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Fritz Pollard Alliance asks Washington team to change its name

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works closely with the NFL on issues related to diversity, says it’s time for a new name for Washington’s NFL team.

“Over the last year, FPA has had multiple conversations with leaders of the Washington Football Club, including owner Dan Snyder and Club President Bruce Allen, as well as leaders in the Native American community. Based on our study and conversations, we believe the Washington Club should cease using the name,” Fritz Pollard Alliance Chair John Wooten and Executive Director Harry Carson said in a joint statement.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance says it would like to assist in setting up a face-to-face meeting between Snyder and Native American leaders, hoping that may result in progress being made.

The NFL has said that it is up to Snyder to decide whether his team changes its name. Snyder has said he will never change the name.

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  1. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:55 AM

    #changeit

  2. goldbloodedindfw says: Jan 19, 2015 11:56 AM

    Redskins redskins redskins

  3. gylven says: Jan 19, 2015 11:58 AM

    that washington team needs to get with the times

  4. irishred1998 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:00 PM

    Hail to the REDSKINS!

  5. theanalyticalkid says: Jan 19, 2015 12:00 PM

    Funny how this stuff always surfaces in the offseason. People refuse to call them the Redskins, etc.

    Then during the season it’s right back to business as usual, then at the end of the season, here we are again.

    This is interesting to be sure.

    Curious to see how it ends up.

  6. nyj1979 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:00 PM

    “The NFL has said that it is up to Snyder to decide whether his team changes its name. Snyder has said he will never change the name.”

    Welp, kind of settles that them doesn’t it? If they can’t make him do it, and he refuses, I don’t really see where this is going to go.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:01 PM

    To those of who grew up watching Saturday westerns in the 50s and 60s the R word is indeed a racist word. It was used in so many derogatory ways in that time it would be hard to count them.

  8. ttommytom says: Jan 19, 2015 12:01 PM

    Snyder is one of the worst owners of all time. The only way he has any shot of a legacy with the fan base is to keep the name.

    Thus, in time, keeping the name will actually solidify Snyder as being the worst owner of all time.

  9. p8riotdynastylives says: Jan 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    dont do it…….period

  10. annapterp says: Jan 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    That’s great. Tell them to go suck an egg! I’m not a Dan Snyder fan but I support him 100% in not giving in to this BS and keeping the great name of REDSKINS. Ridiculous that this is even a conversation.

  11. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    Too bad, so sad.

    REDSKINS.

  12. chiron4321 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    And Snyder should care what they think… why?

  13. buddysguys says: Jan 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    oh well if Fritz Pollard asks then i guess…………….

  14. shortmandan says: Jan 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    The name will change. The only people who don’t realize that are Washington fans.

  15. steelerdeathstar says: Jan 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    I’m not advocating for one side or the other on this issue, since I don’t particularly care either way. However, the Washington NFL team has been called the Redskins since it’s inception many, many years ago…and I don’t recall it ever being an issue of any real sort until the last few years in this country?
    All I will say is that ‘political correctness’ is running rampant in this country, and is helping to tear down the nation from the inside. Where does it stop, and when do you take a stand against it?

  16. NoWearMan says: Jan 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    ya know…..an argument COULD be made that the Redskins name actually PROMOTES diversity……

  17. clayton268921 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:04 PM

    Best quote… “As the NFL continues to move in the direction of respect and dignity, one of its teams carrying this name cuts glaringly against the grain,”

    Two words, Domestic Abuse.

  18. rdrs68 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:04 PM

    The name will change sooner or later so why not get it done and join the 21st century? Just as prep and college teams have retired this offensive name it is way past time to get this contentious issue over with.

  19. 13championshipspacker says: Jan 19, 2015 12:05 PM

    Dan S. making the classy move? never happen.

  20. derpadeederpjetsyjet says: Jan 19, 2015 12:05 PM

    If you’re not going to change the name, could you at least try and suck less???

    I think the most embarrassing part to most Native A.’s is what a crappy team the Redskins are….

  21. binkystevens says: Jan 19, 2015 12:05 PM

    I thought we put this issue to bed already

  22. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:05 PM

    It’s your team Dan.. if you don’t want to change the name, don’t change it! I’m pretty sure as kids we were told not to succumb to peer pressure, still holds true as adults. This may be the only thing I will ever agree with Snyder on, but keep the name!

