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Two D.C. stations refuse to run ads against Redskins name

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For as much as the Washington NFL team would like the debate regarding its name to go away, it won’t.

And now the debate has extended to the question of whether two local radio stations have shied away from running ads against the name.

WJFK and WPGC have both declined to broadcast ads purchased by the Oneida Indian Nation.  CBS Radio Washington, which owns the two stations, explained its decision.

“Based on the amount of on-air debate, adding paid commercials from one side is not something that we think is beneficial for this discussion and for our audience,” senior vice president of CBS Radio Washington said via email, which Oneida Indian Nation forwarded to the Washington Post.

Said Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter in response, via a statement released by the group:  “It is unfortunate and un-American that the station permits the team to slander Native Americans on the public airwaves with the use of the r-word, but doesn’t permit Native Americans to use the same airwaves to object to the use of a racial slur.  We will not be silent mascots.  This issue is not going away, as evidenced by the growing and diverse support this effort gains by the day.”

From our perspective, the decision not to run the ad, which can be heard here, makes no sense.  Plenty of radio stations run advertisements that relate to topics discussed on the air.  Political campaigns provide one of the biggest sources of media revenue, and political campaign ads routinely flood the airwaves — especially on stations that routinely discuss the issues and candidates who have purchased the advertisements.

Besides, why turn down the primary source of revenue for terrestrial radio stations?  The Redskins can buy ads, too, and the ongoing discourse could end up generating plenty of money for the stations.  There’s no reason to say “no” to those opportunities.

The more likely explanation, in our opinion, is that the Redskins somehow pressured CBS Radio Washington to steer clear of the advertisements after becoming aware that the ads would be broadcast.  (Oneida Indian Nation announced plans for the ads on Friday.)  Alternatively, it’s possible that CBS Radio Washington decided on its own that it didn’t want to alienate the team, which could lead to reduced access and other forms of potential retaliation — such as team owner Daniel Snyder buying the stations and firing everyone.  (That’s a joke, even though he does own radio stations.)

Regardless of the real reason(s), we don’t buy the stated reason.  And we wonder whether the decision not to run the ads will now become one of the topics debated by the on-air employees at WJFK and WPGC.

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  1. offthelows says: Oct 19, 2013 9:00 AM

    I’m guessing the other reason is that DC sports fans would get pretty agitated listening to that advertisement and could change the channel in response.

  2. stinger124 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:01 AM

    Good for them. It’s time for the PC police to have their mouths slapped shut.

  3. paintan8 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:01 AM

    So now Redskins is the “r word”? This id getting out of hand.

  4. galatians62 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    You’d have to be a Neanderthal to think ‘Redskin’ is not a racial slur. The US government haS practically genocide Native Americans off the face of the earth. Change the name already. SMH

  5. germanodin says: Oct 19, 2013 9:05 AM

    Maybe the radio station is not liberal hacks like this website. Stick to football, not to liberal agendas. REDSKINS!

  6. mythaimyke says: Oct 19, 2013 9:06 AM

    What about the name in Chicago, BLACKhawks? What about the FIGHTING-IRISH? We can go on and on about this BS!!!! Will it ever STOP? People are now offended after all these years? I am offended that they are offended! Get a life!!!

  7. i, flounder says: Oct 19, 2013 9:06 AM

    I, for one, will be calling anyone who chooses to advertise with such a racist station, and promising to no longer use there products, or services. There opinions belong on stormfront, and not the radio. Children listen to the radio.

  8. larams29 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:06 AM

    Here’s the solution to the whole “Redskins” controversy. Change the logo to a donkey. Change the name to the Washington “Jackasses” since that’s what’s running the government.

  9. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 19, 2013 9:07 AM

    if the wjfk program director ‘ck’ were to do a little research with the listeners they would realize how many people find lavars on-air partner extremely annoying and find a replacement…

  10. camdenyard says: Oct 19, 2013 9:07 AM

    C’mon out of your hole, Danny Boy! Do the right thing for once!

  11. jdarts85 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:07 AM

    I am so over hearing, reading and talking about this crap.

    I’m sorry, but it’s only an issue because PC liberals have made it one.

  12. germanodin says: Oct 19, 2013 9:07 AM

    Galatians…you do know Oklahoma means Red-skins. You have to be an idiot to know think the name is offensive.

  13. thebadguyswon says: Oct 19, 2013 9:08 AM

    It won’t go away, but the liberals won’t win either. Gonna be fun to watch.

  14. delrmi05 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    Galatians62, you need to read a book or pay attention in history class. The term was a badge of honor. And in this case, a tribute to a former Native American that coached the Boston Redskins before they moved.

    I’ve had just about of enough of this PC debacle.

  15. jdarts85 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    This is not going to make Bob Costas happy.

  16. nikkodawg says: Oct 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    “Regardless of the real reason(s), we don’t buy the stated reason.”

    I don’t think you ever buy anything anyone says. You guys are too smart to bullcrapped I guess.

  17. durno99 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    Well start paying full tax on your casinos and fishing and hunting licenses then we will talk! That’s FAIR……ooops, nobody likes the F word!!!! Yup….buy the ad with our money……..

  18. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Oct 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    THE “R” WORD? THE “R” WORD? This is getting out of hand!!!!!!!

  19. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 19, 2013 9:11 AM

    Why can’t some people be quiet and accept things. Stop pulling the race card. They are not refusing to play your commercial because you are NA, they are refusing because it is dumb. You’re putting Native American people in a bad light. The Redskins stand for strength, honor, loyalty, basically everything you are not. You just want your fifteen minutes of fame. Well you got it, and all you have proved is that you are a nagging, whiny, miserable, little man. Go away Ray, you are doing a disservice to your people. Even Sitting Bull made money acting as a mascot of sorts.

  20. captrtp says: Oct 19, 2013 9:12 AM

    Please this has been the teams name for decades and now because some idiot in Washington politics needs something to do its racial get over it it’s been that name for years go build a casino

  21. gfh71 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:12 AM

    galatians62, go back to your global warming conference and leave football topics to those of us who stand up while we pee.

  22. sasquash20 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:13 AM

    The NFL needs to do the right thing. Slaughter the few remaining Indians whose ancestors weren’t already slaughtered. That way it won’t matter if they change their name. Its 2013 and the team that calls the nations capital home still uses a racist name. Only in America. Its a name just change it already

  23. fground says: Oct 19, 2013 9:13 AM

    it seems this issue draws out the racists and simpletons in droves…wake up folks your numbers are dwindling and you won’t win any of these inclusion or empathy issues and you will continue to lose at the ballot box as well.

    Stupid loses in the end, no matter how loud stupid is.

  24. jackburton77 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    As a journalist, I believe you are doing a poor job with this topic.

    You consistently let your opinion get in the way of facts.

    The term “redskin” began when the “pale faces” started to identify the Native American Beothuks because of the red clay they put on their bodies. This is an important identifier because other tribes wore different colors.

    Make it negative and be dramatic though.

  25. sasquash20 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    Start paying taxes, and pay for fishing lic. Dude we stole this land from them, changing the name is the least that should be done

  26. greattastelessfilling says: Oct 19, 2013 9:17 AM

    I just decided that the NFL team name The Giants is offensive since there are people who suffer from gigantism. I’ll reach out to the media to blow this up. And Dear Leader since he likes to make things all about himself.

  27. truthfactory says: Oct 19, 2013 9:18 AM

    So when media outlets dont like the name and refuse to use it, thats okay. But if a media outlet supports the name and refuses to air negativity about the name, thats a problem??

    What a double standard and a joke!!

  28. jerichoholic86 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:18 AM

    I live in Northern Virginia and sports talk radio stations are basically forced into debating this issue for literally hours every day. Their audience (of Redskins fans by the way) is already being beat over the head with this, why do they need to be shot in the face with it as well?

  29. wheeln69 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    galatians62 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    You’d have to be a Neanderthal to think ‘Redskin’ is not a racial slur. The US government haS practically genocide Native Americans off the face of the earth. Change the name already. SMH

    I’m offended at your idiotic post…

  30. mortytorium says: Oct 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    C-O-N….SPIRACY

  31. dukeearl says: Oct 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    Unfortunately, the number of people not offended does not make it an acceptable word.
    The word redskins was used often in Movies, Books and real life as a slur.
    From Wikipedia:
    “Redskin” is a racial descriptor of disputed origin for Native Americans. Although by some accounts not originally having negative intent,[1] the term is now defined by dictionaries of American English as “usually offensive”,[2] “disparaging”,[3][4] “insulting”,[5] “taboo” [6] and is avoided in public usage with the exception of its continued use as a name for sports teams.

