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Redskins respond to latest effort against team’s name

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Things have gotten so bad in Washington that the ongoing debate regarding the team’s name arguably represents not an unwanted annoyance but a welcome diversion from current football-related controversies.

On Thursday, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights voted unanimously to urge the owner of the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name.

“This is not someone else’s problem, this is everyone’s problem,” said Wade Henderson, CEO of the The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 diverse national organizations.  “Having an offensive slur for the Washington team name teaches young people to celebrate the denigration of people for being who they are.  That has a damaging psychic impact on individuals, as well as on the entire nation.  Changing the name is the right thing do, regardless of how comfortable fans have become with it.  And when Mr. Snyder does decide to put the slur away, I think he’ll discover a new market of consumers who recognize the dignity of all people and want to honor that with the sports teams they support.”

The team, which has remained largely (but not completely) silent in response to the persistent calls for change, has issued a statement in response to the resolution.

“The Washington Redskins hold these civil rights leaders in high regard, but we respectfully believe they are mischaracterizing decades of honor and respect toward America’s Indian heritage that our name represents for generations of Redskin fans and Native Americans alike,” the team said.  “We understand these leaders hold their views deeply, but so do hundreds and hundreds of Native Americans who have written to us expressing an opposite point of view. . . .

“We believe it is important to listen to and respect all sides on this issue, and that includes also listening to and learning from Native Americans and countless Redskin fans who, for generations, believe our name represents the strength, character and pride of our Indian heritage.”

In other words, the team’s current position is that the issue falls squarely within the realm of subjects on which reasonable minds may differ.  Some people reasonably find the term offensive.  Others reasonably find the term not offensive.  And while the team will listen to those who find the name offensive, the team won’t change the name as long as sufficient Native Americans and Redskins fans are not actually offended.

So, basically, the team won’t change the name unless and until a unanimous consensus emerges that the name is offensive.  And that likely won’t happen any time soon.

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53 Responses to “Redskins respond to latest effort against team’s name”
  1. dwats says: Dec 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    This team is so dysfunctional it makes them perfect for DC. #trainwreck #dumpsterfire #rg3rdstring #cantwaitforsexyrexy

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 12, 2013 9:17 PM

    My life will pass and the Redskins will still have it’s nickname!!! Deal with it haters! We win on and off the field. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 12, 2013 9:18 PM

    daniel snyder drew the line in the sand when he said the word ‘never’.

  4. libraves99 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:23 PM

    If they change the name, keep the logo and name would be Washington Natives……nice

  5. balfe13 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:25 PM

    “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights voted unanimously to urge the owner of the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name.”

    So… They unanimously voted to urge someone to do something? That must have been quite a productive meeting.

  6. getyourownname says: Dec 12, 2013 9:25 PM

    “hundreds and hundreds of Native Americans”

    Since this is the same team that claims they have tens of thousands pf people on a wait list when in reality there are about 100, by extension this means we can presume they got one email from a Native American.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 12, 2013 9:29 PM

    Sounds to me like the PERFECT opportunity for Snyder to turn things around in a POSITIVE way. He can thank the spirits that made this possible, even if HE doesn’t believe in them. Other people take the belief seriously.

  8. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:29 PM

    This is getting old. We the people really don’t care. Only those who need votes of we the people and grants and subsidies from those who need the votes of we the people are the ones who care. I can honestly not recall any other time in my life when I’ve been told I should be offended by something I never once considered offensive.

  9. deacon85 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:34 PM

    Gee, the “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights” has decided they don’t like the name Redskins. Well, I guess that ends the debate, thank you for participating everyone, but the case is now closed. The The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has expressed its opinion. What’s that, Mr. Snyder? You don’t agree? Sorry, in today’s world, ownership doesn’t count for as much as it used to. The political class and the media have an agenda, and you are pretty close to the top. Good luck with that.

  10. dccowboy says: Dec 12, 2013 9:39 PM

    I think the Redskins are making a mistake. It isn’t a ‘popularity’ contest. If a lot of folks consider the name to be derogatory, it doesn’t matter if some think it’s okay. It isn’t ‘okay’.

    It sounds a lot like the team management is using the old “I’m not racist, some of my best friends are __________. None of them seem to object if I refer to them as xxxxx. So why should I change?” defense.

  11. shutupbrees says: Dec 12, 2013 9:42 PM

    I find it hysterical that people care about the Redskins team name while having no problems celebrating Columbus Day every October.