  23. RomoIsGod says: Jan 19, 2015 12:06 PM

    So a racist group is trying to tell someone to change something because they think it’s racist?

    Am I the only person that sees the irony?

    #Redskins

  24. paulnoga says: Jan 19, 2015 12:06 PM

    Congratulations to Snyder to stand firm when so many idiots are pressuring him.
    Note: every time people go to an Indian reservation casino, they are paying for lawyers against him.

  25. whatnojets says: Jan 19, 2015 12:06 PM

    Ok, how about “Washington Aristocrats”?

  26. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:09 PM

    Stay strong Snyder!

  27. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:11 PM

    Only if the New Jersey teams change their names. Tall
    people and airline companies around the world are protesting.

  28. daysend564 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:11 PM

    Fritz Pollard name offends me, please change that first

  29. conormacleod says: Jan 19, 2015 12:14 PM

    Doesn’t Fritz have more pressing issues? Like whining about which coaches are being hired?

    Who gave these people the microphone anyway?!

  30. f1restarter says: Jan 19, 2015 12:17 PM

    Snyder needs to tell them to go to hell.

  31. magnumpimustache says: Jan 19, 2015 12:18 PM

    The NFL needs to cut ties with FPA.

    Do your job !

    YOU WERE HIRED TO HELP WITH MINORITY HIRING.

  32. sminco123 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:18 PM

    I am a live and let live soul… but that being said, it’s time. It doesn’t matter if I find it offensive or not. The term Redskin is offensive to a segment of the American population and should be change. Things that my grandparents said would be horribly wrong today. Times change, languages change, customs change, and for the betterment of society, we must change as well. No hippy here, just an old guy who has seen a lot of changes.

  33. alltee says: Jan 19, 2015 12:20 PM

    too all the non native americans who are upset and feel the need to tell all the native Americans what they should be upset with, I leave you this thought.

    there are many high school teams with the name redskins, including the red mesa redskins from Arizona which is a high school team on a native American reservation.

    there are no cries for them to change their name, as well they are loved by their native American community and absolutely don’t want the name to be changed.

    I will support the name change when those native Americans change the names to their local teams, until then im sick of politically correct people trying to tell the rest of the world how to think.

    and a few native americans getting press out of this doesn’t constitute entire native America communities supporting the teams with the exact same name.

  34. daytontriangles says: Jan 19, 2015 12:21 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, your Washington Bravehearts!

  35. thethunderofgunns says: Jan 19, 2015 12:22 PM

    I agree. They need to drop the name ‘Washington’ because it’s an embarrassment.

  36. msarcher1 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:28 PM

    The Fritz Pollard Alliance needs to change their name.

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 19, 2015 12:28 PM

    If you don’t like the name of the business owned by Snyder you can choose not to support that business…. If you want to, you can raise the capital & buy it from him & call it whatever you like…. But it’s not your right to tell him he can or can’t call his business whatever he likes….
    I think they should take their beliefs to “Death Row Records”…. Or rap group NWA…

  38. tjacks7 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:31 PM

    Well okay, since you guys asked. Seriously, is this a joke?

  39. barrywhererufrom says: Jan 19, 2015 12:31 PM

    An arm of the pc world of the nfl..who cares what they think..

  40. juice08 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:31 PM

    Ah, it’s time for the liberal media to hop on their high horses and spend the offseason talking about this again until they get their way. Do you sleep well at night just because you refuse to say it?

    REDSKINS

  41. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jan 19, 2015 12:34 PM

    How about the Landover MD Redskins, since that’s where they play.
    Seriously, there was no issue when the Washington Bullets changed their name to the “Wizards:, when the Cleveland Browns moved and changed their name to the Ravens, or when the New Orleans Hornets changed to the Pelicans. Did he count the $$$ he’s going to make from new apparel sales?

  42. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:34 PM

    It’s going to happen, regardless of what the average fan thinks. I’ve come to accept it because this is a new age we live in. I don’t think the Redskin name is wrong but hey, who am I. My question is , do you change the name COMPLETLY and still try an honor native americas or do you say,the H with u, and get a totally different name ? I think we need to start comming up with new names:

    Washington Generals.

