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Washington dismisses name opposition from George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter

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When they first emerged in Leesburg Today last week, comments from Jordan Wright about the name of the Washington NFL franchise got some attention, given that she’s the granddaughter of George Preston Marshall.  But her opinion didn’t move the needle very much.  After all, only so many stories can be written about specific people who think the team owned by Daniel Snyder should change its name; as time goes by and as more and more offer their views, the bar gets higher and higher.

We opted not to write a story about Jordan Wright’s opinion, relegating the subject to one-liner status.  But the matter has now migrated to the pages of the Washington Post, fueled by the team’s decision to respond to the comments from the daughter of the child of the man who applied the name to the team more than 80 years ago.

“We are aware that Jordan Wright has recently changed her long-held position on the Redskins name,” team P.R. spokesman Tony Wyllie told the Post.  “However, we do know from her bio that she has been paid by the newspaper Indian Country Today, which is owned and operated by the Oneida tribe, the most vocal critics of the Redskins name.  So her change of heart is consistent with her employment choices.”

There’s a certain irony that undoubtedly applies to Wyllie’s belief that beliefs can be so easily bought.  How many employees of the team, including perhaps Wyllie himself, are saying what needs to be said in order to ensure that checks signed by Daniel M. Syder, Millionaire will continue to be deposited into their accounts?  If the team thinks “employment choices” directly influence opinions, it’s fair to wonder how many people who have chosen to work for Snyder are muzzling any disagreement with the name in order to continue to be employed.

The team surely wouldn’t expect Wright to admit that her “employment choices” are influencing her opinion.  In turn, I don’t expect Wyllie or anyone else who works for Snyder to do the same thing.

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  1. ttommytom says: Jul 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    He said she was ‘bought’ ?

    hahahahahahahaha

    Does he realize he will need a job one day and he looks like a complete fool right now ?

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 23, 2014 1:26 PM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  3. Bob Loblaw says: Jul 23, 2014 1:31 PM

    Mike, you are comparing apples and oranges. She has LONG HELD that the name is fine. NOW, she is working for a newspaper that is against the name, she is AGAINST THE NAME.

    Do you not see the major difference there? Find me someplace where Wyllie says publicly that he is against the name, and now that he is working for the Redskins, he is for the name, and it will be a good comparison.

  4. patinphilly says: Jul 23, 2014 1:33 PM

    so says the website with a “redskins rides” car show ad on its page.

    and Jordan Knight’s opinion?

    in the words of one Homer Simpson, don’t quit your day job, whatever that is

  5. bighat8 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:35 PM

    That name is so utterly offensive and insulting. Can’t we just refer to this group as ‘native americans’ instead of the ‘R’ word?

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 23, 2014 1:35 PM

    The people that work for Snyder probably won’t consider talking out against the name unless he “forgets to give them the gravy”.

  7. macdaddyspeed says: Jul 23, 2014 1:47 PM

    It’s inevitable. The name will change.

  8. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jul 23, 2014 1:52 PM

    People…get over it! It’s a name.

  9. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    The REAL irony here is that the Snyder has about as good of a chance of winning this “battle” as the Native Americans had of holding onto their land and way of life in the 1700s and 1800s. The REAL tragedy is that, while Snyder will ultimately lose and face some embarrassment over it, the Native Americans were routinely and ruthlessly slaughtered for doing nothing more than wanting to continue their way of life on land that they occupied for hundreds of years.

  10. getyourownname says: Jul 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    So I guess Wyllie also recognizes that donations made by Little Danny Snyder to various organizations would be consistent with opinions expressed by the recipient organizations.

    Little Danny is clearly the least-self aware person around, and Wyllie seems to have graduated from paid minor PR minion to master fertilizer applicator.

  11. swede700 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:59 PM

    Wow. No one in that organization is doing themselves a favor with the way they word things. They just dig their hole deeper.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:59 PM

    Just change it to the Washington Corruption.

    The logo can be a Congressman grabbing a wad of cash from a lobbyist with a huge grin on his face.

  13. jimmyt says: Jul 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    Washington who? You mean the Redskins?

  14. minnesoulja says: Jul 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    LOGICAL IS BACK!

  15. newluddite says: Jul 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    patinphilly says:
    Jul 23, 2014 1:33 PM
    so says the website with a “redskins rides” car show ad on its page.

    Dude, the ads come from data in your internet history, has nothing to do with the site… you just seem to like the ‘Skins and cars… not that there’s anything wrong with that, except not knowing that makes you sound like a luddite.

  16. jimbo75025 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:02 PM

    bighat8 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:35 PM

    That name is so utterly offensive and insulting. Can’t we just refer to this group as ‘native americans’ instead of the ‘R’ word?