  32. thedownwardspiral says: Oct 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    You Neanderthals that think this mascot is not a racial slur need to get out of the human gene pool. I guess you still think the earth is flat and there’s no such thing as global warming.

    The only arguments your 2 brain cells can make is “Oh, it’s PC run amok” or “Its been this way for years”. Brilliant.

    Go away. You’re dumbing down the human race.

  33. hyprcaffeinated says: Oct 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    Find dead horse. Beat it some more.

  34. varepoman says: Oct 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    This is mostly about white guilt. All of the liberal white mediots in this country feel so guilty about everything their forefathers did that they have made it their mission to make up for it with crap like this. I wish some of these mediots (including the owner of this website) would do a little homework and dig into the background of this Halbritter character. They just might find that he’s not the sympathetic posterboy that they had hoped he was. He’s basically a mafia don using this attention to “shake down” Dan Snyder, the NFL, and anyone else’s pocket that he can get into!

  35. SeenThisB4 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    I was neutral on the name change, till Costas started his lecture, now, I’m with the rest of the Redskins fans, keep the name. When anyone uses the word Redskins, the only thought in anybody’s head is the NFL team from Washington DC. That nickname is as racist as the Saints nickname. Well, at least the Saints won’t ever complain about that nickname since they’re all ….somewhere else. I guess the atheists will one day file a case though! LOL!

    Keep the name Redskins!

  36. mancave001 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:23 AM

    As an Eagles fan who thinks this “controversy” is entirely media-made, I do think there is an argument for changing the name. That argument is Krauthammer’s argument, which makes sense. That being said, PFT’s behavior on this is shameful. The main authors (who I won’t name because the comment will be deleted) are clearly using their national media platform to push their personal views. Now we’ve even started avoiding the name Redskins entirely. It’s just absurd. Glad I’m not a fan…at least I get to watch the mess.

  37. chc4 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    Stupid loses in the end, no matter how loud stupid is.
    _____________________________________

    If this were true how do you explain our current president getting re-elected?

  38. giantsfanlewis says: Oct 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    the funny thing is that saying its un America to use the name redskin, and in turn telling a private company what iy can and can’t name itself (and let the market decide if they want the name changed by not going to at busitness) and limiting his freedom of speech is more unamerican

  39. krenshaws says: Oct 19, 2013 9:27 AM

    In 20 years the Vikings will be a derogatory term along with the Patriots, Buccaneers, Cowboys, and of course the Chiefs.

    It’s a sad day in humanity when a harmless name becomes offensive out of no where. And seriously the “r” word you have got to be kidding me with that.

  40. dukeearl says: Oct 19, 2013 9:28 AM

    hmmm…. even the words in the team song are blatantly offensive…

    Five years later, the team unveiled its fight song, “Hail to the Redskins,” with lyrics written by Marshall’s wife, actress Corinne Griffith. The original lyrics to the song included both references to scalping and pidgin English, with the line “Scalp ‘em, swamp ‘em — we will take ‘em big score / Read ‘em, weep ‘em, touchdown! — we want heap more!”

  41. marthisdil says: Oct 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    ““It is unfortunate and un-American that the station permits the team to slander Native Americans on the public airwaves with the use of the r-word”

    Where were they back in the 1930s to complain?

    Oh, right….they didn’t have liberal media back then pushing for change to ride coattails on…

  42. mikeyhigs says: Oct 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    It’s pretty simple…the team name Redskins never had any racist intent and still doesn’t. Therefore, I have trouble viewing it as racist.

  43. mrlaloosh says: Oct 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Neanderthals are offended because all these R-word backers are being compared to them. STOP IT!

  44. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Oh yes, fground is so sophisticated and such a brilliant scholar. anybody who doesn’t agree with his high brow opinions is obviously an inferior being. Everybody, stop thinking on your own and just agree with fground, because anything else would be preposterous. He’s right, you’re wrong. If you don’t agree, well hmphh, that’s because his intellect is far more advanced than yours, you simpleton.

  45. tundratommy says: Oct 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    Thumbs up = no name change

    Thumbs down = change name

  46. sniksder33 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    If someone wanted the name changed so bad, I’m sure for the right price Dan Snyder would sell the team.

  47. realbenrush says: Oct 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    Did they really say, “r.word”?

  48. nirvana504 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    No good decision has ever come out of DC.

  49. vaphinfan says: Oct 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    Good to hear someone still has a pair. Maybe Goodell will learn something from them and grow a pair himself.

  50. richndc says: Oct 19, 2013 9:45 AM

    Wow–so this is where the name girly men hang out to vent and rail their pathetically misinformed opinions? I am not for the name change. I am curious how every single disagreement turns into some rage against “liberalism” or that every time a perceived injustice is pointed out, people scream about how PC police are ruining EVERYTHING and they are sick of it. I really hope none of you are managers or make any kind of important decisions for your families. Turn off talk radio and educate yourselves. Those people are selling you hate and laughing at you while counting their money.

  51. JSpicoli says: Oct 19, 2013 9:46 AM

    Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins

    Signed,

    NFL Fan and 80% of America

  52. pilot2011 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:48 AM

    You little boys must have some miserable wives. I bet the wish they had real husbands. You know, men with balls between their legs.

    weak, spineless little libbies are ruining this country.

    Come on in everybody! You all deserve a trophy!

  53. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:50 AM

    naw its really because they arent any good

  54. rg3andthensome says: Oct 19, 2013 9:51 AM

    MAYBE IF WE JUST WIN THIS WILL ALL GO AWAY.

    SKINS NATION WILL SEE JUSTICE!!!

  55. censoredagain says: Oct 19, 2013 9:52 AM

    Cue up the whining Redskins fans to blame John Mara for this one too

  56. nceaglesfan says: Oct 19, 2013 9:52 AM

    Good for them.

  57. FlyFromTheInside says: Oct 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    Ahhh, you smell that??? It that dead horse starting to ripen up a bit

  58. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 19, 2013 9:54 AM

    Lame left wing extortion.

    Goal: Redskins change name to Reds and wear red helmets with approved new yellow hammer and sickle logo.

  59. lehooper says: Oct 19, 2013 9:55 AM

    Start with the state of Oklahoma not a sports team. “Oklahoma is based on Choctaw Indian words which translate as red people “

  60. @Cereal_22 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    Cha-Cha-Cha Changes,,,turn & face the change

  61. eljefe322 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    I guess you still think the earth is flat and there’s no such thing as global warming.

    ——-

    There is no such thing as global warming.

  62. sixaceduece says: Oct 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    Redskin is a racial slur, some native americans have no problem with it.. others do. Daniel Snyder is entitled to name his team whatever he wants, whether it’s offensive or not. For those that find Redskin offensive, I would go out of my way to not support anything associated with the Washington team.

    If somebody called something offensive to my racial background, and there are plenty of examples, I simply wouldn’t support it or anyone associated with it. I understand both sides of the debate, I feel bad for those offended by it.. but at the same time people are allowed to do whatever they want with their property.. regardless the world still goes round.. what exactly is suppose to be gained from changing the name? In my 30+ years on this earth, I’ve never heard a native american referred to as a ‘redskin’, but I don’t know many native americans, despite being part native american.

  63. jsherer74 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    This is starting to get about as ridiculous as the gun control people. It’s a name…no different than all the rappers using the N-bomb all the time. The media including this site have double standards. Get over it people. The Redskins are privately owned and last time I looked this was a free country and OBTW there is this thing called the 1st amendment…Just stupid.

  64. edzo82270 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:58 AM

    In speaking to native american’s who live in my town, they say it’s not really the name that bothers them. It’s more that their name is associated with such a poorly coached, over-hyped, underachieveing, mis-managed football team. That, is completely logical.

  65. jonestocarr says: Oct 19, 2013 9:58 AM

    Last team to integrate…George Preston Marshall was a racist owner…so you get your racist name. I have a feeling if it was the Dallas Redskins, Washington fans might look at it a little differently ;-D

  66. 2difshoe says: Oct 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    The concern should be how this government stole their land!

    I don’t find calling the team ” Redskins ” offensive, as much as an american native addressing a Caucasian as a ” White man. ”

    What ever happened to ” sticks and stones?”

