HUD secretary sees opportunity to change Washington name

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With South Carolina removing the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sees an opportunity to parlay that development into another change: The name of the Washington NFL franchise.

“I very much agree that the name is offensive,” Julián Castro said, via NBCNews.com.

“There’s a feeling in our nation that there’s this moment, this window of opportunity, to address these deep-seated challenges, these wounds that we’ve had, certainly with the African-American community, but also with the Native American community,” Castro said. “My hope is that that may mold change.”

The issue came up at a question-and-answer session at the Native News Media Conference, which is sponsored by the Native American Journalists Association and Native Public Media.

The debate regarding the name had subsided, but it will linger until the name changes. Whether that’s in the near future or at some other point in the next 50 years, it feels inevitable that American society, which has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, will evolve to the point where enough people agree with Castro.

And Castro’s voice may eventually have plenty of power attached to it. He has been mentioned as a potential Vice Presidential candidate, which could put him in position to advance the current administration’s belief that the team should not return to the District of Columbia without a new name.

67 responses to “HUD secretary sees opportunity to change Washington name

  1. The simple fact that this country is offended by such ridiculous things as a team name is offensive in its own right.

  2. I’m a Cowboy fan, and I could care less about the Redskins or their name…but I do find this newly founded version of America where everyone is whiney and butthurt about every dumb little thing everyone says or thinks. The USA is quickly morphing into Post-WWI-France.

    And btw, that is NOT a good thing.

  3. I’m 25% Cherokee Indian. My grandfather was 100%. My father 50%.

    My feelings on this issue is… Protect Freedom of Choice for the owner to name his team whatever he wants to and let We the People decide if we want to buy his product.

    When a few people and the liberal press gang up on a businessman to force him to submit to their demands… We the People have lost our freedom that is guaranteed by the Consitituion and the Bill of Rights.

    They’ve used that name for 80 years. Now that someone thinks they can force them to dispose of it after 80 years through the press is a travesty.

    This is simply crowd mania trying to strong arm someone to submit to their emotions.

    If I was the owner of the Redskin’s I’d say sue me. Tell me what part of the Constitution or current law are you basing your charges on?

    The Constitution was written to protect We the People against an out of control government and an out of control popular opinion.

    What more important to you? Your Constitutional freedom of choice? Or the name of a football team you like or feel is offensive.

    You can have both!

  4. Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, are all Okay?
    The Tomahawk Chop, Chief Wahoo that’s not offensive or mocking?

    How about Red Mesa High in Arizona, located on a NAVAJO reservation, and where 99.3 percent of its students are Native American and PROUDLY call themselves Redskins. I had the pleasure of visiting their campus in the fall of 2013 and witnessed as much Washington Redskins gear being worn and displayed as I have witness at any NFL game.

    Perhaps the answer is to eliminate ALL team mascot names on all levels of sports, from youth to professional.

  5. There’s only one person who’s opinion on this subject matters. And he seems to be a pretty stubborn guy.

  6. Not only will Castro be a VP candidate, he will be this nation’s first Hispanic president, eight years after Hillary or Bernie. Mark it down.

    He is correct, the momentum from sacking the flag, must be used to keep moving forward. I think conservatives call it a “slippery slope”. In progressing our civilization, it is a good thing. The Redskins may circle the wagons, but change is inevitable.

    Tradition is not a reason to continue along a wrong path.

  7. Well, it’s great to know that all those zero-money-down HUD mortgages are going great, so the boss of America’s must corrupt and incompetent agency can pontificate on football team names.

  8. This isn’t public buildings flying the flag used by the traitors who defended slavery, this is just a private entertainment industry entity with a questionable trademark.

  9. When you have to pay the “mortgage”, then you have the right to make changes. Until then, take a seat and shut up.

  10. HUD is the agency (along w Fannie/Freddie) most reaponsible for the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown whose roots were in the secondary real estate markwt. Millions lost homes retirement or equity and many had to restart their lives.

    But this guy “cares” about the little guy…

  11. “Yankees is starting to sound offensive” ———————————————————————————————-
    Depending on where you reside “Yankees” may have alsways sounded offensive!

  12. Oh yeah… my Grandmother was 100% Cherokee Indian and a huge Redskins fan from the DC area and so are all my Uncles and Mother. #HTTRCherokee

  13. Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks.