  12. tyler4richardson says: Dec 12, 2013 9:43 PM

    Washington Drone Strikers has a good ring to it.

  13. seldom1 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:43 PM

    The name IS offensive: who would want “Washington” in their team name?

  14. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 12, 2013 9:44 PM

    Would Snyder please let RGIII make this decision already?

  15. abninf says: Dec 12, 2013 9:45 PM

    The Redskins should never respond to it again in any way, shape or form. There’s nothing else to say, the matter is closed.

  16. liveandletlive906 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:45 PM

    The Redskins need to change the name to the Washington Skins maybe they can win some games. There is much drama going on and the name should be change ,

  17. detroit20iron says: Dec 12, 2013 9:54 PM

    Remember kids, do not become tooooo succesful. People will just resent you for it.

  18. guppies66 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    “…toward America’s Indian heritage that our name represents for generations of Redskin fans and Native Americans alike,”

    If the the team didn’t think word “Redskins” was offensive, then why not refer to them that way…

    “for generations of Redskin fans and REDSKINS alike,”

  19. rextraordinaire says: Dec 12, 2013 9:57 PM

    I find it funny that the nation didn’t really care about the Redskins name until they started winning, and now they they are back to their losing ways the debate has fizzled and it’s no longer a hot topic.

    I don’t know when the Redskins will be in the playoffs again, but when they do, this whole thing will flare right back up.

  20. houmas says: Dec 12, 2013 9:57 PM

    And the word OKLAHOMA means RED PEOPLE. Do they want to change the name of a state also?

  21. hyprcaffeinated says: Dec 12, 2013 9:58 PM

    They should change the name to the Redseats in honor of the stadium last week against the Chiefs. And likely at any remaining home games this season.

  22. kev86 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:58 PM

    Worst team of the year award goes too…..

  23. jucam1 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:58 PM

    I find it hysterical that the DC team will never be able to get past this until they change their name and will always create controversy for them…. You think free agents want to go to that disaster and joke of a franchise????…. Good luck keeping your “namesake” seller dwellers…

  24. rajbais says: Dec 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    Although this is a controversial subject I would like to put some humor into this.

    If Washington can’t change it’s nickname they can at least change the nickname of its quarterback from RG3 to RG4.

    Why? He’s the 4th place QB in the “NFC Least.”

  25. dbones750 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:01 PM

    Only time I’ll ever root for the skins

  26. tigersfandan says: Dec 12, 2013 10:08 PM

    The NFL’s attempts to remove toughness from football are also becoming offensive.

  27. grumpyoleman says: Dec 12, 2013 10:09 PM

    Funny how you find it so offensive yet it’s the first word in your headline

  28. charger383 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:26 PM

    I like the name Redskins

  29. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Dec 12, 2013 10:41 PM

    “Like sands in the hourglass”…

    signed, Redskins fans.

  30. yetimonster says: Dec 12, 2013 10:46 PM

    I completely agree with the team statements. The only people who are making a big deal of this are the media and politicians with agendas (such as seeking support from faux Human Rights organizations).

  31. ytownjoe says: Dec 12, 2013 10:48 PM

    The endless search for victims goes on and on . . .

  32. sillec28 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:57 PM

    Mr. Henderson said “Having an offensive slur for the Washington team name teaches young people to celebrate the denigration of people for being who they are. That has a damaging psychic impact on individuals, as well as on the entire nation.” Wow! A psychic impact on the entire nation. And here I thought we were just talking about the name of a football team.

  33. lebronsinsecurity says: Dec 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    deacon85 says:
    Dec 12, 2013 9:34 PM

    “Gee, the “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights” has decided they don’t like the name Redskins. Well, I guess that ends the debate, thank you for participating everyone, but the case is now closed. The The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has expressed its opinion. What’s that, Mr. Snyder? You don’t agree? Sorry, in today’s world, ownership doesn’t count for as much as it used to. The political class and the media have an agenda, and you are pretty close to the top. Good luck with that.”

    It’s funny, if we follow your logic, their interpretation of the word is meaningless since your interpretation doesn’t agree. You are succumbing to to the fallacy of objective interpretation.

    If ‘A’ interprets “insert word/action” as vulgar, yet ‘B’ doesn’t, one of them has to be right and one wrong, right?

    Interpretation affects meaning, yet interpretation is a completely subjective process. This sort of circular logic has no end result, it’s a stale mate where no one is technically wrong.

