a phony.

    Warriors kill
    Buccaneers kill
    Raiders kill
    Giants kill
    Packers pack killed animals
    Bears kill
    Vikings kill
    Chargers kill
    Seahawks kill
    Lions kill
    Falcons kill
    Panthers kill
    Jaguars kill
    Saints offend atheists
    Bills kill
    Cowboys kill
    Patriots kill
    Eagles kill
    Cardinals kill
    Cheifs kill
    Rams kill
    One is only offended when they themselves choose to be offended. Get real.

  86. twosidestocoins says: May 30, 2013 1:51 PM

    Retired Patawomeck chief says he’d be offended if Redskins change name:

    “I think that first of all, you have to make a decision whether you consider it offensive or not,” Green said. “And frankly, the members of my tribe — the vast majority — don’t find it offensive. I’ve been a Redskin fan for years. And to be honest with you, I would be offended if they DID change it.”

    “And I think what you have to do is look at where the name Redskins originated,” he continued. “There are some that give the term Redskin a negative connotation — to indicate that it was created by the white man to offend the Indians — but in reality the term Redskins came from the Indians. And they referred to themselves oftentimes — in treaty negotiations, in meetings with the early settlers – as Redskins. So it’s not a term that the white man created; it’s actually a term that the Indians themselves created.

  87. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 1:52 PM

    Fake outrage by politicians who only care about their Name…..in the paper.

  88. twosidestocoins says: May 30, 2013 1:53 PM

    “So I just believe we have people in this country that try and gin up problems where problems don’t exist,” Green said. “Now, our investigation into the term goes back pretty far, to 1608, when John Smith was traveling from Jamestown to meet with the Indian people. And he remarked in his diary that when they’re born they’re as white as we are; it’s only as they age that their skin darkens. And we believe that there was a reason for that. We use a bug repellant, for lack of a better term, that was made up of animal fat and the dye of the Pocoon (?) plant. And coincidentally, the Pocoon dye, when it’s crushed and dried, is red. And so for years, the Indian people were rubbing this red dye into their skin. And some of the other early settlers remarked that their skin turned red. So was that a comment made to denigrate the Indian people? I don’t think so.

  89. ampats says: May 30, 2013 1:53 PM

    Funny how people in Washington get involved in things they were not elected for but cannot get done what they are there for.

    As pointed out above, Indians, Seminoles, Blackhawks etc would fall into this category.

  90. belgaron says: May 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    She would also say the Bill of Rights will not stand.

  91. bigharold says: May 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    “It’s because Native Americans are less than 2 percent of the population.”

    Really? Cause I’m Irish and there is a far great percentage of Irish in the country. I don’t hear anybody screaming about getting Note Dame to change their name or mascot. I guess they have to address the Redskin thing first?

    This idiotic statement is why Congress deserves the pitifully low approval rates they have. Clearly they can’t see the forest for the trees.

  92. prmpft says: May 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    reps like her are exactly why this country is in the crapper financially – NO ONE is paying her to have even a tangential connection to an NFL team name – she’ll be living hand to mouth soon enough when the money’s gone!

  93. FlyFromTheInside says: May 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    And the dead horse continues to be beaten….

  94. mattyk72 says: May 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    Is there really nothing more important going on in Congress?? What a joke. And they wonder why people are fed up with politics.

  95. chefosaurus says: May 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    Shouldn’t our congress be more worried about getting the 49.7 million Americans living in poverty fed, or fixing one our many other internal issues, instead of worrying about the name of a football team that’s been around for over 80 years?

  96. dbones750 says: May 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    billsgiantsfan says: May 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    The only way this will go away is if ticket sales or merchandising sale start to decline. Politicians can yell all they want, but only dollars and cents will cause a change. Plus, who doesn’t think the politicians are only yelling because it looks good in the eyes of the more outspoken voters. I’d bet a nickel they could morally care less one way or the other.
    If Snyder keeps silent and doesn’t respond to the political “outrage”, this argument will go quiet within 6 months.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’d bet a buffalo nickel. Is that offensive?

  97. bobbyhoying says: May 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    It’s a good thing they didn’t name the Eagles the Bald Eagles or all the congresspeople without hair would be calling for a name change.

  98. randomcommenter says: May 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    The problem with political correctness is that it’s not the will of the allegedly offended minority, it’s the will of liberal white people.

    Do you know a single black person who refers to themselves as African American when a camera isn’t in their face? I don’t. That’s because black people do not have a problem with the term black.

    Similarly, most Native Americans don’t mind the term Redskin or even Indian. There are examples of Indian reservation sports teams naming themselves Redskins.

    Walk into an Indian casino. What is the decor? Walk into Foxwoods and see a giant sculpture of an Indian shooing and arrow into the sky. Liberal white people tell us that’s an offensive stereotype when it’s actually a part of a heritage Indians are proud of if you let them.

  99. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    The government has no power to make Snyder change the name anymore than they can force any other company to change. Even if they lose their trademark, which I doubt also, they can still go by whatever they want–as they should.

  100. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    Maybe Bill Gates should change the name of his Windows software, I hear prisoners and eskimos are offended since they have none.

    #FAKEOUTRAGE

    #HAILTOTHEREDSKINS

  101. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 1:59 PM

    BREAKING: Apple CEO to change the name to ‘Fruit’ due to the offense taken by Oranges.

  102. wcman says: May 30, 2013 1:59 PM

    Just another example of Politicians wasting time on something they have no business worrying about. This has gotten to the point of ridiculous and if I were Snyder I wouldn’t even give people like this the satisfaction of responding anymore.

    The name is what it is and has been for half a century. If you don’t like it then don’t support them. I’m tired of blow hards trying to tell everybody else what is morally right and wrong. Worry about how to improve the lives of the people in the Country and stop wasting time on something frivolous like the nickname of a Football team.

  103. civilwarfish says: May 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Snyder has a team named for a type of roasted peanut.

    I love redskin peanuts on vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s Chocolate and topped with Whipped Cream.

    And the Cleveland Indians were named so to honor Louis “Cheif” Sockalexis, a Native american who Played for the then Cleveland Spiders. It was another team name, the Cleveland Naps (named for Napoleon Lajoie) that the name Indians replaced. It was chosen by the citizens of Cleveland in a public vote for a new name.

    Most Native Americans truly arent ofended, but the few who are are the most vocal. Seems always the case.

    Leave it alone.

  104. mavajo says: May 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    “[…] keeping a name that the great majority of Native Americans find derogatory.”

    This is a total fabrication. The “great majority” of Native Americans do not find it derogatory. In fact, the great majority of Native Americans don’t care.

  105. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    GOOGLE to change name under pressure from babies who claim they coined the phrase.

  106. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    I GUARANTEE if you dug hard enough and took nationwide surveys and polls you would find SOME people who feel offended by SOMETHING. People with the disease giantism offended by the name Giants, indian chief’s offended by the name Chiefs, indians offended by the Cleveland Indians (btw: there mascot is blatenly racist, I have to agree with that one), blackhawks, fla seminoles, atlanta braves and tommahawks chops… on and on. You can’t please everyone and you can’t expect a team esp the Skins with such great heritage and tradtion to change their name just because a tiny group is offended. RED in Redskins is in re: to red war paint NOT skin color, so how is that even racist or offensive anyway??? Can’t say Christmas now, have to say holiday, can’t say Jesus or God, have to say higher power, everyone’s offended now. This country is becoming so weak. PC wackos and more white guilt and it’s really sad for the USA.

  107. jpepperton says: May 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    No wonder this country has so many problems. Our elected officials are too concerned about the names of football teams as opposed to working to solve real problems.

  108. lovefootball4life says: May 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    Seems to me she has a personal beef with Snyder over something and is just using this as a way to get at him. Either that or she’s trying to create press for herself to further her political career.

  109. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    They are passing up a huge opportunity to become the RadSkins

  110. lurch61 says: May 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    maybe “redtails” is derogatory to birds?

    how come we don’t look at the naming of a sports franchise as an honor to the culture they represent? Lots of things are named for historical people or cultures.

  111. santino5903 says: May 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    Ive heard all these people say change the name but there not native Americans . I haven’t heard ONE native American say something about the REDSKINS. Ur telling me after ALLLLLL these years no one have said anything about it NOW. Politicians should stay in there lane . If they put this much effort into there jobs , maybe this would be a better country …….smdh

  112. macgee10 says: May 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    Lady seriously do your job that you were hired to do and shut it. The redskins name has around for a very long time and yet you have the nerve to worry about something like this. Why don’t you worry about more important things like world issues that are happening everyday.

  113. wcman says: May 30, 2013 2:04 PM

    dcsween,

    That quote details discrimination by the Catholic Church. We have heard why the Redskins chose that name and it was not to be offensive to Native Americans. Obviously this goes far deeper for people like Clem Ironwing and his fight is with the Catholic Church not the NFL team in Washington.

  114. mogogo1 says: May 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    Holmes-Norton will be long gone from Congress before the name ever changes.

  115. commonsensedude says: May 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    I hate to keep bringing this up to DC politicians … But the team left the District two decades ago. We don’t play in DC. We don’t practice in DC. I doubt seriously that any of the players or coaches even live in DC (too long a drive to the practice facility in Virginia). Why do DC politicians think they can give commands to a team that has no formal relationship with the city?

  116. iceburgskin202 says: May 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    I think there are bigger things to worry about. Congress always tries to solve bs problems and push real issues aside. Ask the Native Americans that own the casinos if its ok to bet on the Redskins there they will say YESS!!!

  117. rc33 says: May 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    Can’t really say I care too much but i’d like to add one caveat-
    we should be allowed to come up with a nickname for Congress.

  118. westampa says: May 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    I think there is a big difference between Indians, Braves, Seminoles, etc. & the Redskins name.

    Also, what would they do for throwback games when they do change the name?

  119. wgray981 says: May 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Cowboys fan here and I would be OUTRAGED if the name was changed.
    Our congress has important issues to worry about right now, so those worried about a football team need to NOT get reelected.

