Washington Post follows poll with call for name change

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The Washington Post created some controversy this week by polling 504 self-identifying Native American adults regarding whether they are bothered by the local NFL team’s name. But the Post wants everyone to know its fundamental view of the name hasn’t changed.

We still consider the word to be a slur,” the Editorial Board writes, “and we will still do our best to avoid it.”

Although acknowledging the result of the key poll question as “overwhelming,” the Editorial Board found “noteworthy” the fact that more than half of those who responded had heard little or nothing about the controversy, and that 21 percent who replied found the word “disrespectful.” (The Editorial Board doesn’t address the concern expressed by the Native American Journalists Association that more than half of the respondents are not tribal citizens, which possibly means that they aren’t truly Native American.)

The newspaper’s opinion regarding the name likely won’t alter criticism of the newspaper’s decision to open for public debate a question that, from the Editorial Board’s perspective, has only one right answer. Indeed, if the newspaper believes that the term is a slur, why ask members of the group it targets whether the use of that slur bothers them?

As it stands, the Post seems to be trying to have it both ways, placating those who support the name with a poll that justifies its ongoing use and then patronizing the opponents of the name with an opinion that the name still shouldn’t be used. If the Post truly believes the name shouldn’t be used, the Post shouldn’t be using it in any context — and especially not in a way that gives legitimacy to a debate that the Editorial Board claims to regard as illegitimate.

129 responses to “Washington Post follows poll with call for name change

  1. Love the groups opposing this and saying the poll is invalid. Why, because the results don’t agree with you think they should be?

    Here’s an idea. Conduct your own poll, under your own parameters, that show this poll, or any other, is wrong. The reason they don’t do that is because there is zero evidence that more than a very small percentage of people care about this topic at all.

  2. I consider the Washington Post to be a slur on morality, which i also avoid it. Seriously, this is like you objecting to my dog’s name, or what is written on my t-shirt. Dan and I don’t care.

    imagine if our overreaching federal government did get involved, the new name would be the Washington Area Transgenders and the logo a bathroom door with a question mark.

  3. Typical Leftist media. Push their agenda, no matter public opinion. They have now doomed the validity of any other polls on the matter in the future.

  4. It’s kind of ironic that the leader of the court battle to force the Washington Redskins to change their name could be said to have a highly ‘offensive’ surname herself…which neither the Washington Post nor the other political correctness police bother to point out. I’m referring to Amanda Blackhorse.

  5. Two things you can expect to hear about in the spring every year: North Korea threatening nuclear destruction in an effort to ease sanctions because their people are starving and white SJW types pretending to be offended by the name Redskins.

  6. So Washington Post …Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, are all Okay ? The tomahawk chop is okay as well not to mention the chant!!
    But Redskins is not okay?

    There are 62 high schools in 22 states with the name Redskins including Red Mesa High School.

    Red Mesa High School is located in Red Mesa, Arizona, which is about 25 miles southwest of the Four Corners. The school is located on the Navajo Reservation and is a public school. They have nearly 100% ( 99.3 % ) Navajo students.

    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.

    Mission Statement:
    “To provide quality education for successful interaction in the changing technological world while enhancing Navajo culture”

  7. It is just a small select group of Indians that are offended. Are the democrats going to tell them what I’d offensive or are they going to move on to more intranet matters? The Indians in Cherokee, NC don’t care and are more suspicious of the government wigs trying to make a big deal about it.

  8. The meanings of words, and slang, and slurs change all the time. In my lifetime, the acceptable word used to describe African Americans has changed several times. I’m sure it will change several more times in my lifetime. If we can just wait a couple more years, or a couple more months, or however long, the word Redskins will not be offensive to anybody. Let’s try to focus our attention and energy on really trying to make America a better place for everyone. Changing the Redskins team name really isn’t going to put food on anyone’s table, or give someone a job. It might make some people who are eating three meals a day feel better. So I don’t think anyone is really concerned about Native Americans, if all they’re doing is nagging Dan Snyder. Talk is cheap. Donate your own money to Native Americans, or zip it. Stop always calling for someone else to do something.

  9. Did you pass this article past Bob Costas before you published it because he is the authority on everything in sports?

  10. I remember growing up and deciding everything with “majority rules”. When did it change to “minority rules”? Political correctness is destroying us.

    _____________________________________

    Like when the majority of the South was for Slavery???

    Or against Civil Rights???

    Or against women getting the right to Vote???

    hmmm….

  11. This left wing biased rag is a joke and is absolutely corrupt. Jeff Bezos bought it for chump change for one reason: to use as his bully pulpit to rule the retail world even more – till there’s nobody left but Amazon. They jumped the shark long ago and the only print and digital readers they have left are their crazed leftist sycophants. The MSNBC crowd.

  12. Pretty obvious to me they thought the pole results would have been reversed. They tried to stack the results against the name!
    Wouldn’t Editors just pole verified Native Americans rather than self identified Native Americans if they were honest?
    I could have been in there self identified pole because like my Senator Warren I have high cheekbones and my grandmother said I could be 1% Native American!
    I can’t believe how dishonest Liberals are!!!!!!!!