  14. So the Confederate Flag is being removed from history, Dixie is no longer allowed to be played in a public forum. You can’t even watch the Dukes of Hazard without being a racist. What is next? Removing white milk off the shelves. So the is what A Progressive nation of wusses looks like.

  15. In this thread: white people telling you what non-whites should and shouldn’t be offended by.

  16. I have some great ideas:

    Washington Red Tape
    Washington National Debt
    Washington Deficits
    Washington Lobbyists
    Washington Crooked Politicians
    Washington Corruption

  17. As a back man, I hear some pretty unpleasant things. But I try to live by and instill in my son’s that words only have power if you give it that power. Otherwise, its just a collection of letters.

  18. stevent92 says:
    Jul 12, 2015 10:06 AM
    HUD is the agency (along w Fannie/Freddie) most reaponsible for the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown whose roots were in the secondary real estate markwt. Millions lost homes retirement or equity and many had to restart their lives.
    ______________________________________

    OMG! Blaming HUD for the unseemly business practices of private equity companies like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers? This is typical of a certain uneducated group of people of a certain political persuasion. Blame the Gubmint instead of private businesses for the Great Recession.

    It was the stupid sub-prime and predatory mortgage practices of private financial institutions egged on by diminishing government regulations that caused the crisis.

  19. Humble me finds it offensive that the HUD secretary of America would bring politics into a sport – NFL Football in this case.

    He complains about one teams decades old name and doesn’t seem to care about the total lack of diversity and Affirmative Action in the NFL.

    Mr. Secretary, do you know how many American Indians play football in the NFL?

    Mr. Secretary, where are all the Hispanic football players in the NFL…or at least a fair amount to represent the American Hispanics. Probably don’t have even ONE illegal alien either, and yet you complain only about the name of one NFL team.

    Mr. Secretary, where are all the Asian American football players in the NFL. Where’s Affirmative Action when its needed!?

    Mr. Secretary, do you even know how many American Women get to play football in the NFL?

  20. Hey charger383, then according to raythegreatnathen’s logic that if one person finds it offensive, then it’s offensive. That’s it Yankees, your next, the Yankees should change their name to the Communists!

  21. Charger383, according to raythegreatnathen’s logic then since you find the name Yankees offensive then it’s offensive. Your next Yankees, you should change your team name to the Communists!

  22. Florio wrote:
    “which has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, will devolve to the point where enough people agree with Castro.”

    Fixed it for you.

    If you don’t know how you feel about an issue, a good litmus test is the following: Find out what the progressives think, and go with the opposite. They don’t care about you as an individual, even if your skin has high melanin content. Their agenda is control, and will turn on you the second you deviate from their approved ideas.

  23. I’m offended by the national debt, which should offend anyone who has children so much that all other potential offenses are unmentioneable. What are beaurcrats like Cruz doing about the debt? Oh, wait, Cruz’s livelyhood depends on a big or bigger government, so too bad for our descendants.

  24. A few things that offend me, and should thus be stopped immediately.

    That it’s ok – American citizens must even support – putting the Mexican flag above the American flag at California schools on Cinco de Mayo.

    Democrats trying to push legislation through that will eliminate the use of the terms husband and wife from federal docs because it offends gays and transgenders.

    The use of a team name like Vikings, a group known for horrible acts throughout history (and not just from the football team).

  25. Yankees was a term meant to be derogatory. Yet somehow isnt.

    Redskins never was derogatory yet people chose to try and make it one in the last 15 years.

    Wow this county’s stupidity never ceases to amaze.

  26. I find the name “Castro” that this clown Julian Castro has offensive because it reminds me of Fidel Castro. So he should change his name.

    These ultra liberals who grandstand for the most minuscule of causes won’t be satisfied until people are afraid to communicate with each other for fear of being accused as racist or offensive.

    As some have suggested, change the name to the Washington Crooks or Washington Liars in honor of the politicians who sit in the luxury boxes on tax payer money.

    Mao Tse Tung was right. He said America would destroy itself from within and that’s precisely what we are doing by allowing small groups of people to shake the foundation of our freedoms.

    And, here’s one for them. O’Bama calls himself black, right? But isn’t he also white? I find it offensive that he trumpets his black side over his white side — which he clearly does.

