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Native American leaders speak out against Redskins name

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When opposition to the Redskins name first intensified earlier this year, supporters of the name pointed out that Native Americans aren’t offended by it.  When Oneida Indian Nation became one of the loudest voices arguing for change, supporters of the name pointed out that Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter isn’t a real Native American.  (The federal courts have concluded that he is.)

Now, the National Congress of American Indians has joined in the opposition, issuing a video that consists of leaders from seven different tribes:  Cathy Abramson, Councilmember, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Al Goozmer, President, Tyonek Native Village of Alaska; Brian Cladoosby, Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and President, NCAI; Edwina Butler Wolfe, Governor, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Leander McDonald, Tribal Chairman, Spirit Lake Tribe; Dennis Welsh, Chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes; Candace Bossard, Councilmember, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

We’ll now wait for the supporters of the name to suggest that one or more of these people aren’t real Native Americans, or that the name shouldn’t be changed until all or most Native Americans say that they are offended by the term.

Or maybe until the team trots out some more World War II code talkers for a contrived in-game honor.

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  1. dietrich43 says: Nov 27, 2013 2:57 PM

    I think that Snyder is waiting until all his Redskins gear is cleared out of the warehouse, and then he’ll change the name and rake in the money as all the fans go buy it all again.

  2. primenumber19 says: Nov 27, 2013 2:57 PM

    The momentum to change the name is building

  3. getyourownname says: Nov 27, 2013 2:59 PM

    As long as they don’t enlist Elizabeth Warren as spokesperson.

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 27, 2013 3:00 PM

    Game Over

  5. azarkhan says: Nov 27, 2013 3:08 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. zeroxxcool says: Nov 27, 2013 3:10 PM

    Should change the name to the Washington Cavalry.

  7. patsbrat says: Nov 27, 2013 3:15 PM

    That is a pretty compelling video. But I wish the anti-Redskins name faction would suggest an alternative that would honor the legacy of their American Indian heritage.

  8. staffordsyear says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    Enjoy the name while you have it..

  9. hyprcaffeinated says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    hmm… as I read what the Federal Court says, my interpretation is that Halbritter is the legal representative of the Oneida tribe. NOT that he’s actually Native American? Or am I missing something. I know a used car salesman when I see one.

  10. sb139422 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    Get a job! Go spend time with your family! Take a walk, a hike, a swim. Fly a kite, go fishing, bowling, skating. Make a bar-b-q with your friends. How bored are you people?!?! Who has time for this crap? Grow up! You can’t wait 80 years and THEN start complaining about something. Besides, ask 1000 people what they associate with the word Redskins. Guaranteed at least 999 of them will mention football, not Native Americans. It’s not inherently derogatory or degrading when it’s used in a complementary form. The biggest proof of that is the N word. When African American’s use it with each other, it’s fine. The reason why it is fine is because one African American understands that the other African American is not using it to degrade him. Why is Redskins any different? The players are putting their bodies on the line under the Redskins flag, fighting for the pride of the name, the fans are cheering on their team screaming “Redskins!, Redskins!”, they are boasting to other fans the magnificence of the Redskins, they will attack anyone who degrades the team named Redskins, and you are taking offense at it? SHAME ON YOU! You know what? They SHOULD change the name. You don’t DESERVE to have a team named for you, to carry the pride of your people.

  11. elvis2013 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:18 PM

    That’s ballgame right there…

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 27, 2013 3:18 PM

    Nothing is going to change until his money gets shorter. It’d make more fans angry to change the name than to keep it.

    I’m sorry but that is always how racial change happens. The majority has to wake up and realize that they’re wrong.

    No one cares about the minority until it’s good for business.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    These leaders should send the video to Barack Obama and press him some more to update his comments. I’d put pressure on him to support the cause more aggressively or let him take the heat if he wants to continue to play things soft with Washington. Make it his problem, and hope he has a problem with that. Or he can go down as the President that was least sensitive to racism issues. These leaders thanked him for his weak comments in support of their cause, and that was the wrong choice. They need to call him out and ask him to be more specific about his opinions, and then urge him to do something about it unless he states it’s not an issue.

    If Washington doesn’t care, then why should Washington care? They already don’t, it’s built-in to their philosophy and position at this time. Somebody needs to break the plane. This is a job for a Leader.