    Washington Bandits

    Washington Great Whites ( and have a logo of a great white shark….but you love the irony)

    Washington Fury

    Got any other good names?

  43. freddsox says: Jan 19, 2015 12:38 PM

    Back in the late 70’s this same discussion happened and the Stanford Indians were renamed to the Stanford Cardinal for all the aforementioned reasons. And that was Indians not Redskins… It’s not that big a deal folks and probably looking back at the change 40 years from now most people will wonder what the hell the thought was on the ‘keep’ side. Side note, Stanford elicited a lot of feedback on the new name and one of my favorite suggestions was the Robber Barons. Of course that might have offended the new breed of robber barons and the Romney 2016 team

  44. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:39 PM

    Snyder….. I know it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but this is the world we live in that name is and has been unacceptable. The longer he sits on this the worse he looks

  45. dietrich43 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:39 PM

    Let’s be honest, as soon as the NFL or Snyder think they’ll make more money by changing the name – it’s changed. I still suspect that Snyder is waiting for the warehouse of Redskins gear to be cleared out, and then he’ll change the name and get all the fans to buy gear with the new name.

  46. metalman5150 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:42 PM

    Im offended at the Dallas football team name. Didnt cowboys kill native americans in the old western movies?

  47. sufferingbirdsfan says: Jan 19, 2015 12:44 PM

    Native Americans are unfortunately wasting thier time. Racist idiots worship this fool and he loves every minute of it.

  48. ironmd778 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:46 PM

    This again?? Give it a rest.

  49. kst2074 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:49 PM

    Im so sick of this, Native Americans are not the ones talking about this, its liberals! Its not offending anyone!

  50. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 19, 2015 12:52 PM

    I’m sorry, but does the Fritz Pollard Alliance sign the paychecks for everyone who works in the Redskins organization? No?? Well then, I guess they should just keep there opinion to themselves!

  51. buckybadger says: Jan 19, 2015 12:54 PM

    Snyder isn’t done running the game through the mud yet.

  52. boiler72 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:56 PM

    If I didn’t need to be politically correct in 1995, then I don’t need to be in 2015, either. Snyder is a complete tool of of owner, but I hope he never changes the name.

  53. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:56 PM

    …this is why all teams should be named after animals, fish or birds. They don’t care.

  54. therealsmiley says: Jan 19, 2015 12:57 PM

    No. Hail!

  55. skawh says: Jan 19, 2015 12:57 PM

    HAIL to the laughing stock of a loser franchise in Washington!

  56. FinFan68 says: Jan 19, 2015 12:58 PM

    The term “Native American” is somewhat insulting. It is used as if they are the only true Americans and everybody else is some kind of transplant or immigrant. “Native Americans” were themselves immigrants. I was born in Florida but somehow you have to be of a specific race to be considered a native of this land or country. Look at a map or globe. All those boundaries are political. They always have been based on war and conquest and the borders have changed throughout history.

    You claim the Redskins need to join the 21st century by changing a name. How about Native Americans do the same by eliminating those political reservations of land. Why is it OK to allow that and then give them freebies from the government they abhor? I’m not trying to sound racist. I am simply pointing out the hypocrisy. The Redskins should change their name because it is insulting and singles out a specific race but that race can single themselves out from everybody else when they claim some form of monetary benefit.

  57. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 19, 2015 12:58 PM

    Mike Vick, Ben rothlesburger, Ray lewis, Jerome bettis, Donta stalworth, Riley cooper.If they are allowed in the NFL so is the term redskin. Those people committed far greater attrositys then a football teams name and guess what, all of them still get supported not just in the media but by fans. If fans can live with themselves rooting for these players, they can live with a team name that may be seen as offensive to a bunch of loud mouth media types

  58. Dogsweat says: Jan 19, 2015 1:02 PM

    1.Washington Reddogs. 2. Washington Hogs

  59. chiadam says: Jan 19, 2015 1:05 PM

    Washington Last Placers.

