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.

53 responses to “Redskins respond to latest effort against team’s name

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

  2. “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.

  3. “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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. “…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,”

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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.”

  14. 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).

  15. 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.

  16. 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”

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

    Ever? Anyone? Buehler?

    Me neither….

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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).

  24. 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!!!!!!

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

  26. 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”

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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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