In a recent letter from NFL owner of the Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder to fans-he attempts to lend clarity on why he is so hell bent on NOT changing the name. The team owner even goes so far as to justify his rationale by using the history of the team and the ‘permission’ received by one Native American organization in the 70’s.
On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.
In our most recent history, the basketball team for Washington D.C. was changed from the Bullets to the Wizards. The reason was that the NBA nor the city of Washington wanted to be associated with violence (according to sources).
Wizards, male witches- have absolutely nothing to do with this area whatsoever. There is no connection and therefore sportsfans COULD be equally as upset over that change. However, the latter isn’t even comparable to the blatant disrespect that progressive NATIVE AMERICANS are expressing.
Times have changed. Long gone are the days of “let’s go with the flow” and hope for the best. Indigenous people are furious at the continued mistreatment of the ‘colonists’. FIX THIS is now the battle cry and here we have yet another member of the ‘establishment’ justifying violations against cultures. Is there a large population of Native Americans living in this region? NO. Even if there were “REDSKINS” ,it is not the name it should be called.
There is absolutely no need to have a team with a name that is synonomous with the “N” word.
If money is the reason, the owner should be considering how much he/the franchise could profit by rebranding the product and selling the old paraphanelia as ‘classic’ or ‘original’. Invariably, a group of people are telling the NFL that they are unhappy with their branding and that it should change because it is offensive. Silencing this particular group has run its course.
In no way will every offense in the entire world of sports or entertainment be remedied, but this is doable. It is also long overdue.