  13. Once again, the media and their liberal cronies say “We know better than you!”. This nanny state garbage needs to stop. Always trying to champion issues for people that don’t want/need a champion. Pathetic really.

  14. Our local HS was the Redskins and changed because it was the “right” thing to do. It cost the poor tax payers about $400k for new uniforms, logo changes in the school like the score boards, gym floor and other misc. items. Screw the taxpayers……because of a couple of righteous people.

  15. Florio’s personal crusade, that we get shoved in our faces daily. The only reason NBC gives him the platform is.. well, it’s NBC. Same ideology. Most of America rejects it, but as liberals will do, they just attempt to shut out opinions that don’t agree with their own – even in cases like this where the VAST majority disagree with them.

    When Trump is elected president in November, and he will be, and by a wider margin than expected – you can blame nonsense like this for turning more people towards him.

  16. As a D.C. resident, I can say strongly that the only major-media people that push this issue are the Post and Florio. And by “push,” I mean actively go out of their way to put this in front of people’s faces.

    It generates controversy, and therefore, creates drama in the slow-time of the NFL season. It’s not rocket science, but I’m sure the Post and Florio think they’re pioneers, leading themselves into unknown territory.

    The problem is – a small percentage of (Native American) people are offended by the name. That won’t stop white people from using it as a means of power.

    They’re essentially telling Native Americans that they’re too dumb to know that they should be offended. This is a huge problem.

  17. Many of us are offended by Roger Goodell and the job he has done to try and ruin the NFL. When will there be a commissioner change?

  18. No. One. Cares.

    There is NOTHING in our laws or tradition that says, “Something MUST change because it is ‘offensive’ to people.”

    We don’t write laws or force action based upon emotion. We do it based on an objective standard of right vs. wrong. People are smart enough to see that “Redskins” was never meant to be offensive, and a vast majority of Indians have pride in the name. Case closed.

  19. conormacleod says:
    May 22, 2016 12:38 PM
    Love the groups opposing this and saying the poll is invalid. Why, because the results don’t agree with you think they should be?
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    Well duh, that is the liberal way. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, etc. (as long as they agree with it)

  20. White knights! Of course they did just as Florio wrote this particular article. There’s an established narrative with those pushing this agenda. Unfortunately for them very few agree.

  21. It’s called balanced and honest journalism. The world of NFL media threw that concept away over a decade ago in favor of placating the social media mob mentality, but there is still value in reporting BOTH sides of a story as opposed to pushing your own personal agenda.

  22. This is the dumbest issue in football. No way a team should have to change its name after 90+ years. They are not changing their name. I wish this issue to go away. Anybody who is pushing for the Redskins to change their name must be unemployed or really bored.

  23. Why are we supposed to think the word is a slur? I noticed the dictionary claims it’s a slur, but no one seems to have sources demonstrating such.

  24. Frankly, I find the use of the name “Washington Post” to be a slur of a name proudly held by fence posts everywhere. When someone refers to a person as “dumb as a post”, they are obviously talking about the “Washington Post” and this hurts the feelings of lamp posts everywhere. The opinion of all of those who may be offended by this – or even by those of us who just make up this stuff – is that the name of the paper be changed to the “Washington Liberal Crap Flinger” and that the name of the Washington Redskins endure long after this wave of insane liberal sensitivity has perished.

  25. I am not a Trump supporter (nor Clinton for that matter) but if Trump should get elected, I hope he ships all of the white guilt-driven liberal progressives to somewhere like Guantanamo Bay. Let’s keep trying to rewrite history by pretending it didn’t happen……and in 50 years a new generation will attempt to do the same, wondering how their crazy ancestors pushed for things like transgender bathrooms etc.

  26. All this energy might be better spent to end, say, slurs against the mentally handicapped, who are even less able to protect themselves than Native Americans.

    Too often, we don’t want to wage moral crusades that are important, just those that are popular or make us feel better, rather than the objects of the slur.

    The most offensive “R” word today isn’t the name of the Washington team. It’s the pejorative use of the term used to refer to those with down syndrome.

  27. .
    At the end of the day, this is a question that can only be resolved by the three involved parties : Washington ownership, Washington fans and the Native American community. Everything else sounds like static.
    .

  28. The editorial board of a newspaper is not the editors of the paper. One set of people could be quite aghast that the other set commissioned that poll at all.

  29. I’m Lumbee
    Redskin is a synonym for warrior.
    The term is a native term that refers to the painting of the face with red clay before battle..

    This “we are offended” thing is a white mans problem.. twisting words and meanings just to get the attention that comes with silly “outrage”

  30. Only liberals…this country is going to hell…I think I Will identify as a woman today and use their bathroom…how sad we have come to this!

  31. The uber-liberal, PC-oriented Washington Post (which closely aligns itself with Obama’s arbitrary social engineering policies) continues to try and change minds and public opinion based on it’s sole claim to fame, the Watergate Conspiracy revelation. Which gained them a reputation that they’ve been feeding off for years. Otherwise, it’s just another rag that supports the liberal agenda.