  27. See here’s the difference … the Native american people can let go of the past and don’t want to stir the pot BUT the African American community can NEVER let go of the past.

    Now you can delete this because freedom of speech is not allow on this board.

  28. all they have to do to keep their Redskins name is change their logo to one of those little red potatoes, they have red skins. Who cares about what the HUD Secretary says, the Redskins don’t play in Washington anyway, they play in Landover, MD.

  29. I see an opportunity as well. Next November, we will all have an opportunity to ensure that we don’t have idiots like this in office.

  30. Funny that the thing that should offend more Americans then anything is the idea that others should get to pick and choose what’s right and wrong. The freedom of speech is so we all have our opinions. I find people not being free offensive which is why Castro should probably change his name, since nobody in Cuba is free. But it’s why being strictly party lines doesn’t work for me. I believe pot should be legal, same with gay marriage despite being a conservative. Why? Because I believe people shouldn’t get to choose what’s right or wrong for other people with no basis behind it. It’s also why I believe the name redskins should change.

    on a side note. The Yankee argument is amazing. It’s like only whites know how to turn a derogatory name and completely own it, thus taking any venom out of an “offensive” term

  31. …Mao Tse Tung was right. He said America would destroy itself from within and that’s precisely what we are doing by allowing small groups of people to shake the foundation of our freedoms….

    ———————————————————————–

    Pretty sure it was Nikita Khrushchev, who expanded it from Abraham Lincoln’s speech but, it remains a truth nonetheless.

  32. Let’s also get rid of the Chiefs, then, because I’m offended.
    Browns, I’m also offended.
    Vikings is offensive to the Scandinavians.
    Giants is offensive to those that suffer from gigantism.
    Texans is blatantly noninclusive of the other 49 states, and thereby offensive.
    Saints is overly religious, and offensive to those with alternate beliefs.

    Just get rid of all the names, and while we’re at it, take some white-out… (oops, sorry, offensive).. liquid paper to the dictionary and rod this world of all offensive words.

  33. Football fans need to be aware that the Democrat Liberals’ Politically Correct agenda includes sissyfying football to eliminate hard hits (look at what they have tried to do to water down boxing and MMA) and “civilize” and remake football into what they think the game should be..

    Going after the Redskins name is just the first step for the Liberals to establish their legal authority to meddle in and re-make the NFL as well as deny the Redskins their Freedom Of Speech right.

    If we allow any erosion of one person’s Constitutional Rights by ignoring the nullification of that Right, there will be no protection for the loss of our Rights when the time comes that the Liberals deny us our Rights. This tactic is exactly how Hitler divided and conquered and took over the German people and the individual groups who made up the German population.

  34. God bless ya, Florio – still trying to sound this cause, public interest and sentiment be damned, eh? I guess you figure that the SC flag issue might be enough of a spark to re-light the “fire” (a term I apply VERY loosely…)

    Despite popular opinion, the definition of insanity isn’t, “doing something over and over, expecting a different result”. However, it is close to the definition of obsessive compulsive disorder.

    Enjoy, Florio, enjoy.

  35. Trump worried about getting this country out of debt, every other politician worried about flags and team names. China and Japan just laugh at us everyday as our bill to them rises.

  36. Other team names that are offensive…

    Vikings, Buccanners, Raiders
    They were all white slave owners. No, it doesn’t matter that the slaves were white.

    Giants
    Offensive to short people.

    Bears, Lions, Rams, Eagles, Broncos, Panthers, Jags, ect, ect…
    How dare the NFL use these great animal names for profit?!?!? PETA demands justice!!!!

    Packers
    Offensive on so many levels to, certain communities.

    Chiefs
    Indian name, so automatically offensive.

    Really, I think the NFL should just number the teams or something so nobody is offended, except you can’t use 49ers… cause some were white slave owners.

  37. It’s amazing no one ever talks about the 49ers name. The gold miners/prospectors of 1849 ie: the 49ers forcibly removed and murdered 100K Native Americans during the Gold Rush and raped NA women and children. Look it up.

  38. Dear Native American Advocates,

    Get over yourselves.

    You are not NATIVE – you are FIRST SQUATTERS – claiming land that was NEVER YOURS as YOURS and having the audacity of fleeing other geographic areas and settling here thinking that being first made you the rightful owners.