  120. b3nz0z says: May 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Did you know:
    Native Americans invented the Constitution (the Iroquois Great Law of Peace)?
    Native Americans genetically engineered corn thousands of years ago.
    Native American roads were better engineered than European ones (the Andes).
    Native Americans had urbanized centers much larger than contemporary european cities (Cahokia), which even showed signs of transcontinental trade.
    The Aztecs had running water.
    The Olmecs discovered the number zero before it was discovered in the West.

  121. herrcules13 says: May 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Snyder should drop some cash and conduct a nationwide poll. If the numbers show that people are actually offended by the name, just drop the “Red”. If not, maybe it’ll shut some people up (it won’t, but whatever). Either way, as long as people are talking about this, it’s publicity for a team that is otherwise irrelevant. And will always be irrelevant, even with RG3.

  122. istateyourname says: May 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    You can ‘t fight City Hall, especially Chicago’s. Just ask Gibson Guitar or Pilot Flying J how that outspoken political discourse is going for them. Danny boy, they got you out gunned, you will cave.

    He should name the team the Los Angeles Stars or something like that since they don’t wnat the Washington Redskins in DC anymore, he should just go to LA, new name, new team, problem solved…

  123. r8derfan33 says: May 30, 2013 2:11 PM

    This is ridiculous! These stupid morons get elected to terms to deal with pressing matters that really affect their constituents. They don’t need to worry about a team name that has been around for years. Instead, worry about horrible hidden agendas like gun control and Obamacare. If you find the team name offensive, don’t follow the team! Simple as that!

  124. soldierofbuffalo says: May 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    While we’re at it: Hurricanes is offensive to Sandy victims, Devils is offensive to people of faith, Saints is offensive to agnostics, Bills is offensive to guys that go by William/Will/Willie, Giants is offensive to midgets….

  125. jtchernak says: May 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    Have a Native American friend. He is a huge skins fan and is no offended by the name

  126. koufaxmitzvah says: May 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    “Even if the name changes in 50 years, the controversy would linger for another 50 beyond that.”

    This controversy has already been going on for the past 50 years. To say that this is all new to DC or the NFL is either being ignorant or totally non-truthful.

  127. lapistola5 says: May 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    For the love of Pete! Don’t our “representatives” in Congress have anything better to fraking do with their time!!!!!!

  128. Robert says: May 30, 2013 2:14 PM

    Washington Redstorms 2015!

  129. skinsfaninnebraska says: May 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    “the great majority of Native Americans find derogatory”

    What, exactly, is she basing that statement on? I’ve been following this story for years and I’ve never seen anything, opinion polls or otherwise, to indicate that Holmes’s statement has any truth to it.

    There is a very small but vocal contingent that has made this issue their raison d’etre, and that’s about the size of it.

  130. MichaelWrites says: May 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    I just read a novel set in the future where the team is called the Skins. No “red” in front.

  131. eaglesfonz1 says: May 30, 2013 2:16 PM

    Redskins or Deadskins..Who Cares..
    Bad Team..Bad City

  132. bosworthstokefield says: May 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    @geniusesq: I totally agree. People seem to forget that Dan Snyder is a private business owner. There is really no one who can make the change of team name besides, himself. She can’t make him change it, The White House can’t make him change it, Roger Goodell can’t make him change it (unless he turned to David Stern overnight).

    If you keep pushing Dan Snyder. He strikes me as the the type to put his back up, dig in his heels. Quite frankly tell the outsiders “to mind their own business”.

  133. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    bucs24 says:
    May 30, 2013 1:39 PM
    I’m Native American and this is the dumbest thing ever really there’s nothing offensive myself and family don’t care don’t we bigger problems in the USA to deal with than trying to figure out if the Washington redskins is offensive to Native Americans
    _________________________________
    Me too and well said my brother.

  134. jayniner says: May 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    Just wait until Obama appoints a “Sports Czar” to oversee all professional sports, then creates an executive order mandating the Redskins change their name…..and who knows, the Patriots may have to change their name as well because it resembles a “Tea Party” reference…..

    And you thought the current Administration scandals(IRS, AP, Fox News, Benghazi) and his power grabs were bad now?

    Daniel Snyder and the Redskins don’t stand a chance against this “Eleanor” chick and the White House……

    Goodbye America….it was nice knowing you!

  135. funkels says: May 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    “………keeping a name that the great majority of Native Americans find derogatory”.

    Where is the research to support this statement? PC Police – please stay away from sports.

  136. datrinity says: May 30, 2013 2:19 PM

    What a twisted country. You can’t keep your team name redskins but its ok to kill unborn babies? Tell this politician to worry about economics and social issues and leave football alone

  137. kelz1966kelz1966 says: May 30, 2013 2:20 PM

    I find the name “Fighting Irish” derogatory as it feeds the stereo type of the drunken, violent Irish….and if you don’t agree with me, let me put my Jameson down before I punch you.

    Seriously…what is so “Irish” about a school named after a Catholic Cathedral in France?

    As for Elenor Holmes…the Redskins will outlast her.

  138. funkels says: May 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    Large Americans and Harry Potter fans are offended with the name “Giants”. The new name should be the NY Football People of Stature.

  139. kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2013 2:25 PM

    I believe the bigger injustice to Native Americans is being associated with such a bad team..

  140. seaeagle707 says: May 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    “…some regard as derogatory”. I’ll guarandamntee you that not one of those that she has in mind, have any N.A. blood in them. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that none of those “enlightened souls”, lives anywhere near a Reservation. The limousine liberal crowd would never dirty their feet on N.A. land.

    The Washington Redskins are a privately owned corporation, not dependent on the U.S. government for subsidies, and therefore not subject to gov’t mandates. D.C. may be able to bully the states into following their guidelines, because they “ARE” on the public dole, but not independent companies.

    How about Ms Holmes Norton changing her name, to something more fitting? Like Josef Stalin.

  141. jaggedmark says: May 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    The Washington Wizards should have kept the name “Bullets”

  142. gadgetdawg says: May 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yawn, the activists has gotten a Congresswoman’s attention and she is grandstanding. Both make their respective livings doing the aforementioned things. I do not care what either thinks.

    My question is: Has anyone actually bothered to find out if the regular Native American tpe person has a problem with the name? If I went to 15 randomly chosen areas of the country and ask 50 random Native American folks their opinion, what percentage cares? I have been told there are reservations in the midwest where ‘Redskin’ is considered a dirty word but is it really a problem for for Native folks in general?

    Convince me that actual ‘regular Joe’ type Native Americans hate the name in significant numbers and I’ll go with that. I’m not worried about ‘Activists’ (Congress critters included) being angry. They are paid to be angry at something or someone. Unfortunately no one seems to really want to study that and I am unwilling to demand a multiple decades old institution to change without it.

  143. truths4all says: May 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    Oh great! Another Politically Correct Idiot wants to rule over a NFL football team to her satisfaction and self-style worldview. Normally, political idiots have no jurisdiction over athletics, even when trying to worm the Commerce Clause into things (THIS is exactly what the Constituion did not mean for the Commerce Clause to cover), but activist Supreme Court judges made their own laws even after they admitted their rulings went against the Constitution’s original framers expressed restrictions. And then there is the second, but the more realistic and even more deadly arrow the PC Idiot can use which is the tax exempt status the NFL owners enjoy AT THE PLEASURE of the Congress, the President, and the Judicial system.

    OK, Redskins supporters, you guys will have to protect the Redskins name by using your power at the ballot box and kick this idiot out of office at the earliest opportunity. Plan your beer, dogs, and football around the next voting days to clean out the PC idiots who want to rule over our lives.

  144. devdar25 says: May 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    Why don’t these moron politicians worry about something else other than a professional sports team name, it’s obvious that no one has a problem with it except the politicians that want to get notoriety. If Dan Snyder changes the name of the team what’s next the Clevend Indians and the Florida State Seminoles. Are we that sensitive now that the Redskins name actually hurts us!!!!!

  145. dcend58 says: May 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    Its a lot easier for the do nothing congress to talk about this nonsense than create jobs, repair the infrastructure, or stop the corruption on Wall St.

  146. rgtre10 says: May 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    1. Show me one Indian/Native American who actually has RED SKIN…I think they are the same complexion as most Hispanics.

    2. I am considered African American who are also referred to as Black People…well I must say I am far from BLACK, I and some could say I’m more a redish brown complexion…

    3. I also have NATIVE AMERICAN ancestry…Blackfoot, Cherokee and Choctaw and i’ m not offended at all.

    4. Who in God’s green earth to determined the color of people and it’s description? I mean white people aren’t really white, blacks aren’t really black etc.,

    5. As someone poster earlier CONGRESS you have more important pressing issues than worrying about what a professional teams name is…and anyone with common sense can see it is not nor used in a derogatory or racist way!

    6. If there is an argument the Native Americans might have it would be maybe with the Atlanta Braves or Cleveland Indians per se, they may be offended because they are neither from Cleveland nor Atlanta…

  147. thewarrenmoon says: May 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    Native Americans? Even the name is misleading. DNA testing has proven that they are Mongolians who wandered overs the land bridge to Alaska then lived a pre-historic lifestyle. Written language? Umm the “sail”? The “wheel”? All foreign concepts.

  148. stayinshape67 says: May 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    I think she should spend her time fixing all of the corruption ongoing within the District of Columbia. That woman always has rubbed me the wrong way! Shut the heck up and mind your business Norton! As a African American woman myself I find you to be a complete embarrassment everytime you open your mouth. Go find a rock! Hail To The REDSKINS!!!!

  149. mccourty1sland says: May 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    Sounds like some minority groups are running out of their own causes to complain about so they are taking on others.

  150. awm7353 says: May 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    I am part Native American I could not care less about the name. What does offend me is congress sticking their nose in where it does not belong. There is nothing illegal about the name. She needs to worry more about the illegal activities of our government, a government that is suppose to be by the people, for the people, and they govern by OUR consent.

  151. rubicon202 says: May 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    while ur at it Jeep should change the name of Cheeroke, my friend is Indian and he said that offends him too!