  32. Let’s count the people that really care about this subject that keeps raising it’s ugly head: VERY VERY FEW!!!!

    Give it up- Washington will never change it’s name nor should they!!!

  33. New Orleans should be offended. Utah has the Jazz and they are stuck with the Pelicans.

  34. Here’s a slogan for ya: “White liberals; telling the ‘little people’ what should offend them since the sixties.”

  35. I’ve said this before on here. I have many native friends. If I called one of them a Redskin I would expect a swift punch in the face. The dictionary defines it as a slur. I would not call my BlackBerry friends the N word. I would not call my Asian friends chinks… Maybe it used to be ok. But times change. It used to be ok to spray with DDT. Does that mean we just put our heads in the sand and ignore common sense, Science or common decency in general??? Just change the name. And I am a big big fan of Washington’s professional NFL football team.

  36. Even in an article about the acceptability of ‘the word’ the word isn’t used. That word hasn’t been changed yet and it is REDSKINS. Saying “the Post seems to be trying to have it both ways” is disingenuous. The poll was news and that is, after all, the business they are in. The op-ed opinion is just that, their opinion, and that is the business of the Editorial Board. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact the paper had an ethical obligation to make both known. I may not agree with their opinion but in light of their own poll I respect that they still expressed it honestly in spite of how it reflected on them. That’s called integrity. It’s more than just a word and the league could learn from their example.

  37. araidersfan says:
    May 22, 2016 12:44 PM

    It’s kind of ironic that the leader of the court battle to force the Washington Redskins to change their name could be said to have a highly ‘offensive’ surname herself…which neither the Washington Post nor the other political correctness police bother to point out. I’m referring to Amanda Blackhorse.
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    Leave it to a raiders fan to say something so completely stupid.

  38. My 6th great grandmother on my father’s side was a Native American from KY. She was obtained by Elisha Harrison, per the family story, for a knife and a bunch of decorative glass beads at age 14. That makes me 1/128th Native American. I have more right to be offended by the term “Redskin” than any of the “pure” white people complaining about this (which I am not).
    Per DNA analysis from Ancestry.com, I am 3% Native American, however, their analysis also shows that I am 5% Neanderthal. Where is the outrage from people about the derogatory term “You Neanderthal!” used against people?

  39. Do we really need to rely on polls to tell us whether or not it is OK to use actual RACIAL SLURS on a day-to-day basis?

    I am not politically correct in the LEAST, but come on and have some common sense!

  40. I understand Skins fans who aren’t racist and don’t see why their beloved team should change its name, but try to look at it this way: why should the white-corporate billionaire descendants of those who committed near-genocide against American Indian tribes now get to own and cheapen those identities (various titles like the Redskins, or the Chiefs’ tomahawks etc) and make money out of such cultural heritage, of those slaughtered? Isn’t it a little sick and ironic? And no, I’m not “a liberal lefty” – and will be forced to vote Trump rather than Clinton (though I think both are pretty bad).

  41. If the Washington Post is so disgusted with the name they should stop reporting on the team completely. Oh yeah, The Post doesn’t have the guts to walk away from the viewership or advertising dollars.

  42. 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.!

  43. swineflooo says:
    May 22, 2016 1:08 PM

    Liberals are ruining this country
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    No! Greed is ruining this country.

    I remember when I was a kid and Native Americans were voicing their concerns over the name during the Jack Kent Cooke years.

    This issue isn’t anything new, but I wouldn’t expect new-age Trump supporters to be able to understand.

  44. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. They took a poll. The poll didn’t turn out the way they wanted. So now they are telling Native Americans what they should think? Seriously, haven’t these people suffered enough slights. Stop bullying them. You want to do something help them. My coworkers wife is Native American. The story he’s told me about how poor her family was growing up is disheartening.

  45. 6250claimer says:
    May 22, 2016 1:00 PM
    Florio’s personal crusade, that we get shoved in our faces daily. The only reason NBC gives him the platform is.. well, it’s NBC. Same ideology. Most of America rejects it, but as liberals will do, they just attempt to shut out opinions that don’t agree with their own – even in cases like this where the VAST majority disagree with them.

    When Trump is elected president in November, and he will be, and by a wider margin than expected – you can blame nonsense like this for turning more people towards him.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Absolutely and totally agree!!!!! I have been a registered Democrat my entire life. I now feel like a person without a party, since the liberals have gone so far left and PC, to the point of being almost comedic. Trump will be elected and the current administration, et al, will have nobody to blame, but themselves!!! Sick of all the agendas…….

  46. From Webster’s Third New International Unabridged Dictionary (1961, 1993):

    redskin: (n.) a No. American Indian–usu. taken to be offensive

    The Washington Post is right. So is Mike Florio (God help us all). I haven’t heard a single intelligent or compelling reason not to change the name, just a lot of yammering about political correctness, free speech, the nanny state. The thinking of the Don’t Change the Name bloc is muddled and tends to go off topic, which is what happens when you’re determined to rationalize an irrational position.