    ———-

    Then what happens in a few years when a new PC term replaces “Native Americans”? That is the issue with PC that causes so many (privately) to detest it-ever few years their has to be a proper name change in order to give some people the right to complain.

  17. cash804 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:06 PM

    It’s actually Daniel M. Snyder, “Billionaire”…with a “B”.

    Get it straight!

    Hail to the REDSKINS!!!

  18. bighat8 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:07 PM

    I would encourage all to write Fox and NFL and let them know that you will boycott all sponsors if Washington games are televised. Also, write Fed-Ex and ask why they have that demeaning logo on the field that they pour millions into.

  19. ctiggs says: Jul 23, 2014 2:08 PM

    I came here for Logical

  20. droppingthemike says: Jul 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    They’ll continue to dismiss the opposition to the slur until it affects the team financially. A slur doesn’t become a non-slur and certainly doesn’t become honorable when used by people to whom the slur does not apply to refer to people to whom the slur does apply.

  21. delhommed says: Jul 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    RESKINS! If the sissy media succeeds in its quest to have the name changed, I hope Snyder moves the team.

  22. floreskins says: Jul 23, 2014 2:13 PM

    HAHAHA, I actually laughed out loud at the PR’s statement. I’m glad they didn’t beat around the bush. She got paid off to change her opinion. Call her out on it. Florio, you look foolish attempting to make this into some sort of “ironic blunder” by Wylie.

  23. whodatnhollywood says: Jul 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    Just call ‘em the ‘Skins. That’s their alternate nickname anyhow. Take the “red” off and call it a day. The ‘Skins. When playing basketball sometimes it’s the shirts vs. the skins. Is that politically incorrect now?

    This is a slippery slope. When the Darkhorse lady started crying about the Chiefs name, she lost a whole lot of support and credibility. What’s next, “real” cowboys will go after the Dallas Cowboys? The Samali Pirates after the Pittsburgh Pirates? The airlines after the Jets? When does this end? Or will it be no teams can use nicknames?

    The PC police must be eradicated!

  24. olcap says: Jul 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    Not PFT though!

  25. ufourya says: Jul 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    Soon we will be asked to remove the word ‘illegal’ from common usage as well.

    It will never end and the moronic ideologues will applaud each inane, illogical assault on freedom and common sense.

  26. floreskins says: Jul 23, 2014 2:19 PM

    bighat8 says:
    Jul 23, 2014 2:07 PM
    I would encourage all to write Fox and NFL and let them know that you will boycott all sponsors if Washington games are televised. Also, write Fed-Ex and ask why they have that demeaning logo on the field that they pour millions into.
    —————
    No.

  27. patinphilly says: Jul 23, 2014 2:21 PM

    I have 0 interest in the Skins (Steelers fan) and drive a Malibu, so….not all that into cars.

    I get it that PFT doesn’t hand pick the ads, but theres a certain irony to it, no?

  28. MichaelEdits says: Jul 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    I just drove past South Of The Border in Dillon, South Carolina. After we get rid of the Redskin logo, we have to go after Pedro. Seriously.

  29. teambolt5000 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    …… as the Native Americans had of holding onto their land and way of life in the 1700s and 1800s. ………the Native Americans were routinely and ruthlessly slaughtered for doing nothing more than wanting to continue their way of life on land that they occupied for hundreds of years.
    ==================================

    You are grossly misinformed. First, that ‘way of life’ you mentioned had most Native Americans having a life-span of approx. 40 years of age. Second, those Native Americans also slaughtered many European Americans, who basically wanted to continue their own way of life. Third, I bet you are too afraid to use the term I did, ‘European American’ because all your life you have been called simply ‘white’, and you are ok with it.

    Tell us, white man, why is it okay for you to described by the color of your skin, but somehow the name ‘Redskin’ is improper?

  30. cash804 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    bighat8 says:
    Jul 23, 2014 2:07 PM
    I would encourage all to write Fox and NFL and let them know that you will boycott all sponsors if Washington games are televised. Also, write Fed-Ex and ask why they have that demeaning logo on the field that they pour millions into.

    ================

    Climb off your soap box and stop trolling REDSKINS stories.

  31. teambolt5000 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:28 PM

    I just drove past South Of The Border in Dillon, South Carolina. After we get rid of the Redskin logo, we have to go after Pedro. Seriously.
    ——————————————————

    We? You do realize that most Native Americans are ok with the Redskins name and logo, right? So when you say ‘we’, you really mean other white dudes, who think they speak for Native Americans, right?

  32. ufourya says: Jul 23, 2014 2:29 PM

    Palefaces unite! Oh wait, can you say that?