  67. pacvino says: Oct 19, 2013 10:02 AM

    Any once else find the name Costa’s offensive ?

  68. dkrause71 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:02 AM

    ““It is unfortunate and un-American that the station permits the team to slander Native Americans on the public airwaves with the use of the r-word”

    Where were they back in the 1930s to complain?

    Oh, right….they didn’t have liberal media back then pushing for change to ride coattails on…

    ———————————————
    The uproar over the name is decades old. The Cleveland Indians logo (Chief Wahoo) and the Atlanta Braves logos (The Screaming Brave) also were often lumped into the talks. I remember in the 1980s when this was a big deal and then its was just kinda forgotten.

    As for the 1930s, considering we had segregation for another 30 years after that. I don’t think i would necessarily be touting that time frame for anything positive.

  69. thetruthcampaign says: Oct 19, 2013 10:04 AM

    Those dang feather-headed injuns should just go get drunk. Those redskins. Blanket-butt chiefs.

    Just change the name to Warriors. Or, maybe change it to the Washington “New Jersey dbags”.

  70. vargavarga says: Oct 19, 2013 10:05 AM

    Talk all you want about tradition or justification, the word Redskin is undeniably offensive. Not to me personally, but if anyone thinks that this word isn’t offensive to anyone then their not intellectually honest. As unpopular as it may be, the name needs to be changed.

  71. sschmiggles says: Oct 19, 2013 10:09 AM

    I find it amusing that people blame “PC liberals” when it’s an actual group of indians who sponsored the ad. Deflecting much?

  72. mediacowards says: Oct 19, 2013 10:10 AM

    The little lib crusade is not going so well…gotta love it!

  73. gb4mn0 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:11 AM

    thedownwardspiral says: Oct 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    You Neanderthals that think this mascot is not a racial slur need to get out of the human gene pool. I guess you still think the earth is flat and there’s no such thing as global warming.

    The only arguments your 2 brain cells can make is “Oh, it’s PC run amok” or “Its been this way for years”. Brilliant.

    Go away. You’re dumbing down the human race.
    —————————————————-
    Excuse me, so now if your a dissenter of the progressive attacks on our freedoms you’re a Neanderthal and dumbing down the human race?

    You can always rest assured that whatever the left is blaming you of, they are guilty of themselves.

    This IS about the left in their long term commitment to narrowing the public consciences through controlling the narrative. Once the speech police have completed the task of rewriting what is acceptable language then brainwashing becomes simple. This is form of Stalinism without Stalin.

    The left has been guilty of dumbing down America for generations. You only have to look at what’s happen in our public education system to see that.

    Inside every Liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

  74. ufanforreal says: Oct 19, 2013 10:12 AM

    sasquash20 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    Start paying taxes, and pay for fishing lic. Dude we stole this land from them, changing the name is the least that should be done
    ——————————————————
    No the land was not stolen they fought a war and lost plain and simple. Have you not every heard spoils of war go to the victors, get over this BS about it being stolen.

  75. markwri says: Oct 19, 2013 10:13 AM

    If you don’t see that the name is racist, than perhaps you need to go back to school. The team name describes a race of people by the color of their skin and when used was always in a derogatory way.

    I thinks it’s sad, that many of you have talked yourself into believing the name is fine, just because it’s been around for awhile. It took this country 200 of years to finally abolish slavery and segregation, but we finally got it.

    The name may not be used in a derogatory way anymore, but it was founded that way, it was never to honor Native Americans. We now have the Oneida tribe saying it should go, that’s enough for me. Change the name.

  76. somekat says: Oct 19, 2013 10:14 AM

    Good for them. They don’t have to run that liberal drivel if they don’t want to

    As an Eagles fan, I will be buying me a Redskins jersey this offseason, not a Washington football team jersey, a REDSKINS jersey

  77. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:18 AM

    The more the media fights this the more I hope little Danny Snyder digs in while extending his middle finger.

  78. mksnpcola says: Oct 19, 2013 10:18 AM

    With all the negativity and prejudice associated with this drama, They SHOULD change their name. They should be called the MARYLAND REDSKINS.

  79. johnnyoclock says: Oct 19, 2013 10:21 AM

    Not wanting to take sides in a fight is logical and legitimate.

    This is part of what’s wrong with liberalism, everything has to be a fight to liberals and you either get on the liberal bus or get run over by it.

    Of course you don’t believe the stations reason: you’re liberal, you don’t believe anything not siding with you is legitimate and must be some nefarious conspiracy.

    And anyone not siding with something liberal must be gone after. This is why people don’t side with liberalism.

  80. coachcj01 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:22 AM

    What a bunch of PC crap. To those that say “it’s just a name so change it”, I say it’s just a name so leave it the heck alone. If you look at every team name, it could offend someone. The Seahawks, Bears, Ravens, Falcons and every other team named after an animal could offend PITA and the animal rights activist. Cowboys remind you of the wild west and shooting people. Don’t even get me started on the team from San Diego. A lighting bolt for a logo. Really? Everyone ever struck by lightening has nightmares when they play. Glad to see that two radio stations are standing up to this BS. Look at the post on this thread. Those that want the Redskins to change their name are clearly in the minority. I am not even close to a skins fan and Dan Snyder is a terrible owner, but I am in his corner on this one.

  81. pilot2011 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:23 AM

    Cowboys, Bucs, Vikings-engaged in violence. That is unexceptable. Those names need to be changed.

    Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, Eagles,Ravens: Your names should be changed because of people that are afraid of birds. Birds are also very offended that you have disgraced their species.

    Saints- That name is so offensive I can’t even sputter it off my lips. A Saint, obviously is affiliated with that Deity. You know the one that almost 95% of this country still believe in. I’m disgusted by you 95%-ers.

    Giants-How rude? There are very self conscious people in this country. Does the New York Anerexics sound right? I think not…Gotta go.

    Dolphins- They are next to human. Why not the Miami Humans? I think we should boycott Japan.

    Jets- Too offensive for those who are scared of airplanes.

    Bills-like the Native Americans, were unwillingly removed from their native lands. I can speak for every Buffalo everywhere, the Bills HAVE to go.

    Patriots-weilding guns…need I say more? Or should I even begin to say how offensive it is for those of us that are not “patriots”…BTW, who hinds behind trees? The British were wearing Red and standing in lines! That was not a fare war.

    49ers-So taking Gold away from mother earth is ok now? How would you like it if someone came in and stole something precious that was rightfully yours?

    …Which is why the Redskins have to go.

  82. billybenoitlsu says: Oct 19, 2013 10:23 AM

    WOW, whats next the Catholics in Louisiana are going to make the New Orleans Saints change their name next ??

  83. njpackersfan says: Oct 19, 2013 10:28 AM

    I find the New Zealand All Blacks highly offensive . . . NOT. Not one person alive uses the term “redskin” in a derogatory fashion. Now people do drop the N word in a derogatory fashion. As a father of mixed race kids, there is no way they would get offended by any of these terms when they are grown up. Sadly we must buy our Redskins paraphernalia while they still last as the pc police will take them away. Humans have done crap to each other from day one, get over it.

  84. keithgincc says: Oct 19, 2013 10:29 AM

    Enough is enough… Change the name and who and what is next? It seems like someone always needs attention.

  85. citiciti says: Oct 19, 2013 10:29 AM

    If they change the name I’m going to sue.

  86. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 19, 2013 10:30 AM

    Words have power and so does society’s acceptance of some words. Consider the following examples:
    -a person from China is Asian, not “Oriental”
    -a soldier may suffer from post traumatic stress, they are not “shell shocked”
    -some Americans are African-American or Black, they are not “colored”
    -a child born to an unwed woman is no longer called a “bast–d”
    -a person may suffer from depression, bi-polar disorder, or some other mental issues, they are not “crazy”
    I must conclude that the people complaining about the PC police must go around and use the terms “oriental”, “colored”, “shell shocked”, etc. That’s right you don’t , because even in your own closed mind approach you know that those terms are inappropriate. Some things change over time. Be careful you are not the last person holding on to an unacceptable word or practice. The name of the team will change and a few generations from now people will be amazed to know that there was once a team named after a slur.

  87. jiggles420 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:32 AM

    Flee to Canada and Mexico while you still can.

  88. buckeye044 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:37 AM

    Fighting Irish offends me. They need to change it too.

