Dan Snyder has been adamant that the Washington Redskins will not be changing their name going so far as to say it’s honoring Native Americans and according to the Associated Press doesn’t even consider the team’s name to be an issue.
“We understand the issues out there, and we’re not an issue,” Snyder said. “The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it’s time that people focus on reality.”
The reality is that even if the owner of the Washington football team finds no issue with the term, the reality is that many do take offense to the racially-insensitive term.
Snyder says the team did its homework and recently traveled with his staff to Native American reservations and created a foundation to help American Indian tribes just last month.
Could this move be an act of goodwill to get the critics off his back who insist on the team changing its name or a genuine act of goodwill?
As Snyder likes to remind us to focus on reality and do our homework, I’d like to remind him that this issue won’t be going away any time soon.