  60. biist says: Jan 19, 2015 1:05 PM

    Shall we not let the market decide? Dollar votes of tickets do not seem to be declining (notwithstanding the Redskins record this year). No one has quit coaching, no player has quit the team. No vendor refuses to print. No cheerleader has refused to cheer. ESPN/FOX/CBS have not refused to broadcast (or make money on commercial time). So what do we have in the end? Ironically, FP is marketing its ‘caring’ that in the end, helps no one.

    These gestures of ‘caring’ seem so hallow and self-aggrandizing.

  61. daytontriangles says: Jan 19, 2015 1:07 PM

    Just watch, they’ll change the name to the Washington Generals and put a picture of George Washington on the side of the helmet, at which point all the folks who where complaining about racism will begin complaining about how the new logo shows a “lack of diversity”.

  62. iamkillerfin says: Jan 19, 2015 1:08 PM

    LEAVE THE NAME ALONE…. REDSKINS SINCE 1952!!!

  63. liongator says: Jan 19, 2015 1:09 PM

    If it’s wrong to reference someone’s skin color, shouldn’t Fritz Pollard be asking Black Entertainment Television to change their name too? Shouldn’t it be African-American Entertainment Television?

  64. jtk1985 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:09 PM

    I hate the REDSKINS but they should keep the name REDSKINS.

  65. truckinmack says: Jan 19, 2015 1:09 PM

    Get a Congressional ban on all sports teams (high school school, college or pro) that depict Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, etc. All mascots must be only of European origin, (i.e. the Polish Brigade, the German Panzers, the French Resistance).

    This will mean that the NFL mascots are all White all the time, but we will not have to put up with this crap that our mascots are racist. They will all be uniformly White.

    PS: Should Congress ever do this, Al Sharpton will sue for discrimination… but if they don’t do it, Sharpton will sue for discrimination. That be what Sharpton do, threaten lawsuits so he can make money.

  66. freebird2011 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:09 PM

    Snyder should throw the complainers a bone–change the logo from the current one to an updated version of the spear and feather which was in use from 1965 to 1969.

  67. letsgolos says: Jan 19, 2015 1:16 PM

    Why don’t the just change the official name to. Washington Football Club, a la European soccer.

    Keep the colors and get rid of any Indian- like logos but don’t come up with a new nickname. Then, the fans and the media will find the need to call them SOMETHING and they’ll most likely just I officially still refer to them as Redskins.

  68. nicktomfrank says: Jan 19, 2015 1:16 PM

    It’s 2015 not 1960. Change the name already.

  69. longtallsam says: Jan 19, 2015 1:16 PM

    freddsox says:
    Jan 19, 2015 12:38 PM
    Back in the late 70’s this same discussion happened and the Stanford Indians were renamed to the Stanford Cardinal for all the aforementioned reasons. And that was Indians not Redskins…

    I can understand some feeling the name Redskins may be offensive, but I certainly cannot understand what could possibly be offensive with Indians, or Braves.

    And if Snyder does finally succumb to the politically correct pressure, just officially name them the Skins. That’s what many call them anyway.

  70. oaklegend says: Jan 19, 2015 1:17 PM

    If they’re forced to change it I hope they change it to the Pilgrims or the Washington Cavalry or some other proud early American image. As it stands, the name”Redskins” keeps a proud face of Native Americans in our consciousness and serves to remind us of our progress. No one that looks at that logo imagines anything less than respect for American Indians.

  71. drgreenstreak says: Jan 19, 2015 1:17 PM

    I never realized how overwhelmingly racist Redskins fans who don’t even live in D.C. really are. D.C. is majority Black. I know they must appreciate that the racism is directed at someone other than themselves.

    This country has a long way to go and sports fans are of little help.
    sad…

  72. lenbias34pt says: Jan 19, 2015 1:19 PM

    I’m no fighter, but if i was dating an Indian and someone called her redskin i’d get my teeth kicked in trying to beat the guy up.

    i assume all the people who think the name is fine would look the other way.

  73. thrstr says: Jan 19, 2015 1:19 PM

    this is getting pathetic, if your goal is the ultimate demise of the NFL, keep it up liberal losers.

  74. dexterismyhero says: Jan 19, 2015 1:20 PM

    Washington Indians. Ha!

  75. Sal Tynuts says: Jan 19, 2015 1:21 PM

    I’m not sure what year it is has to do with the subject. It wasn’t racist then and it’s still not racist. REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS!