  89. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 19, 2013 10:39 AM

    Florio says:
    There is no reason not to run the ad…

    Oh, you mean other than the fact the majority of the public thinks there is nothing wrong with the name and are actually getting tired of hearing about it?

    Thus listeners may stop listening to the station if they hear ads the majority of us deem ludicrous. A radio station has every right to refuse to turn down running an ad for whomever they choose for any reason… unless its a matter of national security.

    If I were running the station, in D.C. of all places, I would not run the ad. It could spell disaster for the business and is not worth the money.

  90. melikefootball says: Oct 19, 2013 10:39 AM

    I applaud them for not being persuaded because of liberals deciding what is best for all.

  91. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 19, 2013 10:39 AM

    “..Based on the amount of on-air debate, adding paid commercials from one side is not something that we think is beneficial for this discussion and for our audience…”

    I bet that same policy applies to political ads too then, huh?

    Hypocrites.

  92. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:43 AM

    Y’all on this board are some racist I’m a skins fan if they change the name I will still be a Washington fan. This is how y’all felt about civil or women’s rights too I bet. SMH at the idiots on this board it’s sad!!!

  93. dumbpollack says: Oct 19, 2013 10:45 AM

    Hey Flounder, go take a bath, hippie. I think the ‘Skins should change their name right AFTER Florida State does!!

  94. lasher1650 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:45 AM

    Just shake my head at all of the people posting that the name is not offensive, despite the fact that they are not Native Americans so they cannot speak to the point with any level of first hand knowledge. Its a football team. Its a name and a logo. It is obviously offensive to Native Americans. Get over it and change the name. Anyone who is up in arms about retaining the name needs to get over themselves. Its just a football team people, and if the name is offensive (and it is), then change it.

  95. sc711 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:51 AM

    Redskins are 1-4, they should be 4-1.

    Why ?

    In the back of every players mind is the knowledge of how “wrong” a racial slur is…..since most are black and can relate to the N word.

  96. tigersfandan says: Oct 19, 2013 10:51 AM

    @1rockyracoon

    Actually, the closed-minded people are the ones who insist that the name must be offensive and must be changed.

  97. calicokiller49 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:54 AM

    Why doesn’t the Oneida Indians just hurry up and sue the redskins for a couple hundred million, and stop beating around the bush, I mean that is their end game, right?

  98. pobreezy says: Oct 19, 2013 10:54 AM

    And let me add to all the rush limbaugh/fox news puppets, I’m not a liberal. Not even a democrat. And for you guys to even bring up political issues in relation to this issue sickens me beyond words. I can’t wait for your generation to die off soon because I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you are on, this is bigotry disguised as patriotism. It is such a terrible habit people have now. You spout that people need to pick themselves up while standing on top of them. Entitlement is a word I hear more from tea party members than any welfare recipient. You are entitled to your opinion and I’m just both wrong and a liberal. Sounds fair, huh?

  99. tigersfandan says: Oct 19, 2013 10:55 AM

    lasher1650 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:45 AM

    Just shake my head at all of the people posting that the name is not offensive, despite the fact that they are not Native Americans so they cannot speak to the point with any level of first hand knowledge. Its a football team. Its a name and a logo. It is obviously offensive to Native Americans. Get over it and change the name. Anyone who is up in arms about retaining the name needs to get over themselves. Its just a football team people, and if the name is offensive (and it is), then change it.
    ______________________________________

    Actually,

    Just shaking my head at all of the people posting that the name is offensive, despite the fact that they are not Native Americans, so they cannot speak to the point with any level of first hand knowledge. It’s a football team. It’s a name and a logo. Not even the Native Americans agree if it is offensive. Get over it and remember it’s a name. Anyone who is up in arms about changing the name needs to get over themselves. Its just a football team people, and if the name is not blatantly offensive, then ignore it.

  100. jrazz22 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:55 AM

    Pro tip: Quoting Wikipedia makes you look like an idiot.

    Then again, the fact that you used it anyways makes me think you’re a mouth breather, which most, if not all liberals are.

  101. lowlifenebula says: Oct 19, 2013 10:57 AM

    I really find the ignorance portrayed by some of the people leaving posts to be so absurd It’s funny. Why do so many want to say it is the ” liberal pc police ” starting all this when plenty of people on both sides of the political spectrum don’t give a care or do care. As stated by others I sincerely doubt you go around freely using words deemed derogatory by mainstream society in everyday conversation.. the bigger issue is why make this about political sides, even if some members of our government are chiming in on the issue? Life isn’t right or left nor are issues within life. Start viewing lifes many philosophical questions without having to label people. Also, saying you’re offended by other teams names like ” patriots, packers” is childish and has no real validity in this
    argument.

  102. calicokiller49 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:58 AM

    Has anybody else noticed that ever since Obama has been in office that minding your own business, went out of style?

  103. tcril says: Oct 19, 2013 11:03 AM

    Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter is not even Native American with regards to the REDSKINS name being a racial slur C’MON MAN. And of course he will keep spending all the native American reservations money to run ads against the use of the REDSKINS name. I hope RAY spends his own money and has lots of it because Snyder and DC Broadcasts have a lot of money.

    It’s not a joke. Dan Snyder can and will buy the radio station(s) if he feel his trademark name is going to be under attack and insult the REDSKINS name. Other Corporate tycoons have done it. Ray has to know that he has to be careful because it could backfire and his Indian Reservation could be boycotted (like a lot of Redskins fans are doing to the Oneida Indian Reservation & Casino in Syracuse, Verona New York).

    REDSKINS will persevere. We are strong, focused, and have tough skin!!!HTTR

  104. evrybdyhas1 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:03 AM

    The name describes the look of anger, embarrassment and shame on the faces of the fans after a Redskins game. The liberals need to make up these causes to detract from the fact that their government is addicted to spending money we don’t have.

    How about the Washington Red Inks.

  105. tigersfandan says: Oct 19, 2013 11:06 AM

    jrazz22 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:55 AM

    Pro tip: Quoting Wikipedia makes you look like an idiot.

    Then again, the fact that you used it anyways makes me think you’re a mouth breather, which most, if not all liberals are.
    ______________________________________

    What do you know about Wikipedia? I agree with your views on liberals, but Wikipedia is not as inherently wrong as you think it is.

  106. jamn6f says: Oct 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Everyone should just stop using any adjective that could describe anyone’s appearance, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion…and we would have no more problems in this country

  107. seabrawk12 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:08 AM

    Native Americans if anything should be honored to know that a franchise would want to have a part of their culture embraced as warriors on the football field. Show me 100 native’s that actually give a hoot, then I may sway the other way. Bottom line here is that it really is NOT a big deal.

  108. fballguy says: Oct 19, 2013 11:09 AM

    I’m not a Redskins fan…but I love the Redskins more and more every day.

  109. kelsey59 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    Funny how nobody cared about the name when team sucked.

  110. snaponrules says: Oct 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    Years ago Vikings would roam the coast of Ireland sounding their horn before before moving into a town and slaughtering all inhabitants. Women and children would be clubbed to death by these invaders.
    Being of Irish decent I shudder and feel offended every time I hear that horn. I feel it is very derogatory to have a team named after a group of killers who would beat children to death with a club so as not to dull their swords.
    Mike I am really need you and Bob to stand up and defend the poor Irish in the court of public opinion and get this name changed.

  111. smackingfools says: Oct 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    I’d be more offended by the ‘Washington’ part than the Redskins part.

  112. vngnce says: Oct 19, 2013 11:15 AM

    My kids have Seneca in them. Their uncle lives on a reservation.

    Keep the name, everything is offensive to someone. The issue is only in who the Ministry of Truth decides to persecute today. Tomorrow it may be you.

    The meanings of words change over time.

    I’m a Browns fan, but I’m going to buy some Redskins gear now.

  113. rdrs68 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:17 AM

    The name change WILL happen in DC just as it has happened at schools and colleges-just a matter of time-fans can complain all they want but may as well get used to it and NOT buy any old soon to be outdated merchandise.

  114. theparadoxx82 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    Still can’t stand that no one really cares about this can you

  115. istateyourname says: Oct 19, 2013 11:24 AM

    Snyder needs to fork over some beads and trinkets with a little fire water thown in for good measure – poblem solved.

  116. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 19, 2013 11:25 AM

    germanodin says: Oct 19, 2013 9:05 AM

    Maybe the radio station is not liberal hacks like this website. Stick to football, not to liberal agendas. REDSKINS!