    Dan Snyder: Just change the name. Your fans will stick around and in a year or two will realize that the team’s name never really mattered much to them in the first place.

  47. If you do not like the name “Redskins”, purchase the team from Dan Snyder and change it yourself.

    Otherwise, accept the fact that you have no say in the matter. It is not your place to make demands of Snyder, so either make him an offer he can’take refuse or drop your political correctness agenda, and go back to reporting on football.

  48. Sounds quite familiar to the theme of the newspaper in ‘the Fointainhead’ where the owner/editor proclaims “…public opinion, we make public opinion”. Doesn’t matter what the facts are,it’s just a group with an outlet pushing their own agenda.

  49. This is another effort of the ultra liberal wackos persuading people who have no backbone to join in their efforts to make this nation one whereby anything and everything is fair game to be called racism.
    People use racism now for just about anything which suits their agenda. I am sick and tired of it.
    In WWII, my dad fought the Japanese because they started a war with the United States, and he referred to them as “Japs”, just as millions of other Americans did. Now, even that is considered to be offensive toward Japanese people by some people. Well, I say too bad. They were Japs to my dad until the day he died and they’ll be Japs to me until the day I die. If anyone has a problem with that, too bad. If they are that upset, maybe they should persuade the Japs to finally admit to all the atrocities they committed prior to and during that war.
    The question I have is, what’s next? Which minuscule group of wackos with nothing better to do will jump up and start another fire where there was none? And which grandstanding politician looking for votes will stand with them?
    The Redskins are the Redskins and nowhere in their history have they ever shown any disrespect toward Native Americans. I will call them the Redskins no matter what. They can change it to whatever they want, but they will always be the Redskins, to me.
    And if all you spineless whiners don’t like that name, stop watching the NFL and find something else to do.
    As for the Washington Post, check out their history sometime and try to defend some of things they’ve stood for.

  50. thechickenexpress says:
    May 22, 2016 2:30 PM
    From Webster’s Third New International Unabridged Dictionary (1961, 1993):

    redskin: (n.) a No. American Indian–usu. taken to be offensive

    The Washington Post is right. So is Mike Florio (God help us all). I haven’t heard a single intelligent or compelling reason not to change the name, just a lot of yammering about political correctness, free speech, the nanny state. The thinking of the Don’t Change the Name bloc is muddled and tends to go off topic, which is what happens when you’re determined to rationalize an irrational position.

    Dan Snyder: Just change the name. Your fans will stick around and in a year or two will realize that the team’s name never really mattered much to them in the first place.

    ______________________________________

    Your name above this wacko post of yours is offensive to me. I happen to like chickens. So change it.

  51. >>>”more than half of the respondents are not tribal citizens, which possibly means that they aren’t truly Native American.”<<<

    So their warped view is that unless you get your carcass back to the reservation, live in a teepee, hunt buffalo while riding a painted pony, you're not a true Native American. Nice stereo typing.

  52. brendafortheboyz says:
    May 22, 2016 2:24 PM
    6250claimer says:
    May 22, 2016 1:00 PM
    Florio’s personal crusade, that we get shoved in our faces daily. The only reason NBC gives him the platform is.. well, it’s NBC. Same ideology. Most of America rejects it, but as liberals will do, they just attempt to shut out opinions that don’t agree with their own – even in cases like this where the VAST majority disagree with them.

    When Trump is elected president in November, and he will be, and by a wider margin than expected – you can blame nonsense like this for turning more people towards him.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Absolutely and totally agree!!!!! I have been a registered Democrat my entire life. I now feel like a person without a party, since the liberals have gone so far left and PC, to the point of being almost comedic. Trump will be elected and the current administration, et al, will have nobody to blame, but themselves!!! Sick of all the agendas…….

    _______________________________________

    I registered to vote when I was of age as a Democrat, mostly because I loved Harry Truman. But this Democratic party has become a party which goes out of its way to embrace every wacko ideal it can to get as many votes as it can, no matter how badly it affects America.
    The most prejudiced people I know are liberals. It’s a fact. Their idea of right is to take from people who have lived exemplary lives and worked hard to earn a living and give to those who don’t want to work or are scoundrels who the Dems offer excuses for, and blame society because they are dirt bags.
    I am sick of liberals and unfortunately, most of them are Democrats.
    Donald Trump will definitely get my vote in November. And when he is elected, I hope he keeps his promise to throw illegal aliens out of this country. It’s time to take this country back from those who would destroy it, before it’s too late.

