May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NFL responds to U.S. Senators’ call to remove Redskins name


Surprise, surprise. The NFL has issued a response to the U.S. Senators who this morning called for the league to get rid of the Redskins nickname. Through spokesman Brian McCarthy, the league issued a statement that defends the use of the name.

First:

We have not received the letter, but the NFL has long demonstrated a commitment to progressive leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion, both on and off the field.

Okay, whatever.

Second:

The intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image.

Umm…what? A “strong, positive and respectful image?” This is a complete joke. That the league continues to charade the idea that Redskins can be used respectfully is downright embarrassing. Oneida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter said, in his own statement, “The R-word is a dictionary defined racial slur.” It’s a “dictionary defined racial slur,” and yet the NFL still claims to use it respectfully. Enough. There is no respectful way to use a slur.

Then, the NFL concluded with this:

The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.

“We respect those that view it differently.” First of all this is a bullshit line from the, “sorry if we offended you” camp. Second of all, the NFL in no way whatsoever respects those who view it differently.

If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.

Instead, the NFL continues to laugh in the face of Native Americans by using a racial slur for their people as a nickname for a football team.

Grow up, Roger Goodell, and do better.

 

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  • Redskins Rule

    Bravo Roger! The arguments for changing the name are imbecilic and absurd. You don’t name a team for something that you hate, denigrate or don’t respect. You can use any term, including ‘liberal’ as an insult or a slur depending on the speaker and the context. I’m glad that they are not bowing to the fickle whims of the professionally offended who want to bubble wrap the world.

    • Patrick Allen

      Intention doesn’t matter. The term actually IS a slur. If I was an idiot and wanted to use the N word to “honor” people of color, even if I really, really meant it, would it be ok? No.

      What is so wrong with being compassionate about the plights of others? And why do so many sports fans get angry when someone is compassionate about the plight of others?

      • Dalze

        It IS NOT a slur. It started being used that way, but it was not it’s original intent. Sports fans get angry, because ridiculous issues (such as this) start to pour on the world of sports, when it makes absolutely no sense.

        • molsonmich

          In today’s world (or sports world) is it a slur, or not?

          • Dalze

            I don’t think so, I have yet to hear anyone in sports (or even the world), using “Redskin” as a slur.

          • molsonmich

            So, in your corner of the world, “redskin” is soft of like of a term of affection.

          • Dalze

            Corner? Lol, I’m pretty sure anywhere you are (outside of your CORNER of the world, where it is a slur) if someone says Redskin, their first thought goes to the NFL team.

          • Doug

            No. It’s “sort” of like a term of affection. In my corner of the world there are lots of Redskin fans.

          • Doug

            I disagree. I have had several Cowgirl fans refer to me as a “damn Redskin” and they weren’t being complimentary.

          • DieselPwr44

            Tell you what…walk down main street in any city or town and ask whoever you meet “When I say Redskins, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?” Guarantee you NFL or football team is the most common answer.

        • RasputinSays

          “the actual origin of the word is entirely benign.”

          Redskin, he learned, had not emerged first in English or any European language. The English term, in fact, derived from Native American phrases involving the color red in combination with terms for flesh, skin, and man. These phrases were part of a racial vocabulary that Indians often used to designate themselves in opposition to others whom they (like the Europeans) called black, white, and so on.

        • disgustipated

          Is there something about this term that is not completely obvious to you? Is blackskin, Yellowskin, or whiteskin appropriate for a team name as well?

        • emorycc

          The N word was never intended to be offensive since the word “Negro” in spanish is the color black and not a black person. (Example Montenegro translates to Black Mountain). However a work is intended, it can be distorted to be offensive over time. But I still think the whole idea of forcing a NFL team to change it’s name is ridiculous.

      • conversationpc
        • John

          It is a dictionary defined “offensive term”. Pull out your merriam-webster dictionary and look it up.

          • alex hatcher

            being “offended” isn’t illegal.

          • Brandon Smith

            No, but hate speech is.

          • alex hatcher

            suddenly redskins is an issue. why?

          • RasputinSays

            Because they don’t want you to pay attention to the man behind the curtain…

          • TwistedLefty

            spot on, US senators have found yet another herring to toss to the idiot masses, a purposeful diversion from their day job

          • The Swamp Angel

            It’s an issue because Reid and 49 other Democrat senators need a sheet to pull over the scandals that are erupting left and ride in order to hide them from the eyes of the public. I’m 1/4 native American (1/8 Cherokee/Tsalagee and 1/8 Chiricahua Apache/Nde). No issue here with the name of a sports team. If they’re hellbent on changing it, why not name them the Washington Pork-barrels or the Washington Bureaucrats? Might as well give the team a name that identifies them with something local.

          • Kharon

            Because there is a midterm election coming and the left is not in a good spot right now.

          • JR Ridings

            actually…no it’s isn’t…Hate Crimes are….but freedom of expression…even the type that offends liberals and the professional crybabies….

          • MarkJ

            Define “hate speech” Go ahead: we’re waiting.

          • conversationpc

            Actually, no, hate speech is not illegal. People have the right to be racist and believe and say whatever they want as long as they’re not yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater.

          • Guest

            This is incorrect. Please educate yourself on the laws of this land.

          • conversationpc

            So, since when have we not had free speech here? Ever hear of the 1st amendment?

          • BWBWBW

            Actually, hate speech is legal… How do you think the Westboro Baptist Church is still in existence

          • RachelleC

            If all speech was happy and not offensive, we wouldn’t need it protected by freedom of speech. This idea that free speech only applies to those who agree with the “majority” is a troubling.

          • Bret Bash

            Hate speech is NOT illegal. 1st amendment, read it sometime.Just because you can sue someone in civil court doesn’t mean its illegal.

          • Skidmark Goatcabin

            Only because of whiny liberals who have no gonads

          • John Alway

            “Hate speech” is not illegal. If that were the case, there would no such thing as *free speech* in America, and the FIRST AMENDMENT to the Constitution would be null and void. The First Amendment is an *essential* corner stone of freedom. Without it, we aren’t free.

            We all engage in hate speech, btw, because we all hate things, and quite often for legitimate reasons.

            Those who push the idea that hate speech should be illegal are pushing for thought control, ala a Communist state.

          • AJW

            is it? President gets away with it nearly every day.

          • Justin

            Neither is being offensive.

          • wialno28

            So unless something is illegal, it’s totally okay?

          • conversationpc

            Notice Merriam-Webster doesn’t give you much history of the term. Like I said, read the links I posted above and do your homework instead of goose-stepping in line to the powers that be.

          • disgustipated

            In New England it was a term for a Native American Scalp that you sold to the local trading post after shooting a Native found off the rez. Hows that for homework?

          • conversationpc

            The term was invented by Indians to refer to themselves. That’s not to mention that the vast majority of current-day Indians support the use of the name Redskins.

          • Jetblakc

            Where did they get that term from? Native Americans. Stop repeating all of the bullshit that your told.

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            no it wasn’t

          • jim

            yeah and the dictionary comes AFTER the word and is one writers opinion on what the word means. Some dictionary intern ASSUMES its a slur, while the curator emritus at ths smithsonian who is an expert in Native American languages says its not. Who are you going to be believe. http://anthropology.si.edu/goddard/redskin.pdf

          • Thors Man

            Do Native Americans feel it’s a slur? For the most part, YES. Good enough reason to change it.

          • Bret Bash

            You are incorrect. They do not.

          • Syncopathy Novus

            Then why are SO many Natives saying it is? Do you actually even know ANY Native? I’m guessing not. See, I know plenty of Natives: my family, friends, myself, and many acquaintances. Guess what? We ALL find it offensive and a slur. Perhaps you need to connect with more Natives and you’d know.

            And this whole thing of using statistics, saying that majority of Natives support that name is an absolute farce. Get real! Anyone, I do mean anyone can make up statistics.

            If Natives say it’s offensive–which we DO–then it is.

          • athynz1

            And yet it was Natives – Indians – who came up with the term. Why are they suddenly so offended by this term? The term was used to honor the original coach of the team who was a Native – a redskin if you will.

            BTW do YOU now speak for all of the Native tribal members or is it simply that YOU are offended?

          • Voice of Reason

            An AP poll conducted this year found that 90 percent of Native Americans do not find the name redskins offensive. Only 9 percent DID find it offensive. Apparently you and your circle of family, friends, and acquaintances are part of the small minority.

          • BigMike

            Uhh, actually no.

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

            90% of Native Americans polled actually don’t believe it is offensive.

          • emorycc

            You haven’t done your homework. One nation, and a small one at that, is protesting the name. Out of hundreds of Native American Nations and millions of Native Americans, only one is complaining. That’s not “for the most part.” My Uncle is half Native American, half Philippine. He finds the whole argument ridiculous. As he stated…”what’s all the fuss about…it’s only football.”

          • Syncopathy Novus

            No, emorycc, YOU haven’t done your homework. Just like many others, you believe that because your uncle is half “Native American”–can you pinpoint exactly which half of him is Native and which half is “Philippine” when you talk to or see him, by the way?–you have some sort of authority on Native issues. You do not. Even so, your uncle is not the spokesperson for Natives or any of the 566+ tribes. Maybe it’s time some of you spreading this false information visit an Idle No More webpage.

          • athynz1

            So are you claiming THIS is a lie?

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

            Do you have any proof to the contrary or are you the self appointed spokesperson of the offended?

          • Jesse McAllister

            No, they don’t. One tribe in Central NY is looking to make money. That’s it. I’m of Native American descent and I don’t find the term any more offensive than if someone called me a big doody head.

          • Dumbfounded

            Great post you BIG DOODY HEAD!

          • justinknights

            Merriam-Webster also defines “literally” as meaning both literal and figuratively. So what’s your point? (PS It says Redskins is used as an offensive term USUALLY)

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            says you? When have you ever called someone by that with a negative intent? Even with ignorant racists, I’ve never heard them use that term.

          • mikeysrods

            Daniel feels the argument is lost ,therefore the race card MUST be played along with the influx of the “intent” card. So,so predictable.

          • justinknights

            I don’t…see what point you’re trying to make here….

          • Thomas Paine

            and GAY used to mean happy.

          • AJW

            ah yes… funny you bring up MW Dictionary. When one looks up “liberalism” in the MW Dictionary it states “belief in the value of social and political change in order to achieve progress”…. the ironic part is we have liberals running the WH, Senate and House and I have YET to see any bit of “progress”.

            So I guess the MW Dictionary is just full of all kinds of BS nonsense.

        • Ferd Berful

          If there was a team called the Kansas City Peckerwoods or the Mississippi Darkies he would get it (maybe not).

        • Edward Starr

          yes it is idiot and me being part Indian I do not appreciate it

          • Justin

            You’re part Native American and refer to yourself as “part Indian”? Wow!

          • Edward Starr

            yes I am part Native American indian and I am offended by redskin its like calling a white person cracker

          • FU

            Haha, you think cracker offends whites? Not everyone is hypersensitive about their skin color.

          • athynz1

            I’m white – feel free to call me a cracker or a honkey. I am not defined by my skin color, there is no shame in it nor is it any less or more than anyone else’s skin color. Too bad you seem to be constrained by issues of your own making.

          • Bret Bash

            Well, I’m “part Indian” too. I am NOT offended by this. I think your use of “part Indian” is more offensive. Hahaha!!! Little liberal crybaby…

          • BigMike
        • Brain Fan

          LOL. He refers to a Blaze post. Dude: if people about whom the name is referring to find it offensive, it is a slur. Do your brainwork.

          • conversationpc

            Typical brainless response. It’s from The Blaze, therefore it MUST be wrong. Talk about closed-minded. Oh the utter horror!

            And as far as the statement about someone being offended…Whoop-de-do. You could probably find someone to be offended about almost anything.

          • Brain Fan

            That wasn’t the inference. The Blaze cannot be wrong about EVERYTHING obviously. However: they are an extreme right-wing news source and they wear their bias on their sleeves. They have a reflexively negative reaction to anything they perceive as PC. They WILL side with the Redskin name, simply because of the type of people they expect will be offended by it. They will NOT make an attempt at understanding the issue based on the arguments from both sides.

            Your follow-up comment demonstrates a stereotypical lack of logic found in comment sections: someone will probably be offended by anything, therefore we should consider nothing to be offensive. Brilliant.

          • conversationpc

            And your response demonstrates rock-solid reasoning skills, considering I never said that nothing should be considered offensive? Wow…Please let us learn at your feet, O Great and Powerful Oz.

            Did you even bother to read this, posted several people back? http://anthropology.si.edu/goddard/redskin.pdf

          • Brain Fan

            1. I said that many Native Americans find the term offensive.
            2. You said that was no big deal because we can probably find someone to be offended about almost anything.
            3. What is the logical conclusion here? It’s YOUR argument.

            Did I “even bother to read” that? No. I just looked at it and it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what the origin of the term was nearly 200 years ago. What matters is what the term means today. Word meanings change. The phrase “mentally retarded” was introduced as a polite way to refer to a person with intellectual deficits. Its original use was polite. It’s current use is pejorative. Honestly: you’re an idiot. That word can also used with ever so polite intentions. But not in this case.

          • CommonCents

            “Many” native Americans find the term offensive. As in one. Probably paid by the liberal media to share how “offended” they are.

            The majority of people don’t find it offensive. So if you find it offensive, might be time to change your baby diaper and deal with it.

            Why should the majority of the population have to cater to 1 person? How about that 1 person sucks it up?

            Want to have influence? Have ideas that the majority of the population would support. You know…because its for the greater good of EVERYBODY, not just the few.