    —–

    “Liberal agenda”?! What does this have to do with politics? Tell me one way this helps democrats, please I’d love to hear it.
    This is about race. Not political parties. I can’t stand when people make EVERYTHING about politics. Excuse me while I throw up.

  117. bigjd says: Oct 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    sasquash20 say, Dude we stole their land.
    Well if you don’t pay your taxes the Government will take your land too.

  118. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:30 AM

    I love how these topics bring out the racist folk. My father heard the same thing growing up in the south about blacks and other non whites. It’s sad that y’all think this is about politics it’s not I bet you wouldn’t go up to a Native American and say wassup Redskin. And if that’s the case then it’s offensive and you know it.

  119. rubicon202 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:33 AM

    The “R-word”, really?

  120. jlmd17 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:34 AM

    There was no genocide. Conquered people never had it so good. History tells us that if you can’t hold the land from invaders – then you have no right to it.

  121. rcali says: Oct 19, 2013 11:35 AM

    Always better to not get involved.

  122. mackcarrington says: Oct 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    I find some of you people going out of your way to find justifications of the “Redskin” name hilarious.
    I mean, The 49ers?
    The Chargers?
    The Dolphins?
    The Bills?
    The Blackhawks?
    The Cowboys?
    ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING WITH THAT?????
    Those are supposed to make it OK to use Redskins?
    I hope you are just being sarcastic and not serious.

  123. 1billsnation says: Oct 19, 2013 11:44 AM

    This whole subject is stupid. Bob Costas is a joke. How they continue to give that monkey a microphone baffles me.

  124. maverickstar says: Oct 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    I have WJFK going for hours everyday in the office. I have had my fill of the debate. Day after day it goes on and gets nowhere. Then every time guys like Mike Wise or Bob Costas open their mouth it goes on for a few more days. All this discussion gets nowhere. Its just treading water. I’ve already changed the channel numerous times because I’m just tired of it. If I had to hear these ads too, I would be done with the station. Its not that these people shouldn’t have their voices heard, its that they are talking to the wrong people with these ads. I don’t care if they keep the name or change it, but they only people I want talking about it are Dan Snyder and Native Americans…to each other.

  125. twoconeys says: Oct 19, 2013 11:46 AM

    as a person of Germanic descent, im now highly offended by Minn use of the name Vikings…… B%LLS#%@

  126. 8man says: Oct 19, 2013 11:48 AM

    It’s been the team name for decades. It’s just now getting traction because white guilt has never been stronger, or more unnecessary.

    Keep the name! If for no other reason because Snyder owns the team and its his choice.

    So done with this and all of the other silly efforts to purge any history because it’s deemed “offensive.”

  127. duffelbagsports says: Oct 19, 2013 11:54 AM

    I’m ok with Redskins. I don’t like the name Washington because he owned slaves

  128. trytobnimble says: Oct 19, 2013 11:56 AM

    Here’s the thing: LANGUAGE EVOLVES!! But considering that many NFL fans have a very limited use of language (and it seems MOST NFL fans who post comments on sites like this one have limited language skills) they don’t understand language evolution.

    50 years ago, the most respected word to use for African Americans was Negro. MLK himself used that word numerous times in his famous I Have a Dream speech. However, nobody would use that word anymore today because it no longer is respectful.

    Like others, I do not believe the Washington football team intends disrespect to native Americans, but over time the name has become disrespectful. It’s blatantly racist. I don’t expect the more feeble minded to understand the difference between redskin and chief, braves, or indians, or blackhawks. But there clearly is a difference and the name will change. It’s only a matter of time.

  129. istateyourname says: Oct 19, 2013 11:57 AM

    Agree to change the name but only if the team moves to a new city (LosAngeles, London). Then you ‘ll see who’s in favor of what from these slimeball politicians…

  130. nodrugarrests says: Oct 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    I think Washington should put a potato on the side of their helmets and piss everybody off.

  131. pawnjockey1 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:07 PM

    It’s no wonder Native Americans are offended-they’re linked to a pathetic organization. Just change the name already and her on with football. It’s offensive, unlike names like Chiefs, Indians, or Braves because out has the word SKIN on the name. If they were the Blackskins or Brownskins it would have been changed decades ago.

  132. nflpoker says: Oct 19, 2013 12:21 PM

    jlmd17 says:
    Oct 19, 2013 11:34 AM
    There was no genocide. Conquered people never had it so good. History tells us that if you can’t hold the land from invaders – then you have no right to it.
    ———————————————-
    What a STUPID comment. But what can you expect from the mentally challenged.
    ————————————————-
    P.S. That makes as about as much sense was saying that the blacks had no right to complain about being sold into slavery because they couldn’t fight off the slave-traders. Ridiculous.

  133. thebigwhitecat says: Oct 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    Please, can we just bury the hatchet on this subject? Or at least smoke the peace pipe?

  134. andypro18 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:26 PM

    galatians62 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    “You’d have to be a Neanderthal to think ‘Redskin’ is not a racial slur. The US government haS practically genocide Native Americans off the face of the earth. Change the name already. SMH”

    Actually, since the vast majority of Native Americans don’t think that Redskins is a slur, YOU’VE just called all those Native Americans Neanderthals. Now THAT is offensive.

    Once again, we see the rabid intolerance of those who preach tolerance.

  135. jdarts85 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:29 PM

    “Liberal agenda”?! What does this have to do with politics? Tell me one way this helps democrats, please I’d love to hear it.
    This is about race. Not political parties. I can’t stand when people make EVERYTHING about politics. Excuse me while I throw up.
    —————————————————————

    It’s not about politics necessarily, but it is about a political mindset. Who in this country has the mindset where they’re offended by almost anything and whine and complain endlessly until they get their way? Liberals.

    And liberals are democrats 99.9% of the time. That is how this issue pertains to politics. The off the reservation far left liberals are absolutely ridiculous.

  136. geniusesq says: Oct 19, 2013 12:29 PM

    This is unbelievably dumb. Hail to the Redskins.

  137. outtherebad says: Oct 19, 2013 12:41 PM

    I wish as much energy that is put behind the “redskins” name debate would actually be out towards helping the actual people you claim it offends. how do you argue a name but yet, keep all the policies in place to systemically degrade the group

  138. jimeejohnson says: Oct 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    Washington stinks.

  139. jucam1 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:45 PM

    I love how fired up the Washington Professional Football team fans that don’t want to change the name get. I love that this issue shows furthermore what a douche Snyder is. I love that we all know that this name will change soon because its now a huge issue. I love being a fan of a rival team and watching this all go down… Its hysterical!

  140. vgferenzi says: Oct 19, 2013 12:46 PM

    I fear for this country when people defend racism…and do so in the most ignorant ways possible.

    The same people who have voted the over liberal agendas into office in DC will defend using a racial slur as “liberal propaganda”

    It is not overly PC, and if you can’t tell the difference between naming a team after a specific warrior tribe of any ethnic group by using the proper name and naming a team after a racial slur you probably shouldn’t vote…or breed.

    Think of any other race, religion, ethnicity out there. Think of what their actual name is, now think of the slur associated with that group. Is it okay?

    We wouldn’t allow it for white, black, hispanic, asian, gay, christian, muslim, or nay other group. So what is it about the majority of people here that tells them it is okay to discriminate against this group?

  141. fground says: Oct 19, 2013 12:48 PM

    sweetnlow44 says:
    Oct 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    “Oh yes, fground is so sophisticated and such a brilliant scholar. anybody who doesn’t agree with his high brow opinions is obviously an inferior being. Everybody, stop thinking on your own and just agree with fground, because anything else would be preposterous. He’s right, you’re wrong. If you don’t agree, well hmphh, that’s because his intellect is far more advanced than yours, you simpleton.”

    Yes sweetnow44 anyone who defends the use of such a derogatory term is a less advanced human being. Just as anyone who believes in intolerance is a less advanced human being. Just as those who defended slavery and bigotry were less advanced human beings.

    I certainly accept your right to an opinion, but I sure as heck don’t have to respect it.

  142. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 19, 2013 12:51 PM

    I am a Cowboy fan and I am with the Redskin name all they. Crazy Bear needs to stop raping women on these reservations. This is more important than a name on a helmet.

  143. @Cereal_22 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:54 PM

    Washington fans, this is an excellent opportunity to change sides & join the classy successful franchise in Maryland.

  144. sullijo1 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:57 PM

    As an Irish American, I’m super offended by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Wait, never mind, I could care less.