  53. I thoroughly detest political correctness, and don’t really care that much about this particular issue, but I think they should change the name, for the following reasons: (1) the constant uproar is a distraction, thus it makes sense to put it to rest so that the organization can focus all its energy on the team instead of the name controversy; (2) the name Redskins is really kind of bland, and it was chosen when the team was still in Boston a million years ago — it makes no sense for a team in Washington; (3) the organization should look upon this as an opportunity to pick a cool, new, modern name, one that’s more in tune with the times, one that will generate positive press for the team instead of negative press. In short, the Washington brass should look on this as an opportunity to do something that will reflect well on their team, instead of just letting the matter fester and grow uglier. Turn it into a positive and move on from all the negativity. The area’s basketball team used to be called the Washington Bullets, but when murder statistics made that an onerous name, the team was renamed to the Wizards, and frankly that’s an improvement. If you were a player, would you want to think of yourself as a bullet, an inanimate object fired from a gun? Much cooler to be a wizard, a powerful worker of magic. Name changes can be a positive, you know.

  54. You can’t make a poll of local people only. Of course they don’t want a long standing team name to be changed.

    Do a proper nation wide poll of Native Americans and let the results be what ever they are.

    Then based on the results you start to consider a process for name change or you don’t.

    Another question is what percent is needed to show that the name is offensive? 20% may be enough. If not it is still less than 50%. No need for a majority.

  55. Wait, people actually read the content of the Washington Compost? I thought it was used exclusively as a birdcage liner or a table covering for a crab feast.

  56. thechickenexpress says:
    May 22, 2016 2:30 PM

    From Webster’s Third New International Unabridged Dictionary (1961, 1993):

    redskin: (n.) a No. American Indian–usu. taken to be offensive

    The Washington Post is right. So is Mike Florio (God help us all). I haven’t heard a single intelligent or compelling reason not to change the name, just a lot of yammering about political correctness, free speech, the nanny state. The thinking of the Don’t Change the Name bloc is muddled and tends to go off topic, which is what happens when you’re determined to rationalize an irrational position.

    Dan Snyder: Just change the name. Your fans will stick around and in a year or two will realize that the team’s name never really mattered much to them in the first place.
    ________________________________
    I personally know a lot of Native Americans that consider names like the “Redskins” to be a badge of honor, a sign of repsect. These names were NEVER meant to offend or show disrespect. To take those names away now is far more offensive than pretending that these names offend someone.

    Regarding Webster’s Dictionary, that is still just an opinion of a small group of people, no different than the Post or Florio. If I took over at Webster’s tomorrow, and I changed that to “redskin: (n.) a Native American–usu. taken to be a badge of honor/show of respect regarding the courage of Native Americans in past centuries”, would that make you feel better?

  57. I love watching white libs squirm like spineless little lemmings. Name ain’t changing. Proud native American, hate the Redskins, not offended by the name though. So hail to the Redskins.

  58. Here’s my theory, the Washington Compost is realizing that come next November, political correctness will be dead and that’s why they are pushing their agenda ahead of Trump taking over the White House and bully pulpit.

  59. No dog in this fight, but if one out of ten native Americans surveyed are offended by the name, seems like you should just change it. Just a team name. Doesn’t matter. It’s a slur. Pretending it isn’t is just denying the facts. These are the same people who think climate change is a conspiracy, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. Land of the rubes.

  60. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    May 22, 2016 12:41 PM
    It’s obvious the poll was a complete sham. The only people who don’t want the name are changed are you guessed it, whites.

    Exactly backwards. Whites are the only people who are “offended” while 90% of American Indians are cool with the name.

    But hey– don’t let facts get in the way of your “We libs know better” thinking.

    Liberalism is for idiots.

  61. Why are they worried about the Washington Redskins when the league commissioner speaks with forked tongue?

  62. It’s always fascinating to watch the modern “progressive” struggle to apprehend and negotiate facts, logic, and empirical method within their emotivist bent. The only people who ever believed Native Americans were offended by the name “Redskins” are the journalists and politicians who insult those very people by both putting words in their mouths and exploiting their historical narrative. You know you’re in trouble when you actually start believing the BS you pedal.

  63. If the Post truly believes the name shouldn’t be used, the Post shouldn’t be using it in any context

    This seems hypocritical as PFT has announced that they hold the same belief, yet still use the name in various places and links, including one on this very page. This site generates sufficient revenue to pay someone to scrub the team name and all references to it. If you truly believe that the name shouldn’t be used, then how about putting some action behind that sentiment, instead of merely criticizing another entity for the same behavior.

  64. Regardless of my personal opinion on the matter, I’m uncomfortable with your suggestion that a newsworthy item be hidden from the public because it doesn’t support the opinions of some people. If I didn’t know any better due to having followed the blog for a number of years and the fact you posted the article in the first place, this article would seem to strike at your journalistic philosophy and integrity.

    This may go deeper, however, into whether you view this sight as a “news” site or an “opinion-editorial” site. This site seems to be a morph of the two.

    I imagine news editors choose to not report undesirable news all the time as Facebook was recently alleged to do, but (sarcastically) please allow your readers some modicum of self-respect by not blatantly advocating that newsworthy items be withheld from the public. Again, regardless of my opinion of the matter, I imagine we read this for pleasure and to get a brief respite from some our usual schedules, not to be told what to think or reminded that some may not be as intelligent as others may wish them to be.

  65. After reading the story and the comments, the only word I saw used as a slur was ‘liberal’. So if this was a poll the results would suggest that we don’t mind using slurs, it just depends on the slur.