  33. ufourya says: Jul 23, 2014 2:32 PM

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell

  34. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 23, 2014 2:33 PM

    What a coincidence that a newspaper owned by Halbritter’s group just hired her and she just changed her long-held opinion. Will wonders never cease?

  35. meximyke says: Jul 23, 2014 2:35 PM

    Snyder, DON’T ever change the name!!!!!!
    They are the REDSKINS and will always be the REDSKINS!!!!! PERIOD!

  36. mshawn75 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:35 PM

    Would have thought with all the Casino money the Oneida Tribe has they could have gotten her a better gig. Guess there were no openings at PFT.

  37. dalcow4 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:36 PM

    You crack me up. Please just once post a story titled “All Your Kluwe Posts Are Belong To Us”

    It’s your place– I get that– but man you are so so scared of criticism and lighthearted mockery it is embarrassing.

  38. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    teambolt5000 says:
    Jul 23, 2014 2:22 PM
    …… as the Native Americans had of holding onto their land and way of life in the 1700s and 1800s. ………the Native Americans were routinely and ruthlessly slaughtered for doing nothing more than wanting to continue their way of life on land that they occupied for hundreds of years.
    ==================================

    You are grossly misinformed. First, that ‘way of life’ you mentioned had most Native Americans having a life-span of approx. 40 years of age. Second, those Native Americans also slaughtered many European Americans, who basically wanted to continue their own way of life. Third, I bet you are too afraid to use the term I did, ‘European American’ because all your life you have been called simply ‘white’, and you are ok with it.

    Tell us, white man, why is it okay for you to described by the color of your skin, but somehow the name ‘Redskin’ is improper?

    __________________________

    I am not misinformed. Read your history. Your suggestion that the “European Americans” had some sort of right or responsibility to force Natives off their land on the basis that the Natives had a shorter lifespan is absurd. Most Africans have a shorter average lifespan than Europeans or Americans, does that mean that we have some sort of right or responsibility to invade their lands and place them in reservations? I don’t think so. Second. you suggest that our actions were justified based upon the fact that Natives also killed European Americans. That is equally absurd. Look at the numbers of Natives that were killed compared to EuroAmericans and look at who occupied these lands first. Third, your clumsy attempt to suggest that the term “Redskin” is no different than “white” or “black” is even more absurd than your previous statements. The term Redskin is, by dictionary definition, a racial slur. Black, white, European American, Native American, Indian, Indian American – those terms are not a racial slurs. Redskin is. It is no different than using the N word to describe African Americans. It’s wrong. It’s always been wrong. There will be a day, and it is coming soon, where we as a society look back at the use of that term and wonder how we ever used such a word as a nickname of an NFL team.

  39. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 23, 2014 2:45 PM

    Chawkup, you say that the term “Redskins” and the N-word are no different, yet you write out the term “Redskins” and not the other. This proves that even as you try to argue that they are the same, you really don’t believe it.

  40. randomcommenter says: Jul 23, 2014 2:54 PM

    OK Florio, then why do you make a point of referring to the Vikings attorneys as “Management Side” attorneys when you are trying to bolster Kluwe’s nuisance lawsuit.

    You are clearly doing it do imply that they can’t possibly be impartial.

    But now you want that same aspect ignored with this woman.

  41. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 2:58 PM

    GettingNoRespect says:
    Jul 23, 2014 2:45 PM
    Chawkup, you say that the term “Redskins” and the N-word are no different, yet you write out the term “Redskins” and not the other. This proves that even as you try to argue that they are the same, you really don’t believe it.
    ________________________

    Context, my friend. I am fine with having a conversation that uses the N-word, so long as it is in the context of stating that the word is hateful and racist and wrong. In fact, I’ve made posts before where I actually spell that N-word out, in proper context, but my posts never make it through. The fact remains that both of these names are racist.

  42. phinagain says: Jul 23, 2014 2:58 PM

    They should keep the Redskins name and make the Cowboys change their name to “The Palefaces.” That’s fine with everyone, right? Then if there’s an expansion team in los Angeles they can be the “Banderos”. Isn’t racially charged language fun? And whoever honestly believes that “most” native Americans are fine with the redskins name must have access to information not generally available to anyone else.

    It seems now time to find out who among the name’s supporters is being paid by one of Daniel Snyder’s companies/organizations. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, isn’t it?

  43. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 23, 2014 3:00 PM

    “The team surely wouldn’t expect Wright to admit that her “employment choices” are influencing her opinion. In turn, I don’t expect Wyllie or anyone else who works for Snyder to do the same thing.”

    __________________________________

    This is a logic fail, and an obvious one pointing to agenda more than anything else. Of course employees are publicly not antagonistic on an issue that involves their employer. Its known, obvious, expected and understood.