    Why don’t you liberal democrat Obamas actually try to solve the real problems in Indian communities today? Like diabetes, alcoholism, poverty, domestic violence? No, that would take effort. We’d rather change a name – that will make the world a better place overnight!!!!

    Typical democrats.

  145. reporterofthetruth says: Oct 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    If the radio station is a private business, they have every right to censor what they choose.

  146. b3nz0z says: Oct 19, 2013 1:18 PM

    Allow me to offer an eloquent, well reasoned defense of the name: Liberal pc democrat liberal pc democrat liberal pc democrat Vikings fighting Irish liberal pc democrat Obama liberal.
    That’s about it.

  147. partmachine says: Oct 19, 2013 1:32 PM

    I do not believe the name is offensive but I do believe it should and will be changed. Snyder should do it sooner than later to own it instead of having to cower to the pressure.

    The real reason I want the name to change is because of all my idiot co-workers that last season was the beginning of a dynasty, the same ones that want RGIII benched this year.

  148. petedutcherjr says: Oct 19, 2013 2:13 PM

    You people need to back off on something. It’s not just the liberals wanting a change. Stop blaming them.

    Personally, I’m not a Washington fan. I’ve always called them the Washington Redskirts.

    But neither do I think they should be forced to change their name. Why? Because it is constitutionally wrong. This country has freedom of expression.

    Has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative. I know conservatives that want the name changed as well.

    I do not agree with them.

  149. lk6strings says: Oct 19, 2013 2:17 PM

    It is Un-American to believe that the owners of the station should not be able to choose what plays on their station. It’s a business decision and clearly those ads represent a minority view, so they are choosing not to lose business. Hail to the REDSKINS

  150. tigersfandan says: Oct 19, 2013 2:52 PM

    To the guy above who says defenders of the name are less advanced human beings:

    You’ve got a lot of nerve calling anything offensive.

  151. yetimonster says: Oct 19, 2013 2:54 PM

    Good!

  152. stoney18 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:54 PM

    Oklahoma is based on Choctaw Indian words which translate as “red people” … for what that is worth to anyone. Also, the Oneida are from New York State, so are they upset that the Washington Redskins are in the same division as the New York Giants? Let’s do some research and check on the political correctness of “GIANTS,” shall we? Where does this stuff end? Maybe their casinos are in financial trouble …. ?!?! I’m behind Dan Snyder on this one. (Did I just say that?)

  153. 1billsnation says: Oct 19, 2013 3:06 PM

    Original seems to have been deleted for some reason, but I will do my best impersonation of my last post :

    This is not about racism, nor is it about intolerance, it is about how foolish and uber politically correct our society has become. If you cannot disconnect a franchise’s name from a self image than there are deeper issues alone than the name of that franchise causing one to feel offended. The whole fact that we are having this discussion is complete buffoonery. The team’s fight song is HAIL TO THE REDSKINS. Is that not an honoring of sorts? The fact of the matter is they WANT race to be an issue, they WANT sexuality to be an issue, they WANT political party to be an issue, and they WANT these things to be an issue because a house divided cannot stand nor can a nation. It is the whole reason they put microphones in hand and cameras in front of these mindless dribblers that you see on almost every channel. Ridiculous. Delete, report, whatever. I’ll just repost again.

    Told you ;-)

  154. artvan15 says: Oct 19, 2013 3:10 PM

    I woke up this morning to realize that the Cowboys nickname offends me. The Indians were always massacared by the cowboys in movies. So this name now troubles me. I demand it be changed and so should every native American.

  155. datsanono says: Oct 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    Oklahoma literally means “red person”. Isn’t a state more important to change than a sports team. WEAK people are in control of our country right now…..REALLY WEAK!

  156. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 19, 2013 3:51 PM

    I fully support them. Kudos for having a spine!

  157. skinsfantom says: Oct 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    hail to the REDSKINS hail victory- braves on the warpath FIGHT for old dc….. EVEREEEEBOOODY hail to ………..REDSKINS 31 ‘DA bears 20 my ff team 7-0 HAIL!!!

  158. coachbeck says: Oct 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    Why does it matter who a private business chooses to sell their advertising space to?

    Thankfully someone isn’t giving in to the progressives who are trying to destroy us all.

    If I can find them on iheart I am listening to them.

  159. brandon54235 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:41 PM

    Its a free market the radio station can choose to sell anything they want and choose not to sell anything they want. What’s the problem here?

  160. therick5000 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    I think it is up for debate whether the name is offensive. I say that because many Native Americans have come out and given reasons why it’s not considered offensive. I have white skin. African Americans are black. Native Americans for some reason have been referred to as having red skin. The term kind of really doesn’t even make sense and can be considered archaic, not necessarily racist. The fact that we can say Redskins openly and on the airwaves shows that it’s not as derogatory as certain words that should never be uttered in any circumstance.

  161. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 5:02 PM

    This kinda makes me think that we should stop referring to black people as “black”. It may as well be “blackskins”, I don’t think it’s a reference to anything but the color of their skin. Same with “white” people. As a matter of fact, “Indians” is a misnomer applied by Europeans who hunted and murdered indigenous Americans like dogs, so we need to look at renaming the Cleveland Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation. It doesn’t really matter why the Indians owner or the Oneida tribe named their organizations as they did no more than it matters why the Redskins owner named his team the Redskins as I am sure that none of them intended to offend or slight anybody in any way. But if somebody’s offended, (even if they’re just pretending to be offended) apparently they have to change the name.

    However I hope you’re not being offended from land that was taken from indigenous Americans via genocide and forced displacement because that would be pretty hypocritical. And if you are in the United States, you are definitely standing on it.

  162. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    “I’m ok with Redskins. I don’t like the name Washington because he owned slaves”

    I don’t like the name because most politicians in DC want more slaves.

  163. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 5:14 PM

    “I find it amusing that people blame “PC liberals” when it’s an actual group of indians who sponsored the ad.”

    Sorry, but your “Dear Leader” has already weighed in with your opinion.

  164. iberiasaint says: Oct 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    Some black folks call other black folks the “N” word and that is not considered to be a racist comment. If a white person calls a black person that name, then its considered racist. My conclusion is that the “N” word is not racist because black people use it more than anyone else. Now have you ever heard a Native American call another Native American a redskin or a white or black person call a Native American a redskin? I have not and don’t view either word racist. Don’t you hate by attempt at twisted logic?

  165. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    iberiasaint says: Oct 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    Some black folks call other black folks the “N” word and that is not considered to be a racist comment. If a white person calls a black person that name, then its considered racist. My conclusion is that the “N” word is not racist because black people use it more than anyone else. Now have you ever heard a Native American call another Native American a redskin or a white or black person call a Native American a redskin? I have not and don’t view either word racist. Don’t you hate by attempt at twisted logic?
    ———

    Difference being that when White people refer to Black people — who have never had any power to oppress others — versus Black people referring to each other as the “N” word is that it perpetuates the erroneous belief of superiority. There is absolutely nothing that can be construed as endearing or colloquial when a White person refers to a Black person as the “N” word, whereas there is an understanding amongst Blacks, Puerto Ricans and a few others, and it is a different connotation. Why that is so difficult for White people to understand to this day is akin to the reason why many White people cannot understand that White privilege is real, and those same people who don’t understand the aforementioned connotation and deny that White privilege exists solely because they aren’t wealthy or profitable, when the reality is that when all else is equal and a situation comes down to them standing toe to toe with “minorities” when it comes to things such as crime, jobs, housing, etc., that they will be given the benefit of the doubt, whereas the “minorities” have to doubly prove themselves while beating back (mostly) unfounded negative stereotypes in the process. That is what White privilege does.

    This whole name thing with Washington is embarrassing, considering the “offended” aren’t even Native Americans, but people with guilt complexes and warped agendas because they have nothing better to do in life.

  166. 300pack says: Oct 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    Why don’t the PC crowd and their fake outrage just go somewhere else, the name should stay!

  167. pftaddict says: Oct 19, 2013 6:48 PM

    Decisions like this one are one of the reasons why I cannot stand listening to WJFK. The Redskins name is wrong and needs to be changed.

    They should take a cue from the Browns. Instead, of naming the team after the coach, they could name the team after the owner. The Washington Snyders. They could even keep the fight song but change it to Hail To Dan Snyder.