  66. Washington Redskins, Washington Bullets and Washington Nationals.

    Great names that should never be touched!

  67. If native Americans think redskins is offensive then they probably should think the American flag is as well. I mean they were here first and we took their land.

  68. It would appear that most Native Americans polled, don’t think it’s a problem….so why does this issue come up year after year, after year????
    Let it go, Washington Post, Obama Administration and all the others who seem to think, that in the grand scheme of things, that this is important. Our debt is out of control, there are hoards of Americans who are w/o a job, we have illegal immigrants coming over the southern boarder at an incredible rate.,….yet people want to waste precious time on the name of a football team, that most don’t object to. I thought this was a nation where the majority rules, or is it a nation that lets a small section of the population decide how stuff is done?
    I am so sick of this….we wont get our way this time, so we will keep running it down the throats of everyone else, until we do, mentality that seems to be so prevalent anymore. (It’s the same way with the transgender bathroom issue).

  69. May 22, 2016 12:41 PM – ReligionIsForIdiots says: It’s obvious the poll was a complete sham. The only people who don’t want the name are changed are you guessed it, whites.

    Please publish the poll you conducted to come to your conclusion, and publish your methodology too. And remember, you have to ask everyone, since a “sample” doesn’t count with you.

  70. So Washington Post …Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, are all Okay ? The tomahawk chop is okay as well not to mention the chant!!
    But Redskins is not okay?
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    I don’t really have a position on this, but how stupid can you be not to see that “redskins ” is not the same as those other words. Blackhawks and Seminoles are tribes, for crying out loud! Braves and Chiefs would be considered “ranks” within certain tribes. “Indians” is a name Native Americans don’t call themselves by, and the tomahawk chop and the chant is a stereotype from over a hundred years ago. No one uses tomahawks anymore.

  71. as a kid growing up I remember playing Cowboys and Indians. movies on tv showed Cowboys killing Indians. why is there no push or outrage to change their name. why are they not offended that “Americas team” nickname was projected as the ones who killed them?? quick answer, they are not in the nations Capitol.

    if the team was in any other state their would not be a debate. if they were in say Cleveland would there be outrage to change the Redskins name and would it stop at Redskins or would it be the Indians as well. if the Redskins were in Chicago would they be pushing to change the Blackhawks name along with the Redskins.

  72. Fever– or people become more educated over time.
    It’s ok for us as a culture to evolve a bit.
    The small difference–and it is small–is the Blackhawks is the name of a tribe, not the same as saying N word to an Indian.

  73. dohczeppelin says:
    May 22, 2016 3:43 PM

    No dog in this fight, but if one out of ten native Americans surveyed are offended by the name, seems like you should just change it. Just a team name. Doesn’t matter. It’s a slur. Pretending it isn’t is just denying the facts. These are the same people who think climate change is a conspiracy, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. Land of the rubes.
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    So if say 50% of native Americans like the name and it makes them proud of their heritage, we still change the name just because 10% of native Americans happened to be brainwashed by a bunch of race-obsessed white people?

  74. dohczeppelin says:
    May 22, 2016 3:43 PM

    No dog in this fight, but if one out of ten native Americans surveyed are offended by the name, seems like you should just change it. Just a team name. Doesn’t matter. It’s a slur. Pretending it isn’t is just denying the facts. These are the same people who think climate change is a conspiracy, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. Land of the rubes.
    __________________________________
    Since you brought it up, I live in Seattle. There is no scientific evidence that climate change is caused by man. There is thousands of years worth of evidence to prove that it is caused by the sun. 10,000 years ago Seattle was covered by 11,000 feet of ice. Thousands of years before the industrial revolution, long before the white man invasion, all of that ice melted. Are you thinking the native Americans melted a 2-mile thick layer of ice? Stop believing everything you read on the internet. Think for yourself. There are thousands of people making billions of dollars using fear tactics on sheeple who will believe anything they’re told by certain groups of people.

  75. Native Americans MAKE UP LESS THAN 2% of the population of The United States of America.

    So, WHY IN THE WORLD, should we care that LESS THAN 10% of 2% are NONSENSICALLY offended by the mascot of a professional sports team that was chosen to HONOR THEM?

    Answer: We shouldn’t. It’s not rational.

  76. mackcarrington says:
    May 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    So Washington Post …Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, are all Okay ? The tomahawk chop is okay as well not to mention the chant!!
    But Redskins is not okay?
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    I don’t really have a position on this, but how stupid can you be not to see that “redskins ” is not the same as those other words. Blackhawks and Seminoles are tribes, for crying out loud! Braves and Chiefs would be considered “ranks” within certain tribes. “Indians” is a name Native Americans don’t call themselves by, and the tomahawk chop and the chant is a stereotype from over a hundred years ago. No one uses tomahawks anymore.
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    To be fair, Blackhawks has the word black in it and it offends my African-American daughter-in-law. Not only should we force the NHL team to stop using that name, but we should stop the tribe from using Blackhawks also. It’s a racial slur against African-Americans. BTW, I think Redskins has to do with the face paint that native American warriors used to use…not their skin color…only people with racial hangups see it that way.