  14. tvjules says: Nov 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    Go talk to someone who cares…
    Like Bob Costas.

  15. sactogary says: Nov 27, 2013 3:25 PM

    Well, that’s seven more tribes. When will we hear from the other 558 of the 566 officially recognized tribes?

    I am not a mascot … but, I have ancestors who were cowpokes and Scandinavians, and I am proud to have two NFL teams named in their honor.

  16. ampats says: Nov 27, 2013 3:30 PM

    Hail to the REDSKINS !!

  17. bamafan63 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:41 PM

    why don’t they figure a way to protest all the team mascots they disagree with instead of just this one?
    lifelong redskins fan here,but when the majority of all the indian tribes in this country do not have a problem with the name,how does the minority win?
    They Don’t! and the state of oklahoma’s name is just as offensive as redskins is,but why the hell ain’t that
    being protested against when that name has been around a lot longer? I Am so sick of everything being turned into a political question when it simply is! and why don’t you ask those resevations if the name is so offensive,why is the redskins name a mascot amongst the hish schools on indian reservations?
    Hypocrisy at it’s greatest!

  18. dolphin80 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:43 PM

    I agree with our Native American population—I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.
    One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors, but nay nay….

    We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

    Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

    The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. Offensive to us white folk.

    The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war between the states that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

    Besides, the South shall rise again!!

    I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our football team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. The fact that there are birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis Cardinals—gone!

    Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as their way of life. We are talking the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

    Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children—and it is all about the children.

    The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams–promote gay men. Wrong message to our children.

    The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity–a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

    The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

    The Milwaukee Brewers—well, that goes without saying…. Wrong message to our children.

    So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. A high priority directly behind efficiently managing our country’s health care.

  19. loyalraven says: Nov 27, 2013 3:44 PM

    @sb139422,

    So ur argument for it not being a derogatory racial slur – is that the word “redskins” is exactly like the “N-word”…riigghhtt, ok well I guess that should settle it then!

  20. briang123 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    With Obama expressing support for the name change and with his clout, I expect the team to change its name right before the 2016 Chicago Olympics.

  21. asimonetti88 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:47 PM

    A contrived in-game honor? The link you provided says they were honored by the US Congress a few weeks ago. I guess the Congress is conspiring to keep the Redskins name too?

    Although with this current Congress, nothing can be ruled out.

  22. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    sb139422 says:
    Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM
    Get a job! Go spend time with your family! Take a walk, a hike, a swim. Fly a kite, go fishing, bowling, skating. Make a bar-b-q with your friends. How bored are you people?!?! Who has time for this crap? Grow up! You can’t wait 80 years and THEN start complaining about something. Besides, ask 1000 people what they associate with the word Redskins. Guaranteed at least 999 of them will mention football, not Native Americans. It’s not inherently derogatory or degrading when it’s used in a complementary form. The biggest proof of that is the N word. When African American’s use it with each other, it’s fine. The reason why it is fine is because one African American understands that the other African American is not using it to degrade him. Why is Redskins any different? The players are putting their bodies on the line under the Redskins flag, fighting for the pride of the name, the fans are cheering on their team screaming “Redskins!, Redskins!”, they are boasting to other fans the magnificence of the Redskins, they will attack anyone who degrades the team named Redskins, and you are taking offense at it? SHAME ON YOU! You know what? They SHOULD change the name. You don’t DESERVE to have a team named for you, to carry the pride of your people.

    ______________________

    I’m glad you can speak for everyone. I’m African-
    American and I don’t find the n-word, used by anyone, to be complementary…at all. I hate when people chose to decide how I feel for me.

    You really think that after all this time Native Americans didn’t find this offensive or were they just putting their feelings aside because it was to big of a task to overcome to attack a big corporation like the NFL and this ball club. Now that they seem to have people’s attention, they’re feeding off the momentum to get their voices heard. Slavery went on for hundreds of years. Just because all of sudden there was a big push to end it, doesn’t mean people weren’t happy with it.

    Get a clue please and stop telling people how they should feel about their heritage.