  76. sabrastang says: Jan 19, 2015 1:23 PM

    ahhh, welcome to the off-season. How many articles will we see this year about this!?

  77. eparks0 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:29 PM

    Keep the name, Dan.

    Redskins, Redskins, Redskins

    signed – Dallas fan

  78. raidordie says: Jan 19, 2015 1:33 PM

    The same progressives telling the nfl to change the name, are the same progressives who call snipers and our military cowards, and defend Islam over free speech

  79. xbam1 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:34 PM

    The “NFL” saying its up to Danny Boy to change the name if he wants to shows a true lack of leadership from the commissioner…they only seem to get on their high horse but when the loss of revenue is involved…

  80. adoombray says: Jan 19, 2015 1:36 PM

    want to find proud racism? look at PFT’s comment section when this is brought up. All these white people telling other people what they should or shouldn’t be offended by. And no, your second cousin’s uncle half removed who used to know a guy who lives on the reservation doesn’t count.

    Change the name, tired of the controversy, let go of your pride, this is supposed to be about football not racism

  81. danceswithflorio says: Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    It’s funny watching the Liberals get increasingly frustrated, and desperate with this.

    Notice how they frame it, “The name WILL change….” and laugh at their faces. No it won’t change, weirdos.

  82. derpseahawksfans says: Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    Redskins…the only nfl team who can even make the raiders look good. Time to change my name to derpHTTR. Super derp

  83. chiadam says: Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    “ya know…..an argument COULD be made that the Redskins name actually PROMOTES diversity……”

    Moron.

  84. tigershark0052 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    They are right. Wizards is a dumb name.

  85. pkrlvr says: Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    The problem is that you right wing people are so concerned that this is a liberal crusade that you’d be against it regardless of it’s legitimacy. It’s very reflective of our politics right now. The GOP isn’t concerned with doing the right thing, or anything for that matter, other than fighting the liberals. Doesn’t matter what the legislation is, they have to be against it. Seems like that’s what’s happening here. None of you would ever walk up to a Native American and call him redskin. Not one. But your all online arguing against changing the name simply because you see it as fighting the liberal agenda. It may be a liberal agenda and that may turn a lot of you off, but the fact is that the actual word redskin, when referring to a NA person, is derogatory. If the republicans were pushing for this, and the libs were against, you’d be on board in a heartbeat. Sheep.

  86. rcali says: Jan 19, 2015 1:43 PM

    Ha ha. The “Washington Team” the “Washington Football Club.” Classic. The Righteous Ones” have spoken! Don’t get hurt patting yourself on the back now!

  87. mancave001 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:43 PM

    Whether it should change or not is immaterial to me. What I can’t stand is the movement in this country that sees private “diversity” organizations shakedown, intimate and bully others with whom they disagree. Enough with the grievance industry already. Plus, no one cares. Washington sucks.

  88. pkrlvr says: Jan 19, 2015 1:47 PM

    I’m not sure what year it is has to do with the subject. It wasn’t racist then and it’s still not racist. REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS!
    ——————————————–
    If I didn’t need to be politically correct in 1995, then I don’t need to be in 2015,
    ————————————-
    And in 1955 black people had their own schools and couldn’t mingle with the white folks. And in 1915 women couldn’t vote, and in 1855 you could own people and be hung for stealing a horse. It’s called progress. Civilizations advance, and people evolve. Get on board.

  89. bkbouncer says: Jan 19, 2015 1:53 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 19, 2015 12:58 PM
    The term “Native American” is somewhat insulting. It is used as if they are the only true Americans and everybody else is some kind of transplant or immigrant. “Native Americans” were themselves immigrants. I was born in Florida but somehow you have to be of a specific race to be considered a native of this land or country. Look at a map or globe. All those boundaries are political. They always have been based on war and conquest and the borders have changed throughout history.

    You claim the Redskins need to join the 21st century by changing a name. How about Native Americans do the same by eliminating those political reservations of land. Why is it OK to allow that and then give them freebies from the government they abhor? I’m not trying to sound racist. I am simply pointing out the hypocrisy. The Redskins should change their name because it is insulting and singles out a specific race but that race can single themselves out from everybody else when they claim some form of monetary benefit.