  152. davidb67 says: May 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Yes! Exactly what a member of Congress should be wrapped around the axle on, the name of an NFL team. C’mon, it’s not like members of Congress have anything MORE important to focus on at the national or even international level. Pfft, that’s all trivial stuff compared to the name of a NFL team. After all, don’t they have MLB steroid meetings or NCAA football/basketball issue to deal with???? Another member of Congress that needs voted out.

  153. bpeterson464 says: May 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    Her “great majority of Native Americans” must not have gotten the poll that the Redskins put out that came back saying they thought the name was OK.

  154. tomthedestry says: May 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    The next great crusade of the Democratic party, getting a football team to change its name….. with all the lawyers involved in politics you would think they would understand the term de minimis.

  155. tommysaint1 says: May 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    Another bad politician worrying about peoples feelings instead of peoples lives.

    Lets get the country back on track before you start going after insignificant pieces.

    Quit complaining about it as a derogatory term and it won’t be one. By proposing this you are empowering the word as racist!

  156. ufourya says: May 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    Snyder should capitulate (that means ‘give in’ all you members of congress) and rename the team ‘The Washington Socialists’, solving the non-problem and honoring our genius masterminds at the same time.

  157. shadowman1433 says: May 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Maybe Snyder could change the name from the Redskins to the Washington Bullets and really piss the old bat off.

  158. rubicon202 says: May 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Plus Norton has no vote in Congress how does she know? You should concentrate on statehood and getting rid of the corruption by Mayor Gray and his staff…

  159. gmsalpha says: May 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    You can’t force an owner to change the name of a team he owns.

    If I want to name my son “Buckaroo McCheeseCrackers Miller, congress can’t tell me I have to change it. And if I want to name my daughter Applesauce MonkeyPancakes Miller, I have the right to do so.

    Bah! Stay out of Dan Snyder’s business.

  160. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 2:42 PM

    RADSKINS… sounds same as Redskins and can’t argue that name as racist or offensive to anyone but surfer dudes or skaters. Don’t have to change anything except the E for an A, the fight song stays the same, everything stays the same except the E just to stick it to the PC wackos. Got that idea from an above post so I can’t take credit for that. Better yet, don’t change the name but RADSKINS is the best one I’ve heard yet. Uniforms, colors and logos stay the same though.

  161. lagg1 says: May 30, 2013 2:42 PM

    Hey DC fans-21 years and counting since you last won a SB. How about going for 22?

  162. stoney18 says: May 30, 2013 2:44 PM

    THIS is the best that a member of Congress can do? What about the Economy, Chinese gov’t hackers, Syria, Healthcare, Education, Immigration, ……
    Way off base on this! I’m amazed that she (or Congress) hasn’t taken up the issue of the Cleveland Indians. I mean, how do the people from India feel about that?! Guess Will Rogers was right. “Be glad that you don’t get all the government that you pay for.”

    GO REDSKINS!!

  163. qdog112 says: May 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    “As a citizen of Norwegian decent, I demand that the state of Minnesota change their football teams name to better represent a more open and accepting term.

    “Vikings” is an offensive and derogatory term that blatantly assumes all people of Scandinavian descent are ruthless savages. And I take great exception to that.”

    Yes, it is the same thing.
    **************************************
    Except the Vikings called themselves Vikings as a source of pride. No Native American ever calls himself a Redskin. It is/was a derogatory term created by white men, the same as dirty savages.

    The Congresswoman is correct.

  164. lobomoose48 says: May 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    As a life long Cowboy fan, and putting the Rivalry aside, I urge Mr. Snyder to remain strong and not bend to these walking brain donor politicians.

    The Washington Redskins are a great and proud franchise with a distinguished history of great owners, coaches, players and fans.

    Please Mr. Snyder, continue the proud NFL history and tradition of the Washington Redskins

  165. scrapcat17 says: May 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    Congress has much greater problems to consider than the name of an NFL Franchise.

  166. fwippel says: May 30, 2013 2:46 PM

    The name Redskins will be around longer than Ms. Holmes-Norton will be in public office.

  167. freedomispopular says: May 30, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’m offended by how moronic Congress is. Now where’s a bleeding heart politician to stand up for my social justice?

  168. tommysaint1 says: May 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Flood this lady’s email inbox please with how asinine her proposal is.

  169. iamkeysersoze31 says: May 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    everyone needs to shut the hell up and get over themselves….i would love to know how and why the name of a football team offends someone when it has absolutely no direct meaning toward any individual

  170. timbuttrum says: May 30, 2013 2:48 PM

    Please provide the said statistics for said offended Native Americans. We, the general public have yet to see them. Thanks DC for voting this guy in. At least you didn’t vote Marion Barry back into office. Oh wait, you did

  171. davebarnes21 says: May 30, 2013 2:48 PM

    Heres to hoping that Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is not re-elected.

  172. cav2ya says: May 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    Instead of going after the NFL, lets face it, It’s all about Money, Why doesn’t congress pay restitution to the native americans that the US government has destroyed over the last 250yrs?

    It’s so easy for that guy in the picture to blame someone else, why don’t they look in the mirror, and start there first.

  173. jerlee7 says: May 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    She doesn’t even have a vote that matters in Congress! Thanks for weighing in.

  174. patslaya says: May 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    For all you clowns requesting that congress lines up the Native Americans to say that they want the name changed…they can’t! The Redskins have all been slayed by the Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles!

  175. CKL says: May 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    May 30, 2013 1:35 PM
    The idiotic argument of, “Shouldn’t congress be worrying about more important things!?”, can be applied to ANY instance in which congress happens to be addressing an issue that isn’t of UTMOST importance. It is just way too easy to say…over…and over…

    How annoying would it be if someone interjected into your sports conversation simply to say,”Well, why don’t you talk about something more important than sports!?” It’s just plain stupid.
    ____________________________
    Bad example. If the government people want to talk about it at parties, who cares, and that is the example yours parallels, using personal time to discuss the topic. What the government is doing with this would actually be more taking personal time to go bet at the track instead of being on a work related errand. The very idea that the government could try to strong arm a private entity into changing their name is vile. If people don’t like it, then BOYCOTT the team. I am sick to death of private property rights (there’s some rights no one ever sticks up for anymore) getting trampled by PC and the “common good” (which is really neither).

    Flyboy, Yankees is actually a derogatory term for non Dutch people by Dutch people in NY. I think its original spelling was something like “Jan Caes” meaning “John Cheese”. It insults white people though so it’s ok with PC nation.

    Did anyone listen to Ross Tucker last night on PFT? The man said he spent all 4 hours of his radio show in this very topic and the results he encountered were that about 90% of native Americans were AGAINST changing the name and it doesn’t offend them.

  176. hailskins1986 says: May 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    norton is not a representative, she is a delegate who is powerless because us DC residents have no voting rights. lets worry about the suppressed freedoms of americans before we talk about a sport mascot

  177. nepo784 says: May 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    Here come the PC Police. Everybody gets a trophy!!

  178. bikelikemike says: May 30, 2013 3:01 PM

    The percentage was something like 85 to 15!!!!!

  179. micknangold says: May 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    Congress just can’t be serious with this. How about they get outraged over one of the thousands of bridges that are ready to collapse instead of this nonsense. It’s a WORD! Words can’t hurt you!

  180. indigenouscalifornian says: May 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    “An offensive and derogatory term refering to native americans. Comes from when the government paid for each ‘indian’ one killed. Instead of carrying the bodies they would take the scalps to prove they had murdered a Native American”.

    Same as saying, the Washington “Lynched Americans”, “Gassed Refugees”… and yes, it is the same.. An American Holocaust against its Indigenous people did occur.

  181. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: May 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    Dan Snyder should visit a Native American bar and order a beer, “I’ll take a Samuel Adams, Redskin.”

    It’s not offensive right? So he should be just fine.

  182. kjp0810 says: May 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    According to the polls, most Native Americans don’t find it offensive. In fact, there are zero polls the prove otherwise. The “silent majority” is being suppressed by a non-native american trying to speak for them.

  183. jasonfinfan says: May 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    I think the name should change but it won’t because the general population has the I.Q. and decency of elephant dung. As proven by the number of venomous responses to people supporting a name change.

    Moreso americans do not like change, I don’t think it would be a big deal to the redskins to change their name.. but lets piss off an endangered group of indigenous people so we don’t have to deal with change.

    Personally i can think of a ton of better names then the redskins for washington.. I think the Washington Warriors, Washington Freedom, Washington Generals would be an awesome name that shows respect to our military.

  184. purplepride74 says: May 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    Funny, how you all know that Native Americans aren’t offended by the name. My mother is Ojibwe and frankly, the name offends me. It’s not like I care that much one way or the other if they change it, but still it is offensive. Maybe not as offensive as the product they put on the field or the way they drove RGIII into the ground, but offensive just the same.

  185. kathidavid43099 says: May 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    I think this Norton person is ridiculous to say the least and is this what “our elected officials ” are doing with their time and their pay checks ( which face it people we’re paying them for this !!! ) ??? It’s not Our Elected Officials Jobs to insist or try to strong arm any ” Tax Paying Citizen” into changing the name of their Company (and that’s what this team is to Snyder a Business) because they don’t happen to wake up one morning and decide that they don’t like the name and decide that it’s now Racist . Enough already with words like Racist, Derogatory, Etc. just because you use those words in order to make your point doesn’t make you right.
    Maybe she should spend a lot less time worrying about this and trying to get like minded people like her all worked up and a LOT MORE TIME doing what she was Elected and is being paid to do which is to attempt to make OUR COUNTRY a better place to live, and she can start with better Health care for our elderly, and our Veterans and their families who actually did something for their Country instead of wasting it’s time and MONEY !!!! If not maybe she should give up her space in Congress to someone who can actually do the job !!!!

  186. weepingjebus says: May 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    I’ve always enjoyed how you can enrage self-appointed progressives by just saying no to them. Don’t pander, don’t play their little pretend games about “compromise” or “progress,” just say no and watch the fur fly.