  168. notoriousjebus says: Oct 19, 2013 7:08 PM

    Really? The “r-word” now? I get that people may be offended by the term/name Redskin but do we really need to resort to speaking like children and say the r-word?

  169. deepfriedrabbit says: Oct 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    Redskins, Redskins, Redskins.

    Even if the secret agenda media and politically correct idiots in this world force this team to change their name, you can never force me to stop calling them the Redskins. They will forever be the Redskins and there is nothing anyone can do to change that.

  170. Dogsweat says: Oct 19, 2013 7:10 PM

    Washington Reddogs 2015!!!!

  171. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 7:15 PM

    Mr Wright, black people have oppressed and still oppress other black people. In fact there’s a lot of oppression within the black community based on color of skin. Around the world and throughout history, the black man’s #1 oppressor has been another black man. And it’s still true, it’s not white folks out there killing the vast majority of the several thousand black Americans that are killed every year. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 93% of those homicides are committed by other black people.

    And it’s not just the “N” word. During the Trayvon Martin trial, it was argued that it’s ok for he and Rachel Jenteal to use racially-charged words like “cracker” because that’s just how they talk. You can talk about white privilege all you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that it works both ways and that’s a good example. Bush had one thing right, it’s “the soft bigotry of lowered expectations”. If you’re unsatisfied with the level of discourse, lift yours up before you ask someone else to lift their’s.

  172. papichulo55 says: Oct 19, 2013 7:16 PM

    Enough with the private property logic, already. Sure, Mr. Snyder owns the team, and the stadium, which is the largest regular season venue in the league. But he doesnt own Exit 16 on Interstate 495, The Beltway. The taxpayers of Maryland built that exit specifically to accomodate that ‘privately owned’ business. In fact, there are reports that Mr. Snyder is looking to move closer to the city. And just like the late Jack Kent Cooke, he is schmoozing with local politicians for help. He has zero chance of getting any help moving the team, while keeping that name. None. Mr. Snyder is a world-class business man who will change the name when it becomes good for business. Caving too early only weakens his position. The name will change, bet on it.

  173. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 7:59 PM

    “I, for one, will be calling anyone who chooses to advertise with such a racist station, and promising to no longer use there products, or services.”

    I’ll buy three of each. You’re broke, anyway.

  174. bluebongzilla says: Oct 19, 2013 8:01 PM

    “Besides, why turn down the primary source of revenue for terrestrial radio stations? The Redskins can buy ads, too, and the ongoing discourse could end up generating plenty of money for the stations. There’s no reason to say “no” to those opportunities.”

    Money’s not everything, Mike.

  175. riggo44rg3 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:18 PM

    I would find it more insulting to be called an Indian. How would you like to be given a name based on some moron explorer who thought he landed in India? Sure, the word Redskin was used by some, not all, not even a majority of people as a derogatory term. The word “Cracker” is used as a derogatory term by a group of people, not a large group or even a majority but, probably a larger group than those who have used the term Redskin. I don’t see Frito Lay, Nabisco or Sunshine brands under pressure to change the name of this snack food category. I, for one, am extremely offended every time I walk down the cookie aisle at the grocery store, on top of that these products probably lead to diabetes and cancer. I can’t say that about singing “Hail to the Redskins”.

    So, Redskin is offensive because it describes a race of people by the color of their skin…
    What about a state whose name is derived on a similar basis?

    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma from Choctaw, lit. “red people,” from okla “nation, people” + homma “red.” Coined by Choctaw scholar Allen Wright, later principal chief of the Choctaw Nation, and first used in the Choctaw-Chickasaw treaty of April 28, 1866.

  176. nofunleague says: Oct 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    Some more education for you babies.
    The term is most prominent in the name of the Washington Redskins, a National Football League football team. The team was founded in 1932 and was originally known as the Boston Braves, for their landlords, the baseball team called the Boston Braves. In 1933 the name was changed to the synonymous Boston Redskins when the team left Braves Field for Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Some accounts state that the name “Redskins” was chosen to honor the team’s coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz, who began coaching in 1933, and whose mother was allegedly Sioux. In 1937 the team moved and joining Capitol Hill as the second football team of Washington, D.C., became the Washington Redskins.[41]

  177. sailbum7 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:44 PM

    If people would only do some research they would learn that a survey was done recently of Native Americans and over 75% had absolutely no issue with the team being named the Redskins. This is over 75% of Native Americans that have no issue with the name. Many of them even feel the team name honors them. They did not see it as a slur in any way. The team has had this name for 80 years. The only reason it has become an issue now is because some idiots needed a cause to try and make a name for themselves. This political correctness nonsense needs to end. I can find people who will take offense at just about any name you can come up with. There are people who take offense at the name Dolphins because after all, Dolphins are beautiful, peaceful creatures and football is a violent sport. There are people that take offense at the Cleveland Indians since the term Indian is not the politically correct term, it should be Native Americans. But then some people would still have a problem with that name because the team members are not Native Americans. I am just using these to illustrate the complete absurdity of this issue. When an overwhelming majoity of the people the name is supposed to offend have no problem with it, and even like it, the time has come to tell this whiney minority to go away. You will never make everyone happy so having an overwhelming majority behind you is more than enough.

  178. voight444 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:48 PM

    The Washington Redskins is not a government agency and it’s not a public company.the liberals and the Indians can complain all they want but this is a private business and the owner has the right to name his business what he wants. Let me explain. John Doe has a private family grocery store. He names it the redskins grocery and has a picture of an Indian above the door. what,is the liberal finatics and the Indians gonna do. boycott with pickets…that is their right as long as they are peaceful, do not harm their customers or keep them from going in now.

    Can the govt shut him down? NO…. Can suppliers stop selling goods to the store to support the picketers.yes..can customers not come in to support the Indians??yes….what I ask getting at, the store will keep its name unless it makes no sense to do so if his business is suffering.

    bottom line, Daniel Snyder can do what he wants……it’s his business and this is not Russia or Red China….this is the United States of America….and the last time I checked we are a free country. ..at least for now. The Indians can quit whining and the liberals can go find another politically correct issue you can play with. this is one that is not going to change…..deal with it….and shut up already…..

  179. 2guru4u says: Oct 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    Since when did our country become so horribly politically correct that it is okay to run a hate campaign against a privately owned organization because of a name that they have had for decades? You can only be offended by something if you CHOOSE to let it offend you. And it is despicable how the liberal media repeatedly pounds their opinionated nonsense into the heads of the American people over something they have no business in. The name was never meant to slander anyone. The “Redskin” mascot should be a tribute, if anything, to Native Americans. Leave it alone, CHOOSE to not let it offend you (because it was never supposed to in the first place), and let’s get back to football folks.

  180. voight444 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:23 PM

    if one tribe pis offended and 5 others are not, do we have to be PC and change the name for the minority….for the one tribe?

  181. httr44 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:29 PM

    dont change the Redskins name, change the definition in the dictionary to read “professional NFL team representing the nations Capitol”
    because THAT is the only thing that word means to anybody in this day and age.

    REDSKINS
    REDSKINS
    REDSKINS

  182. beaverdam21 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:14 AM

    It wasn’t that long ago when the Braves moved to Atlanta that Chief Noka Homa came out of his teepee in centerfield and did a dance after a home run. I thought it was kind of fun, and I think George McGovern would have made a good President.

  183. therealsmiley says: Oct 20, 2013 7:57 AM

    I’m a liberal and 30 year Redskins fan. Never! Hail!!

  184. subliminalsteeler says: Oct 20, 2013 8:19 AM

    Great job!!! Good decision to not take the ads. Who wants to be caught in the middle of this dumb debate??

    Maybe all 7 people of the Oneida nation can focus on tee pees, gambling and peyote once they understand that nobody finds it offensive.

  185. aoc57 says: Oct 20, 2013 5:39 PM

    And we wonder whether the decision not to run the ads will now become one of the topics debated by the on-air employees at WJFK and WPGC.

    You mean YOU HOPE it’s debated by the on-air employees.

    Why don’t you talk about how Oneida Nation sponsors the Green Bay Packers and how that, in our perspective, was more than likely the reason that the Packers G.M. decided to go to bat for the changing of the name rather than some moral obligation?

  186. aoc57 says: Oct 20, 2013 5:42 PM

    Or how in April the renovations from “The PACKERS money, not the public’s” was used to complete renovations to the Oneida Nation Gate at Lambeau Field…..

    …you don’t think “the Packers’ money” comes from their business partnership with Oneida Nation….do you?