    Wright’s position, was put forth as the granddaughter of Preston. Implied authority as the descendant. Also implied neutrality as not being an interested party (employee of the Redskins, pontificating liberal politician or an American Indian).

    That neutrality and authority is properly challenged and diminished when the fact that she is an employee of the party bringing forth the case is known. That reduces her status to paid mouthpiece.

  44. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 23, 2014 3:05 PM

    Chawkup, context has nothing to do with it. I wouldn’t write the N-word in any context. And your stated fact, is actually opinion. Also, are you telling me that this site is censoring the use of the N-word, but allowing Redskins to go through? hmmmm

  45. sjsuguy says: Jul 23, 2014 3:07 PM

    Enough already. I think everybody is sick of this story. It’s going to be a major distraction for the team this year. Just change the name and move on so you can focus on putting together a good team.

  46. sandwiches4ever says: Jul 23, 2014 3:17 PM

    Wait, wasn’t this the team that recently hired a blogger apparently for the sole purpose of defending the name?

  47. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 3:23 PM

    Jul 23, 2014 3:05 PM
    Chawkup, context has nothing to do with it. I wouldn’t write the N-word in any context. And your stated fact, is actually opinion. Also, are you telling me that this site is censoring the use of the N-word, but allowing Redskins to go through? hmmmm
    —————-
    A classmate of my child asked his teacher what the N word meant. The teacher was terrified to deal with such an explosive issue so she asked the principal to intervene. The principal explained the term in proper context as being wrong and hateful and racist. The principal was subsequently suspended. Was she wrong to use the term? I don’t think so, bit apparently you do.

  48. tjr324 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:37 PM

    The idea that the term Redskins originated as a pejorative is false. A quick google search of “Smithsonian Redskins” will prove this. So it didnt originate as a slur, it isnt contemporaneously used as a slur, and a vast majority of Native Americans dont feel it is a slur.This whole thing is driven by the media with a few Native American groups who are opponents of the name that are referenced in every single article. The media leads everyone to believe that all Native Americans are in agreement on this when they in fact are not

  49. tjr324 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:39 PM

    Chawkup, you research your history. The term’s origins lie with the Native American’s themselves as a way of collectively distinguishing themselves from the Europeans when they arrive on the continent.

  50. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 23, 2014 3:41 PM

    chawkup, you are correct. I don’t agree to use it in any context. It is a slur, and I don’t use slurs.

    That is not to say that I agree with the results of your story.

    Also, would that same teacher have been terrified if the term was Redskins? No. Would she have said it was a slur? No. She would have said “that is the name of the Washington DC football team; the Washington Redskins”.

  51. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 23, 2014 3:47 PM

    sandwiches4ever, so paying someone to do a job is the same as paying someone to change their opinion?

  52. twodavegr says: Jul 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    Nobody gets offended over a baseball team named the New York Yankees, but then again Caucasian Americans don’t get to have special interest groups.

    Just because your ancestors lost a ton of land via warfare (like every other nation on the planet) doesn’t mean the conquering side owes you anything. Be happy it’s 2014 and slavery (or worse) is no longer commonplace in civilized society.

  53. iamkillerfin says: Jul 23, 2014 3:59 PM

    REDSKINS have been the REDSKINS since 1952 LEAVE THE NAME ALONE!!!

  54. ytownjoe says: Jul 23, 2014 4:05 PM

    Enough of this already.

  55. rcali says: Jul 23, 2014 4:08 PM

    I have no idea what the State of Washington has to do with all this.

  56. hawkwind8 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:34 PM

    I am a Skins fan. ANY boycott by the NFL or sponsors and my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package is immediately canceled.

  57. stunzeed5 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:19 PM

    lol at comparing REDSKINS with M-word. Mouth-breathing lemmings…. #allthesuddenthenameisracist?

  58. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 23, 2014 11:12 PM

    I still have yet to have one of you petty crybabies that are soooooo offended by the Redskins name explain why it offends you?

  59. censorshipstinks says: Jul 23, 2014 11:30 PM

    The school is located on the Navajo Reservation and is a public school. We have nearly 100% Navajo students.
    Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. I am honored to be at Red Mesa High School as their Principal. Red Mesa High School has a long tradition of students who have achieved in academics, and athletes who have excelled on the field. I want to build on that tradition. Redskin Pride will be promoted in all programs and activities this year. We will call it “Pursuing Excellence with honor”.

  60. skins1970 says: Jul 24, 2014 3:32 AM

    I will say it If you are offended by the name Redskins and to don’t want to hear the name don’t watch their games or NFL Highlight shows it as easy as that. In the meantime let us Skins fans and other NFL fans enjoy the games in peace.

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