    I also heard that some Muslim and Christian people are offended when people have abortions. I think we should take that right away from everyone else. It’s not right to blatantly offend Muslims and Christians. If we are going to worry about offending a small minority of voters, then we need to stop offending every group of people, even the religious people that I really don’t care about.

  77. Another question to put this in perspective:

    Should the Vikings change their name as some Scandanavians may find it offensive?

    Minnesota has a large Scandanavian-American population, and there has been no call to change the name.

    Why the difference?

  78. Perhaps the post should lobbie the president, who already wants Redskins changed, to change the name of the state of Oklahoma. After all you wouldn’t call a Native American a Red person to his face would you? That is the argument right? Why it’s a slur, because you wouldn’t say that to someone’s face. Nevermind the fact that the Oklahoma is Choctaw and was the decided name by the 5 great tribes to use as representation with the US government.

  79. The “Washington” in “Post” killed Native Americans and owned slaves of African descent.

    Oh the irony.

  80. How many of you posting are fat, drunk white guys and opposed to everything about this? How does it feel to be judged? How many of you post on the Nascar site with the same user names? How does it feel to be judged?

    How old are you? Do you remember going to the movies where the “N” word ran rampant in every movie you saw? How do you feel about that now? Where did that “N” word go? Oh, it was offensive.

    You can decry the “PC” movement, but do you really know what that means? I dare you to go call an African-American the “N” word. I’m sure they’d correct your politicalness pretty damn quick. Do you have the intestinal fortitude to do that? Of course not… you’re sitting behind your keyboard looking it up right now. Drunk. Fat. White.

    Stupid.

    I’m sorry your Mom and Dad didn’t “bring you up right”, but I’m pretty sure you heard it in church. Go ask your reverand/pastor/deacon/priest.. yeah. It’s wrong.

    “To be fair, Blackhawks has the word black in it and it offends my African-American daughter-in-law”

    To be fair, sir or ma’am, teach your daughter some history about America. She may not be offended so much. Or.. just google it.

    Any American Indians posting against this change? Anyone.. Buehler? BUEHLER?

    Yeah, so kudos to the Washington Post for tossing out their poll to keep this topic alive.

  81. dohczeppelin says:
    May 22, 2016 3:43 PM
    No dog in this fight, but if one out of ten native Americans surveyed are offended by the name, seems like you should just change it. Just a team name. Doesn’t matter. It’s a slur. Pretending it isn’t is just denying the facts. These are the same people who think climate change is a conspiracy, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. Land of the rubes.

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    …Let me guess..you drive a Prius with an Obama sticker on the window….

    Sheep!

  82. What??????

    May 22, 2016 6:41 PM
    How many of you posting are fat, drunk white guys and opposed to everything about this? How does it feel to be judged? How many of you post on the Nascar site with the same user names? How does it feel to be judged?
    How old are you? Do you remember going to the movies where the “N” word ran rampant in every movie you saw? How do you feel about that now? Where did that “N” word go? Oh, it was offensive.
    You can decry the “PC” movement, but do you really know what that means? I dare you to go call an African-American the “N” word. I’m sure they’d correct your politicalness pretty damn quick. Do you have the intestinal fortitude to do that? Of course not… you’re sitting behind your keyboard looking it up right now. Drunk. Fat. White.
    Stupid.
    I’m sorry your Mom and Dad didn’t “bring you up right”, but I’m pretty sure you heard it in church. Go ask your reverand/pastor/deacon/priest.. yeah. It’s wrong.
    “To be fair, Blackhawks has the word black in it and it offends my African-American daughter-in-law”

    To be fair, sir or ma’am, teach your daughter some history about America. She may not be offended so much. Or.. just google it.
    Any American Indians posting against this change? Anyone.. Buehler? BUEHLER?
    Yeah, so kudos to the Washington Post for tossing out their poll to keep this topic alive.

  83. Hey, the paper tried to get cute, it backfired, now their trying to make themselves look less silly.

  84. So what would you say if the team name was “Washington Blackskins”, “Yellowskins”, (insert color)skins”? Or “Palefaces”, “Darkies”, etc.? Still sound appropriate? How come in most Clint Eastwood and John Wayne’s movies the word is clearly a slur? Answer: Because it’s ALWAYS been a slur, whether the intended target takes offense or not. Time to move on from the name.

  85. In the nicest, friendliest tone. Walk up to a Native American and greet him/her with a “What’s up Redskin”? If you get a nice greet back, you’re good to go.

  86. When Synder figures out that he can make millions when changing the name and team logos on jerseys and other NFL merchandise, the name will be changed tomorrow.

  87. wnstonchill says:
    May 22, 2016 8:48 PM
    Agreed. The name “Washington” should be removed from the Washington Redskins as it’s an embarrassment & very offensive…..

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    Well played Winston…..