          • Syncopathy Novus

            Bull! If it doesn’t affect your overly racist self, then don’t comment on it. How will you be impacted by a name change or lack of one? I am guessing you want. You, too, are another person who maybe needs to see a little further past your egocentrism and think about other people, you know, like the actual people who this name harms? If you can’t do that, then your problems run deeper than just mental issues. No, the majority should NOT make decisions on issues that impact those experiencing them. That’s presumptuous.

          • CommonCents

            How does it “harm” anybody? Grow a backbone.

            My favorite food is Chinese food. Does that mean I should get offended anytime I see a person eating something that isn’t Chinese food? Because surely, that would mean their favorite food isn’t Chinese, and that offends me!!

          • CommonCents

            How does having an NFL team called the Redskins impact Native Americans? It offends them? It makes them want to go kill themselves…because of an NFL team name? Get real. And grow a backbone.

            When somebody calls me a “cracker” or a “white boy” I don’t cry about it.

          • CommonCents

            I prefer tacos over pizza. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to eat pizza anymore, because by doing so…you infer that you prefer pizza over tacos. And that offends me.

          • Syncopathy Novus

            Great logic, there! Way to trivialize an issue that impacts many people. Just because you don’t see how it impacts Natives, especially Native youth, doesn’t mean that it isn’t an issue. You just don’t experience it. Get real!

          • CommonCents

            I would love to be a Native American! A friend of mine just received $150,000 from the government just for having a hint of blood from a certain tribe in him. Not bad for being 22 with no work experience!!

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            unless they are a minority of the people surveyed who actually don’t think that it is. In that case, it is not a slur.

          • Brain Fan

            That’s a more reasoned position. I would still say that it may potentially be offensive. When I was a kid, it was still common to refer to black people as colored people. The name “NAACP” reflects this. Over time, that became offensive to more and more people. At some points in time, a minority of people would have been offended by it and to them, it was a slur. The bottom line is that there ARE people who are offended by it. The question is: do we care? Some people do, some people don’t. When the issue first came up, I didn’t get what the big deal was. Over time I’ve come to see that people are genuinely offended for good reason. If I could get over the fact that the Houston Texans are not the Houston Oilers (or the Indy Colts are not the Baltimore Colts) I think we can get over the Washington Redskins changing their name. How about something like the Washington Bigots? That’ll work!

          • Syncopathy Novus

            It was a controlled survey and those being surveyed were only a few. You should not talk about stuff that you don’t have much knowledge and education about. You are not Native, so this fight isn’t applicable to you; it won’t impact you one bit. Whether the name changes or not, you will go on living your life as if nothing happened at all.

          • athynz1

            “You are not Native, so this fight isn’t applicable to you; it won’t impact you one bit.”

            As a Washington Redskins fan I beg to differ. Who are you to determine what fight is applicable to someone else? If that was the case then none of these senators who have been hopping on the name change bandwagon for whatever political goals they are currently chasing should not get involved as they are not Native – according to your logic.

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            Oh, so now the sample size of the survey is not indicative of the feelings of native americans at large. separate independent surveys done at different time frames came to the same conclusion, that according to the surveyed, it was not a slur. not only that, an independent linguistic study was done on the word, and guess what, it was not a slur. So guess what it’s likely not? a slur.

          • BigMike

            … but they don’t. 90% of Native Americans in the poll said it was NOT offensive. Care to try again?

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

          • athynz1

            This however is not from The Blaze

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

            Like I asked another poster here do you have any proof to the contrary?

      • UK Fan #1

        Hey Patrick, Is the N word not used ever day in hip hop and rap lyrics, in movies? Why isn’t anyone crying about that? Oh wait I guess if a native american wanted to call his brother a redskin that would be ok…

        • Ferd Berful

          People do complain about that you idiot.

          • UK Fan #1

            Hey Moron FRED, is congress writing letters to the record labels?… that’s my point…. TARD

        • disgustipated

          I’m sorry is the team and 100% of their fans black? If so, we’ll talk.

      • Coty Griffin

        black people call other black people the n word DAILY. It’s only offensive when it’s convienent for it to be. Get a grip.

        • voice of reason

          So by that logic it would be fine to name a team the Washington nigg4s? It’s just not in good taste.

          • Coty Griffin

            call it whatever just stop cryin already.

          • RasputinSays

            You failed to complete your logical line of argument because it would be fine if African Americans were the only fans because it seems to be culturally acceptable for them to use that moniker.

          • Albee Lucero

            Because that’s the problem with our world today right? The name of a sports football team? Sorry bud. Just a bunch of senators trying to earn collateral for when elections roll around again.

          • RasputinSays

            Amen

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Institutional racism is an Actual Big Problem in this country, and this discussion thread proves it.

          • RasputinSays

            Reparations! Reparations!

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Sounds like your brain crashed, have you tried resetting?

          • Syncopathy Novus

            So it has absolutely nothing to do with Natives, right? It’s just an issue for elections. Nevermind that we’ve been fighting this issue for a while, BEFORE any elected official got involved. It’s a real issue for Natives and your lack of acknowledgement of that shows just how much you don’t know about it.

          • Edward Starr

            Amen

          • AJW

            actually would be very representative of the city of DC.

          • Marc Stinebaugh

            It would be, who cares. People need to stop making a big deal over words.

          • Syncopathy Novus

            I’ll stop making a big deal over it when Native youth stops being affected by it. It’s not my job to sit here and form the connection for you. You should be able to figure it out quite quickly on your own. The suicide rate is extremely high among Native youth because they are constantly having to see negative images portraying Natives. They have to deal with that. While there are many positive images for them to look to, they still have to deal with society telling them they are no more than a mascot and that they have to deal with being referred to as a racial slur. OK, now who cares? Certainly not you, you’ve proven that. In all likelihood, you could care less about anyone but yourself and definitely not Natives.

          • athynz1

            ” The suicide rate is extremely high among Native youth because they are constantly having to see negative images portraying Natives.”

            Do you have any proof of this?

        • RasputinSays

          Truth

          • TheRealTroof

            “A poll of opinions regarding NFL teams and players released Jan 2nd 2014 included the following results among registered voters nationwide: “Do you think the Washington Redskins should change their nickname, or not?”; Do not 71%, Do 18%, Not Sure 11%, indicating that the general public in the US does not support a name change.[70] An AP poll from May 2013 found that 79 percent believe the team should keep its name.”
            This is just another example of our government, which is supposed to represent the people, doing the complete opposite of what the people want. Our government is a joke.

          • JR Ridings

            I bet the percentages would change depending on how much of an embarrassment the the Redskins are that year.

          • Syncopathy Novus

            Yes, and I bet it’d change if all Natives, and not just some were actually surveyed. It’s simple to get the desired results you want when you only survey certain people.

            This isn’t a dig against you.

          • JR Ridings

            Didnt take it that way….my comme t was more a dig saying that “Indians” would support the team even less during the years they really suck….instead of “just suck”…

          • Justin C.

            Right… and I could poll people across the nation and get a result that the general public wants to re-enslave black people, or kick all the homeless out of the country. Doesn’t mean we should do it. Polls can say whatever you cherry pick them to say by asking specific people their ideas.

            The actual point is the government is there to keep the majority from pushing down the minority. If the majority had its way, women probably still wouldn’t vote and segregation would possibly still exist. We’re seeing it now with gay marriage. I’m not saying the government is perfect or does a great job most of the time, but I feel it is right in this case.

          • Jeffersonian_Libertarian

            Legislation follows public opinion. Human behavior is not changed because a few knuckleheads in Washington DC sign a law. Since you like the subject of slavery so much why don’t you try doing some research to see if public opinion changed first or the law was written first.

            You might also look into how this team got it’s name. The truth will set you free.

            I am quite certain that if we polled the American public on slavery only the 42 skinheads would think it a good idea to reinstate

          • Bobby

            ^ Total complete ownage. Well said.

          • HollywoodCajun

            How? He’s completely wrong.

          • Jeff B

            You should explain that claim. I’m not sure which part you’re thinking is extremely wrong.

          • Susan. Just Susan.

            He means it’s completely wrong because he needs for it to be, in order to soothe his skewed view.

          • reving19

            He’s wrong for pointing out that allowing the losers in a poll become the winners can really screw things up? He is right on! If you do that, then you potentially allow racist White Supremacists to never allow blacks to hold any office in the USA, much less the Presidency. Are you for that? Careful how you answer. If I detect racism in your answer, I’m calling the IRS.

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            Yes… act like a judgmental liberal and say people are wrong without providing REAL facts to back up your statement.

          • AJW

            Um… slavery is still here. It just changed it’s colors and shape.

            Oh you’re free right? Great… strap on your 2nd amendment and walk down a street, see how far you get.

            You pay taxes to a government who kills children overseas with their 2% hit ratio on drone strikes.

            You pay taxes to a government who murders babies in the womb through federally funded abortions.

            You and I are in no way shape or form “FREE”… we’re all slaves now.

            get up, go to school, graduate, get a job, get married, have kids, buy a house, go in debt for christmas, etc etc…. you do what you’re told.

          • Hoot Hootie

            Why don’t you move to North Korea or Uganda, and see what it is really like on the other side of the fence, and stop your whining.

          • georgenereida

            @Hoot Hootie, thank you dear… that is exactly, my point. I bet AJW has never considered leaving this great “enslaving” country. I’m African/American and I know its the greatest nation on the planet, in spite of the racism, hate, etc. What is he really trying to say?

          • Ronnie XsTsb

            Maloney is full of baloney! He is one of those wonderful leftists who always seem to care about the important things that none of us stooges ever want to be concerned about because we are too busy with the trivial thing in life like work, responsibility, raising a family , and working to make their community better! You know! the unimportant things, and values that also seem to offend the wonderful , tolerant statists?

          • Wayne

            georgenerieida, I have a question for you. America has now moved into the 21st century and we have came a long way from the 50′s and 60′s. Don’t think I am blind, I know there is still racism in this country. But here is my question(s) for you. Did you come to America or were you born in this country? Were your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, or great great-grandparents born in America? Can you trace back far enough to see when your ancestors came to America? If America as a country is going to move past racism, then why do we insist upon using labels to classify its citizens. Why put the label of African/American? Do you have dual citizenship? I can trace my mother’s side to Germany and my father’s side to Sweden. Is it racist that African/American’s don’t refer to me as German/American or Swedish/American? Is it racist that people refer to the color of my skin as white instead of Caucasian?
            My next topic:
            Where is the outcry to stop Hollywood and the movies and comedy shows that are produced? The “N” word is used in a lot of movies but there is no public outcry to have it stopped. Why are there no groups that are saying that African/American comedians need to stop calling white people (Caucasians) crackers?
            The problem is that this is not the “greatest country” in the world. We have turned into a country that has become over-sensitive and would rather sue for an easy dollar. People need to realize that words are just words and they can only hurt you if you allow it. The only negative thing you are going to hear about the Washington Redskins are coming from Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants fans. Government needs to stay out of Football and Baseball for that matter. The government has spent time and millions of dollars on sports that have nothing to do with running the government. How about they fix a health care system that was forced upon us, but yet have proven that the government can’t run a health care system. Ask all the vets and see how they are doing with a government ran health care. Sorry I got off topic but I would like it if you could answer my questions.
            Thanks

          • Mark Rodriguez

            YAWN!!!

          • John Wills

            Isnt funny how only white people seem to care about the name. Find another cause to get pissed over. This aint the one!

          • Syncopathy Novus

            Only white people care about this issue? Wow! Crawl slowly from that hole you live in. Yes, Natives have allies that happen to be white who are helping us fight this issue, but to say that only white people care about the name seriously undermines the actual issue. If you don’t know any Native who fights against this name, then that’s only because you only know white people and no Natives at all. Get a clue!

          • John Wills

            Excuse me?”In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington Redskins” offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.”

          • John Wills

            Those white allies have sure been working out for the native americans so far… think about that for a second.

          • Yo baby mama new daddy

            Annenberg sounds like a Jewish name. Isn’t Sterling and Snyder Jewish. Oh, yeah right. Ever heard of purchased AAA ratings for junk bonds? It crashed the economy.

          • John Wills
          • mind and soul

            “Indian” ? or Native American?

          • KickPuncher

            That survey is complete bullcrap. Visit a few tribes or go to a National Tribal Council and ask about that name ‘IF’ you want real facts.

            The US is the only country that uses these polls and surveys. Do you know why the rest of the world doesn’t use them? Because they can be manipulated to say whatever the person or company commissioning them want them to say!

          • Jay Lacano

            Any survey can be manipulated to say whatever person or company commissioning wants them to say. Also, lots of other countries use polls and surveys, the way one gets aggregate data to make a study.

          • John Wills

            Im sure you are Native American and offended…

          • Michael W

            Just gonna quote this again for you:

            “Annenberg, too, sampled “self-identified Native Americans” (768 of them), a term which includes plenty of people who have nothing to do with Indians.
            Annenberg systematically oversampled in states with no federally recognized
            Indian tribes and undersampled states with large reservations or urban Indian
            populations.”

          • John Wills

            HTTR!!!

          • Michael W

            Typical: out of arguments, so you just go with “FOOL! No mere *logic* will change MY opinion!”

          • John Wills

            No im going with HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!! How much Native American is in your blood chump?

          • Michael W

            I know what HTTR stands for, I just gave it a contextual translation. And I have none; I’m just a (non-white) dude who agrees with Native people who find that racial slurs and stereotypes don’t have a place in team names and mascots.