  187. bubbamonkey100 says: May 30, 2013 3:06 PM

    With people like this running the country there wont be much left let alone football so who cares.

  188. cdibert says: May 30, 2013 3:07 PM

    HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! HAIL VICTORY!

  189. jasonfinfan says: May 30, 2013 3:07 PM

    Just saying there are so many better updated names then just Redskins we could come up with to describe our nation’s capitols team..

    I honestly would welcome a name change as long as its not like Pelicans or something like that LOL

  190. riggo44rg3 says: May 30, 2013 3:09 PM

    I guess Eleanor Holmes Norton has plenty of time to work on this since she isn’t a real, voting member of Congress. Speaking on this subject in this manner is easy, eventually, some day she’ll be right. Also, the way our country is headed, the NFL won’t be around either so that will make her statement correct. Holmes is like a mall cop, she wants to enforce the law and make meaningful public policy but she just doesn’t have what it takes to make the grade.

    It would be refreshing if the “Cause crazy” liberals would stop telling non-white groups how bad they have it and let those groups voice what is important to them. I don’t see any groups of Native Americans speaking out about how offensive the Redskin name is.

  191. indigenouscalifornian says: May 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    “Redskin” definition:
    “An offensive and derogatory term refering to native americans. Comes from when the government paid for each ‘indian’ one killed. Instead of carrying the bodies they would take the scalps to prove they had murdered a Native American”.

  192. trapshoot says: May 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    Go with PC. Political Cowards.

  193. michaeljacksonisback says: May 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    I am Irish and I demand N dame stop using the “fighting Irish” not all Irish are drunk fighters!

  194. jaweaver14 says: May 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    As an American, here’s my problem with this:

    1) the team she’s speaking of is NOT in the state (or District in this case) that she represents.
    2) how many Native Americans do you think are in the population (DC) that she represents? 10?

    These 2 things show what is wrong with Congress, Senate etc…her job and responsibility is to the people of DC, not the people outside of DC! What professional business of hers is it what a VA/MD based teams calls themselves when maybe, 2% of her constituency finds it offensive. Shouldn’t she then stand up for the 98% that doesn’t want it to change? Her job isn’t to give her personal opinion, it is to follow the will of the people she represents, the majority will….END OF STORY!

  195. bigsexy2288 says: May 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    Hey isn’t there some other pressing issues that should be addressed first by congress other then a damn sports teams name, maybe something about he economy, jobs o maybe even working with each other to make this country relevant again?

  196. whodatsaybaby says: May 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    Well ladies and gentleman. Here is your goverment hard at work. If they want to change the Redskins name, then you must change : NFL = The Chiefs, Vikings, Bucaneers, Cowboys, Raiders, Patriots. NBA = The Warriors. MLB = The Yankees, Indians, Braves, Pirates. NHL = The Devils, Bruins, Thrashers, Blackhawks, Predators……. I can go on with more sports like the AFL and Soccer as well. Instead I will tell you, we as Americans, have given to much power to goverment when they can control the names of which you can call things. SMH!!!

  197. texansdude says: May 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    Hey, Winger, let’s rename them The Human Beings!

  198. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    I think it’s hilarious how it’s always some no-name obscure politician like Eleanor Holmes (who doesn’t even have a vote) who is looking to make a name for themselves who are offended by the Redskins. It’s never mainstream well known politicians and why? Because real politicians are worried about really important issues and not just raising their sorry political profiles. Think about it, nobody cares about them so what do they do? They concoct fake outrage to draw attention to themselves and their stupid rants for their own benefit. Changing the name won’t do ANYTHING for the native people, it won’t help them in any way shape or form. The only thing that will help them is assisting them with a better way of life on reservations. But, that takes too much real work… pushing for a name change is easier and it makes them feel like they are doing something for them. Concentrate on the really important issues if you want to help them. Stop it with the fake outrage and easy cop outs and do some real work to help them if you really care so much.

  199. wirenation says: May 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    so now they’re worried about indians? i guess murdering them for generations and forcing them to live on “reservations” is ok. they should be happy with the free publicity that these billion dollar entities provide by using historically relevant names.

  200. whodatsaybaby says: May 30, 2013 3:15 PM

    Can we change her name to Mrs. Wasted Tax Dollars?

  201. jastemtx says: May 30, 2013 3:15 PM

    Well it’s nice to see that Congress has taken care of all of the other issues our nation faces and now has the time to focus on football and basketball names.

  202. istateyourname says: May 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    “… Do you remember the Dan Snyder that sued the City Paper here in Washington because of an article that he regarded as derogatory but pinpointed particularly a picture that accompanied the article that he said was anti-Semitic? …”

    No, I don’t remember that. Danny, they are building a file on you. Wonder what government agency (NSA, CIA, FBI, IRS, DOJ) the congresswoman used to get that bit of information on this public enemy? Danny, your compliance is not an option…rename the team now.

  203. brownspower says: May 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    I’ve had a realization that we should change a name in Washington DC: from “Congress” to “The Kremlin”

  204. evrybdyhas1 says: May 30, 2013 3:17 PM

    That name change is as likely as the US becoming a socialist state uhhh never mind Comrade Holmes.

  205. kmack831 says: May 30, 2013 3:17 PM

    Part of Snyder defense was all the HighSchools and Colleges that still use the name “Redskins”

    HELLO!!! All those PUBLIC / STATE-FED FUNDED SCHOOLS….

    Start with that you Gov’t!!! Clean up the names of the Schools our Tax dollars go to!!! Then you will have more clout to tell Danny Boy to change his…

    I agree the name Could/Should be change to something in better taste.

  206. manningtowayne says: May 30, 2013 3:18 PM

    What I don’t understand is, they’ve been called the redskins since 1933. 80 YEARS People! now it’s become an issue and congress begins writing letters to the managment team?

    Congress need to worry about larger issue other than what a football team calls themselves. I don’t see native americans protesting outside fed-ex field because they are insulted by the name. Why is congress involved?

  207. bengalsfan20 says: May 30, 2013 3:19 PM

    I’m pretty sure politicians should focus more on other problems instead of renaming a football team.

  208. duluthvikesfan says: May 30, 2013 3:19 PM

    Everyday I stop at a gas station that is owned and operated by a local Indian tribe. Right in the front window of the store is an ad stating that “Red Man” tobacco (with an image of a Native American with a head dress with feathers) is sold here. This is at an Indian run store!! Yet no one is crying to change the name of the tobacco company for being offensive. Heck, they are promoting it by advertising it! So what is the big difference? Could it be because they are making money off of selling the tobacco products and not off of the football team?

  209. flannlv says: May 30, 2013 3:20 PM

    From Dooley:

    They are the Washington Redskins. No one associates that name with Native Americans. No one thinks twice about it. They’re just the Redskins. That’s it.

    IS that why they have a logo of a Native American?

  210. cpo187 says: May 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    Freedom of speech doesn’t apply in D.C.?

  211. phinatic29 says: May 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    As always the U.S. Government has native American’s best interest in mind. At least we can always count on that.

  212. creamsiclecannon says: May 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    Whether or not the term Redskins is derogatory or not irrelevant. The fact is the organization is privately owned and Dan Snyder is allowed to name it what ever he wants. If the government forces him to change it they officaly took a huge cookie on all of our rights.

  213. cuda1234 says: May 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    I’m 6’9″ and no one is looking out for my interests. What’s with all those ADA toilets and sinks that are so low? I think I’m developing a back injury from using them. Perhaps the government should mandate higher water fountains and toilets everywhere for people like me. Also, I’m offended by the name of that football team in NY (the good one). They should change their name, too!

  214. billbo66 says: May 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hail to the REDSKINS………My Grandfather was pure Pawhatan, my father was 1/2 and I am 1/4 and we were/are all DIEHARD Skins fans. I find nothing wrong with the name. Leave it be. Besides I would have to buy all new shirts, coats, sweaters. Damn.

  215. dietrich43 says: May 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    Maybe Congress should first deal with the poor living standards on government run reservations, and then worry about a possibly offensive mascot. Of course, that would mean doing something productive and not grabbing a headline to further their career.

  216. theclaim says: May 30, 2013 3:29 PM

    Washington Post headline this time tomorrow, US Rep Eleanor Holmes commits political suicide. Expected to garner less than 5% of the vote in upcoming election

  217. sportnorcal says: May 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    Could they just change their name to the “Skins?”
    Would that appease the P.C. crowd and allow them to basically keep their name?

    The P.C. world we live in nauseates me.

  218. steves11 says: May 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    Why not extend the theory a little? All teams with animal or bird nicknames should change their names because its offensive to the creatures involved. The Great American Eagle should CERTAINLY be offended that the team that inhabited Lincoln Financial Field last year calls itself the Eagles. How insulting!

  219. tinytim4115 says: May 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    I am native american (yes 100%) and I don’t care that the Washington football team is named the Redskins. It’s a football team. There are bigger issues in life today.

  220. hanifmiller says: May 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    Imagine that. A politician trying to make an issue out of a non-issue thereby distracting attention away from the real issues. Another Slight of hand example from Congress which is appointed and paid to do a little more than concern themselves with pro-sports. It speaks volumns that yet another politicians’ focus is on sports instead of fixing the economy.

  221. istateyourname says: May 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    “…If I want to name my son “Buckaroo McCheeseCrackers Miller, congress can’t tell me I have to change it. And if I want to name my daughter Applesauce MonkeyPancakes Miller, I have the right to do so…”

    Sorry to break it to you, but there ARE certain names the gov’t will NOT let you do…not saying they didn’t deserve it, but I recall reading how some Department of Family Services took custody away from parents that named their kid Adolph Hitler something or other recently. They were of course crazy white supremacists so the kids were better off in foster care but if you go crazy on the names, you will get looked at by the government…(I think that was in Michigan, probably Lions fans)…

  222. r8rsfan says: May 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    15 minutes of fame wasted.

  223. jacunn2000 says: May 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    We pay this woman and her staff $1,254,000.00 annually to make these decisions??? It is a rhetorical question.

