Redskins ask name supporters to lobby D.C. City Council

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Who needs expensive lobbyists when you have a rabid fan base who will do it for free?

With the D.C. City Council poised to re-issue a 12-year-old resolution urging the Washington Redskins to change their name, the Redskins have mobilized fans to contact D.C. City Council to share their views.

Via Mike Debonis of the Washington Post, an email sent Monday from the team urges fans living in D.C. to contact lawmakers and explain the support for the name.

“On Tuesday, the DC City Council will be discussing the Redskins name,” the team said in the email.  “As a resident of DC and a constituent, we encourage you to share with your DC City Councilmembers what #RedskinsPride means to you, your family and friends.  Let the DC City Council hear from you directly:  call, fax, email, or tweet your opinion directly to the councilmembers.  Please forward this to other DC Redskins fans so that they can have their voices heard as well.”

The email points out that the D.C. City Council has no authority to force a name change.  Still, the Redskins apparently believe it makes sense to try to block the non-binding effort, even though D.C. City Council passed the same resolution in 2001.

The fact that the Redskins saw fit to engage the opponents of the name in this specific setting suggests that the team is becoming concerned about the ongoing opposition to the name — and about the potential resolution urging the team to change the name.

There’s another more subtle problem with the team’s effort to lobby members of D.C. City Council.  Asking the fans to contact their lawmakers necessarily give credence to what those lawmakers decide to do.  Instead of ignoring a body that has no jurisdiction over the matter, the Redskins are giving that body credibility by playing the normal political game of asking supporters to voice said support.

As a practical matter, it then becomes harder in the aftermath of the resolution that the Redskins tried unsuccessfully to influence for the team to say, “We don’t care what they say about it.”

Obviously, the team does.

60 responses to “Redskins ask name supporters to lobby D.C. City Council

  1. Do they expect the team to change the name, come up with a new name, color scheme, change the entire locker room, all the decals, etc, directly in the middle of the season?

  2. Why doesnt PFT post a poll to see if people find the name offensive?? Could it be that it would expose the fact that despite their best effort, they can’t convince people to be offended to something thats not offensive??

  3. Can I petition the city council to start working on problems that actually matter? It’s a sports team name, it’s not important. DC has real problems to fix.

  4. Yes, agreed – #RedskinsFOREVER — #RedskinsFOREVERinLASTplace
    #RedskinsFOREVERnotRELEVANTinNFC
    #RedskinsFOREVERaRACIALslur
    #RedskinsFOREVERsuck

  5. It shows they’re concerned? I think the opposite, if a billion dollar company says we’ll let our fans do our talking, it shows to me they couldn’t be less concerned.

    Go Redskins!

  6. Asking might not get enough support, they should calculate the market rate to buy a soul nowadays and toss out some bribes. It doesn’t matter what the cause is if you aren’t able to recruit enough troops and be willing to pay them wages along with support for rations and weaponry. You either budget for a battle appropriately or maybe you should be looking at a more diplomatic solution.

    Especially when your General is somewhat suspect in performance both on and off the field. Dan Snyder is no Nobunaga. Maybe he should save some his reserves to defend from the inevitable uprising of the people.

  7. Keep it up D.C. and the name will surely get changed …

    “City X in Virginia Redskins”

    They already play in MD and call Ashburn home…

  8. truthfactory says:
    Nov 5, 2013 1:19 PM
    Why doesnt PFT post a poll to see if people find the name offensive?? Could it be that it would expose the fact that despite their best effort, they can’t convince people to be offended to something thats not offensive??

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    This would be a great idea. I think they’re scared to do it, because we all know what the MAJORITY would vote.

    NEVER.

  9. In the interests of fairness, I think the media, the government, and all parties involved, etc. , should give just as much face-time, air time and coverage to the many, many, many supporters of the name as they do the few who oppose the name. It’s easy to make it seem like there’s a “rising tide of opposition” when the only people who are given a mic or put in front of a camera to air their views are those in the small minority who oppose the name. Half the truth is no truth at all.

  10. Right is right. It doesn’t matter if a majority of people support something or not. In the early 1900’s a majority of Americans thought women shouldn’t have the right to vote. Did that make them right? No, they were wrong and eventually righteousness prevailed. Washington’s team name is a slur. Arguing that the name “reds**ns” is not a slur is similar to arguing that the world is flat.

  11. Neither the stadium nor the practice facility are located within DC. It would be hilarious if the City Council insisted they stop using the name Washington, and to leave them out of all future debates and arguments.

  12. So sick of hearing about this. I wish Snyder would go ahead and change the name to something like “Redskens”, so everyone involved can be equally unhappy.

  13. It really doesn’t matter, though. What if council decides the team name is fine? Will you and the rest of the sports media drop this? Or will you all attempt to pretend it didn’t matter after the fact just as you are expecting Snyder to do?