  23. gquesen says: Nov 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Some of you refuse to consider the other side of the argument. The author correctly predicted some would react by noting the number tribes protesting, or lack thereof. Just as some African Americans turned a blind eye to racial prejudice in the 20th century, so to are some Native Americans regarding this issue in the 21st. Eventually, society recognized the actions of a brave few African Americans (Freedom Riders, Sit-in movement, etc.). I see that pattern repeating itself in regards to this issue, although the historical ramifications are clearly lessened.

  24. mayfieldroadboy says: Nov 27, 2013 3:49 PM

    Good grief! “We’re not redskins, we’re brown skins.,” to quore the lady governor or chief or council representative. Then why get so worked up over the name “redskins”? Or are you really worked up over the Cleveland “Browns”? Either way, I’ll bet if they had to make a choice whether to lose their tax-free casinos or take the name “redskins” from the team, all those in the video would be cheeering right along side the “lady hogs” in RFK stadium.

  25. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Nov 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    As a lifetime Dallas Cowboys fan, I am with our brothers in support of keeping the name the ‘God Bless You Mighty Redskins’. I don’t want history to be messed with. Go Skins, except when they play us. You guys rule!!

  26. souldogdave says: Nov 27, 2013 3:51 PM

    Codetalkers were Navajo, as am I. I don’t agree with R word = N word. This is a non-issue not worthy of the attention given to it. I loved the Stanford Indians, what does Jim Plunkett have to say?

  27. ravensfan48 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    sb139422 says:
    Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM
    Get a job! Go spend time with your family! Take a walk, a hike, a swim. Fly a kite, go fishing, bowling, skating. Make a bar-b-q with your friends. How bored are you people?!?! Who has time for this crap? Grow up! You can’t wait 80 years and THEN start complaining about something. Besides, ask 1000 people what they associate with the word Redskins. Guaranteed at least 999 of them will mention football, not Native Americans. It’s not inherently derogatory or degrading when it’s used in a complementary form. The biggest proof of that is the N word. When African American’s use it with each other, it’s fine. The reason why it is fine is because one African American understands that the other African American is not using it to degrade him. Why is Redskins any different? The players are putting their bodies on the line under the Redskins flag, fighting for the pride of the name, the fans are cheering on their team screaming “Redskins!, Redskins!”, they are boasting to other fans the magnificence of the Redskins, they will attack anyone who degrades the team named Redskins, and you are taking offense at it? SHAME ON YOU! You know what? They SHOULD change the name. You don’t DESERVE to have a team named for you, to carry the pride of your people.

    ============================
    The reason some African Americans don’t mind another African American using the N word is because they are also African American. Native Americans can call themselves that all they want, but no one else should. Do apples to apples. Just give the word up, why do you think they couldn’t do anything about it 80 years ago? Read a history book.

  28. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Nov 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    And here begins the domino effect!

  29. dcstinks says: Nov 27, 2013 4:01 PM

    New name, the Shanarats’s!

  30. rockthered1286 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:02 PM

    I think it’s a given that the name changes at some point in the next few years so I’m looking beyond that. My question is this- once they become the Washington (insert corny new name here) will fans wearing their old Redskins gear be allowed to wear it to the games or will the same group focused on abolishing the name require that the old team gear not be worn to games either? Moreso, will they ever be allowed to wear throw backs in a game or will that be an issue too?

    I still think the most offensive name associated with this team is Snyder…

  31. ravenmomma says: Nov 27, 2013 4:03 PM

    Where were these same tribes for the last 80 years before it became politically correct to be offended at something in society?

  32. mrw423 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:04 PM

    For some reason, according to this article, it’s wrong (or miniscule) when the football team gets a group of Native Americans to say it’s an all right name/term but when the opposing side gets *any* group of people to say it’s wrong it’s absolutely the right thing.

    I don’t understand the logic (outside of, “the opposing side is wrong regardless of what they do”).

  33. tinbender2000 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:04 PM

    hyprcaffeinated says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    hmm… as I read what the Federal Court says, my interpretation is that Halbritter is the legal representative of the Oneida tribe. NOT that he’s actually Native American? Or am I missing something. I know a used car salesman when I see one.
    ——————————————————

    Says the guy who just bought a Yugo for 20 Grand from fellow in a plaid suit.

