The Washington Redskins continue to be a hot topic of discussion around the sports world recently, and not because of their star QB Robert Griffin III and his knee (nor bridal registry).
A couple of weeks ago, my partner-in-crime (Brandon)and I made a video at our GWS YouTube channel on the topic of the Washington Redskins changing their name from the Redskins to another name because the Native Americans have been fighting for years to change the word they describe as being a racial slur against their race. The replies we received on the subject was against changing the name while both Brandon and I believe the name should be changed because of the sensitivity of the word to the Native Americans; Brandon went as far as saying they should change the logo also.
Here’s our vid on the topic: http://youtu.be/eWVuUyBLyYQ
The controversy around whether or not Washington should in fact rename their legendary franchise has been a hot button issue for weeks and it seems as though it’ll stay that way until something is done.
Now the federal government has been anti-Redskin and they might be using their power to see that the name will be changed.
Ten members of Congress want owner Daniel Snyder to reconsider his stance never to change the Redskins’ name.
The representatives sent letters to Snyder, Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises, the Associated Press reports.
In the addressed letter to the aforementioned parties, members noted how the Redskins name should be reformed or altered since it is a racially charged word that compares in negative magnitude to some of the other horrible racial slurs that have been dealt with in the past.
The memo also said that failure to support the name change will not fulfill the NFL’s Commitment to Diversity goal since there is no place for racial slurs when aiming for diversity.
Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos. Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.
The overall objective of the diversity effort is to create a culturally progressive and socially reflective organization that represents, supports and celebrates diversity at all levels.
Leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus — Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn. — were among those sending the letter.
A lawsuit challenging the Redskins’ trademark protection continues to hang over the team, but Snyder vows to keep the name regardless.
“We will never change the name of the team. As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season. We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER, you can use caps.”
Although the situation has seemed to elevate in publicity, there has been no reaction from the Redskins organization or anyone who received the addressed letters.
Washington fans have much to look forward to this season since the team is coming off its first playoff berth in 5 years after the Redskins won the 2012 NFC East Division title. Despite the excitement surrounding the football team, expect the talks regarding the potential name change to continue for the foreseeable future.