  88. There’s a reason the team is not located in DC anymore. The Redskins are a Virginia team and is Washington in name only. Just like there aren’t any Native Americans actually on the team.

  89. May 22, 2016 9:43 PM
    In the nicest, friendliest tone. Walk up to a Native American and greet him/her with a “What’s up Redskin”? If you get a nice greet back, you’re good to go.

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    ….Epic fail analogy bud. Your example is out of context. It’s a TEAM name.

    Using your analogy, go up to a 7 foot tall New York Giants fan..and greet him with a “Whats up Giant?”
    If you get a nice greet back, YOU are good to go….

    I guess we bar the Giants name now huh?

  90. You lost. An overwhelming majority of those that you think should be offended are not offended. Your attempt at stirring up controversy has failed miserably. Why don’t we all start being adults again and call them the Redskins?

  91. truthprofessor says:
    May 22, 2016 1:55 PM

    Do we really need to rely on polls to tell us whether or not it is OK to use actual RACIAL SLURS on a day-to-day basis?

    I am not politically correct in the LEAST, but come on and have some common sense!

    bridgeh2o says:

    It is ironic that those that wish for the REDSKINS to change their name, ask them to do so in the name of common sense.

    Those same people also ask the 99.9% of the population to adhere to open door bathrooms, all the while these same people become tone deaf when those on the other side ask you to use “common sense”-THAT MEN DON”T BELONG IN WOMEN’S BATHROOMS!!

    Can’t have it both ways LIBERALS!!!!!!!!!!

    Liberalism: The killing of America

  92. DaveKShape says:
    May 22, 2016 1:01 PM

    As a D.C. resident, I can say strongly that the only major-media people that push this issue are the Post and Florio. And by “push,” I mean actively go out of their way to put this in front of people’s faces.

    It generates controversy, and therefore, creates drama in the slow-time of the NFL season. It’s not rocket science, but I’m sure the Post and Florio think they’re pioneers, leading themselves into unknown territory.

    The problem is – a small percentage of (Native American) people are offended by the name. That won’t stop white people from using it as a means of power.

    They’re essentially telling Native Americans that they’re too dumb to know that they should be offended. This is a huge problem.

    bridgh2o says:

    Dave, your above statement is probably the most perceptive and spot-on comments I have ever read on PFT.

    I remember many articles on this topic on PFT, and it was written with such a heavy liberal slant, it became comical.

    Unless Florio is Native American, I don’t think he can even remotely understand what is TRULY the most important issue for Native Americans.

    It is EDUCATION. It is not the name of a football team.

    It is OPPORTUNITY. Not the name of a football team.

    It is about LISTENING. Listen to the voices of the Native American-they say it is NOT the name.

    But,Florio and company DON’T WANT TO LISTEN. There is a liberal agenda to push.

    This wreaks of arrogance.

    This is why Trump has gained so much favor and will probably win the election in November……we are TIRED of agendas.

    We are tired of Political Correctness.

    The LEFT just haven’t gotten the memo, OR they don’t care.

    Why? Because they have an agenda to push…….

    LIBERALISM—time to smother it, before it smothers us!

  93. who cares about the poll…..what does that liberal rag Wasserman Shultz think ?

    whatever she is for………I’m on the other side

  94. Imagine that, Trumps supporters are for racist and bigoted behavior. There should be a poll to decide how many losers on this site are against the name change and support that little, whiny, Donald the Punk. I could say I’m Native American, and vote for a name change too, how about the Washington White Powers, that would be closer to what most of these scumbags who are in support of the name are anyway. Your mascot could be David Duke in full gear, and the halftime show could be a reenactment of the trail of tears, or the massacre at wounded knee. The rest is of the world sees us as hypocritical, land of the free, taken from the braves. Change was probably inevitable, but let’s be brutally honest, we wiped a people and their culture. Not completely in numbers, but almost completely in culture. Their legacy does live on, but not through thinly veiled racist warrior monikers, but through how they lived, their values, their honor, and there unique cultural heritage which lives on through the hearts of the precious few surviving natives and supporters.

  95. Might as well get rid of the Cleveland INDIANS and the Atlanta Braves, too. Has TOTAL, COMPLETE STUPIDITY taken over in the Great Nation. For MANY of US. Moronic and idiotic absurdness is destroying America!!!!

  96. It’s sad that white people are still trying to control the lives of Native Americans. First we take their land and now we’re telling them to be offended by the name of a bad football team so we can feel better about ourselves.

  97. The term Redskins refers to the fact that Native Americans painted themselves red before going into battle. It’s much the same as the Celts who often painted themselves blue.

  98. Oh I see.

    1 – Take the position that the name is offensive to a group and should be changed for that reason, which is your right.
    2 – Commission a poll to determine whether your position has any basis in fact, which is smart.
    3 – Compile the results that conclude – overwhelmingly – that your position has no basis in fact, which is enlightening.
    4 – Take the action to ignore the evidence and stick to your position in spite of the facts, behavior which, in another era in your paper’s history, Woodward and Bernstein used as evidence to help remove a president from office.

    Times sure have changed. As has credibility.

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