It seems like everyone is weighing in on the Washington Redskins controversial name and the debate over whether they should change it. While doing a morning interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Texas, the hosts asked Jones about his take on the name.
One of the hosts, Shan Shariff, is a big Redskins fan and from the Washington area.
From the Washington Post:
“Well, I don’t think anyone has ever named their team to be uncomplimentary to the entity or person or group or namesake,” he said on the “New School With Shan & RJ” program. “All team names have always been a positive attempt at [representing] the namesake. And so the intent is very positive here. I’m very sensitive, and we should always listen to those that feel that you’re being insensitive. That’s real, and that’s valid, and ought to be always looked at.
“But also we’re dealing with that not everybody looks at it the same way,” Jones continued. “And so I think that’s there, and no, I don’t want to weigh in on it, other than the fact that I know that it was intended initially and is today to be complimentary.”
Jones didn’t really weight in or comment on but he brings up an interesting point. It was certainly meant to be complimentary at first, no one wants to name their team something offensive or derogatory and it probably did start out with great intentions.
But to his point, if groups are speaking out and saying it is offensive, than shouldn’t it be changed since it lost its complimentary and positive meaning, isn’t it time to change it?
What do you think?