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 5, 2013 1:28 PM
    Especially when your General is somewhat suspect in performance both on and off the field. Dan Snyder is no Nobunaga. Maybe he should save some his reserves to defend from the inevitable uprising of the people.

    LOL. Thanks for the absurd comment.

  15. @seattlecoug:

    Washington Redskins: 5 NFL Championships.

    Seattle Seahawks: 0 NFL Championships.

    I know it’s been a long time since the Redskins have won a championship, but since the Seahawks came into existence, the Redskins have won three. How many have the Seahawks won again?

    Seattle Seahawks: 37 years and nothing to show for it.

  16. I am not a Redskins fan but I am an American who supports the 1st amendment, so I support the Redskins right to keep their name. Stay strong Mr. Snyder, it is your inalienable right! Hail to the Redskins!

  17. Note that the author doesn’t want to give nearly as much credence to the side that overwhelmingly wants the team to stay the ‘Redskins’ , but has given all sorts of love to those supporting the change. The only people Dan Snyder should care about are those supporting his business, like season ticket holders, sponsors, etc. In my town ( hint: same division as Redskins), there was a cheesesteak place called Chink’s in a middle class section of the city, named after the founder since 1949 ( everyone called him Chink). Well, an employee that had worked for him since the 70’s finally bought the place after he died and kept it as Chink’s for years until the usual yahoos starting making a big deal out of the name. Nobody that lived in the neighborhood and bought the cheesesteaks had a problem with it though, it was all outsiders. Well, after a few years of pressure , he changed it to Joe’s ( his name) and has lost almost half of his business because people from his own neighborhood were offended that he changed it just appease the PC crowd. There’s a moral there for Snyder: Do what’s best for you, and that is what the people that pay money to see the Redskins want. And we all know what that is.

  18. Well, at least the City Council will then have a record of all the residents that still live in the racist past.

  19. as a D.C. resident I’ll be emailing my council member urging him to reissue the resolution to change the name. Enough is enough. The Washington football club (see what I did there) plays in Landover Md anyways.

  20. Instead of going after the “Redskins” in the name, we as Americans need to go after the real offensive word in the name and address the real problem here…..”Washington”.

  21. “The fact that the Redskins saw fit to engage the opponents of the name in this specific setting suggests that the team is becoming concerned about the ongoing opposition to the name.”

    Sorry but that is not at all what it suggests.

  22. You’re way overthinking this Florio. The Redskins sent an email. That’s it. You’ll probably see a tweet go out too. This is exactly what social media is for.

    The Redskins know that the only info out there right now are the many PFT stories spreading the Oneida lies about what the nickname means. By sending this one email, the Redskins know that a very loyal fanbase will show up and demand their Council explain not only why they are wasting time on this absurd topic, but also educate them about the history of the name.

    Honestly what will be the most interesting part of all of this nonsense is how the media will cover the meeting. How will they be able to spin it if a bunch Native Americans show up in Redskins gear and tell the Council to mind their own business and get back to real work?

  23. @logicalvoicesays
    I’ll be there Dan. No one will change our name. Period. #RedskinsFOREVER

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    The most sensible thing you’ve posted on PFT…..ever!

  24. If the Redskins feel they are honoring American-Indians through the name, I think it would be a slap in the face to banish the name. They should just get on with it. Banish anything native American.

    Forget considering Blackhawks either because they will somehow link that to American-Indians again. Be creative. Put it to a public vote. Do it after the 2016 election if this is a *issing contest. But use paper ballot.

  25. Regardless of who feels whichever way, in 2 maybe three years max., the name will be changed…almost a guarantee. That’s just the way it is.

  26. How many Giants and Jets fans do we have complaining that the stadium is not in Washington? How about Cowboys fans? Bills Fans?

  27. Is this the same DC City Council which has the Honorable Marian Barry (joke) who was caught on camera smokin the dope and with a prostitute. I wonder if you can youtube the video. Haha.

  28. DC city council should do away with their crooked photo radar racket which brings discredit to their city and not insult The Redskins, one of the few things that puts a positive light on that otherwise sorry place. Even though the team with the wonderful name does not play inside their city limits

  29. Isn’t PFT part of NBC, which in turn pays millions of dollars to the NFL who has the Washington Redskins as one of it’s entities.
    I think PFT should drop the NFL because they are giving and receiving funds indirectly from the Washington Redskins.
    Pro Football Talk should just be about the Canadian Football League or the other Futbol.
    I’m just using logic.

  30. steaderic says: Nov 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    You’re way overthinking this Florio. The Redskins sent an email. That’s it. You’ll probably see a tweet go out too. This is exactly what social media is for.

    The Redskins know that the only info out there right now are the many PFT stories spreading the Oneida lies about what the nickname means. By sending this one email, the Redskins know that a very loyal fanbase will show up and demand their Council explain not only why they are wasting time on this absurd topic, but also educate them about the history of the name.