            If you were actually interested in respecting the tribes, you might read a little deeper into what you claim to know. But you’re the one stuck in your rut.

          • John Wills

            So not Native American and therefore not a part of the discussion. Typical!! Get over it..

          • Michael W

            Then by default, you wouldn’t be part of the discussion either. The simple fact of it is that while it’s Native people who take the most issue about this, it’s OUR society that’s doing it. So us agreeing or disagreeing is a part of the discussion. I’m simply agreeing with the logical and emotional arguments made by Native people, while you’re… blindly yelling about “PC Police” and other such nonsense and telling people to “Get over it,” which carries even less weight than my own statement would since you aren’t actually taking any factors into account except what two white people saw fit to call a team in 1933.

          • John Wills

            Part Native American here.

          • Michael W

            SURE YOU ARE. I’m certain your 1/16th blood definitely shows through in your white face and blond hair, and that your experiences with racism allow you to identify with the and then speak over struggles and anger that many people in tribes express regarding this.

            You’re part African, too; you wanna weigh in on stop & frisk? Get over yourself.

          • John Wills

            Its funny how now you dont respect my race when its not convenient for you.. see how that works.

          • John Wills

            BTW thats Franco Nero in the movie The Visitor in my picture… nice try though.

          • Michael W

            You know what? My bad, I shouldn’t have assumed. I’m not grey-faced, after all. But what’s really funny is that you would consent to a bunch of white people cheering on a slur for “your” people and then talk to ME about “not respecting your race.”

            I can’t speak to feelings about particular tribes, as I don’t know enough about most of them, but I DO respect the fact of the history of that slur. There are CENTURIES of rape, of theft, of genocide behind it. I respect the fact that the Native players on that football team were players in the 1930′s, and that gimmicky racism was the norm then; There was also a baseball team called the Zulu Cannibal Giants around that time. For the most part, you either played like that or you didn’t play.

            I respect the plight, historical and modern, of Native cultures. YOU do not. So forgive me if I take your generic, extremely common claim of being “part Native American” with a grain of salt… or a whole shaker.

          • John Wills

            Have you ever read the history of the team name and where it comes from? You are probably to set in your own PC opinion to even care. STFU and find another cause.

          • Michael W

            I actually have. Here it is for you:
            “The Washington Redskins were originally known as the Boston Braves. In 1933, co-owner George Preston Marshall changed the name to the Redskins, possibly in recognition of the then–head coach William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux.”

            Here’s the part you’re missing:

            “Dietz’s true identity remains highly controversial. Although he is recognized as an “Indian athlete” by Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, Indian Country Today Media Network ran a series of articles in 2004 exposing Dietz as a white man masquerading as an Indian. In 1988, the National Congress of American Indians attempted to meet and discuss the issue with the team’s former owner, Jack Kent Cooke, but Cooke refused a meeting.”

          • fyjfjfyj

            You are a horrible person.

          • Michael W

            It’s not that only white people care, it’s that you aren’t listening to enough native people.

          • Ed Hagerty

            Sounds like they are two areas that agree with your position, maybe you’d feel right at home. Or better yet why don’t you go out and tell the American Indians themselves to stop whinning and see how far you get, fool!

          • JackiL

            Shocklingly Native Americans (not American Indians is you want to be PC) like myself have much thicker skin than you would think. Im not offended by Redskins, Braves, or even the Tomahawk Chop. Im sure some take offence, but they live in a liberal world that no one can speak their mind if it differs from left wing views, and everyone gets a trophy if they participate.

          • Stefan Paul

            The NCAI has been fighting against this issue since the 1940s. Do you think that perhaps that might be a reason why most people of Native American descent don’t want to care anymore…because it’s been a fight for 70+ years? Or maybe they’re just indoctrinated to not care about their culture anymore because white people systematically set out to eliminate their culture, and made it irrelevant to the point where it doesn’t actually matter because it doesn’t have a beer festival or “holiday” associated with it? White America has done this to every other culture it has assimilated; yet nobody peeps about the native and indigenous cultures that it nearly wiped out on its way to “Manifest Destiny.” Nobody would have the balls to nickname a baseball team “The Negroes” or the “Fighting Jews.” why is the Native American culture worth so much less that it can be used for such a purpose?

          • Falnex Xaio

            Do you think that a fight that has lasted for 70+ years will ever be resolved? The people who started it are already dead, everyone else has adapted or forgotten about it. But please keep bringing up the past, we don’t have enough to worry about. We should really concern ourselves with people long dead, that’ll get us further down the road of peace.

          • KickPuncher

            We shouldn’t concern ourselves with the past or people long dead?

            September 11th, the Bhopal Disaster, the Mount Pelée Eruption, the Great Chinese Famine, World War One. The Black Death, The Civil War, The Holodomor, World War Two, The Crusades, Manifest Destiny, and many others just called from the past to say you’re an idiot.

          • Falnex Xaio

            Actually, and this is my exact point, no they didn’t. Thank you for helping me just that little bit more.

          • Falnex Xaio

            Actually, no they didn’t. You help me prove my point so well.

          • Seraphina Anne Kelly

            AMEN!! Sooo tired of first word nation “waaah”ing.

          • RonKeffer

            did you move to North Korea or Uganda……I bet not

          • reving19

            Liberals want the USA to be like North Korea.

          • Andrew Dallons

            Conservatives want a country more like Afghanistan. Theocratic rule by force.

          • MikeTX62

            By your definition, LIFE ITSELF is “slavery.” Your argument is simplistic at best. True, there are some things in this life we are REQUIRED to do, and there are some things our government does in our name that we may find objectionable, but that does not make conditions in this country anything akin to “slavery.”

          • Just A. Marine

            That may be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.

          • Matt O’Brien

            I spotted the crazy guy!

          • Steve S

            How??? There’s so damned many of them?

          • georgenereida

            And your comment has what to do with the changing of Washington’s football team’s name. How about sticking to the topic…. Sherlock?

          • Snake_jr

            There is nothing stopping you from leaving the US a s s h o l e!!

          • PhilM1957

            When people cannot provide facts to back up their position, they often comment on another subject (but passionately). The subject is the Redskins name. The ones who brought up slavery did so because they have no facts to back up their opinion.

          • RonKeffer
          • RonKeffer

            read the whole article and not just what you choose to believe

          • Justin C.

            Actually the slavery part was to make a point that a poll can say anything if you want it to. It was an extreme example but sometimes that is needed.

            It did get a bit out of hand after that as most things tend to do on the internet.

          • imstan

            things get out of hand on the Internet??? Really??? And I thought for sure if I liked that one photo, then Bill Gates was going to send me 20 million dollars… He still is isn’t he???

          • Tristan Frank

            please move away ASAP

          • Jake Mueller

            2nd Amendment depends on where ya live. As does the rest. lol LONG LIVE WYOMING!!!

          • RonKeffer

            we are a nation of sheep………we do what our government tells us to do and they do as they damn well please !http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

          • Logic

            You are a really, really stupid. So because people exercise their rights to safety and abortion you are enslaved? Get a grip.

          • HawkFanSD

            lol… what?

          • alvin691

            Democrat Senators are echoing their radical OWS base.

          • Billy Detzel

            Legislation leads public opinion. And although, human behavior is not changed because of a few knuckleheads, laws frequently are.

          • Redd_Melendez

            No body of law regulates this

          • Brian Johnson

            Actually, legislation these days follows the noise-makers or the moneybags. IN this case, the noise-makers: Whiney liberals. Significant numbers of actual Native Americans who have weighed in on the issue say they really don’t care, and some consider that team’s name an object of pride they appreciate, including several high schools who are 80%+ Native American and want the team to retain the name. Hardly the universally derogatory title the libs want us to think it is.

          • kelly

            I am a liberal and absolutely do not want the name changed. Don’t paint with such a wide brush.

          • Tony Sofio

            I wouldn’t brag being a Liberal.

          • tulsatime

            don’t brag about being brain dead

          • Larry

            What’s wrong with being brain dead? The writer of this article obviously is and he probably got paid for his idiocy!

          • CEE

            DING DING DING, NAILED IT!!!!! Like all media who are controlled by government but Americans are tooooooo stupid to figure that out!!!!!!

          • Allan Narci

            I think they have, have you seen CNN’s ratings lately? no one is listening to professional morons anymore.

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            he wouldn’t be posting if he were. If you’re going to troll, at least make some sense.

          • Susan. Just Susan.

            Looks like you just did.

          • Scamp1

            I wouldnt brag about being Republican, and Im a registered Conservative.

          • Andrew Dallons

            Yeah, that’s about as bad as bragging that you are in the Tea Party.

          • adcbeast

            Tony .. but you’re stupid so ..

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            Paint what we see. It is the whiny fake hypersensitive liberals who are pursuing this. Read up. Maybe you shouldn’t be a liberal. Maybe we should all start being free-thinking MODERATE independents who don’t rely on outdated political dogmas to define who we are.

          • jim

            Don’t forget the Florida Seminoles, those proud people embrace the name while other activists, not even of the heritage, calls for a name change.

          • Ashley P

            Seminoles is very different – that is the actual tribe name. Not a derogatory slur. Not weighing in on either side here, just saying these are two very different representations of Native Americans

          • Waylon Preston Callaway

            It wasn’t a derogatory slur until it was made into one. You do know that when the first white man to land on America saw people in those days, they would say “look that man is red.” You know describing what they saw. Just like if they were to see a red bird that maybe wasn’t in their country. Hey look a red bird.

          • Nick C

            no offense Kelly, but most of the people pressing this issue are liberals…..

          • Craig Kay

            amen Kelly

          • Tristan Frank

            Politicians from both parties have spoken out against the name; I’m liberal and don’t want the name changed. This isn’t about politics, don’t try to make it about politics.

          • dgeliades

            Then why is the Senate involved? regardless of your political leanings, with what is going on in this country, to think these guys spend anytime on this topic while the Senate is in session is absolutely nuts. Most folks love sports to get away from life’s pressure.

          • reving19

            It is distraction from the failures of the Obama Administration.

          • imstan

            it’s already about politics. You don’t want the name changed, I don’t want it changed, most native Americans and all of the Native Americans I know (quite a few) don’t want the name changed. Who then does… Politicians with nothing better to do… So, to me that makes it political…

          • James N. Samples

            Putting their nose where t doesn’t belong once again…

            Christ I can’t wait until the revolution comes and the ONLY jobs of the federal government will be foreign affairs…

          • Chuck

            50 senators wrote the letter to the NFL. All democtrats! So don’t tell me it’s not political. More libbie BS. No wonder this is called “the do nothing congress”.. give me a frigin break.

          • KickPuncher

            Well, what do you expect when the other party is loaded with racists?

          • RasputinSays

            Sweeping generalizations only reduce your credibility by making you sound stupid.

          • Jskinfan

            typical reply of a loony liberal when all else fails paint the opposition as racists!

          • LeadZep

            Wrong.

          • Barry Zaremba

            You mean the Dems, I hope.

          • wthforever

            that is BS, it is all about politics, Harry Reid only exists on this earth to breed liberal
            politics

          • kgbdk

            Bi-partisanship leads to the death of brain tissue.

          • bwl60

            You are right, it is not about politics, it is about the money and some whinny little bastards that want everything their way!! Most Native Americans don’t want the name changed. And even if they did….WHO CARES! It is just a name. That is like the little puke who is trying to say the word FIESTA is racist! REALLY?????

          • KBear

            bullshit, Native Americans DO want the name changed and we are sick of non-Natives putting words into our mouth.

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            It is about politics. Quit defending the fake hypersensitive liberals in your camp. Quit deflecting from the truth. How about moving away from the dated political dogma and becoming a freethinking moderate independent.

          • Jakie Lewis

            No, it is about respect…not politics.

          • FOD_Walkdown

            49 democratic senators sent the letter this time, so it may paint somewhat of a political picture.

          • Chris

            Here here!

          • Rick A

            Of course it’s about politics you dummy

          • Guest

            Why not? 50 Democrats made it about politics yesterday.

          • Paul Calobrisi

            50 Democrats made it about politics yesterday.

          • Logic

            Get a clue. I personally know several native americans who are irate that the name hasn’t been changed.

          • Whitewings

            if thats the case then tell your several native american friends to state their complaints because I personally do not have a problem with it or any others in my tribe.

          • Stefan Paul

            The lobbying of Native American groups to change names and mascots of Native-themed sports teams has been going on for several decades. This is not a new fight. It is only now finally getting some push behind it from some politicians because none of the organizations have listened to those groups on their own.

          • Mark Eaton

            Thank you! I remember when this first caught some media attention back in the ’70s, but the reactionary element in this country wants you to believe that someone just pulled it out of thin air in the last few years. I work on the powwow circuit in addition to my “real job”, and disdain for the name is just about universal in my experience- most every Native person that I personally know- and all in my family- was in on the #Iamnotyourmascot movement.

          • KickPuncher

            Would you still have no problem with that word if someone walked up to you, your parents, or your child and used that word?

            If you were Native you would not have written your statement, because we all have a problem with that name. In the off chance that you are truly Native, and this clueless, you should ask an Elder, Council member, or any tribesman worth a damn about this issue. Be prepared to receive plenty of knowledge because they will talk your ear off!

            We have been battling/fighting to have that name changed for MANY years. We still have some high schools that haven’t changed their names, but all the colleges and universities have changed their names. There is just ONE professional sports team in the world that still hasn’t changed that name, Washington.

            It speaks volumes to the world that the U.S. Capital, and the global center of political democracy, has accepted the use of a racial slur as professional sports team name for this long or at all.