  34. kidsamoa260 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    Oh, the courts concluded that he is, the courts also said OJ didn’t do it.

  35. bloodfarmer3621 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:09 PM

    To the small, small crowd of people offended. Nobody is forcing you to watch the Redskins or be a fan. With all the crap going on in the world, is this really such a hot topic? This is what you choose to draw the line on? A few people out of millions and millions have a problem, so the vast majority should cater to a handful of over sensitive people. RIIIGHT. Where does this logic end. To the lames who are offended a word of advice… DONT WATCH IF YOU DONT LIKE IT. It truly is that simple.

  36. poweri26 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:10 PM

    “Native Americans can call themselves that all they want, but no one else should.”

    This is quite possibly the most ignorant sentence I’ve ever read. A word is either offensive or not regardless of who utters the word. What’s next – censorship of words based on who says it instead of the word itself? Jeez! SMH!

  37. dcstinks says: Nov 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    Give the native Americans Ownership of the team, maybe they can do better than Snyder and get to keep the name.

  38. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    sb139422 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    Get a job! Go spend time with your family! Take a walk, a hike, a swim. Fly a kite, go fishing, bowling, skating. Make a bar-b-q with your friends. How bored are you people?!?! Who has time for this crap? Grow up! You can’t wait 80 years and THEN start complaining about something.
    ************
    Read a book. Native Americans didn’t wait for 80 years to complain, or voice there displeasure.

    Those people you’re ‘complaining’ about have been U.S. citizens, officially, for less than 100 years. Native Americans were not considered U.S. citizens until 1924.

    You cannot tell another person or persons what is, and is not, offensive to them.

    Personally, I don’t think the name should be changed.

  39. msstiller58 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    This doesn’t begin the domino effect, it should end it. There are a lot of colleges who have changed from redmen to red hawks, red storm. It’s time for Dan Snyder to change it. It’s offensive to Native Americans. And it’s easy to make it right. Packers, 49ers, steelers, cowboys, and other teams reflect their cities’ heritage without being offensive. Wouldn’t it be easy to find another mascot for the Capitol city?

  40. blahblah1000 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    Not all blacks use the “N” word, some of us actually ask other blacks please do not refer to us in that context.

    It’s really an awful word, and pun intended a black eye for blacks in general.

    There is a war going on between blacks and trash blacks, and right now the trash blacks are winning.

    “Let me tell you something,” Cosby, one of America’s most admired men, told the group. “Your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing and calling each other [the N-word] as they’re walking up and down the street. They think they’re hip. They can’t read. They can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.”

  41. puddytrick says: Nov 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    dolphin80 says:
    Nov 27, 2013 3:43 PM

    I agree with our Native American population—I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.
    One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors, but nay nay….

    We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

    Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

    The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. Offensive to us white folk.

    The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war between the states that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

    Besides, the South shall rise again!!

    I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our football team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. The fact that there are birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis Cardinals—gone!

    Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as their way of life. We are talking the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

    Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children—and it is all about the children.

    The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams–promote gay men. Wrong message to our children.

    The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity–a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

    The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

    The Milwaukee Brewers—well, that goes without saying…. Wrong message to our children.

    So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. A high priority directly behind efficiently managing our country’s health care.

    __________________________________

    Simply the greatest, and funniest, quote I’ve ever seen on PFT…

  42. mrx149 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    National Congress of American Indians? They’re the ones responsible for the logo and were upset the Redskins dropped any reference to Indians in their logo, uniforms and merchandise. Former President Walter Wetzel went to the Redskins office with photos of Indians in full headdress. He said, “I’d like to see an Indian on your helmets,” which then sported a big “R” as the team logo. Within weeks, the Redskins had a new logo, a composite Indian taken from the features in Wetzel’s pictures. “It made us all so proud to have an Indian on a big-time team. . . . It’s only a small group of radicals who oppose those names. Indians are proud of Indians.” National Congress of American Indians can reap what they sow.

  43. hor2012 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:29 PM

    I’m a big Saints fan. But, I promise you if they we’re the New Orleans Black or Slaves and they tried to sell that as being in honor of Black who help built this country I would have a major problem with that. The other issue I have is this. How are you honoring the Native Americans for thier contribution to our country. I don’t see it sense their contribution seems to be being victimized and nearly wiped off the face of the earth by some of the fore fathers of the same people that have a problem with the Native Americans taking issue with the name. And, for the record. It is a racist name.