    ——————————————————————

    Are you for real? People can’t be offended by a name because of Reservations? I salute you Captain Logic.

  90. kst2074 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:56 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM
    The problem is that you right wing people are so concerned that this is a liberal crusade that you’d be against it regardless of it’s legitimacy. It’s very reflective of our politics right now. The GOP isn’t concerned with doing the right thing, or anything for that matter, other than fighting the liberals. Doesn’t matter what the legislation is, they have to be against it. Seems like that’s what’s happening here. None of you would ever walk up to a Native American and call him redskin. Not one. But your all online arguing against changing the name simply because you see it as fighting the liberal agenda. It may be a liberal agenda and that may turn a lot of you off, but the fact is that the actual word redskin, when referring to a NA person, is derogatory. If the republicans were pushing for this, and the libs were against, you’d be on board in a heartbeat. Sheep.
    =============================
    Al Sharpton has a seat at the White House with the president, and you think the GOP is wrong?

  91. kst2074 says: Jan 19, 2015 1:59 PM

    raidordie says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:33 PM

    The same progressives telling the nfl to change the name, are the same progressives who call snipers and our military cowards, and defend Islam over free speech
    ======================
    Very well said… Go REDSKINS

  92. Rindell says: Jan 19, 2015 2:01 PM

    The Fritz Pollard Alliance has nothing to do with this subject and is merely trying to remain relevant.

  93. bkbouncer says: Jan 19, 2015 2:01 PM

    kst2074 says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:56 PM
    pkrlvr says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:39 PM
    The problem is that you right wing people are so concerned that this is a liberal crusade that you’d be against it regardless of it’s legitimacy. It’s very reflective of our politics right now. The GOP isn’t concerned with doing the right thing, or anything for that matter, other than fighting the liberals. Doesn’t matter what the legislation is, they have to be against it. Seems like that’s what’s happening here. None of you would ever walk up to a Native American and call him redskin. Not one. But your all online arguing against changing the name simply because you see it as fighting the liberal agenda. It may be a liberal agenda and that may turn a lot of you off, but the fact is that the actual word redskin, when referring to a NA person, is derogatory. If the republicans were pushing for this, and the libs were against, you’d be on board in a heartbeat. Sheep.
    =============================
    Al Sharpton has a seat at the White House with the president, and you think the GOP is wrong?
    ——————————————————————
    Boy, I can’t wait to go on a tour of the White House and have the Al Sharpton Chair pointed out to me!

  94. endzone says: Jan 19, 2015 2:01 PM

    I don’t care what the team is called. I am a fan of the guys who play on the team. But I am not a fan of the owner or Bruce Allen. But I see a silver lining in Snyder’s stubborness pitted against the power and influence of the non-profit FPA. And that is that I think being forced to change the name by these powerful folks could be the one and only thing that gets Snyder to finally sell the franchise and that would be deliverance for Washington football fans.

  95. httr4life4ever says: Jan 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    BigAlHeBDMan says:
    Jan 19, 2015 12:34 PM
    How about the Landover MD Redskins, since that’s where they play.
    Seriously, there was no issue when the Washington Bullets changed their name to the “Wizards:, when the Cleveland Browns moved and changed their name to the Ravens, or when the New Orleans Hornets changed to the Pelicans. Did he count the $$$ he’s going to make from new apparel sales?
    ______________________________________
    The Browns owner at the time, left Cleveland moved the team to Baltimore wanted to keep the name, but the people of Cleveland rejected that, so they changed the name to the Ravens…Charlotte was known as the Hornets before moving the team to N.O., after getting a team back Charlotte, they wanted the Hornets name back since the hornet is known in NC as the state insect, so they got the name back and N.O. changed to the Pelicans, which is the Louisiana state bird. Makes sense…But there is no issue here, no Native American has been called the word redskin, in this century. If you ask me they want a handout, just like when the gov’t gave them a handout when they started giving them the ability to start and run casinos. Everyone in America, has a god giving right not to support something they don’t like…just like I stopped wearing Tommy Hilfiger when he stated that he didn’t make his clothes to be worn by urban African Americans.
    But to continue to beat a dead horse and suggest that a person change the name of the team, is ridiculous. Don’t like it, Don’t support it!