  224. dpj1022 says: May 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    What nonsense. This Holmes is incredibly condescending and arrogant. Snyder has said “NEVER” and he’s right to take a strong stand. Enough of this pc nonsense.

  225. rptr13x says: May 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    When my ship comes in, I’m going to buy some kind of franchise and name it Zulus. They are/were fearsome Warriors. That’s what Equality is all about.

  226. pack15forever says: May 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    Another overreach by Congress. Haven’t these Bozos something better to do? The country is going to hell as we are in debt up to our necks. The IRS is sticking their noses in everyone’s business, newspaper reporters are under surveillance, we had an Ambassador and other Americans killed in Benghazi and these idiots want to force an owner to change the name of a football team.

  227. thegerald78 says: May 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    It would be nice if these Congressman would focus more on issues that are more beneficial to us Americans. I can almost understand the idea of “Redskins” being derogatory, but then I keep coming back to the idea that it’s not derogatory because it’s not intended to be. People surprise me all the time when they take offense to things that were never meant to be offensive. Race should no longer be an issue in this day and age, not when it comes to sports team names, not when it comes to who the president of the United States is, etc. By these Congressman binging up as an issue, it shows that they can’t let the race thing go. WE ARE AMERICANS, whether black, white, purple, or any other. If some Native Americans take issue and are offended by our Washington Redskins’ name, well I’m sorry. I’m sure, however, that the Native Americans have some more important issues to tend to than the name of our football team, just as Congress does.

  228. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 4:00 PM

    RED in Redskins is in re: to red war paint not skin color. Not offensive or racist… period.

  229. davemvh says: May 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    To the members of congress,how about you work on something thats viable instead of wasting our tax dollars on this crap! GET BACK TO WORK YOU LOSERS! Signed, your boss,the AMERICAN VOTER.

  230. nou04 says: May 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    Doesn’t congress have more important things to worry about right now? Presidential scandals, crappy economy, wars, etc?

  231. catman72 says: May 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    It is ironic that a man (I use the term loosely) who is so sensitive to things being “anti-semitic” doesn’t see any problem with the name “Redskins”.

    Like Norton says, why not just change the name to something that nobody finds offensive and get it over with?

  232. filthymcnasty1 says: May 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    She’s 75 years old, and suffering from dementia.

  233. thompgk says: May 30, 2013 4:05 PM

    The 10s and 100s of thousands of Maryland and VA voters who vote straight party Democrat deserve this awesomeness.

    Get them a teal color, a crappy cat name, and they can just be another expansion team.

    HTTMudcats!!

  234. tiggerblood says: May 30, 2013 4:10 PM

    The name should be voted on by all native people’s and if they choose to keep it then so be it, but if it’s voted down then they should allow them( native peoples) to choose a name that they would feel honors their heritage. I don’t believe Seminoles and Blackhawks is offensive but actually an honor to those tribes/nations. I’ve looked up what tribes that inhabited the Maryland/Virgina area and they’re not as recognizable as other tribe names so I believe this would not be a good fit. I just feel that a team from our nations capital should honor our armed services and veterans, since this country is the home of the brave, braves would be a good fit but not in Atlanta style but maybe in a WW2 era soldier mascot that would be honorable and unique. Saying congress is wasting time and money on it is a cop out, I didn’t agree with them getting involved in steroids in baseball but no one one else was doing anything about it including MLB. Just set up voting booths on the reservations and we’ll really see how offensive it is.

  235. dbfan4ever says: May 30, 2013 4:10 PM

    Sure it is simple just get rid of a name that a team has held for 76 years. You know this United States of America name that we have held for all these years is also offensive because some of the history of the USA involves slavery. Let’s change that as well! We should go back to the days when Senators and Congressmen had other professions and would meet sporadically throughout the year to handle the nations problems. As you can see professional politicians have too much time on their hands!!!

  236. saintsfan83 says: May 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    US Rep putting our taxpayer dollars to good use. Nevermind gas prices, endless wars, jobs, etc. lets go after a football team. Its to late to be politically correct after you killed the most of them off now you show concern.

  237. jb80538 says: May 30, 2013 4:14 PM

    Don’t change the name. they have been the Redskins for how long now?
    Congress has no business telling a privately owned team what they should call themselves.

  238. keepingitrealdumb says: May 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    to all these people who say that the redskins name issue is simple a PC issue ..

    i don’t think that term means what you think it means.

    redskins is a racial slur .. and being offended by racial slurs and wanting to eliminate racial slurs is not PC.

    and you don’t have to be of the race to be able to recognize that it is a racial slur to that race .. and you don’t have to be of that race to consider any racial slur offensive .. that is NOT what PC means.

    so please stop citing ‘PC’ as this is not a PC issue .. this falls more under the racial-equality issue.

  239. jakobuswolf says: May 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    Wow the fact that the government is actually thinking of getting involved or commenting on this just shows how pathetic, I mean out and out pathetic we have become as a society.

    The Congress woman backing the name change needs to get a clue and focus on a relevant issue that acutally effects the majority of the country (thats unlikely though she’s a die hard liberal pandering to whiners on irrelevant crap issues is what they do).

    So much for starting the first 20 years of the 21st century with pride, the government has become a bunch of panderers (especially the leftwing), pandering to the pathetic whiners of our society, a society thats slowly becoming a joke.

    The Congress woman needs to get a clue and find a relevant issue to back (if she can which I doubt), but the name should and hopefully will stay, it should simple as that. Stop pandering to pathetic PC whiners.

  240. natijim235 says: May 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    good lord – chances of changing the name is as about as good as anyone scrolling down the page this far to ‘like’!

  241. alehleha says: May 30, 2013 4:39 PM

    The funny thing is she’s wrong. The majority of Native Americans DON’T have an issue with the name. There is poll data that backs this up and it’s quite the opposite of what she is claiming.

  242. mnpacker says: May 30, 2013 4:39 PM

    Some natives don’t care one way or another, most of us hate this name including myself. It’s the worst name in sports. Although the Cleveland Indians have a much more racist emblem

  243. josdin00 says: May 30, 2013 4:39 PM

    ————-
    “dooley644 says:

    They are the Washington Redskins. No one associates that name with Native Americans. No one thinks twice about it. They’re just the Redskins. That’s it.
    …”
    ————-

    Really? Have you seen their logo? What kind of person actually believes that?

    ————-
    “dooley644 says:

    Signed,
    a Packers fan.”
    ————-

    Oh. That explains it.

  244. bingobrown12 says: May 30, 2013 4:44 PM

    I’m surprised that Wizards got a green light.The
    head of the KKK is called the Grand Wizard is he not?

    All words can offend if that is what your out to do.

  245. kla6289 says: May 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    There are way more important issues in this country that needs to be addressed than the name of a football team.

  246. mackie66 says: May 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    And what is miss goodie twoshoes going to do about her president who has helped to kill to date, one Border Patrol agent, and 4 Americans working for the US Government, im so pissed right now I cant type, lady go back to what you know and thats sucking on the tax tit.

  247. gosfvr says: May 30, 2013 4:54 PM

    Just number the teams
    NFL-1 thru NFL-32, that will make each team sound like a Government form.

  248. deshackle says: May 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    How about the Washington Grateful Deadskins?

  249. 8bithero12 says: May 30, 2013 4:57 PM

    Well said. Change the name.

  250. hoppylegs says: May 30, 2013 4:57 PM

    “Hey, look over there! Isn’t that issue more important? Don’t waste my time with this.”

    The outpouring of opposition to a name change shows that Americans on the whole can’t be bothered to make the slightest, most token effort to be decent, respectful people with any sense of empathy for others. They’re too busy protecting the “rights” of people who look like themselves to insult and exploit others, while remaining ignorant of past injustices or their long-term effects on the members of present-day society.

    They simply lack the maturity to put their own unexamined, habitual preferences aside for two seconds and think about how something might seem to someone else. They’ve also been trained to worship abusive, self-justifying power and call it “good.” It’s what this consumption-glorifying society creates: mindless I-got-miners who somehow think they’re the “good guy.”

    Maybe the name “Redskins” IS appropriate after all. It reveals the true soul of this nation.

  251. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    BREAKING: Barbers across America demand that Los Angeles abandon the name ‘The Clippers.”

    Barbers argue that the name is offensive and praises the clippers while ignoring the barbers that use them.

  252. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    BREAKING: Congress sends a letter to the Governor of Utah stating that the NBA team should lose the name “Jazz” since no real Jazz is played there.

  253. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 5:01 PM

    Wait until these members of Congress find out what the term “Packers” really means.

    Stay tuned…..

  254. iberiasaint says: May 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    I am an Atheist but love my New Orleans Saints! Get over it Amerinds!

  255. jacunn2000 says: May 30, 2013 5:04 PM

    Bet she wouldn’t say anything if they were called the “Crackers”.

  256. liquidmuse says: May 30, 2013 5:05 PM

    Holmes said it…”who wants a name that’s derogatory”…who the heck names their team, their band of warriors, a racial slur? So wait, you’re mocking yourselves by mocking another race? It makes no sense. It’s a prideful name full of honour, just like team names strive to always be.

  257. jdphx says: May 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    I think Ms. Eleanor Holmes Norton should focus
    more on her day job…

  258. mazblast says: May 30, 2013 5:07 PM

    I am offended by people who are constantly offended by things they find offensive. If you are offended by that, I am offended by your taking offense.

    As for Eleanor Holmes Norton, who cares what she (?) thinks. She doesn’t get a freaking vote, either in Congress or in naming the team. The team isn’t located in DC and it’s none of her business.

  259. geniusesq says: May 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    Anyone who says “Redskin” is the same as the “N” word needs a reality check.

    Wouldn’t Native Americans be more offended by the fact that on a day when many were massacred and driven into the midwest, we now pay our respects by eating Turkey and watching football?