          • George Carnes

            Yeah, because to be “worth a damn” they have to agree with you, right? Get over yourself!!

          • KickPuncher

            Pound sand you idiot.

          • SouthernBlueGal

            Florida State Seminoles have not changed their name.

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            They stopped the stupid chant that was seen as racist!
            There is nothing wrong with the tribute being that of the name of one of the tribes or influential tribal leaders, but the name is still wrong if it was ever used to describe people as being less than the human’s white people called themselves as they arrived, coming to these shores!

          • SouthernBlueGal

            Good point. Although most of the surveys of native Americans I’ve seen show them not to be insulted by the team’s name. I’m sure there are other surveys which show otherwise.

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            As with any survey, the questions guide the polls findings!
            If I ask a general question, then the response will be more subdued than if the questions were specific!
            If the questions are in reference to the specific Native American referenced team name & how it relates to the hatred of the racist monikers like “Redskin”, then the survey comes out with a totally different sway!

          • Michael W

            They should. As an FSU Alum, I did a good deal of research into the team name and the mascot, and while it MIGHT not have been as bad if it weren’t for the mascot, the stereotypical (and highly stylized and inaccurate) “Savage Warrior” hodgepodge of multiple native cultures makes it ridiculously horrible (though it can at least be said that they aren’t using a slur linked to centuries of genocide, rape and murder as their name.)

            “It is shameful that the mighty Osceola is portrayed as a mascot. He is represented with fakey “war paint,” which he never wore; on an Appaloosa horse, which he never rode; with a Plains Indian war lance, which he never used; acting the fool, which he never was; and performing for non-Indians — which he never, ever did.”

            -Suzan Shown Harjo,

          • Craig Kay

            FSU cut a deal with the seminoles to use the name…$$$$$$$

          • KickPuncher

            That’s because their name ISN’T a racial slur. This page is full of ignorant people. I’m out.

          • RasputinSays

            I would not have a problem if someone walked up to me and called me “Whiteskin.” I would look at them like they were odd to use it in that context and so would anyone else. Your logic is flawed and shows your inability to dissect an argument beyond your own emotional instability.

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            That would be because it was never used as a racial slur! If it had, then you might have a problem!

          • Alan Tindell

            When I lived near an Indian reservation in Washington State I saw plenty of Native Americans going around wearing Washington Redskin hats and jackets. They certainly didn’t act oppressed about it and in fact wore the stuff with a sense of arrogance if anything.

          • HawkFanSD

            no you dont….

          • fyjfjfyj

            are there any that are under the age of 70?

          • reving19

            I know some young ones that have no problem with the name. Don’t try the “youth” thing like it is only middle aged White people that support this. That would make you a “low info person”, and if you don’t want that, then wise up.

          • Barry Zaremba

            And there are others who have come out in favor of the name.

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            Name some of the so called influential people who have come out in favor beyond the dumb comment Goodell made! Name some people from the group – people of color!!

          • Buzz Hodge

            Hey Logic, “several native Americans that you know” sounds like a majority to me. My wife is Navajo Indian and she likes the idea that her people are represented in the NFL. Get some thicker skin!

          • Dałaa Ba’cho

            I personally AM a Native American I would be deeply offended if the name and or Mascot were changed!

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            Really? I don’t believe! Call me a skeptic, but anyone can put up a pic that says “hey, believe me”! Stupid! I’m not full, by a stretch, but this has gotten really stupid from the Goodell comment to the comments left by the folks that haven’t & won’t see the difference as to what is occurring!

          • Dałaa Ba’cho

            Well you see, I am who I am and your approval, acknowledgment and or belief is not required. I’ll excuse your rudeness and ignorance on the account that you may be a fellow Vet, but don’t mistake my kindness as weakness.
            It is highly prejudicial and insulting to question anyone’s ethnicity. You indicate you may have some native ancestry and due to the fact that I don’t know you and absent a DNA test I am not qualified to make the assumption that you are not as you say.
            THAT is called mutual respect.

            I don’t claim to speak for ALL Natives as some people have done. I am not saying that there are some Natives that are uncomfortable with the Name and or the use of Native Imagery as a Mascot….

            I’ll put this in K.I.S.S. terminology for you 1st SGT…. If the word Redskin was good enough for my Ancestors to call themselves some 300+ years ago then it’s good enough to call this team.
            Being offended is a FEAR based on what you think other people might be thinking of you. I was not born with that fear and I will not develop it. I know I cannot change what you or anyone else thinks of me and you can call me what you wish I cannot control that. I can, however, control how I allow that to affect me and THAT my friend is how we empower ourselves… if you don’t like it suck it up and drive on! Hooah?

          • kyle

            I enjoyed reading your responses, they are very well thought out and explained! As for other people questioning ones ancestry , who are you to judge anyone based off what you think you may know (on the internet especially)Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt For all we know you weren’t really a vet? Or a 1st Sgt. So your put down is kinda redundant, don’t ya think? As its obviously been laid out , there are always going to be differing opinions and emotions amongst any race, religion, group or sect. @kockpuncher Who are you to say someone else isnt a Native because they aren’t as easily offended as you are ? Which you have that right, but they also have the right to be bigger then the word we all have chosen to be racist . A word is a word , and that only . I’m irish and I don’t get offended by the words Bog, Mick, Paddy or Taig.. As a white man in general ;Cracker, White trash and Honky don’t mean anything to me either . Those words don’t question my integrity or my honor as a human being .. They are words uneducated morons use to try to make someone feel as low as they do .

          • Dałaa Ba’cho

            Right on Kyle! And thank you very much!
            Some people exclaim that they want to rise up against racism and I am all for that. I think there is no place for it in our society as we are now a global community. However, do we go about it by a small group unilaterally determining what is offensive and what someone else meant by when they said it? Take this word and add it to a list of offensive taboo terms

            I suppose that is one way. 100 years from now anyone can look at this list and in an effort to offend someone has their choice of racial slurs categorized and alphabetized for their ignorant use. Let’s see the N word has been on this list for quite sometime and yet people wield this term like a two edge sword cause they know that it will give them the power to provoke someone.

            OR
            We can empower ourselves and our people to not allow ignorant people to have power over them. Being self aware and knowing who you are as a human being is a powerful tool in fighting this sort of ignorance.

          • Pichach

            why?

          • Dałaa Ba’cho

            Reason being of all the names we are called that are supposed to be “OKAY” PC words… words like Indian, American Indians, Native American, Apache, Sioux, Navajo THESE are not Native words. These are GIVEN names given to us by outsiders… where as words like Red Skin, Red Man, Red People, Red Paint People… N’de, Lakota, Dine… These are words chosen by the people. Okay, granted Redskin, red men etc etc are TRANSLATED. Literal Translated native words words that mean HUMAN BEING…
            Chihene N’de means People or humans but literal translation is Red Paint People.. I argue that these literal translations are far more accurate to refer to Natives that words like Indian and American. We trace our ancestral roots 1000′s of years BEFORE Columbus ever got lost.

            We are RED not for our skin tone. Natives come in all shades but we are RED because we are children of the Earth formed of the RED clay of these lands. I get how people can be confused by all this i mean it says RED SKIN right? Remember this term was translated 2 or three times before it got to English and it is possible something was lost in Translation. Example I like to use is Crazy Horse. Tashunka Witko. Natives had no word for horse so they called them literally “BIG DOGS” also the word for Crazy is probably more accurately translated as Spirited. As Crazy Horse was well known for his ability to train the most spirited wild horses.

            Too often Native Americans are not adequately Represented. American Football is a Staple of our culture as Americans. There are other people groups like Cowboys, Patriots, 49′ers, Steelers, Saints etc etc, represented in this Americana we know as the Sports world Had it not been for the Native American there would be no America and football (Possibly) So why should the Natives NOT be represented in the Sports world… What better name to represent Natives than a word coined by natives and used by natives for centuries.
            If the Ignorance of a few can taint a historically significant word such as Redskins, Red Man, Red People and any other Red identity then WE are allowing the Ignorant to dictate to us. I cannot sit idle and allow that.

          • Jskinfan

            yet you are self guilty white person,huh?

          • Dave Phillips

            No you don’t.

          • KickPuncher

            Belegana, I am a Native American and your statement is bullshit. The Native American community HATES the use of that name. All you closet bigots like to make broad statements that nobody wants to change that football team’s name, all while giggling behind your keyboards. Would all of you be so anti-name-change if there was a team named after a WHITE racial slur or other hate-based-word?

          • KeithSully

            Closet bigots?? You absolutely choose to be offended on this topic. I have hundreds of native friends and I don’t know any that feel offended by the Washington Redskins. Stop playing the victim. Nobody agrees with the name “redskins” because they want to hurt or offend Native Americans.

          • Nathan Joseph Dutra

            Hundreds of native friends? I haven’t even met more than a hundred native americans ALL my life. I smell something steaming from you and it ain’t peachy.

          • Jeremy Woods

            Racism directed towards whites doesn’t exist. Duh.

          • Deacon_Sam1

            Not if the slurs came from whites. If a white calls another white trailer trash, it wouldn’t be attack on his race. If a black, Asian or Latino call a white trailer trash, it would definitely be a racial.

          • David Wilkinson

            Fighting Irish
            Atlanta Crackers (true they no longer exist but they are there in the history books)
            Minnesota Vikings (to some Scandanavians)
            Saints, Angels, Padres, Friars (atheists might object)
            Pirates, Buccaneers, Vandals and Raiders (for those with ancestors that sailed)
            Yankees- offensive to those in the South
            Patriots, Rebels, Pioneers, 49ers- to those that find anything about the founding or expansion of this country distasteful.
            I could go on but you get the point

          • USSAmerican

            I agree with you David. The sad thing is that the majority of people have gotten so “thin skinned” that they are afraid to voice their opinions anymore fearing the PC police will tag them. Wake up people….!!!! Stand up for your Amendment Rights or you are going to lose them FOREVER.

          • William Ruby

            I’ll call BULLSHIT here. I am Native American, and i don’t find the team;s name offensive. What i find more offensive is a hairstyle named after a Nation who had a hereditary balding pattern!!!

          • Michael W

            “But wait; didn’t Andrea Neal of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation tout a Sports Illustrated poll (of 351 self-identified Native Americans) that said
            Indians don’t care? And what about the subsequent Annenberg Public Policy
            Center poll that showed the same thing?

            Annenberg, too, sampled “self-identified Native Americans” (768 of them), a
            term which includes plenty of people who have nothing to do with Indians.
            Annenberg systematically oversampled in states with no federally recognized
            Indian tribes and undersampled states with large reservations or urban Indian
            populations.

            Sampling methodology. Who cares?”

            It was the term used to dehumanize a group of people who once lived in large numbers in this country, and who now practice their traditions on small tracts of federally-designated land after a whole lot of completely unjustified war and duplicitous dealings. It is a well-known racial slur for one of the poorest, statistically least-educated groups in the country, and most at-risk for several types of poverty-linked ailments. But it’s just ‘Liberal whining’ to put some basic respect ahead of your sports traditions, of course it is.

          • Nick C

            EXACTLY

          • HollywoodCajun

            The law was written first, actually. I studied the Civil War in a state where people still debate it. The majority of Northerners were actually pro-slavery when the law decided to change things. Anti-slavery advocates were the minority. Also, there would be way more than forty-two people who are pro-slavery today. I don’t agree with them, of course, but that’s reality. Maybe you should do some research and get more life experience before jumping on that guy.

          • georgenereida

            Why is it so hard for people like Jeffersonian to understand what slurs are? If it were a slur against white people, I bet you, this would not even be a fcccccking topic. It would have been changed years ago. So, spare us the history lesson, and use some common sense.

          • Joe Laporte

            call us crackers, i enjoy it. because the name comes from the sound the whip made :)

          • kelly

            I could care less if it was a slur against white people. As someone here has already said, there are “cracker jacks” and “Cracker Barrel”. If you don’t agree or like it, exercise your right to change the channel and not watch or listen. We do not need politicians trying to limit how much soda we can have (NY), or politicians in my bedroom (everywhere), stay the heck out of it and do something real for a change.

          • Ronnie XsTsb

            NOW Kelly! You know better than that! You are just being intolerant and racist, all because you disagree : that proves it right there! You see; we also need to change the name Braves! Because it is also offensive . Chiefs has to change too! Change it to Theifs in honor of the wonderful people in Washington who are so concerned about this Apocalyptic issue! Have a briefcase with Harry Weidhead’s ugly mug in the middle and HW slanted. Hey; I am a Cowboys fan! Why don’t we change the Cowboys to Plowboys? Cowboys is offensive to me as a Texan, because of the violent nature of the sport that gives us Texans a bad image! OOPS I live in Houston we need to change the Texans name too.. Maybe to the Houstonians! OOPS can’t do that either . that might offend Houstonians. How about the US Steel workers who have all of a sudden fallen on hard times . Why is Pittsburgh using the Steelers Monicker, and making revenue off of the exploited backs of unemployed steel workers, due to the wonderful economic policies of Washington? Why don’t we change it to Stealers: with a briefcase in a circle and 3 crooked statists on the helmet. Ospasma, Weidhead, and McStain? Hey Christians can be offended by the name Saints being used in a rough sport with physical contact unbefitting Christianity, and might offend some Christian. In honor of the wonderful media who is so into this important issue, why don’t we call them the Slants, with the fleur de lis on a scroll? Hey college too! Notre Dame needs to drop the Irish! OOOPS USC! Trojans has got to go! It might offend decent liberal minded progressives like the woman who wanted the taxpayers to pay for her Contraception! See how redicuolus this thing can get? I know this is sarcasm; but the point should be well taken. Every group can come out of the wood works and claim that their group’s interests are being violated ,and they are not being compensated for a Moniker!