  44. racistredskins says: Nov 27, 2013 4:33 PM

    Get a job! Go spend time with your family! Take a walk, a hike, a swim. Fly a kite, go fishing, bowling, skating. Make a bar-b-q with your friends. How bored are you people?!?! Who has time for this crap? Grow up! You can’t wait 80 years and THEN start complaining about something.
    ************
    Read a book. Native Americans didn’t wait for 80 years to complain, or voice there displeasure.

    Those people you’re ‘complaining’ about have been U.S. citizens, officially, for less than 100 years. Native Americans were not considered U.S. citizens until 1924.

    You cannot tell another person or persons what is, and is not, offensive to them.

    Personally, I don’t think the name should be changed.

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    msstiller58 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    This doesn’t begin the domino effect, it should end it. There are a lot of colleges who have changed from redmen to red hawks, red storm. It’s time for Dan Snyder to change it. It’s offensive to Native Americans. And it’s easy to make it right. Packers, 49ers, steelers, cowboys, and other teams reflect their cities’ heritage without being offensive. Wouldn’t it be easy to find another mascot for the Capitol city?

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    blahblah1000 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    Not all blacks use the “N” word, some of us actually ask other blacks please do not refer to us in that context.

    It’s really an awful word, and pun intended a black eye for blacks in general.

    There is a war going on between blacks and trash blacks, and right now the trash blacks are winning.

    “Let me tell you something,” Cosby, one of America’s most admired men, told the group. “Your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing and calling each other [the N-word] as they’re walking up and down the street. They think they’re hip. They can’t read. They can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.”

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    puddytrick says: Nov 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    dolphin80 says:
    Nov 27, 2013 3:43 PM

    I agree with our Native American population—I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.
    One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors, but nay nay….

    We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

    Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

    The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. Offensive to us white folk.

    The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war between the states that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

    Besides, the South shall rise again!!

    I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our football team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. The fact that there are birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis Cardinals—gone!

    Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as their way of life. We are talking the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

    Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children—and it is all about the children.

    The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams–promote gay men. Wrong message to our children.

    The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity–a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

    The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

    The Milwaukee Brewers—well, that goes without saying…. Wrong message to our children.

    So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. A high priority directly behind efficiently managing our country’s health care.

    __________________________________
    Yet not one of these nicknames refers to the skin color of another human being. Your ignorance betrays you my shallow friend.

  45. guachosporlife says: Nov 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not offensive to you? If you can find one–call a Native American “Redskin” to his face. If he takes it as a compliment like some suggest, you’re good to go.

  46. racistredskins says: Nov 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    Native Americans can call themselves that all they want, but no one else should.”

    This is quite possibly the most ignorant sentence I’ve ever read. A word is either offensive or not regardless of who utters the word. What’s next – censorship of words based on who says it instead of the word itself? Jeez! SMH!

    ————————————————————–Then I suggest you call the next African American person you see the N-word.

  47. racistredskins says: Nov 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    I’m a big Saints fan. But, I promise you if they we’re the New Orleans Black or Slaves and they tried to sell that as being in honor of Black who help built this country I would have a major problem with that. The other issue I have is this. How are you honoring the Native Americans for thier contribution to our country. I don’t see it sense their contribution seems to be being victimized and nearly wiped off the face of the earth by some of the fore fathers of the same people that have a problem with the Native Americans taking issue with the name. And, for the record. It is a racist name.
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    Amen! Well said.

  48. mayers59 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:40 PM

    Daniel Snyder needs to tell the President when Congress passes a balanced budget and He signs it and it becomes law, then the name gets changed.

  49. racistredskins says: Nov 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    Grow a pair and CHANGE THE NAME!

  50. raidermike34 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Holy Mackeral!! Ignorance is Bliss!

    My Eyes are popping out of the sockets from the Ignorant Die-Hards who dont even know their history! 1924 when native americans were considered U.S. Citizens.. OMG!!..