    #FakeOutrage

  260. censormynameandmycomments says: May 30, 2013 5:19 PM

    Redskins is only offensive to those actively searching for racist things to be angry about. They see a color in the same term as “skins” and think, “A term referring to skin color?!?! That has to be racist.” And that’s the end of the discussion. It doesn’t matter that the term doesn’t have racist origins or that the natives started the use of the term to refer to themselves. It doesn’t matter that the natives painted themselves with red ochre. The only thing that matters is that they can use it to score political points with other people dumb enough to jump to the same non-factual, emotionally blinded conclusion that they did. Facts don’t matter to them, they “feel” the term is racist, therefore it is, end of discussion. They’re intellectual cowards. And yes, that includes you, Florio, for your mindless advocacy on this issue.

  261. turfczar57 says: May 30, 2013 5:20 PM

    Anyone in Government should step lightly. If they’re truly offended and care so much about the American Indian, how about giving them their land back!

  262. finsguy says: May 30, 2013 5:24 PM

    I am white but was born and grew up on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation in northeast South Dakota.

    Not one native American I know was offended by the name. Quite to the contrary virtually every one that wore any NFL gear at all wore Redskins gear and it was their favorite team. Even though the KC Chiefs are closer and their name is less “durogatory” the choice of favorite team was “Redskins”.

    There are just a few professional agitators in the Native ranks that don’t speak for a majority of native Americans that continuously stir the pot.

  263. shlort says: May 30, 2013 5:26 PM

    Whats next? Are we going to see Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews go off on rants for 2o minutes an episode until the name is changed?

    Why are liberals so interested in what everyone else is doing all the time? It has gotten to the point where everyone needs to run everything by whatever liberal group to see if it is offensive to anyone or goes along with the liberal ideals.

    Political correctness is nails in the coffin of this once great nation.

  264. dedicatedhawkfan says: May 30, 2013 5:28 PM

    if they succeed in bullying Dan Snyder into changing the name, what is next? give them an inch, they will take a mile. these are politicians people, that is what they do.

  265. brownsfanincali says: May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

    Godd#mned lawyers and politicians are destroying this country.

  266. realfootballfan says: May 30, 2013 5:36 PM

    qdog112,

    What does that matter to these dopes? Slow white people decide what’s offensive and then complain about it when sensible people call them on their bs.

    And all of the “I know an Indian person,” you’re making a fool of yourself just by saying that because I’ve never heard any Native person refer to themselves as anything but Native or their specific tribe name. Try again to lie a little bit better about something to interject your perspective on a subject that is neither of concern to you nor should you be speaking about it.

    Most Native people don’t like the name, nor do they like the baseball ones, nor do they like their tribes belittled to associate with sports teams like with the Seminoles and the like after they were slaughtered by Europeans. They all should be changed, and FSU is my alma mater, but they’re wrong too and a whole lot more respective to the Seminole tribe than the Skins using this name that they don’t like could ever be.

    It’s demeaning in their eyes, but never mind what they think, let’s go to the white people for reaction concerning their dopey sports team. That’s all that matters.

    If you didn’t name them wrong in the first place, you wouldn’t need to rename them now.

  267. wr1998 says: May 30, 2013 5:40 PM

    This site is complicated to post on but…

    @wearewhowethoughtwewere

    Look, I am not trying to attack you Mr but, I see flaws in a Wiki argument. I never post here because I am 15. I am sure peeps will say I can’t understand I am too young. I just want to say this….

    Wiki-Washington Redskins
    Washington Redskins are an American football team based in the United States that represents Washington, D.C. They are a member of the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Its headquarters and training facility are based at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia and the newly built Redskins Complex in Richmond, Virginia respectively. The team’s home stadium is FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins have played more than 1,000 games since 1932. The Redskins have won five NFL Championships (two pre-merger, and three Super Bowls). The franchise has captured 13 NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships.
    Let me give you another example.
    Pig
    A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa), along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the babirusa and the warthog. Pigs, like all suids, are native to the Eurasian and African continents. Juvenile pigs are known as piglets. Pigs are omnivores and are highly social and intelligent animals.
    Pig
    This derogatory term was frequently used during the 19th century, disappeared for a while, but reappeared during the 20th and 21st century. It became frequently used again during the 1960s and 1970s in the underground and anti-establishment culture. Now prevalent in many English-speaking countries. It is also used in anti-authoritarian punk and hip-hop circles. Oz magazine showed a picture of a pig dressed as a policeman on a front cover.

    So I see your version but can’t you see ours? All found on Wiki.

  268. censormynameandmycomments says: May 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    It should probably be mentioned that this woman didn’t pay her taxes from 1982-1989 when both she and her husband were working as lawyers in D.C.

  269. musicman495 says: May 30, 2013 5:51 PM

    randomcommenter says: May 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    The problem with political correctness is that it’s not the will of the allegedly offended minority, it’s the will of liberal white people.

    Do you know a single black person who refers to themselves as African American when a camera isn’t in their face? I don’t. That’s because black people do not have a problem with the term black.
    —————————–
    The term African American was invented by Jesse Jackson, not liberal white people.

  270. musicman495 says: May 30, 2013 5:54 PM

    Other than perhaps Andrew Jackson, has anyone done more to damage the condition of Native Americans than the United States Congress?

  271. indy1000 says: May 30, 2013 6:02 PM

    If a name change is in order I’m voting for the Washington Warlords.

  272. defscottyb says: May 30, 2013 6:06 PM

    I see some Coward deleted my very intelligent post… can’t handle the truth. You suck

  273. kw27p says: May 30, 2013 6:14 PM

    Washington Ligaments, Washington grass stains, Washington confusion

  274. birdobeamen says: May 30, 2013 6:17 PM

    Look, any name referring to race should be seen as “offensive”. Race is a very sensitive and touchy subject and any situation that can cause an “uproar” should be avoided.

    If the logo was a chinaman and the name was “yellowskins”, people would be offended.

    If the logo was an african and the name was “blackskins”, people would be offended.

    Change it.

  275. fifty6mga says: May 30, 2013 6:25 PM

    The name barack obama is incredibly offensive to me..so is his face AND his voice..But I’m stuck with him for another 3 and a half years thanks to all the morons who voted for him..including all the illegals who don’t even have to be a citizen or show ID to vote in this country-ANOTHER ignorant DEMOCRATIC law..
    Redskins, on the other hand, is just the nickname of a sports team..
    Go back to your office-probably rather plush, thanks to us taxpayers- and concentrate on fixing this f-d up country!!!!!

  276. bat42boy says: May 30, 2013 6:34 PM

    It’s time for congress to shut up and do something really important like putting people back to work, kill Obamacare, give Social Security back to the seniors who paid for it, and bring all troops back home. Who really cares what the name of the Washington D.C. Football team is? It’s fine the way it is right now. People, get a life!!!!

  277. truckenlauten says: May 30, 2013 6:42 PM

    She has more things to about then the name of a football team. It’s no wonder Congress never gets anything of value done. I do not see anything wrong with the name and hope the owner never makes a change. Next the meat packers union will be going after the Green Bay Packers to change their name. That’s how silly this all is.

  278. voorheesma says: May 30, 2013 6:44 PM

    Shut up and make me a sammich!

  279. alwaysgame7 says: May 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    Since terrorists are sympathized with and apparently “patriots” are government targets… Perhaps the Patriots should become the New England Jihadists?

    Lady is just trying to get her name in the news…

    Enough with this crap already…

  280. kmack831 says: May 30, 2013 6:55 PM

    Would Washington WETB@CKs be acceptable??

    Nashville Negros or the Rappers Term they call each other that is Allowed?? Its the “N-Word” it has “ER or AR” at the end, but Different spelling and Meaing in HIP-HOP/RAP so its allowed right???

    If the GOVt has issues, then Check all the School’s that are supported by the FED and fix that before you try to tell some Billionair Man-Child what to do with his toys….

  281. wfi801 says: May 30, 2013 7:06 PM

    Glad all the country’s problems are solved now we can move on to the really important things, like worrying about the out of control political correctness that’s ruining everything.

  282. laxcoach37 says: May 30, 2013 7:10 PM

    This is all nonsense and the topic comes up just about every year. I bet if you really offered Native Americans Leaders a choice of the following: Snyder changes the name or we give you the rights to a Casino, which would “they” choose? Exactly! I am not trying to be a prick, but this is a self-serving Political Agenda. I understand the need to balance prejudice with PC, but if it truly offends a very minor population then forget it. Otherwise, everyone who had a bad experience would complain… I don’t hate Buffalo, but when I get Bills in the mail it offends me, I had a bad experience in the water with a Dolphin, No such thing as living Saints, the Giants on average are no bigger than other teams and besides it offends people with Acromegaly and Gigantism! etc., etc.

  283. thirdistheworrd says: May 30, 2013 7:40 PM

    92% of Natives like the name or are not bothered by it . By her own logic, if more than 8% of the country doesn’t care for Ms. Holmes-Norton, she should step down too.

  284. rgweiser53 says: May 30, 2013 7:48 PM

    Eleanor Holmes Norton = Eleanor Holmes NumbSkull

  285. bootspur says: May 30, 2013 8:11 PM

    I hate the Redskins, Little fat Danny Snyder, Coach George Allen, Jack Kent Cooke, Diron Talbot, Chris Hanberger, Dexter Manley, John Riggins, Billy Kilmer, Charlie Haraway, Coach got a race car team, etc…
    *
    But, guess what unless Native Americans make some noise about the name, then I have zero problem with what they call themselves!
    *
    Go Cowboys!!!!

  286. rbern11162 says: May 30, 2013 8:19 PM

    Liberals can’t help themselves, they have to stick there noses into everything. Snyder better hot give into the moon bat faction

  287. gregmorris78 says: May 30, 2013 8:55 PM

    Ok – she belongs in the twentieth century

    There is a hotel in Cherokee NC, owned by Indians and named Redskins hotel

  288. tigerboye says: May 30, 2013 9:16 PM

    Born n raised DC native and Ms. Norton has been a fixture in DC and has done a lot of good, but on this issue she needs to just go back to fighting for DC statehood

  289. southtexan says: May 30, 2013 9:20 PM

    Get back to work and take care of the country. Stop wasting our money on stupid personal agendas like this.