    #Keepthename
    #HTTR

  96. msarcher1 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:10 PM

    Washington Cleveland Browns.

  97. georgegsmiller says: Jan 19, 2015 2:11 PM

    What is funny is how SOME post’s get on here and other don’t.

    Truth hurts PC people. The name will NEVER CHANGE.

    BYE BYE!!

    Redskins.

  98. georgegsmiller says: Jan 19, 2015 2:12 PM

    The sooner the PC Liberals can come to grips with reality the sooner this subject will come to an end.

    Redskins.

  99. charger383 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:15 PM

    fritz pollard alliance needs to dry up and blow away

  100. liongator says: Jan 19, 2015 2:17 PM

    this country was built on hard work and production, now everyone wants to make a living by starting a non-profit group and appointing themselves the chief of the moral police.
    sad.grim.pathetic.

  101. swampthaaang says: Jan 19, 2015 2:18 PM

    They should change thier name to the Washington PoliticallyCorrectSkins.

  102. FinFan68 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:20 PM

    pkrlvr,
    Funny how you refer to people with a different opinion than yours “sheep”. Why do you think the word is derogatory? Because it sounds like it is, so therefor it must be? Because a bunch of people with an agenda claim it is? If you did any research at all, you would see the word comes from an Algonquin language and was used as a form of respect or distinction. Google Ives Goddard “I am a Redskin” and learn about what you are talking about before you claim others are simply being herded like sheep. I don’t think it has anything to do with a political leaning. Some things on both sides are equally stupid and that is more likely what people have an issue with.

  103. kst2074 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:24 PM

    georgegsmiller says:
    Jan 19, 2015 2:11 PM

    What is funny is how SOME post’s get on here and other don’t.

    Truth hurts PC people. The name will NEVER CHANGE.

    BYE BYE!!

    Redskins.
    ===============
    Yes, just like all typical liberal media, they don’t allow any other opinions except theirs. They take down my postings all the time

  104. charge1 says: Jan 19, 2015 2:35 PM

    adoombray says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:36 PM
    want to find proud racism? look at PFT’s comment section when this is brought up. All these white people telling other people what they should or shouldn’t be offended by. And no, your second cousin’s uncle half removed who used to know a guy who lives on the reservation doesn’t count.

    Change the name, tired of the controversy, let go of your pride, this is supposed to be about football not racism

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    Adoombray – I’m Native American I don’t have a problem with the name Redskins. I don’t need you to tell me how to feel. Thank you!

  105. keltictim says: Jan 19, 2015 2:44 PM

    From a financial standpoint the team would make a killing with a new name. All the people buying the new gear. Massive windfall. I really don’t understand at this point, how is it beneficial at all to you to keep the name. Now changing the NBA team the Bullets, that was foolish, but people, the only people that truly matter on this, the Native Americans, are offended by it. Sure there are some who don’t have an opinion, but enough do that its time. I could care less about anyone else’s opinion beyond the N.A. they are the ones who’s voice matters. Oh yea and logicalvoice/pftpoet, whichever handle he’s using today.

  106. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 19, 2015 2:46 PM

    Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard (January 27, 1894 – May 11, 1986) was the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920.

    Pollard, along with all nine of the black players in the NFL at the time, were removed from the league at the end of the 1926 season, never to return again.

    In 1930s, Pollard founded his own professional football team, the Brown Bombers.

    Therefore, the name shall be:
    The Washington Bombers.
    They are a blast.

    I will assist in cheerleader selection, if required.

  107. thebigwhitecat says: Jan 19, 2015 2:49 PM

    Right on cue. Two weeks’ news to fill before the Super Bowl.

    Please bury the hatchet. Or smoke the peace pipe.

  108. Grilling With Rich says: Jan 19, 2015 2:53 PM

    I am so over this debate and more importantly I am tired of the national media making a story about this! Get over it, the name isn’t going to change until there is a SIGNIFICANT loss in revenue to ALL the NFL teams, because of the way that the NFL pays out it’s TV contracts and merchandise. I also think that the name shouldn’t change, it is a private company so the owner can do whatever he/she wants.