  187. gfcf42489 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    Lots of hypocrisy from the left and the mainstream media on this one. They’ll happily promote their idea of “progress” by drilling it in our minds to change the Redskins name, but they blatantly ignore things like high gas prices, drone strikes/wars, spying programs, jobs, etc. All the stuff they criticized George W. Bush for, but are giving Obama a free pass for not doing simply because he’s a Democrat.

  188. rasta028 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:11 AM

    Way to go and tell Onieda to p_iss off guys. Love it! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS FOR LIFE!
    SCREW YOU HATERS!

  189. shawnhatesthejags says: Oct 21, 2013 9:20 AM

    i’d be more offended that the name had “washington” in it than “redskins”

  190. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    Watching the tailgate parties before the Redskins game, one would think the symbol for the team was the Confederate flag.

  191. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 2:28 AM

    Ray Halbritter is trying to shakedown The Redskins/Dan Snyder into building a new casino for him and his “his people” he claims to represent. Dig deeper and look at the bigger picture folks. It’s all about the $$$ and Halbritter is trying to use these shakedown tactics on Dan Snyder (using fake outrage as a way to put pressure him into it). It’s all about the MONEY, it always has been.

    Halbritter “We will not be silent mascots”. I think he meant to say “We will not be UNPAID mascots”. He wants MONEY, pure and simple or Dan Snyder to build his next casino for him (or make him a partner in a new casino). His tribe has already secured 25,000 acres of additional land to do just such. It’s very similar to the deal Florida State made with the Seminole Tribe in Florida. Get them on the payroll and the “outrage” will magically vanish. It’s way deeper than just the name folks, get educated.

  192. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 4:30 AM

    President Barack Obama has involved himself in the “trivial” campaign to change the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins while ignoring 11 Virginia tribes who are currently living without the health, educational and religious benefits that come with federal recognition, according to the chief of one of Virginia’s most storied Indian tribes.

    Obama recently said that if he was the owner of the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team’s name, lending credibility to an effort by Indian activist and Obama fundraiser guest Ray Halbritter to pressure the NFL and Redskins owner Dan Snyder to pick a more politically correct team name.

    “President Obama made the statement that he thought the name ‘Redskins’ was an offensive, but I would debate him on the issue. I don’t find the name offensive,” Walt “Redhawk” Brown, chief of the Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribe in Virginia, told The Daily Caller.

    “What I find offensive is there are 11 tribes in Virginia and he has not done anything to get those tribes federally recognized,” Brown said. “The Redskins issue is trivial.”

    The issue of federal recognition, according to Brown, is not trivial.

    “There are 11 tribes state recognized by state of Virginia, but none that are federally recognized. President Obama has been working with with tribes out west, which are federally recognized, and there are tribes up north that are federally recognized. But none in Virginia.”

    “We were the first ones to have contact with colonials. If not for us, colonials would have died out,” Brown said.

    “There are education benefits and health benefits” that only come with federal recognition, Brown said, as well as religious customs that are only permitted among federally recognized tribes.

    “Eagle feathers are used for ceremonial purposes. If you’re not federally recognized, you don’t have the authorization to use eagle feathers. You’re taking away my culture. You’re telling me I can’t use them for religious purposes. These traditions are very important,” Brown said. ”I don’t like my history being taken away.”

    Brown said there is no question that the White House is aware of Virginia tribes’ federal recognition problem.

    “In 2002, we filed a letter of intent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior. There are only three ways to be federally recognized: by Congress, by the Secretary of the Interior, or in the federal court system,” Brown said. “The political entity of Virginia, in its early racist attitude, took a lot of our culture and ethnicity away from us. Federal recognition is very important to us. This is what my president should be concentrating on.”

    Brown noted that the Oneida tribe, led by anti-Washington Redskins activist Ray Halbritter, has federal recognition while Brown’s Cheroenhaka Nottoway people do not.

    Halbritter attended a January 27, 2012 fundraiser with President Obama in Washington, D.C. with 70 Indian leaders. The $15,000 to $35,800 fundraiser raised up to $2.5 million for Obama’s re-election efforts.

    “The president was most gracious and kind in his remarks,” Halbritter said after the event to a media network owned by his nation’s company, noting that Obama is doing more to reach out to Indian tribes than any president in his experience.

    As for the Redskins name change issue, Brown is frustrated by the attention it’s been getting.

    “The name is referring to the players on the team who come from all nationalities, and I think they would take pride in being called Redskins.”

    The Cheroenhaka Nottoway tribe operates a replica 17th century village in Courtland, Virginia that teaches schoolchildren the customs, music, traditions and native Iroquoian language identical to those chronicled by John Wood in 1820.

    The White House did not return a request for comment.

  193. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 4:51 AM

    This guy Ray Halbritter is a complete and total fraud. I just did a ton of research about him most of his own tribe can’t even stand him. He is using this fake outrage against the Redskins to deflect negative attention away from himself and his own problems with his tribe. This guy got super rich off his huge casino, gas stations, cigarettes, motels and his other businesses (lots of them and pays his workers an avg of only $16,000 a year). He tried to save face by giving most of his employees a whooping one time $1,100 bonus. Now he is trying to seem like he “cares” and is helping his “people”. Trying to craft an image of positivity in the Media as a good guy and defender of the Native Americans. All he really cares about is MONEY and lots of it. He even evicted his own aunt out of her home on the reservation along with countless others. He has powerful ties in Washington including President Obama as he raised millions for his re-election. When the Washington Post came to interview him and take a tour of the Reservation he strictly monitored the visit and wouldn’t let any reporters talk to other tribal members or even get out of their cars. He had a 10 minute phone interview with them that was monitored by a damage control team making sure nothing bad was said to the paper. Wow, do some research and read for yourselves about this man, what a total fraud. This is so much deeper than just the team name. He’s all about the $$$.

  194. asmodeus1971 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:07 PM

    First, I am part Cherokee and not offended by Washington Redskins whatsoever. Just kind of foolish. Just because a word describes a characteristic of a certain group of people does not make it a racial slur. Many native tribes do have reddish colored skin. So what?

    To those trying to tie this into a politically debate, please get a life. I am liberal leaning, registered Democrat and I think this is plain stupid. The liberals who argue about these “Political Correct” things are extremist for the mostly part like Tea Party people are in the Republican/Conservative side.

    I saw someone mention Oklahoma and said it meant Redskins. Not exactly right but not far off, Oklahoma’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people”. It is just as much a racial slur as “Redskins” so when are people going to protest that Oklahoma needs to change its name?

  195. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 6:49 PM

    “anti-redskins-campaigner-runs-abusive-tribal-government-oneida-members-say” Ray Halbritter’s own tribe can’t stand him, go read all about this guy and the true essence of his “outrage” over the Redskins. It’s all about the $$$ and disguised as “outrage”.

  196. duece5 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:09 PM

    Mike…..in the words of the 4 letter…..C’MON MAN!

    The stations don’t want to further alienate their customers whom many are redskins fans, whom a vast majority, do NOT want the name changed and believe it is not a racial slur.

    It is pretty easy to understand why they wouldn’t want to play it.

    It’s not about the $$ from the ads, it’s about the outraged fans listening……pretty simple stuff.

    Sometimes, the liberal mind makes you actually think that the majority is for this……LOOK AT THE POSTS Mike.

    They are overwhelmingly against the pc crowd, and believe a name change is unwarranted.

    I personally am quite pleased to see all the likes on this subject that believe it is not a racial slur, and believe Snyder shouldn’t be bullied into changing the name.

    Strike one for the conservatives……put it on the board……yes!!!

  197. oldbyrd says: Oct 23, 2013 9:26 AM

    Finally the leftist smackos get it where the sun don’t shine. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS AND MR. SNYDER

  198. stevent92 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:50 PM

    Where is it written that people have the right to live without being “offended”?

  199. operations666 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:38 PM

    A question for all those “offended” (you’re not really offended, of course) by the name Redskins –

    Outside of the context of the NFL football team Redskins, how many times and in what context have you ever heard the term used? Be honest.

    I only ever heard it in the Iron Maiden song “Run to the Hills” (“chasing the Redskins back to their holes”). Otherwise never ever heard or read anyone using it as a slur word.

    You know why? Because it never was.

  200. rg3andthensome says: Oct 25, 2013 10:00 AM

    THUMBS UP FOR THEM

    HAIL REDSKINS!!!

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