          • kelly

            I get the fact that you were being sarcastic, but what does this have to do with me? Especially since it seems that neither one of us think the name should be changed. Although I can see that is all we would agree on.

          • M. Johnson

            I 100% agree with you!! This is a ridiculous topic and I can’t believe we taxpayers actually paid our senators to contemplate this issue.

          • commonsense

            You wanna know why no slurs actually piss of white people? Because we don’t care what a bunch of jerk offs call us. A word is simply that, a word. It is being used quite effectively by Blacks to get stuff, and so they can excuse all kinds of nasty crap they do, but it is just a word. It has no power and if someone using it has no power over you, it means nothing. This Redskins thing also means nothing, if Mr. Psuedo Injun was so worried about his people, he would look for ways to get them JOBS, and off drugs and booze, but NOPE, he gonna go out and get twisted up about a WORD. Word!

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Exactly. Change the name to the Washington Crackers; I ain’t losing sleep over it.

          • RonKeffer

            I like that

            and lets change the name of the white sox to “the saltines”

            read this in its entirety http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

          • George Carnes

            But that would mean they would actually have to DO something and be held accountable for RESULTS…….. can’t have that now!

          • qu1ck

            “WHITE SOX” is a slur against white people. I’m offended. I demand the team change their name.

          • Larry McDaniel

            The Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” could be construed to be derogatory towards Irish people. Nobody’s complaining. I’m Irish. Don’t care. I’m a grown up.

          • kyle

            Lol, agreed!

          • kelly

            True. The Redskins got their name not after Native Americans but after the Boston Tea Party. They were the Boston Redskins when they started. The name Redskin comes from the fact that colonists painted their faces red during the Boston Tea Party. (BTW, the real tea party not the idiots claiming the name now.)

          • Walter Warren

            But they painted their faces to look like Native Americans…

            For the record, I’m AGAINST a name change. This would mean that the Cleveland Indians of MLB would be next b/c “they aren’t Indians, they are Native Americans”…And they (Cleveland) are much more embarrassing to the race than the Washington Redskins are.
            And the Yankees would have to change their name. It’s an insult born of the Civil War spewed in the South to denote an outsider from the North.
            I could keep listing, but you get the point, I hope.

          • David Hellstrom

            The term “yankee” was not an insult born of the civil war…it was a term used by the world in the late 1700s to describe Americans (north and south).

          • RonKeffer

            I believe Yankee is a slur word. haven’t you ever heard the slur “Damn Yankee”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

          • Steve S

            And what about the poor potatoes? Would we have to call them Crimsonskins?

          • Imam Khalid of Basra

            None of your homoqueer blathering will matter. When Brother Obama declares the Caliphate, we will ban all sports.

          • Jon Wayne Rebello

            may i remind you this is about a football team, it took such a topic of unimportance for you to stand on your soapbox. why don’t people like you do something about something that is “bad” before a bandwagon come rolling by?

          • Ronnie XsTsb

            AWESOME!

          • Syncopathy Novus

            You have way too much faith in people. I’m sure the Teapublicans make up more than 42 counts. Let’s not forget those “good ol’ boys” who have no hate group affiliation but are just as racist.

            Besides that, I think you seriously missed his point. Time to reread.

          • UserName12345

            Legislation does not follow public opinion. Legislation follows whoever can write the bigger campaign paycheck.

            Take a Poli Sci course

          • Glennjo

            Actually, the 13th amendment was drafted while the general public was still in favor of slavery, most Americans were opposed to the amendment until the death toll of the civil war got too high. Redskin is a straight up racial slur and should not be the name of an NFL franchise regardless of public opinion.

          • bwl60

            Don’t know what country you are in but in the USA, legislation doesn’t follow public opinion. It follows the money! It is SUPPOSE to follow the people, but it doesn’t!! Who ever has the money to pay the most is who get their way!!

          • Stefan Paul

            Clarify: The neo-Nazi skinheads. There is a difference. Skinheads aren’t traditionally involved in overt racism.

          • Pat Sharples

            FACT: Not all skinheads are white supremacists.
            FACT: The FIRST skinhead was BLACK
            If people don’t like the Washington Redskins name, keep rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and leave us Redskins fans and the Franchise alone. Shouldn’t the government be focused on reducing the debt or taking better care of our Vets?

          • kgbdk

            I’m sure that’s how the civil rights movement prevailed. “A few knuckleheads” who had the willingness to endure a century of societal ignorance. What is current and historical sometimes needs to be chiseled and broken. Again, appealing to the masses is a logical fallacy which is what Jeffersonian is using as a crutch to argue that most people want to keep the Redskins name, regardless of who they are offending. Reminds me of the classic line “I have a black friend, so I couldn’t be racist”.

          • ItIsWhatItIs

            “I am quite certain that if we polled the American public on slavery only the 42 skinheads would think it a good idea to reinstate”

            don’t forget washington redskins fans.

          • Michael W

            Yyyyyyeeeeaaaaahhhh…. I’m going to go ahead and recommend you look at educational desegregation.

            As for the origin of the name, it was changed from the Braves in 1933, supposedly in recognition of William Henry “Lone-Star” Dietz:

            “Dietz’s true identity remains highly controversial. Although he is recognized as an “Indian athlete” by Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, Indian Country Today Media Network ran a series of articles in 2004 exposing Dietz as a white man masquerading as an Indian. In 1988, the National Congress of American Indians attempted to meet and discuss the issue with the team’s former owner, Jack Kent Cooke, but Cooke refused a meeting.”

            Soooo we have more white people taking on this issue by bravely refusing to listen to the voice of the people who want to talk to them about it.

            The truth will, indeed, set you free.

          • Jeffersonian_Libertarian

            Yeah…I’m going to go ahead and say that educational desegregation was the same thing. Society saw this happening and demanded the legislation not the other way around.

          • Michael W

            A *part* of society. Definitely not the part of society that protested the legislation, and violently harassed the black kids trying to go to school.

            That more people are behind on this issue means just that: they’re behind. Aside from the fact that you’re comparing politicians putting their name publicly to a cause they agree with to actual legistlation, what you’re whining about them agreeing with is that we should have some respect for one of the most disrespected ethnicities in our country.

            No comment on the team name origin though, I see.

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            Then what would you say about the studies surveying native americans that indicate that they DON’T find the Washington Redskins offensive. there are multiple recent (since 2000) studies on that subject.

            In fact, the study on the use of word redskin shows that it was never used as a slur.

          • AJW

            I demand Cracker Jack change their name… and Cracker Barrel… I’m offended, I’m gonna go whine to nancy pelosi… boo f’n hoo.

            /sarcasm

          • Marc Stinebaugh

            Exactly, lmao

          • MikeTX62

            I’ve been significantly overweight (in other words, “FAT!!!”) most of my adult life. I find Goodyear’s and MetLife’s use of the term “blimp” to describe their airships very offensive. I was also a debater in high school and college, so I would also object to the use of the term “gasbag”!!!

            /sarcasm

          • JackiL

            As many bad names I am called because I am not only part Native American, but also an overweight, Conservative that smokes… I take Redskin as a complement LOL

          • donald temby

            WTG

          • RonKeffer

            yes my hat is off to you. I wonder how many comments are made by an American Indian. It would be interesting…

          • Ed Hagerty

            How could you object to the term “BLIMP”, when Blimps have been around a lot longer than an f-ing fat slob like you admit you are. To the contrary you should want to be known as the Human Blimp.

          • RonKeffer

            hagerty, go soak your duck…….that didn’t even make sense

          • MikeTX62

            Setting aside your condescending insult for just a moment, please allow me to ask a brief 2-part question, if I may:

            You do realize I was being facetious, don’t you??? You did notice the “/sarcasm” notation at the bottom of my post, didn’t you??

          • georgenereida

            @AJW, You are an ignorant fool. cracker is not considered an offensive slur. I can stand in a ball park and yell “cracker” all day long…. so what? You are just being stupid now.GROW UP!

          • Joe Laporte

            cracker is a positive name. it comes from the sound the whips made hahaha

          • RonKeffer

            ×

            georgenereida: you are probably a cross dresser anyway

            that is not true…..Cracker to whites as N is to blacks. What bubble have you been living under.

            I named my boat “The Salty Cracker” I don’t care….

          • kyle

            Uh Cracker is used by many black comedians, rappers and wanna be thugs trying to offend white people . We just don’t really care what racial slur ppl come up with . Also Joe Laporte your an ignorant excuse for a person . Quit trying to use the same worn out racist joke I’ve seen you post MULTIPLE times on here .

          • HollywoodCajun

            Nope. My former roommate was the Director of American Indian Affairs in Louisiana. So, he’s an expert. This is what he does. “Redskin” is definitely a slur. So is “squaw,” which means c#@* in English. Get it now?

          • commonsense

            I have eaten Jambalaya on three occasions, so I am an expert. And you are no Cajun, I know Cajuns, and you ain’t.

          • Kit Cunningham

            Squaw is not a slur that is what Indian men called there women when the first started talking to the white man. Don’t know where you get your info but you are the first person I’ve ever heard say that’s what squaw means. Squaw is an English language loan-word, used as a noun or adjective, whose present meaning is an indigenous woman of North America.

          • “The Wine”

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=squaw your former college roommates brothers best friends second cousin; might have been speaking figuratively about a word used in disgust by some old drunk chiefs. Never heard it spoken off by my grandfathers aunt twice removed on my cousins side who actually was Sioux.

            “Squaw” DOES NOT mean vagina, or any other body part for that matter.

            The word comes from the Massachusett(no S)
            Algonquian tribe and means: female, young woman.
            The word squaw is not related to the Mohawk word “ojiskwa”: which does mean vagina.
            There is absolutely no derogatory meaning in the word “squaw”.
            “Squaw” has been a familiar word in American literature and language since the 16th century and has been generally understood to mean “an Indian woman, or wife.
            The Navajo people practice a dance called the “squaw dance” to this day.
            by Urban Dictionary September 10, 2005

          • Justin C.

            Wait… wait… did you seriously just quote Urban Dictionary? Well now I know you’re joking cause I will cry if that’s actually a serious response. I mean sure, the information there may or may not be correct… but when you get it from a site like that, all credibility is thrown out the window.

          • Justin C.

            Wait… wait… did you seriously just quote Urban Dictionary? Well now I know you’re joking cause I will cry if that’s actually a serious response. I mean sure, the information there may or may not be correct… but when you get it from a site like that, all credibility is thrown out the window.

          • Daniel Chamberlain

            To help you out,

            http://anthropology.si.edu/goddard/redskin.pdf

            Google: “Annenberg survey redskins”, or ESPN Redskins survey.

          • donald temby

            Daniel; you are so correct. But there are idiots who don’t accept truth.

          • John Wills

            Finally someone speaking some sense. Isnt it funny that the only people who care arent even Native American?

          • RonKeffer

            that is true…..check out this info.

            Read it in it’s entirety ……http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

          • Tray

            I would venture to say that you could indeed not poll our nation and get those results. And I am sorry that you feel that the majority of our nation would probably still not want women to vote. I am concerned about what information you are getting to form these opionions.

          • Justin C.

            I did say probably… it’s obvious that it is impossible to know what the majority would want now if things didn’t happen they way they did. Also notice how the changes were done as amendments which are not voted upon by the people.

            So basically the minority, the government, made decisions for the majority to protect the minority.

            Also, if I cherry picked the people in the poll, I could indeed get those results.

          • Jesse McAllister

            Yes, and you know what happens when a small minority makes policy? It’s called a dictatorship. Most people don’t support a name change, for good reason. Suck it up.

          • BigMike

            Funny… this poll specifically asked Native American people and 90% said it wasn’t offensive.

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

          • Justin C.

            I’ll copy what I said below about this “poll”

            They polled just under 800 people for that survey… way to get a good sample. By the way, there are almost 3 million native americans registered in the US. Again… you got a huge sample there to base all your decisions off of.

            Also notice how “recent” is apparently 10 years ago.

          • BigMike

            Then I’ll copy my response:

            You DO realize that for polls you only take a small sample right? It
            sounds to me like you aren’t familiar with how polls work and the
            science behind them. All those polls that we do in the US to show with
            political candidates are “winning in the polls” and stuff like that,
            you’ll rarely find one that polls more than 1000 people. 800 randomly
            selected people from a population, will give you a valid consensus of
            how the group as a whole feels. Now they do calculate a margin of error,
            which for this one was 2%, but there is a scientific methodology behind
            polls.

            Also, 10 years for a poll or study is not an issue. It took them a full year just to complete the poll so clearly its not something you can do year after year as that is redundant. The issue is the same today as it was back then, which is the whole point of why they did the poll.

          • Justin C.

            Then lets go with a recent survey. It’s a bit odd though how 66% compared to 28% don’t want a name change but 56% compared to 28% think Redskin is an inappropriate name. I’m not sure how that works out that the majority things the name is wrong, but doesn’t want to change it. People are weird, but this is a poll of people who live in the Washington D.C. area and a majority think it’s not a good name. They still want to keep it, but they acknowledge it’s not good. Again, weird people.

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2013/06/25/National-Politics/Polling/release_246.xml?44

            This helps to show that polls don’t always help things. I would think people wouldn’t want something inappropriate to be their sports team… but it seems to be okay to be named something you don’t agree with. This is the majority you want to trust? To think something is bad, but don’t want to do anything about it?