    Honestly what will be the most interesting part of all of this nonsense is how the media will cover the meeting. How will they be able to spin it if a bunch Native Americans show up in Redskins gear and tell the Council to mind their own business and get back to real work?

    duece5 says;

    Well said steaderic!!!

    Maybe Bob Costas will be there to inform the Native Americans that support the name that they are wrong and should be offended!!!!

  31. One of former VA Gov Wilder’s many screwups was not getting the Redskins to Virginia after he traded the state’s RF&P Railroad stock for Potomac Yards, were he wanted a stadium. He lost the dividends, the Redskins and the many railroad jobs went to other states.

  32. It is just wrong, period. It doesn’t matter if you find it offensive or not, it probably doesn’t even matter if you are an American Indian who isn’t offended. Get on the right side of history, or join the ranks of the KKK, the slave traders, and the McCarthy witch hunts.

  33. There is no universal “right”. Everyone has a different definition of what’s right and what’s wrong. Anyone who feels that everything should be decided on the basis of what they or any other tiny segment of the population feels is “right” should also be prepared to let .001% of the country’s population elect the next president or enact all of our laws. The ability for each of us to have a say and then let the majority opinion– whatever it may be–rule is the essence of democracy. I’m not an overly patriotic guy but even I know that’s what makes this country great.

  34. The DC City Counsel does have jurisdiction over building a new stadium for the Skins either on the current site of RFK, or elsewhere inside the DC city limits.

    That might have something to do with this besides giving credibility to a city counsel for no reason…

  35. I’m a Cowboys fan, even though i don’t like the team, I want them to keep there name. to me playing the Redskins wouldn’t be the same if they changed it to anything else.

  36. Outside of them playing the Cowboys, this is probably the only time I will root for the Redskins so I’ll say it: GO REDSKINS!

  37. aa1829 says:
    Nov 5, 2013 2:42 PM
    “It is just wrong, period. It doesn’t matter if you find it offensive or not, it probably doesn’t even matter if you are an American Indian who isn’t offended. Get on the right side of history, or join the ranks of the KKK, the slave traders, and the McCarthy witch hunts.”

    Actually aa1829, you are the one who is wrong. Please do yourself a favor and read I Am A Red Skin by Ives Goddard, senior linguist at the Smithsonian. Just because the name Redskins has the word skin and the name of a color in it, does not automatically make it about race. Or do you really believe Native Americans have red skin?

    I do appreciate the irony of your mention of the McCarthy witch hunts though.

  38. Those who are still stuck in the middle of the last century should get used to a name change. It WILL happen just as it has with numerous other high school and college teams that used bigoted team names. Time to EVOLVE!

  39. So I still don’t get what exactly is suppose to be offensive and racist about the logo or the name???? And if one had any common sense and listened to the team fight song it surely doesn’t sound like it’s racist…and let’s be truthful here Native Americans are not red skinned they were only that way when they put on the war paint and were Braves on the Warpath. Now I’m part Native American and have 100% Native American neighbors and truthfully we are about the same complexion neither of us red skinned as a matter of fact after a discussion with said neighbors and find the argument that it’s racist and offensive crazy….to the DC Council work at cleaning up all the corruption in the city government and not worry about the name of the Redskins!

  40. If the team changes it’s name and stays in Washington DC, I suggest they change their name to the Washington Bureaucrats. They could use a burro as their mascot. They would really fit in.

  41. I think it would be funny if Snyder and co told everyone that they see the need for the name change and hold a huge press conference and tell them that the teams’ name from now on will be the DC Redskinks since the city called Washington offends so many of us!!!

  42. When one side works to shout down another side that side has lost the moral high ground… deletion of a unemotional, rationed, and reasonable comment is the ultimate shout down.

  43. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 5, 2013 1:28 PM

    Asking might not get enough support, they should calculate the market rate to buy a soul nowadays and toss out some bribes. It doesn’t matter what the cause is if you aren’t able to recruit enough troops and be willing to pay them wages along with support for rations and weaponry. You either budget for a battle appropriately or maybe you should be looking at a more diplomatic solution.

    Especially when your General is somewhat suspect in performance both on and off the field. Dan Snyder is no Nobunaga. Maybe he should save some his reserves to defend from the inevitable uprising of the people.
    ———————————————————————
    Except there is no “uprising of the people” and this is not 16th century Japan.
    You can go back to teaching yourself feudal Japanese culture (and language) by watching re-runs of “Shogun”, now.

  44. You guys really need to get over Bob Coastas’ opinion — it really is devoid of any merit. After all this is the guy that worshiped and named his kid after, and in honor of, a misogynist.

    That alone disqualifies his opinions about what is a good name, nick name, business name, etc.

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