    SO I SAY HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. annapterp says: Jan 19, 2015 3:00 PM

    lenbias34pt says:
    Jan 19, 2015 1:19 PM
    I’m no fighter, but if i was dating an Indian and someone called her redskin i’d get my teeth kicked in trying to beat the guy up.

    i assume all the people who think the name is fine would look the other way.
    ________________________________

    That’s exactly the point, nobody uses the word Redskin they way you use it above. Its just not EVER done. Keep the name the way it is.

  110. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 19, 2015 3:04 PM

    Many observers will attribute the subsequent lockout of black players to the entry of George Preston Marshall into the league in 1932. Marshall openly refused to have black athletes on his Boston Braves/Washington Redskins team, and reportedly pressured the rest of the league to follow suit.
    Marshall, however, was likely not the only reason: the Great Depression had stoked an increase in racism and self-inflicted segregation across the country, and internal politics likely had as much of an effect as external pressure.[3] Marshall’s hostility was specifically directed at the black race; he openly allowed (and promoted) Native Americans on his team, including his first head coach, Lone Star Dietz, widely believed to be a Native American at the time.
    The choice of Redskins as his team name in 1933 was in part to maintain the native connotations that came with the previous team’s name, the Boston Braves

  111. openyoureyes12 says: Jan 19, 2015 3:46 PM

    Tell me why a national sports team would ever name themselves something derogatory?
    Tell me why a business would ever name themselves something derogatory?
    “Redskins” is only derogatory to the sensitive PC crowd, to others, it’s a strong term of pride. Indians (I’m not going to fall into the “Native American” PC trap here) were known to be proud people, brave and fearless in battle. On top of that, we have local influences around the country where Indians were present, hence the reason so many high schools have Indian mascots. It’s a thing of pride and was never meant to be demeaning, whether some people think it is today or not. People are too sensitive and have learned that thanks to our wonderful system (sarcasm), they can legally challenge and blockade whatever “offends” them.

  112. SparkyGump says: Jan 19, 2015 4:17 PM

    Name the team after a specific team and be done with it. Washington Potomics sounds fine.

  113. bluetalons says: Jan 19, 2015 4:24 PM

    The Fritz Pollard Alliance? Who the hell are they? They’re the ones who make sure every team observes the Rooney Rule when they hire a new coach, right? They use racism to their advantage in that situation, then complain about the Redskins name because they get their little feelings hurt. Screw ’em. They are self appointed race police and thought police. They think they know what’s best for everyone else, and speak on behalf of other people regardless of whether those other people want them to or not.

  114. flipola says: Jan 19, 2015 4:32 PM

    Why is “Redskins” the new “Voldemort”?

  115. uknowho67 says: Jan 19, 2015 5:58 PM

    Once again, people who have no clue about the name or its orgin what to tell everyone else what is offensive and what we should be offended by without doing any research on their own because of sheer laziness.

    The term Redskins started as a self-identifier by Canadian tribes according to the Smithsonian when they were negoitating with European settlers. The term was not racist at all. The only way it becomes racist if it is used with that INTENT. Get it? The Washington Redskins, the owner, management players and fans do not use it in that way.

    If the term Redskins was being used in a derogitory way, then the theme song would not be HAIL to the Redskins. When the tribes of NA stop using the term for their own sports team, then come talk to me. Until then, please bother the Yankees… Yankees is a real slur put on Americans by the British. Run along kids….

  116. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2015 7:05 PM

    Call them the Washington Black People with a Few Whites Mixed In Assuming Primarily Back up And Special Teams roles.

  117. defscottyb says: Jan 19, 2015 9:40 PM

    FPA is a joke just like Jesse and Al.

  118. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2015 11:10 PM

    Bye Felicia!

  119. thisleagueisbecomingunwatchable says: Jan 20, 2015 2:17 AM

    As a redskin fan I’d rather never win another Super Bowl than bow down to PC run amuck.

  120. skinsfolife says: Jan 21, 2015 3:56 PM

    Amazing that the term Redskins wasn’t even in websters dictionary until after 1984. This supposedly “racist” term is no more racist than referring to African Americans as black or white people as white. If Redskins is to be changed then I want to be referred to as a slightly darker light brown not black. Thanks.

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