    Mr Snyder is the same ..he brings in the Navajo Code Talkers to honor them during a commercial break on monday night! He still has it all wrong and so do the same idiot fans ..the direction of the team is being led to the wayside becuase of his idiocy ..and now i see a few here who oughta follow him right of of town as well.

    Ya’ll need to brush up on the history side of things..Mr. Snyder does not have the deep pockets to fight this against the Indian Brotherhood.. and the U.S. Govt understands that ..they want some of the slice of the pie themselves..

    Oh by the way..here is a good new name for the franchise.. Washington Hogs!
    that shouldnt be to demeaning..

    RaiderMike34 -

  51. racistredskins says: Nov 27, 2013 4:46 PM

    Free Kirk Cousins and the racist logo!

  52. mrx149 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    @racistredskins

    “Yet not one of these nicknames refers to the skin color of another human being. Your ignorance betrays you my shallow friend.”

    The red in Redskins is not referring to skin color, it’s red paint color during battle. Do you really see red people walking around? No, you don’t. Who’s the ignorant one?

  53. chipbeastkelly says: Nov 27, 2013 5:48 PM

    Redskins fans should be supporting a name change after the way they’ve played this year.

  54. mborz says: Nov 27, 2013 9:23 PM

    Redskins refers to red paint? Everything I’ve ever seen said it does indeed refer to race:

    “The term derives from the use of “red” as a color metaphor for race following European colonization of the Western Hemisphere”

    Also, look it up at merriam webster, oxford, dictionary.com and others and see it referred to in every single case as “offensive”. I suppose that somehow represents the minority as well?

    Where was the outrage when these dictionaries began listing it as offensive? Nobody cared then. Nobody.

    But now, when a team’s name could get changed it’s all of a sudden very important to certain people, and those people are now pleading to everyone else to relax. But who should relax? Maybe the people who are flipping out about changing the name of a team?

  55. bluebongzilla says: Nov 28, 2013 12:08 AM

    The Redskins have been perpetrating a fraud for well over a decade. Change the name to the Washington Democrats.

  56. bluebongzilla says: Nov 28, 2013 12:12 AM

    “Indian” is a misnomer placed on native Americans by the European men who slaughtered them and it is no less racist than “Redskin”. Stop calling us Indians, you frauds!

  57. nepbpf says: Nov 28, 2013 1:38 AM

    An article from October 15, 2013 should be required reading when it comes to this topic. Byrne does a great job.

  58. nepbpf says: Nov 28, 2013 1:39 AM

    Article is from Cold Hard Football Facts titled Hail to the Redskins

  59. defscottyb says: Nov 28, 2013 3:02 AM

    @mrx149: exactly, red in Redskins is a reference to red war paint not skin color. Wackos just hear red and skin and automatically assume it’s racist.

  60. eagles512 says: Nov 28, 2013 9:26 AM

    Agree with MRX. So maybe since the red refers to the paint and not their actual skin, those pushing for a name change are actually the ones who are acting racist.

  61. mavajo says: Nov 28, 2013 1:49 PM

    “Leander McDonald”

    Yeah, McDonald sounds like a real Native American tribal name. Is “Leander” the Spirit Lake Tribe’s word for “Man With Fiery Red Hair”?

  62. multiplemiggs says: Nov 28, 2013 3:15 PM

    Stephen A. Smith drops the N bomb on live radio all the time and nobody cares….

  63. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 28, 2013 3:59 PM

    Being called indians should be more offensive because it came from Columbus who thought he landed in India.

    Some tribes of Native Americans did paint their faces red before going into war. That’s where “redskins” came from. They also used other paint colors to mean differnet things too.

  64. bill4544 says: Nov 29, 2013 9:14 AM

    This should remain between the Native American Nations and the Washington Redskins owners .Nobody else needs to be involved in this .

  65. cherrybop says: Nov 30, 2013 1:47 AM

    “It’s important that people understand the origin of the name Redskins. As our country was being expanded westward and land forcefully taken, stolen from Native American-and they resisted-bounty hunters were paid to bring in dead Indians. They brought the bodies in wagons,” he explained.

    “Soon this became so cumbersome that the bounty hunters were told to just bring in the Indians’ head. They brought in so many heads that this too became burdensome. So they finally instructed to just scalp the Indians and bring in the ‘Redskins’ and they would be paid their bounty.”

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