The Washington Redskins nickname has long been a topic of discussion with many people believing the name is offensive to Native Americans around the country. While the government is shut down, President Barack Obama was recently asked about the Redskins name and whether he would change it if he were the team’s owner, and Obama believes that it is something Daniel Snyder should strongly consider.
“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they’ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said during an interview with the Associated Press.
To be clear, in no way did Obama say that the team should change their name or that he would do anything to influence a decision, but he does believe it is something that everyone needs to think about.
No one can make Snyder change the team’s name, so it is something that he will have to continue to think about. He has previously said that he wouldn’t be changing the team as long as he was owner, but with the public continuing to put pressure on him he needs to think about what is best moving forward.
Of course, Snyder really only has to care about his own thoughts, so there is a good chance that no change will ever come.