          • BigMike

            Your poll data is taken from a mix of people in Washington, which includes tons of liberal activist, that would also argue that naming a team after an animal violates an animals rights, and non Native Americans. So a poll taken from Native Americans still trumps this.

            This doesn’t prove that polls don’t work, only that the details of a poll matter. The specific set of people that you poll certainly matters.

          • Justin C.

            Okay, then lets look at the specifics of that poll.

            “…the responses of 768 people who said they were Indians or Native Americans were collected…”

            People who said they were. How many of these people are actual Native Americans who live on a reservation or who follow their history and lineage? How many of them are just saying that because they meet the qualifications of government benefits? We don’t know. That’s fairly concerning.

            “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother you?”

            Again, not taking into account the backgrounds of the Native Americans polled, this question is somewhat loaded. Do you find it offensive or does it not bother you. You give two extremes as your only answer with nothing in between. Something can bother somebody without being offensive. You’ve loaded the question to the extremes so you can go back and say, 90% of them said it didn’t bother them at all.

            Also this was a phone survey. About half of Native Americans on a reservation don’t have a phone so you’ve already cut off half of your survey base. Also a random polling across 48 states. This was an election survey after all, it just happened to have this question in it. So they happened to get 800 random Native Americans willing to answer election questions, which included the Redskin one. So you’ve narrowed down your group even more by including only those willing to answer political questions in the first place which is a mindset all its own.

            So how is this a good survey to use? It’s the one everybody keeps bringing up as gospel but it has its share of holes.

          • BigMike

            You’re acting as if they called these people up, and on the phone just asked them if they were Native Americans. No, if you brought up the PDF from the study site, it has a section on the methodology of the survey. “The sample of telephone exchanges called was randomly selected by a computer from a complete list of
            thousands of active residential exchanges across the country. Within each exchange, random digits were added to form a complete telephone number, thus permitting access to both listed and unlisted numbers.” So they had a list of people already identified as Native American via official forms. They randomly selected from their lists. The science behind polls only requires a sampling, so whether they had a list of the full 3 million or so, or thousands, the outcome will be the same as long as they survey enough people. What will change in relation to that is the margin of error.

            The question is hardly loaded or confusing. Is it offensive or not? That is the question. They could answer yes, no, or give no answer. I’m sure these are computerized so you can’t take essays on the matter. Either something is offensive or it isn’t, what middle ground is there? If it bothers you then the answer was yes. A confusing question would be like the one on gun control this past year that asked something along the lines of ‘would you support changes to current gun control laws” and then people claimed 90% of people support universal background checks. That is a false extrapolation as the original question was to broad about what changes. This question is a simple yes or no answer to a very specific question. A question about a word that either offends you or it doesn’t.

            I answered previously about anyone that didn’t have a phone. A poll only needs a random sample to work with to be within acceptable margins of error to represent a whole population. The PDF says the surveys were conducted by randomly pulling numbers from the sample. We do polls on less than 1000 people to represent everyone in the US all the time, including Native Americans mind you. So coming up with 800 surveys for a population of around 3 million, as opposed to the 313 million total in the US, is actually a pretty good turnout. Having samples from different states and locales ensures that the opinions are not being biased based on local customs or localized ideology.

            Here is a site on some of the science behind polls: (and I link this hating NBC News personally, but the .edu site I found on it wouldn’t load)
            http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3077323/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/poll-itical-science-its-not-so-random/

            They claim as few as 600 people will give you a 4 percent measure for the entire US. So once again, 800 for a population of only 3 million shouldn’t have much of an error at all. In fact, now I’m wondering how you can even say 2% like they do but perhaps that is taking into account a smaller sample size than the whole. Its still plenty more data that they’d need for any other poll that we see done today.

            So in closing, this poll targeted Native Americans to get a more focuses viewpoint from Native Americans on the subject. The poll you listed focused on Wastington, which might not have even included a single Native American, but certainly contains a pool that is just full of political activist, politicians, etc. I will give you that its strange their poll says people think its not right but don’t want to change it. Kinda make me question it even more though to be honest.

            If the team were a publicly owned entity, or if it was a brand new team just now choosing it for their name, then I would probably agree with you that they shouldn’t keep/pick that name. However its private, and the name was chosen long ago and named after the former owner/coach or whoever he was. It has a confirm-able history as to the origins of its name, and as others have stated, nobody would name a team after something they hated or disliked. So just like the Braves, Chiefs, Raiders, and Vikings, they obviously went Redskins for the picture that many people get of a fierce native warrior.

            And with that I’m done on this topic. I couldn’t care less about the team in general, I just don’t want a precedent where an extremely small minority can claim offense and everyone has to bow down to them. Seriously, call the next team the Kentucky Crackers or Washington Whites and I’d just laugh and move along.

          • Justin C.

            It was a single question on a multi-question survey that they interviewed over 65,000 people during. Yes, I know how surveys work, but again, it was a political survey designed to get political answers which does involve a somewhat specific mindset of people willing to speak their minds about politics.

            Did they not ask the other 64,000+ people the same thing? If so, where are there answers? If not… why does their opinion not matter? Is it just they don’t think it’s relevant or doesn’t make as good of a story? I don’t know, maybe you do.

            And you can have a problem with something and not be offended. I am not offended by the Redskin name, but I believe it should be changed because I see where it is an issue. I’m also not going to take a single poll as gospel.

            It’s a start yes, and maybe in the end, if there is one, only 10% really do care but to me, 1 in 10 is a pretty decent number. I think the real question is why are people fighting so hard to keep it… if you say it’s not important to them, how is it important to you? That’s a general question, not directed at anyone specifically.

            Part of me feels it’s just the NFL and such are digging in their heels just so they can say they beat the government, regardless of the reason.

          • BigMike

            Feel free to email the contact of the survey and ask to see if the non Native Americans were asked that question. Perhaps it was set up to only ask if they were listed as Native Americans to get a response from that specific group, for obvious reasons. Getting a public opinion from everyone is easy. Take this forum for instance. Getting a say specifically from the Native American community, and doing it scientifically so its harder to refute, is much harder to do.

            Why does it matter to me? I understand why, if it was a government entity, we would need to change it. The majority cannot dominate and crush the minority simply because there is more of them. However, this isn’t the government. This isn’t a law. This is a privately owned sports team and the conflict is literally over a word. A word that every person seems to have their own definition over. So there is no obligation for them to cater to anyone. Now if the owner had come forth on their own 10 years ago and said they’ve made the choice to change it on their own accord, I wouldn’t have cared. Its his choice as owner. Being forced to change it though, sets a real bad precedent. We’ve already seen private property basically stripped away in the NBA over words. Words that were probably illegally taped and acquired under California law. Words that were coaxed out of him by a mistress. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that she blackmailed him before turning the tape over after he refused to pay. Now, I in no way or fashion agree with what Sterling said, but I feel that anyone has the right to say what they want and certainly in the privacy of their own home. If he’d said that at a NBA conference it would be completely different.

            You might be somewhat right about the NFL partly wanting to confirm that its not under the jurisdiction of the government when it comes to that sort of this. That is how I feel as well. This article only goes to show the government over-reach problem that we have right now. If people are truly offended and they want to boycott the redskins by not spending money on them, that is their choice and their right. Forcing them to change it is not.

          • Justin C.

            Just wanted to say thanks for having a valid discussion with me. Yes, while I think they should change the name as a sign of good faith, the government probably shouldn’t have gotten involved.

            On the flip side, if the government never got involved… it probably would have gotten buried. Sort of a catch-22. Now that they’re in it, they really can’t do anything without setting a very dangerous precedent like you said.

            At least in the NBA’s case, that was an NBA decision, not a government one and that too has yet to fully play out. I also think they struck so quickly was not because of what he said, but because of what he said could do to their image and profitability. They come down hard and look all the better for it, regardless of privacy, rights, etc.

            Just goes to show it’s all a matter of perspective.

          • BigMike

            You’re welcome. I have to admit I like to debate and argue, and today I’ve been bored and had way to much free time on my hands. We may not agree but at least you weren’t cursing me. Wish more people could do that. Have a good one.

          • Reva Garrett

            MY WORDS EXACTLY IM NOT OFFENDED AND IM NATIVE AMERICAN

          • donald temby

            I will make one more comment. I believe there are individuals out there who just love to screw with people’s minds. Just to stir up trouble. Agitators. They are the ones putting a hurt on the Indian nick-names just as they love to demean blacks. ‘Tis a shame to happen in a land that declares equality.

          • Ed Hagerty

            Every group of people has a village idiot, even American Indians, so you’ve proven you’re an idiot. So American Indian idiot care to say what tribe you are a member of and in which State?

          • Reva Garrett

            wow u really are a moron….. first off im of CHEROKEE and second off dumba@@ i was agreeing with BIGMIKE but hey your a moron guess idiots like u are one in a millon
            and 3rd’ly (tho i dont have to really respond to morons like u ED ) OKLAHOMA

          • Kevin Santos

            Actually, the government is there to be the voice of the people. One of the huge problems this country has is that we bend over backwards to satisfy the minority. The government is supposed to echo the sentiment of the majority, unless it infringes on a person’s rights. In this sense, this is a stupid argument to be had. As stated by other people on this thread already, this term isn’t used as a team name out of disrespect. Teams are named for their boldness, strength, and ferocity (i.e. the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots). I would be described as a white person. I don’t become offended if someone was trying to describe me and said, “He’s white.” Words only have as much power as you allow them to have, you’re never going to please everyone and you shouldn’t have to. Not to mention that there are far more important things going on in this country, and this world, than the name of a professional football team.

          • Justin C.

            It’s also very hard to insult the majority… they haven’t been in the position to be degraded and spit on and insulted at every turn. It’s pretty easy to not take offense to things when you’re on the top of the mountain.

          • Kevin Santos

            Anyone can be insulted. Doesn’t matter your skin color. And you missed the point. The name wasn’t meant as a derogatory term. Why would a professional team name themselves after something they disrespected or thought was inferior?

          • Justin C.

            Times change as well as public perception. 50 years ago, nobody really cared about gay marriage… now they do.

          • CommonCents

            There are all kinds of different majorities. There’s majorities when it comes to races…there’s majorities when it comes to ideas (popular consensus) etc.

            For example, many people support same-sex marriage. If I were a white male who opposed same-sex marriage, I would be considered “the minority” as my idea wouldn’t be popular among the general population.

            “It’s also very hard to insult the majority…”
            If you want to insult the majority, by all means come up with something creative. I have yet to hear a good insult against white people.

            I will tell you though…whining doesn’t earn anybody’s respect. As a matter of fact, all it does is create resentment. Kind of like the resentment I feel towards all the liberal babies crying over something so irrelevant.

          • Hoot Hootie

            Justin C.. You must see racism around every corner. No one wants to enslave Indians or black people. Get it? Don’t you people ever get tired of peddling the same old bullshit all the time?

          • Justin C.

            Racism is around every corner… people just put it out of sight, out of mind. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and people like you who want to ignore it because it’s the “same old bullshit” only help to keep it from actually getting fixed. If it doesn’t effect you, it must not be important.

            People do still want bad things to happen to minorities, most of it is hidden, some is not.

          • Redd_Melendez

            Thats more than I can say about black racism which is not hidden in any way.

          • Justin C.

            Some people don’t even see it as racism either, it’s how they grew up and were raised. It’s second nature to them.

          • CommonCents

            And guess what? Plenty of minorities want bad things to happen to the majority. They don’t want equality, they want revenge. For the sins of my great great great twice removed grandfather whose actions I had nothing to do with.

          • Justin C.

            Sadly that is also true and just as much of a problem.

          • georgenereida

            @Hoot Hootie Excuse me! what “You people”? are you referring to, dear? Only one person was speaking in his comment. Your use of “you people”, seems like a poor choice of words. No, we don’t get tired. Did the whites get tired of raping, denying the rights of, beating and lynching blacks for no reason? No! The government had to step in and pass laws to bring such hate and evil to an end. Should anyone get tired of defending their natural rights to freedom, equality and life? Sorry, “you people” find that offensive.

          • mrfcobf

            Put your money where your mouth is. Let’s see the poll from across the country sampling NFL fans or any other public group that says either of those two things.

          • Justin C.
          • mrfcobf

            So you would purposely skew your results by polling specifically people who belong to hate groups? These polls were conducted to actually get the public opinion. Several were done at NFL games. Other polls are conducted at shopping malls, on telephones, at public events, and even on public street corners at times. We usually don’t head over to a klan meeting to ask questions about racism…

          • Justin C.

            I never said my poll would be fair, in fact I specifically stated I could cherry pick the respondents to get my desired result.

            I only said I could get an answer that said what I wanted it to say. People rely too much on polls and surveys to tell them everything is okay. I linked a poll earlier that effectively contradicted itself. How do we know those previous polls were correctly done to gain an actual public opinion? We don’t. We hope they are, but sometimes people have an agenda.

          • mrfcobf

            Ahh. I made a bad assumption that you were talking about a fair poll.

            Being a minority myself, I have no question as to what certain groups will say about us if cherry picked.

          • Justin C.

            That’s the point… You assumed I was making a fair poll until I said otherwise. Had I not said anything, I could have come back with some crazy results. How do you know all the other’s are being fair and not just lying to get their own results? You don’t.

          • mrfcobf

            I know because occasionally, I actually work with folks who take polls on our products and there are processes in order not to be sued by folks like the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and/or consumers like you and I.

            However you’re right that I made an assumption that someone who sounded fairly intelligent and was able to put together a cogent thought was also someone who would have been honorable with the data backing up said thought.