    You somehow claim to have a special exemption to the historic rule of “being conquered means you are a loser and deserve no reverence”. Face it – throughout history, people have been defeated and kicked off their land. You deserve no special consideration by virtue of being a first squatter. You couldn’t defeat Europeans, Vikings, or the Chinese or even people from Spain. Get over yourselves. You had your chance to rise up and to defeat the second wave of squatters. You didn’t.

    We should not rename the Redskins because you take offense to the name. We have racist organizations with offensive names like the Congressional Black Caucus, the United Negro College Fund, the Black Panthers, the NAACP, the Rainbow Coalition, and others. Those are just as offensive since they are about one race and are intended to insult others. We have bigger fish to fry in this country rather than to pander to drunks and a collection of losers who already had their day to have it their way.

    You could go to Burger King. They will make it your way, however.

  39. Steven T ..the HUD guy does not care at all about the little man.
    He cares only about himself. Like Obama he has an agenda.and that is to be the running mate to Hilary.

    Castro is from San Antonio and he basically thinks he is a prima Donna. He was once mayor of SA and basically abandoned his mayor job while he was suppose to be the mayor to promote his career. Typical liberal.

    They only care about themselves. Ask Hilary.

  40. Yep, the liberals don’t really care about Native Americans. It’s all about politics, careers and money. Jumping on the hot trendy bandwagon to get re-elected.

  41. While yes it was the right thing to do to remove the Conferate Flag sincce that was a symbol of not just racism but also a rebellion against the US and very un-American, being offensive about the Redskins name is just SILLY. Even Native Americans know the name is meant in an honour and is not racist. also BTW liberal’s true meaning is free market. The word is progressive. I think the Progressives need to shut up about the Redskins name. Keep the name and get back to the sport and forget the politics.

  42. Breaking news! A bunch of old white football fans feel like they know what to be offended by better than those to whom offense is supposedly made. Can you believe it?

    A large majority of Native Americans support the name, many of whom are also fans of the team. They are not stupid and don’t need you to tell them how to feel.

  43. Correction: That should read:

    Breaking news! A small number of old white football fans feel like they know what to be offended by better than those to whom offense is supposedly made. Can you believe it?

  44. skinsprinting says:Jul 12, 2015 2:12 AM

    Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, are all Okay?
    The Tomahawk Chop, Chief Wahoo that’s not offensive or mocking?

    Perhaps the answer is to eliminate ALL team mascot names on all levels of sports, from youth to professional.

    I still want to know why the change the name crowd is not going after the other mascots/nicknames and just the Redskins. I for one think Chief Wahoo is 1000% more offensive than anything about the Redskins.

    skinsprinting , I agree that we we could very well be going down a path of eliminating mascot names entirely. We after all don’t want to offend anyone or anything and the only way to stop it is to change a sports team name.

  45. frankfortschooldropout says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:09 PM
    Florio wrote:
    “which has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, will devolve to the point where enough people agree with Castro.”

    Fixed it for you.

    If you don’t know how you feel about an issue, a good litmus test is the following: Find out what the progressives think, and go with the opposite. They don’t care about you as an individual, even if your skin has high melanin content. Their agenda is control, and will turn on you the second you deviate from their approved ideas.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    By this logic:

    – in 1870 I should have been against the 15th Amendment.
    – in 1919 I should have been against Women’s suffrage.
    – in 1964 I should have been against the Civil Rights Act.

    The reason that progressives are seen as an enemy by so many “traditionalists” is that people who are rooted in their ways fear change. People have been convinced that expanding the rights of others is somehow going to infringe upon their own rights. Much of this fear is based upon a desire not to allow their personal opinions become unpopular to the point of no longer being able to publicly share them or, the horror, having their opinions changed through a free exchange of ideas.

  46. fwippel says:
    Jul 12, 2015 11:28 AM

    I have some great ideas:

    Washington Red Tape
    Washington National Debt
    Washington Deficits
    Washington Lobbyists
    Washington Crooked Politicians
    Washington Corruption

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    One more…

    Washington Snyders… why not? The Cleveland franchise is named after it’s first coach. Plus, just think of the partnership possibilities with a certain snack food company !!!!!!!

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