  290. mdpgc says: May 30, 2013 9:26 PM

    Ashamed of you Mrs. Norton, equally ashamed that we went to the same HS (different years of course…haha), but the real reason that Mr. Pollin changed the name of the Washington Bullets to Wizards was because of the state of the District of Columbia at the time, it lead the country in murders, not because he thought that it “was particularly appropriate for a big city team to be named bullets”, as you answered.

    Why are you talking anyway Mrs. Norton. What you should be talking to Congress about is Taxation without Representation, the fact that DC (a city by the way) pays more in taxes than people who live in States and the fact and reason why you have no voting rights in Congress, so basically your words here in part with the letter means expletive!

  291. thirdistheworrd says: May 30, 2013 10:24 PM

    Me: May 30, 2013 7:40 PM

    92% of Natives like the name or are not bothered by it. By her own logic, if more than 8% of the country doesn’t care for Ms. Holmes-Norton, she should step down too.
    __________________
    So there’s no argument:
    Source 1: UPENN’s Annenberg Public Policy Center 2004 survey. Using a sample size 200 times the average the Gallup Poll (generally recognized as the worlld’s most accurate opinion survey) the Annenberg poll concluded that 91% of Natives like the name, 1% don’t care, and only 8% of Natives are bothered by the name.

    Source 2: Eleanor Holmes-Norton: ““Who wants to have a name that some regard as derogatory?” (The Erik Kuselias Show, May 30th 2013)

    If the name should be done away with because 8% of Natives find it derogatory, doesn’t it stand to reason that Eleanor Holmes-Norton should drop the subject if 8% of Americans find it ridiculous?

  292. johnnyb216 says: May 30, 2013 10:44 PM

    Lighten up people. There are far bigger issues than the name of some football team. Besides, wouldn’t forcing Snyder to change the name be a violation of his constitutional rights?

  293. dcbronco says: May 30, 2013 11:43 PM

    I can’t believe that idiot gets re-elected every time. Oh wait, this is Washington. I wouldn’t listen to anything that pandering moron says. She’s useless.

  294. dretwann says: May 31, 2013 12:06 AM

    Tell her old behind to go sit in a corner somewhere! No good reason??? I’ll give you a few: 1.8 Billion (with a”B”) dollars. You don’t just go changing a brand that is making you that kind of money. That is financially stupid. Should they begin to lose money on the name, THEN you change it. Another reason…. THE MAJORITY OF THE FANS DON’T WANT IT CHANGED. Leave well enuff the F alone. Another reason, the name was never used by the organization to be derogatory. Hell if they wanted to be derogatory they would have matches the name with a derogatory image. They didn’t. Another reason, I’m not convinced that the term redskin was ever meant to be a derogatory term. As I understand it was used to describe a tribe who used red clay/mud to coat themselves (why? I’m not sure). Like most stereotypes it stuck and got applied to the whole of Native Americans. No different than some calling all Indians “Chief” (yet no one is goinv after Kansas City though). Therein is the difference between “redskins” and N word (among others), the latter was specifically used to demean and tear down a people from the outset. This is not the case with redskin. Lastly, look at the history of Native American groups that have fought to have “their images” removed from sports across the board. It has little to do with anything being g demeaning. It is about money. They don’t want you using the name Cherokee. Don’t use Apache. Those are actual tribes. Proud tribes. Proud to call themselves Cherokee (not Native American) or Apache. So why fight the use of the name? Money. Simple as that. I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts if the Skins made a deal to subsidize some Native American exclusive thing, this goes away pronto.

  295. dawglb says: May 31, 2013 12:16 AM

    Yes. Native Americans care about this issue. This, especially, should not be compared with “Seminoles” as a team name (or even Chiefs, for that matter). Get your facts straight. Read a little.

  296. anthonyntx says: May 31, 2013 12:24 AM

    Change their name to the Rednecks

  297. dretwann says: May 31, 2013 1:22 AM

    It is funny how we have several “Native Americans” posting for and againston this issue. If they really are NA, and you can us this as a sampling of the larger community, then it is far from being as one-sided as this article would have you to believe.

    Also, we have had multiple postings on the origination of the term. What seems clear to me is there is no consensus on the origins. I suspect the truth is a combination of the two. Perhaps the name was created and used by Native Americans but usurped by Europeans who, for some used it to be derogatory while others used it colloquially. Sort of how the black community took the N-word and use it colloquially despite its origins being meant to tear down and suppress. Some in the community are fine with it while others are not.

    It would be a shame if the name is changed. Whatever it is changed to, I would forever call them the Redskins. The die hard fans would shun the new gear in protest. It would be a financial mess for the team and by extension for the NFL (Washington is one of the NFL’s big markets after all).

  298. prijak1 says: May 31, 2013 2:10 AM

    Redskins is a terrible name ….. Congress is doing the fans a favor ….. I’m glad somebody finally noticed that this name was racist… Most of all cheering go red skins sounds stupid … Redskins is a stupid name

  299. magilicuddy says: May 31, 2013 2:11 AM

    My ancestry is pretty mixed. Cherokee,English, Black/Dutch, Scotch/Irish & Norwegian. Also not a fan of the Redskins. That being said a question…Why is the terms white or black ok but red, brown or yellow are bad? Shouldn’t Notre Dame be forced to change their name form the Fighting Irish? Are there more important issues to deal with in this country?

  300. tmanaz says: May 31, 2013 2:25 AM

    This is what`s wrong with our great nation. We have an idiot as president and members of congress who have nothing better to do than attack sports teams names because they find it offensive. The Redskins have been called that for about 80 yrs now so why should we change their name because some ditz has a burr up her butt about the name. Congress has bigger issues to worry about than what a sports teams names is. No wonder this country is so effed up right now. If congress really feels that way, how about giving the Native Americans everything they were promised before they were screwed over by our government and forced to live on reservations. This era of PC needs to stop it`s killing our nation.

  301. tackledummy1505 says: May 31, 2013 8:49 AM

    And if the team was named the Washington Guidos or the Washington Hillbillies, I don’t think any one of those types would care. I feel Redskin is a tribute to our nation’s history. I’m not going to go up to an Native American Indian and tell him he’s a Redskin because that’ll be apart of their heritage, not who they are. Redskins were proud people, who had fighting spirits to them, which is portrayed by the football team. I’m an Italian but I’m not going to raise hell or arms to every game or movie made with the name Mafia or Godfather in it. Those were the times and eras for those names and not a direct reflection of my heritage or who the Italian people are today. We’ve turned into a country of labels which is always trying to get rid of labels. For all purposes this team should never change their name to keep alive apart of American history good or bad for the memory of those who died fighting or living in what they believed in. Change the name and something as influential as football is upon our nation and apart of history in our nation will be forgotten and not thought of for a second more. American sports carry on the great history and love through their names and teaches our children of their past, that we adults soon forget to teach living in such a fast pace world

  302. skinsfanwill says: May 31, 2013 9:20 AM

    How about you give these people back their land that you stole instead of worrying about a football team’s name. Words are only words, it’s the intent in the word that makes it offensive.

  303. kjp0810 says: May 31, 2013 9:38 AM

    Red ochre was powdered and mixed with water, that’s where the saying “red skin” came from.
    Warriors would paint there skin red so that Mother Earth would know that they belonged to her if they died in battle.
    The other colors were made from wood ash from the fire, berries or roots. Different colors were made in different ways depending on the location of the tribe.
    Individual patterns and designs were determined by personal visions, family traditions, or personal experiences which the warrior chose to celebrate or bring him strength.

  304. jkb0162 says: May 31, 2013 11:16 AM

    I’m an eight Cherokee myself. My grandfather was a half breed and his father was in the trail of tears. Many of my relatives live on reservations in Oklahoma. I am sensitive to offensive Indian stereotypes but I have never understood why Redskin is so offensive. Frankly, the Indians logo is much more offensive and stereotypical. Many Indians do have a reddish skin tint. It may not be the most PC name but it is hardly worth getting bent out of shape over. The atrocities committed against Native Americans is far worse than any stupid teams football name.

  305. chewingonlightbulbs says: May 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    You think the PC crowd is a bunch of whiners?

    Man, you should check out the anti-PC crowd.

  306. 1776dejavu says: May 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    what a real Indian thinks of the name Redskins.

    Retired Patawomeck chief says he’d be offended if Redskins change name:

    “I think that first of all, you have to make a decision whether you consider it offensive or not,” Green said. “And frankly, the members of my tribe — the vast majority — don’t find it offensive. I’ve been a Redskin fan for years. And to be honest with you, I would be offended if they DID change it.”

    “And I think what you have to do is look at where the name Redskins originated,” he continued. “There are some that give the term Redskin a negative connotation — to indicate that it was created by the white man to offend the Indians — but in reality the term Redskins came from the Indians. And they referred to themselves oftentimes — in treaty negotiations, in meetings with the early settlers – as Redskins. So it’s not a term that the white man created; it’s actually a term that the Indians themselves created.

    Why doesnt congress do something constuctive for once instead of wasting tax dollars over a traditional sports team name. Like doing the job they were sent there to do, fix our country first and put people back to work……for crying out loud. Screw these people that want the change are RACISTS themselves.

  307. jasonsoroski says: May 31, 2013 2:57 PM

    My great, great, great uncle Bob was an Irish pirate. So I think the Pirates and Buccaneers and Fighting Irish should change their names as well. I am offended. Do it now.

  308. jasonsoroski says: May 31, 2013 2:59 PM

    Washington Republicans! WOO HOO!!!

  309. revskip says: May 31, 2013 3:49 PM

    thetrashjuice says: May 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    Yet again, someone else speaking for the Native Americas. Why don’t you write an article interviewing or quoting actual native Americans. Let their voice me heard.