          • Justin C.

            My major point is that people are using a single poll as a main point in why the name shouldn’t be changed.

            Yes, if somebody sounds and acts fairly intelligent, people tend to believe them. I’m trying to help people decide for themselves and not rely on the words of other people.

            People are arguing that the name shouldn’t be changed and going “here is a poll that says they don’t care.” I only showed that I could do the same thing about something even more horrible than a name of a football team. People just tend to believe what is put in front of them and then use it as the basis of an argument.

            It was not my intent to deceive, but your assumption did help prove my point even though that was not my intent.

          • mrfcobf

            I’m told that they’re actually considering removing the embarrassing part of the team’s name now – ‘Washington’ :-D

          • http://www.indiehorror.tv/ Robert Poole

            KKK’s Grand Wizard said recruitment has never been higher and has been spiking ever since 2008. But hey a ton of idiotic right wing racists on a sports board make up the majority right, we should cater to these knuckle draggers at every turn and go back to pre-civil war era… oh shoot no internet to hide behind = being racist to someone’s face not just behind their back online. Doubt these dudes could “man up” as they would say and do that.

          • Brett Mason

            The government is there to keep you from getting your feelings hurt? wow our country is so sad now. Full of crybabies and whiners. Grow a pair man.

          • italianboy2030

            justin, do the research please… its been the name for EIGHTY TWO years… do you really think that after all that time.. just NOW, the SAME name for over eighty years worth of generations upon generations of tribes all over the united states, have just suddenly woke up one morning and just now found it offensive??

          • italianboy2030

            the ONLY thing that does NOT shock me in all this, was that it was all friggin democrat senators doing this… lol

          • Justin C.

            Well they’ve been fighting over it for 40 years… so I don’t think people just suddenly woke up and took issue. Maybe you should do some research too?

            Also, I said it before, times change and so does public perception.

          • Redd_Melendez

            Public opinion drove the changes in the slavery laws.

            You didn’t know that did you?

            The Constitution does not authorize such meddling so don’t use the government as a prop here.

            Really?

            Comparing this to slavery?

          • Justin C.

            Ehhhhh, not really. Public opinion in the northern states maybe, but obviously not in the southern states.

            Notice again though how nothing is actually voted upon by the masses except for elected officials. From there, that minority of people make decisions for everybody. Public opinion may influence some (its mostly lobbyists but I digress), but in the end… those few people will decide what they think is best for all of us.

          • Jonathan Pearson

            No, what we are seeing is the government forcing the demands of a very small minority on the vast majority. No one is being persecuted or held down in this situation. Like another commenter wrote, this is just the professionally offended looking for some other non-issue to push. Toughen up.

          • Pro Versius

            The job of the government is NOT to keep the majority from pushing down minority.. It’s a simple numbers game. Majority wins, and if the majority in this country couldn’t win, we would really be FU**ED as a country.

          • Justin C.

            Actually that is part of their job. To look out for everybody. Again, gay marriage is something that is coming up that is obviously a minority issue, but will be decided by the government and not the people, as can be seen by votes being struck down by higher courts.

          • Allen Reeves

            Is that the actual point in the government?? Where does it say that in the Constitution?? Guess I must have missed it! Maybe you should read it again and help me out with that!

          • Justin C.

            We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

            Promote the general Welfare…

          • Allen Reeves

            I see where it says WE THE PEOPLE. Dont see WE THE GOVERNMENT. And besides, you said it was about the majority not pushing the minority. Nothing you quoted says anything like that.

          • Justin C.

            You do know what the Constitution does right? Establishes the government… to do those things I just quoted.

          • Allen Reeves

            None of which says anything about keeping the majority from doing anything to the minority. That liberal interpretation of yours is pretty outrageous considering the men who wrote that Constitution did not outlaw slavery or discrimination. In other words, you obviously do not have a clue about their intention and you are not very good at interpreting something that is not there. That is how all of you liberals are. Seeing something in the constitution that is not there. That is fine though, when you guys get done burning this country to the ground, good men will stand up and make things right! Its coming!

          • Justin C.

            Well if you did your government history, you’d know that party lines and platforms changed over the years, flipping back and forth. What is the Democratic platform now, used to belong to the Republicans… meaning yes, Republicans were liberals once. I say this because by your tone and words, I’m guessing you are a Republican. Forgive me if I’m wrong.

            They didn’t put slavery laws in the Constitution because if they did, it wouldn’t have gotten passed by all 13 states. So like all politicians do, they compromised and gave it to the states for 20 years. Lincoln overrode the states which helped cause the Civil War, etc, etc, history. Also notice how the Constitution allows amendments? That’s because those who created it knew change could and would happen.

            For the record though, I’m a moderate… I agree with certain aspects of both sides of the line.

          • Allen Reeves

            Today’s moderate is yesterday’s liberal my friend. The political spectrum has been moving to the left for a long time. Bill Clinton was a “moderate”, but would have gotten hung for treason by our founding fathers for lying under oath. He broke a law he swore to uphold, again, under oath. Our government is all a big joke now because lawyers have written ambiguous laws time and again. I think I have done my history considering I have a college transcript with A in American history, A in world history, and A in political science. We just have a difference in opinion. I did not just listen to what some college professor told me to believe, I have been studying American history, and our founding fathers for 20 years plus.Were they perfect? Well no, but they are turning over in their graves now because even though we live in the best country on earth still, the gap between us and mediocre countries is steadily getting smaller because of the ideas of liberals and moderates. It is funny to me that people that claim to love this country so much, want change so much (Obama and the traitors that worship him). That isn’t love, that is using the freedoms that our founding fathers provided to take freedom away. Back to the original issue, the name of a football team “Redskins”. It is none of the governments damn business because the “Redskins are PRIVATELY owned. If people don’t like it, they can stop buying tickets to games, t-shirts, hats, etc. Then they would change the name. That is called FREEDOM for all of you liberals and moderates out there!

          • Kit Cunningham

            this is another place the government needs to get their nose out of it and worry about something important

          • Tristan Frank

            “If the majority had its way …”

            Women form a higher percent of the population than men. So, you’re factually incorrect.

          • Justin C.

            Well yes, they do now… but back then they did not. Also if the vote went to the people, women couldn’t have voted on it anyway regardless of how many there were, it would have been only men voting on the ability for women to vote… don’t know if that would have gone so well for women. Thus the government took it upon themselves to give a benefit to the minority, at the time.

          • Seraphina Anne Kelly

            I saw 0 mention of Native people in your post, does anyone have anything to say about the topic at hand specifically please?

          • Justin C.

            It was a reply to a reply to a reply that somewhere was on topic yes. It’s more on topic the further up you go… the nature of comment boards.

          • Jenny Mothershead

            Yeah, except that now the majority is CAVING to the minorities, i.e. you’re either a racist or a homophobe if you disagree with someone. The MAJORITY is controlling very LITTLE of how the way things are perceived by society anymore.

          • Justin C.

            In a way, I’m okay with that. Sure it seems like a bad idea, but how do we know the majority wasn’t wrong the whole time? Now yes, calling people racist or homophobic because they disagree is extreme and should be avoided. I’m all for level-headed discussion over all sorts of matters.
            What I see as important is that change is being discussed. Change in a lot of different things, be it a simple team name, what marriage is, what constitutes a proper wage. I’m happy to see people finally question those in the majority on why things have been this way. If they have very good reasons, I’m apt to agree… they don’t always have good ones.
            In this case, I don’t see good reasons other than quoting, what I believe is a flimsy poll, and the idea of “we don’t think it’s offensive so deal with it” type mentality. If they gave better reasons, I wouldn’t question them or argue about it.

          • Damian Mataraza

            You actually believe the general public would want to reinstitute slavery? That’s your logic point? You really need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid sir. It’s sweetened with stupid.

          • Jeff B

            You don’t quite understand what a poll is. That’s ok though. Keep using the silly argument you’re using rather than spend some time studying statistics.

          • Barry Zaremba

            Actually, Justin, Women are the majority. Forcing the NFL to change the name is against the 1st amendment. If there were a team named the White Skins I could not care less. Hey, even the Gringos would be cool with me.

          • Ty Watters

            Justin, “If the majority had it’s way, women probably still wouldn’t vote and segregation would still exist.”

            Isn’t half the population women? Are you saying women would be against themselves voting?

          • Justin C.

            If the vote had gone to the people, only men would have been able to vote. Hence the statement that the majority of men might not have agreed to let women vote. That’s why the government gave them the right via an amendment.

          • a view from street level

            oh go back to bed

          • reving19

            So why should the less than majority win? Based on your assumptions, Barack Obama should have lost because a majority of people voted for him. You cannot say, “O we like this issue, so its Ok for the majority to win. The people spoke” and then say “I hate this issue, so the majority doesn’t count”. That is illogical. Either the majority wins or they don’t. Not when you want them to win. Since the majority has historically won, they win in this case, like it or not.

          • Justin C.

            See the 2000 presidential election on how the government doesn’t always have the majority winning. Also many landmark decisions were made for the benefit of minorities regardless of public opinion for or against. Slavery, women voting, abortions, the current gay marriage issue may be the next. There is plenty of precedence.

            When the government steps in, majority and minority opinions no longer matter… only theirs.

          • Dałaa Ba’cho

            I am Native American and I support the name and the Government AND Media consistently ignores me. I am a U.S. Citizen, pay taxes and a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army… OH WAIT that may just be it…. The Gov allows vets to die while waiting fore healthcare, allow U.S. Citizens to be killed in Embassies over seas… Maybe I need to be an Illegal immigrant to get any face time with the Media.

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            Awww so cute believing in the government. *patting your uneducated head*

          • Mike in Virginia

            Uhhhh, lets not get ridiculous about it, OK Justin ?

          • Justin C.

            Sadly ridiculous is what gets the ball rolling. People react to it and from there you separate out those who can have an actual debate and those who cannot. If anything, my starting post got an awful lot of replies, even a day later.

          • Tim Kolczak

            Terrible points on all accounts… This is a democracy dumbass

          • Justin C.

            Regardless of your attempted insults, you’re wrong. The United States is a republic, sometimes called a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

          • ultrabubba

            Your opinion and 25 cents won’t even get you a phone call…..

          • Monoblock Recordings

            the government has no authority over PRIVATE PROPERTY. Show me how they get any authority in this matter?

          • MJB

            All you’re doing is cherry picking what polls you want to believe based on whether or not you like their outcome.

            The poll is still evidence, whether or not it’s evidence you want to believe.

          • Gary J. Maxion

            The actual point of the government is to spy on its own people and murder brown people overseas. And for you’re right. . .the government is doing a great job. . .spying on its own people and murdering brown people overseas.

          • Erik Morris

            Justin that is an absolutely absurd comment saying you can hold polls get what results you want the only people voting to re-enslave black folk would be what ? The 100-300 ignoramus’s left running around in white sheets hollering white power? Gtfo out w/that trash you’re comparing apples to oranges and this is just an horrendous example truly.

          • Michael Extinctionlevelevent M

            You’re an idiot.

          • Shawn Harstad

            Thats not the point of government.

          • Stephanie D’Lauro

            Nonsense. The majority votes to keep the government in check.

          • rabbtastic

            How about actually asking the Natives how they feel rather than what you feel is right or wrong? Ultimately they will speak for themselves better than you or I can, unless you’re one. Racism is an idea and the thought will always be entertained by rubbish like this. We have greater problems within this country and we need not let others divide us and keep us from handling bigger issues.

          • Ben Allen

            LOL you just compared the using the word “redskins” to RE-ENSLAVING BLACK PEOPLE. Do you not see how this ruins any argument you’re trying to make?

          • Adam Martin

            no he compared using the wishes of a polled majority to make rulings that have a bigger in pact on other people.

          • Nick C

            THE ACTUAL POINT IS the government needs to worry about more important things! get a life

          • Chad Wilson

            I agree on the responsibility of the government definition. The woman’s suffrage is a terrible example. Women got the vote, because they no longer were the minority. They spoke up, as a majority, and gained suffrage. They have always been at least 50% of the population. Also, its a civil rights issue, not an issue of whether or not a word is disparaging to a certain population, which is in its own right, extremely debatable. Conversely, the people who think the term redskin is offensive, is less than 1% of total population. That is such a small minority, that it is difficult to take them seriously, and not just attribute it to a handful, literally a handful of people who are trying to make some sort of name for themselves. Polls taken in the Native American community reflect that most don’t find the term offensive. I’s even be so bold as to say that most have prpbably not ever been called it. I find the term “Indian” more offensive, because that’s the term I frequently hear that is used to disparage or insult Natives. I have however, never heard, in real life or on the internet, the term redskin used in that manner, or any other manner other than a football team, and only in a prideful, respectful way. Never to disparage or insult someone, and I live near a ton of reservations in So Cal.
            Also, I find it ironic that a leader of this crusade is Dr. Heather Shotton, President, National Indian Education Association. HAHA. Is this ironic or what? So do they educate indians?

            Anyway, just sort of a ramble.

          • Jskinfan

            Bullshit! You are a complete liberal idiot!

          • J_P

            The point of the Government is to keep Anarchy from occurring. We are a democracy; that means that the Majority gets its way, not the minority. If the majority wants to keep the name Redskins as an NFL team title, then that is how it goes.

            I might add that the football team as well as NFL are corporations. They don’t have to run their company the way the government wants them to, other than breaking laws. It is when the government gets involved in the Private Sector that problems like our current economical situation happens.

          • Justin C.

            We are not a democracy. It’s sad that so many people believe this. America is a republic… not a democracy. We are a republic so that the majority cannot easily control the minority.