    So, as you would say: “Good luck with that”

  34. eagles512 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:27 PM

    Was hoping the Shanahan debacle would keep this out of the news.

  35. logicalcomment says: Dec 12, 2013 11:30 PM

    actually it was NEVER

  36. syphermce says: Dec 12, 2013 11:52 PM

    As long as Dan Snyder is the owner of the Redskins, the name will NEVER change. And whoever gets the team after Snyder, I hope he has the same outlook. This is just political correctness gone too far. You can’t say anything, and I mean ANYTHING without it offending someone now a days. I’m glad someone like Mr. Snyder has enough common sense and decency to make a stand on this.

  37. bearsnoah says: Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM

    You have “hundreds and hundreds of letters” from real Native Americans supporting the name?

    Let’s see ‘em. I’m calling your bluff right now. So far all you’ve shown me is a proven-to-be-fake Indian chief you trotted out on the Larry Michaels show–who turned out to be an auto mechanic nicknamed “Chief” by his buddies–and was about 1/16th native.

  38. jdphx says: Dec 13, 2013 12:39 AM

    Ok… Raise your hand if you’ve ever even heard of
    “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights”.

    Ever? Anyone? Buehler?

    Me neither….

  39. RoseTintedVisor says: Dec 13, 2013 12:40 AM

    The Agenda is not having a team name that is as offensive as the N-Word to some people.

    Just because you aren’t Native and therefore don’t give a crap doesn’t mean the name isn’t stupid.

  40. meatcarroll says: Dec 13, 2013 2:10 AM

    I’m a Native American and my entire reservation and I are all deeply offended by the Racial Slurs name and have been for decades. Our indignant protests always fell on deaf ears until now.

  41. steaderic says: Dec 13, 2013 2:28 AM

    There is no ongoing debate

  42. steaderic says: Dec 13, 2013 2:30 AM

    Define ongoing debate

  43. bengaldom2 says: Dec 13, 2013 4:01 AM

    Redskin Motel
    US Highways 19,
    Cherokee, NC, US 28719

    On an Indian Reservation. So how offensive is the name? This is one of many Indian tribes that uses the name themselves. I understand that some might be offended by certain words but when a segment of that population uses the word to name their own business, then how offensive is that word? I see it as a mixed signal.

  44. MichaelEdits says: Dec 13, 2013 6:04 AM

    When they change their name to the Washington Griffins, then we’ll know that Shanahan’s days are definitely numbered.

  45. wryly1 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:04 AM

    Suffice it to say that if and when they ever do change the name, it won’t be to the Washington Griffins (or Shanahan’s or Snyder’s for that matter).

  46. dapollock69 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:34 AM

    Remember those days when only the team name was deemed “offensive?”

    Good times….

  47. dirtydrynn27 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:55 AM

    It`s been Redskins since 1937 why all of a sudden is there all of this crying???

    Dan tell that leadership conference and those civil rights guys to shove it!!!!!!

  48. greymares says: Dec 13, 2013 7:09 AM

    I’m guessing the true American Indian no longer wats to be affiliated with this joke of a franchise. lol.

  49. tdravens says: Dec 13, 2013 7:14 AM

    I’m waiting for Shanahan to stand up at a press conference while still head coach of Washington and say “ya know, we should change the name”

  50. irishnativeson says: Dec 13, 2013 7:56 AM

    It would at least be a change of pace, to not have to suffer the musings of the intellectually challenged on this subject. I would imagine Daniel Snyder regrets few public statements he’s made, but never is a long time. Especially when your on the wrong side of history.

  51. grumpyoleman says: Dec 13, 2013 8:17 AM

    Go Redskins

  52. bunkerhillbob says: Dec 13, 2013 8:37 AM

    The current name is equivalent to calling them “the Washington Whitey’s” or “the Washington Darkey’s so, it’s not too hard to sympathize with the Indian point of view. Since our nation’s Capitol was burned to the ground by the British in 1812, I suggest “the Washington Inferno” as an appropriate name for this team, which is about to start raging like a blazing inferno.

  53. bassfreeq says: Dec 13, 2013 9:19 AM

    People, put on your big boy panties. I’m a raiders fan(what ever). But I’m a bigger football fan. It’s sickening to think this is the biggest concern people have right now. Gov. Is taking your Rights away before your eyes. & this is what people are worried about. A name, cry me a freakn river. I hope the SKINS stay the SKINS till this nation is falls under our great leaders. Then we can cry about browns, braves Blackhawks, the pirates(that one really offends me).

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