    ————————————————————

    Actually several large Native American organizations are behind this:

    The National Congress of American Indians which is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving tribal governments and communities recently stated: “This legislation will accomplish what Native American people, nations, and organizations have tried to do in the courts for almost twenty years – end the racist epithet that has served as the [name] of Washington’s pro football franchise for far too long.”

    The Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism states that the R-word is “hurtful and injurious to our youth, as well as the entire Native American population.”

    The Native American Finance Officers Association states: “The term has never been acceptable in the Native community and causes harm to the collective self-esteem and status of American Indians in the larger society. . . What should be viewed as a national embarrassment has somehow turned into a celebrated namesake for a national sport.”

    The American Indian Movement West states: “Our organization supports the goal of ridding the sports world of the disparaging name of the Washington pro football franchise. There is no question that this is a racist term that causes harm and injury, whether or not it is intended to do so, and must not be tolerated in decent society.”

    The United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. states: “Overcoming the social challenges resulting from industry branding and media exposure has taken generations for other groups. Native communities are on a similar journey. In our work to protect and promote our sovereignty rights at all levels, existing stereotypes, bigotry, and racist views about our people often get in the way of progress. This legislation will assist Tribes in promoting an understanding of American Indian culture, positive images of Indian Country, the effects of historic trauma, and the modern-day successes and challenges Tribes face as we seek to improve the standard of living within our communities.”

    In addition to the above organizations, there are at least 50 other tribes and organizations that have either disavowed the use of the term redskin or pledged their support for this bill. Plenty of them are on record despite what you might want to believe trashjuice.

  310. corporate1raider says: May 31, 2013 5:40 PM

    For those of you who say none of this matters and that Redskins is just a name, you illustrate the problem perfectly. To you, it is just a name because you have become so inured to it’s real meaning that they might as well be named golf ball or tin cup. It does have meaning but it is now lost on you.

    And for those who do not feel positive imagery is important, in the U.S. image is everything.

    One of the most popular teams around, the San Francisco ’49ers changed their logo because their logo conjured up less than savory imagery. Their logo used to be a drunken, gun toting, checker-board pant wearing, ruffian, blasting his guns and jumping up and down like a maniac.

    They got rid of it for the more sedate and tasteful “SF” logo you see today.

    It does matter.

  311. corporate1raider says: May 31, 2013 5:52 PM

    I propose a few new teams be added to the NFL.

    The New Jersey Germans. Their emblem will be a white angular face wearing and German WWII helmet.

    The Iowa Irishmen: Their logo will be a pudgy, soft edged face with a black eye face down, drunk, on the sidewalk.

    The Florida Frenchmen: Their emblem will be a white flag emblazoned with a stick of deodorant.

    The Encino Englishmen: Their logo will be much like the Rams except instead of Ram’s horns their will be a row of oversized crooked teeth.

    The Witchita Welsh: They will have no emblem because who cares about the Welsh?

    The Sacramento Scotsmen: This will be the first team to fold because their fan base was too cheap to purchase tickets.

  312. ironman721 says: May 31, 2013 7:09 PM

    I can’t wait till congress spends millions of tax dollars to fight this. That should really help the economy!?!

  313. thirdistheworrd says: May 31, 2013 9:46 PM

    dretwann says: May 31, 2013 1:22 AM

    It is funny how we have several “Native Americans” posting for and againston this issue. If they really are NA, and you can us this as a sampling of the larger community, then it is far from being as one-sided as this article would have you to believe.
    _____________
    dawglb says: May 31, 2013 12:16 AM

    Yes. Native Americans care about this issue.
    _______________
    A 2004 study by UPENN’s Annennberg Public Policy Institute concluded that 92% of Natives liked the name, or were not bothered by it. The study surveyed only Natives, over a four year period, and used a sample size 200 times larger than an average Gallup poll.

    For those who are not familiar with Gallup, it’s widely regarded as the most reliable poll in the world. It’s the poll used to determine everything from presidential and congressional approval ratings to America’s opinions on gay marriage to the number of fruits and vegetables consumed daily by kindergarteners. And, to repeat, a poll using a sample size 200 times larger concluded that 92 percent of Natives had no issue with the name. Statements by political or activist groups to the contrary are just PR and political posing.

  314. thirdistheworrd says: May 31, 2013 9:55 PM

    jasonsoroski says: May 31, 2013 2:59 PM

    Washington Republicans! WOO HOO!!!
    _____________
    Man, the IRS/Mara double-whammy might wipe them out of existence before their first game.

  315. hodag54501 says: Jun 1, 2013 5:37 PM

    Reading the comments here proves conclusively that most people would accept a racial slur rather than change tradition. It has nothing to do with “liberal” or “conservative”. It really is about respecting another American. It also is about manners, which obviously some of you have never learned.
    Redskins worked in a time when the white majority could look down on another group because they felt they had the power. The fact is the white majority stole most of the land from the Native Americans, tried to kill them with smallpox or guns, put them on reservations and then tried to “honor” them by calling them savages on football helmets.
    Redskins is also about as ridiculous as the belief that Columbus “discovered” America, ignoring the fact that there were Native Americans here for 10,000 years prior to his arrival. Columbus Day is another insult to Native Americans, but few here care, just like they don’t care about the Washington football franchise’s racial slur on their helmets.
    What a truly intelligent group of humans we have following sports these days.

  316. patriots420 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:15 PM

    I’d like to ask the congressmonkey what team has accomplished more, the Washington gambling alcoholics or the Washington Welfare Scamming Porch monks

  317. thetooloftools says: Jun 1, 2013 9:10 PM

    The Boston Bruins will also change their name because a few bears were offended.

  318. atowarak says: Jun 2, 2013 11:05 AM

    I am Native American and I find it derogatory. If you could apply it to another race such as black skins or white skins and say it is derogatory then that is a double standard. Adhering to tradition blindly for the sake of a franchise is just like some church group and crazy protesters.

  319. dlmcc1010 says: Jun 2, 2013 10:43 PM

    This PC nonsense in this country is beyond pathetic. If you find the name offensive then don’t support the team via buying tickets or merchandise. Seeing as how its the most valuable franchise according to Forbes I don’t think Snyder is going to be losing any sleep. If we constantly change or ban things because people find offense in just about everything then where does the line get drawn? This country is really getting too soft

  320. chuckleberry1974 says: Jun 2, 2013 11:04 PM

    And honestly, it doesn’t matter if anyone finds it offensive. It shouldn’t be named that way as a matter of common decency. Anyone railing against “PC” things doesn’t belong to a group that has been on the receiving end of any of that. Think about it, all of these hick types who love stereotyping others have never been put into a place by a majority and kept there.

  321. evilglazers666 says: Jun 3, 2013 7:20 AM

    The guy leading this, Tom Cole, Is Republican and Native American.

    Some of the people commenting, are racist white folks with no education. Their ancestors rapped, scalped, murdered and took land from the Native American families. Now they call them names.

  322. isphet71 says: Jun 3, 2013 1:05 PM

    If congress forces the Redskins to rename, change the name to either the “Impeachers” or the “Censures”.

    Snyder is a hypocrite, but don’t change the name.

  323. wisewoo says: Jun 3, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’m always amazed at the vigor in which people scream from their fingertips on here.

    If only they spent a quarter of that energy on real civic duty then either the name would already be changed or the issue would be dead.

  324. eaglesw00t says: Jun 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    And Im offended every time someone says “White” and “African American” in the same sentence.

    I am black. I have never been to Africa, and I have no desire to. I always refer to myself as black, not African American. Im an American. Im not African at all. My family is from England…

    And Ive always referred to white people as white, not caucasian.

    Now, I dont know if Redskin is the Indian equal to “Whitey” and “Darkie” or if its White and Black.

    I was educated that red was from the mud that they would put on their skin as makeup, and not due to the color of their skin itself. I could be wrong about that though, its been 30 years now, and the world has changed a ton for the worse with PC stuff.

    Im just extremely tired of the way this country is headed with the labels.

  325. jpmelon says: Jun 3, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’m in favor of changing the name to the “Washington Liars”….with a picture of the capitol building as their emblem.

    That should make that hag congresswoman happy.

  326. stevelibrandi says: Jun 3, 2013 7:19 PM

    change the name to drunk cigar store wooden indian

  327. psj3809 says: Jun 5, 2013 11:11 AM

    Another example of political correctness gone mad.

    If they change the name of the Redskins i demand the film ‘white men cant jump’ be banned because as a white man (who can jump) i find it offensive that they are racially stereotyping me as someone who cant jump very high because of the colour of my skin.

    Political correctness gone mad !

  328. aten45 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    Why should we as a nation have so much reverence for political correctness anyway when we have politicians who without cease seize every piece of polarity they can sorcer up dividing the citizens in little pieces for their own political gain ?

    The same government that killed off the indians are now trying to protect them in matters they themselves could care less about. How about giving them some more land?

    Why do politicians believe they have to hurt the majority in order for a handful of people to questionably, unprovable, feel better.

    As a black person I’m sick and tired of black politicians using our precious civil rights struggle to solicit heretical changes in our ways of living in America. But of course that is another story.

  329. eklypse69 says: Jun 6, 2013 8:42 AM

    Keep the name Redskins, change the mascot to a potato.

  330. droyer85 says: Jun 6, 2013 9:56 AM

    They should definitely change the name of the franchise who’s QB has a wounded knee. Every time I think of them I think about the horrors of Wounded Knee Massacre, and what happened there.

  331. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    Congresswoman Holmes, you worried about the name of a football team? A football team? We talking about the name of a football team? This is a game. There are certainly more pressing matters that you should be spending your time on.

  332. floriorealitychkr says: Jun 6, 2013 6:31 PM

    This coming from a woman/politican who once, as a judge for Ms. DC, had the audacity to complain, whine and rail against a causcasian woman being picked over an African Amercian woman as the winner -because it didnt represent DC accurately. She needs to stick to doing what she does well….wait..there isnt anything. Let’s ask her if she supported the re-election of Marion Barry after he was a convicted felon- more than a good chance she did- and I’m sure she thought THAT represented her city well….no smells of racism there. She’s a joke.

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