            Also yes, I stated up above that the government shouldn’t get involved, but if they didn’t, things tend to get buried. It’s a catch-22 situation. Our current economical situation was caused partly by greed of the private sector and partly by past government decisions, don’t try and put the blame on one side.

          • Bill Clevlen

            Considering it takes a “majority” to pass legislation – I’d say your premise is flawed. The real issue here is that government is telling private business owners what to do with their private property. The Redskins football team doesn’t belong to the federal government. I’m glad the NFL told them, politely, to suck it. Like we don’t have bigger problems in America than the name of a football team that isn’t bothering anybody, except for a handful of liberal folks with nothing better to do with their time. The best part is that Native Americans don’t even seem to care. It’s nothing more than an attempt to distract everyone from the real issues. No wonder the Dems are on track to get their butts whooped in November and lose the Senate… I mean, honestly, THIS is what we’re focusing on!?!?!

          • Individual Patriot

            “I feel it is right in this case.”
            How so? What authority does the Constitution give them to interfere here?

          • Waylon Preston Callaway

            Yes, our government should be worried about teams nicknames instead of real problems.

          • Gary J. Maxion

            So when you come off of your acid trip and back on planet Earth from planet Delusion, please tell me how anything you just said made sense other than that of a government yuppie kiss a$$? First of all, the minority is the one kicking the majority down. Why? Because the majority of people are poor and cannot contribute to government schemes monetarily. The minority are the ones in control.
            You can talk about minorities like gays and race related, but honestly, are we that blind to see that these majorities mean squat UNLESS it becomes a political gain? Do you really think that the gay rights movement got this popular because a few homosocial people chose to protest? Are you that blind? The legalization of marijuana movement didn’t really gain ground because of a few stoners protesting. They started because they make awesome political platforms.
            Open your eyes, little victim. You’re getting played like a fiddle and they are loving it. Apply what I just said to the issue in this post and see what you can come up with.

          • Edward Starr

            no it just reveal how selfish people are when it does not effect them.

          • TheRealTroof

            *affect

          • Shannon lusty

            They should poll Native Americans only and see how they feel. Im Native American and IT find it offensive and the name should be changed.

          • Billy Detzel

            Well, I’m native american and I’m not and I don’t.

          • georgenereida

            150 years ago, majority of the people of the south wanted to continue to keep blacks as slaves and of course, continue to call them the N-word. Would you say that was the right thing to do? Do you think slavery should have continued because most southerners wanted it? Some things in life are just WRONG! Regardless of what those who vote to approve it think. Those 71 percent, that you speak of , I can assure you, were not Native Americans.

          • Ben

            No it isn’t, it’s an example of some seemingly brain-dead liberal politicians trying to make an emotional appeal to racist morons who think the world should all think like them. The government isn’t making this statement, some Senators are.

          • Pro Versius

            This is what I think is bullsh** about congress right now. We have senators and representatives of this nation asking for crap the US as a whole doesn’t care about. How about the people in the Senate and House start worrying about matters that actually f**king matter???

          • Ed Hagerty

            Do the poll correctly and give them choices, like the Washington Blackskins, the Washington Whiteskins. We had a Civil War in this country about slavery. A lot of people liked slavery, but it was put to an end. Read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

          • Yo baby mama new daddy

            You do know your people wanted slavery to remain in place correct?

          • Stefan Paul

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think 71% of the general public is of Native American descent. Therefore their opinion shouldn’t matter.

          • Ethan Tillman

            Our government is supposed to protect individual citizens from “majority tyranny”. Not sure when the last time you visited a Civics course, but that means when the “general public” wants to do something that hurts a couple of people, our government is supposed to make sure that it doesn’t happen. You know like civil rights, gun rights, religious freedom? All laws that protect small groups of citizens from being over run by big groups. Unless of course you think individual liberties are BS, then yeah that AP poll is the law of the land.

          • Haha Rogeeeerp the Tard

            unfortunately our American society is full of fake hypersensitive liberals who believe everything is offensive to THEM and want all traces of individuality removed, unless they approve of it. I don’t agree with what Sterling said, but I don’t think his team should have been taken away from him, nor sued over it. I don’t think his witch hunt should have been another angle for these fake liberals to go after the next target (eg Redskins name).

          • Susan. Just Susan.

            Yeah, but if it wasnt this, they might actually have to focus on REAL work, which would, in return, demonstrate on a greater level, their complete incompetence. Look at who’s pushing this and you’ll better understand. Incompetent and corrupt, each and every one of them.

          • kgbdk

            Argumentum ad populum (“appeal to the people”) argues that “If many people believe something, it must be true.” But the popularity of a view is logically unrelated to its truth, and many extremely popular views of the past have been utterly false.

            Examples, courtesy of Wikipedia:

            Since 88% of the people polled believed in UFOs, they must exist.

            It’s silly for you to claim that Hitler would not have attacked the United States if they hadn’t entered World War II. Everyone knows that he planned to conquer the world.

            Brand X vacuum cleaners are the leading brand in America. You should buy Brand X vacuum cleaners.

          • Gary J. Maxion

            The Skins have had the name since 1932. Why are they giving a damn now? Election year coming an a couple. Maybe they are trying to time a change with the election in 2016 since these matters take time. The one who takes credit for the change could be the next President. Race is always a touch bulls**t subject that politicians only care about if it can get them more votes.

          • ItIsWhatItIs

            what are you talking about? People also used to think blacks and whites getting married was a joke, so polls are completely useless when the people being polled are bible-thumping morons.

          • Erik Morris

            With your comment you have clearly displayed who the real “moron” is truly.

          • Dan

            The Govt is nothing but a puppet show….it’s been that way since they whacked Kennedy….

          • Michael W

            Source? Oh, wait, no, I found it: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2013/PPP_Release_National_102.pdf
            a survey of 741 people, rather presumably football fans, since before the Redskins question they answered 14 others about football opinions in general. Your argument is a joke.

          • disqus_tIEPe4nr8o

            Unless the pole was taken from the indigenous population only its doesn’t matter the results. The R word is offensive to those it refers to, not because the government said it was offensive (this is just a cop out for people to continue to discriminate), but because native peoples find it offensive. It is a racial slur used to continue the cycle of destroying native culture and history.

          • Don

            I beg to differ: it is an example of a few people in the media struggling to control the thoughts and words of the rest of us, ironically in the name of “political correctness.”

          • Robert Nappi

            Majority rule or consesus vote does not make it a fact. Your post is an appeal to the masses. Its a logical fallacy.

          • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

            No!! Only shallow people do things like that! Not every black person thinks it’s okay. If you think so, then you haven’t been paying attention to people of color calling out to stop the stupidity!

        • Faraaz Akbar

          How does that, in any way, justify the NFL, a national entity that is supposed to be a “progressive” group, using the name Redskins, a self-evident slur, as a team name and mascot? There is literally no argument to continue using it. And who is this convenient for? Native Americans? So being offended by an ethnic slur (that refers directly, unequivocally, to Natives and their descendants) being used as an NFL team name and slogan is convenient for Natives? What a pathetic argument. You shouldn’t tell other people to get a grip when you are nowhere near having one yourself.

          • Justin C.

            I feel this also ties into the fact that the NFL does claim to be “progressive” but continues to employ criminals. Granted, whole different argument, but it does damage their credibility. At least the NBA, which is also not perfect, came down hard and fast on Sterling.

        • Shush Allow

          NO Dufuss, Ignorant black people call each other the N word daily. That’s where people like you have such a hard time separating the blacks who are about something and the ones who are not.

          • Witch Hunt

            So how many of our favorite entertainers are “ignorant” and “not about something?”
            … In your professional opinion that is..

            And why aren’t you on entertainment sites making this case against them and fighting for the censorship of their music?

            Or are you?

        • smoinc

          10 bucks says you can find 10,000 black people who hate and never use the “N” word

        • Shush Allow

          Correction, IGNORANT idiots call each other “N166er” or “N166a” all day long. Don’t get it twisted. No decent black person, and there are plenty would go around defaming his own race, even as a gesture of so called love.

        • kelly

          Exactly!

        • VAHAWK

          So I guess you think it would be OK to have a team called the Washington “N-Words”? The, “N-Word” is not in the same class as the term, “Redskin”.

        • Ronnie XsTsb

          You got it Cody! Good man!

        • Seraphina Anne Kelly

          That is comparing apples to oranges! This is not a team of Native American men calling themselves “redskins”. And i really wish people would stop telling strangers to “get a grip”, that is not your job. :/

        • maxx1987

          “black people call other black people the n word DAILY. It’s only offensive when it’s convienent for it to be. Get a grip.”

          sure, but do white people call black people the n word daily? you have no idea what you’re talking about

        • phillymusician

          Wrong. But its super cute that you think you understand anything about it.

          • phillymusician

            I mean seriously Coty. Thats ignorant. NO WORD is inherently racist. Its the user of the word and there intent. When another black person says to me “Yo, whats up n–ga”, while it annoys me, they aren’t trying to be offensive. When a white guy says, “you’re a n–ger” THEY ARE BEING RACIST!!!! How do you people not get this yet?!?!?!?!?!

        • UserName12345

          Wow. Did you just generalize an entire people by the actions of just a few? Seriously? Doesn’t look like Patrick is the one who needs to get a grip…

        • HawkFanSD

          you have no clue what you are speaking on…..

        • Bill Bourret

          Let’s test it out. Let’s get a black guy, to go up to some random other black guy, and call him ni**er. Let’s see what happens, eh? I’d bet $100 it wouldn’t go down nicely 9/10 times.

        • http://www.halfwayupthemountain.com/ Dan Teck

          Coty, point well taken — but can you imagine an NFL team using the N-word as their name???

        • beach_dude

          Really? I dare you to go to Harlem or South Central LA and call black people that. Let’s see what that gets you.

        • thomasbone63

          Coty as long ans you don’t use the n word.

        • thedude

          are you actually 12 years old? cause that was the last time I heard that argument.

        • Michaela Daniels

          EXACTLY! if the “N-word” is so offesnive…SSTOP using it! (that means black people too. none of this “i am, therefore i can”.

        • Kay

          I highly doubt any of the football players, coaches, or fans, are actually native american. How is your argument valid?

        • Apul_MadeeqAoud

          I guess it would be honoring if the team’s owner was black LOL.

        • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

          Only the shallow minded do that! Redskin isn’t what people of the tribes call each other! So why go there with the blacks do this & that!
          Sorry, but this makes you sound even more racist for trying to justify the stupidity!

        • Pichach

          Its not actually considered appropriate, and they dont brand anything as such. Your point is invalid.

        • Michael W

          black usage of the n word has its context in solidarity within their culture, of a common experience of the racial discrimination accompanying it. WHITE people using it has the context of that discrimination, and violence, and dehumanization. So don’t pretend that “Why can they use it if I can’t??? Waaaaahhh” is a valid argument. Get a clue.

        • Marcus Walker

          They do? I’m black, I don’t know any other black people who call people the N word daily.

          Oh so because a few do it, everyone does? Got ya.

        • Deacon_Sam1

          It’s not a matter of convenience. It can’t be a racial slur, if blacks use the words against other blacks. If a white calls another white trailer trash, it would be an insult. if a black calls a white trailer trash, it would be a racial slur.

        • hereinWA

          Actually, black people use it in a little thing called ‘reclaiming’. Reclaiming a hurtful word for themselves. THEY can call themselves that, YOU cannot. Well, you can, but you gonna take a whuppin’.

      • BigMike

        http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

        90% of Native Americans disagree with you. They even name their own local teams with this same mascot.

        • Chris

          shhh. The author of this trash found the one person who says it is a slur. ONE person lol.

          • RasputinSays

            Ha ha. Gotta love a writer letting their bias show.

        • Justin C.

          They polled just under 800 people for that survey… way to get a good sample. By the way, there are almost 3 million native americans registered in the US. Again… you got a huge sample there to base all your decisions off of.

          Here’s the link from their website… http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/most-indians-say-name-of-washington-redskins-is-acceptable-while-9-percent-call-it-offensive/

          Also notice how “recent” is apparently 10 years ago.

          • BigMike

            You DO realize that for polls you only take a small sample right? It sounds to me like you aren’t familiar with how polls work and the science behind them. All those polls that we do in the US to show with political candidates are “winning in the polls” and stuff like that, you’ll rarely find one that polls more than 1000 people. 800 randomly selected people from a population, will give you a valid consensus of how the group as a whole feels. Now they do calculate a margin of error, which for this one was 2%, but there is a scientific methodology behind polls.

            Also, 10 years for a poll or study is not an issue. It took them a full year just to complete the poll so clearly its not something you can do year after year as that is redundant. The issue is the same today as it was back then, which is the whole point of why they did the poll.

      • Rob Monteleone

        Remember when they “buried” the N-word in Detroit?
        Problem solved, right? End of racism! Lets celebrate!

        Oh, wait…

      • Hmcpherson
        • BigMike

          lol did you just link some mommy blog? Instead of a random blog by someone with no credentials why not take a look at an article that was done by someone who actually did some research and who had data from a scientific poll that was taken.

          http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

          The poll found that 90% of Native Americans do not find the name offensive, and furthermore that many Native American schools have even taken the name to be used as their own mascots.

          • Ferd Berful

            Yeah if you believe that, why don’t you go up to a bunch of them and say “Hey, any of you Redskins got a light”?

          • BigMike

            Asking favors of strangers is not really my thing. I would have no problem asking them if the name of the team offended them, however.

            I like how you assume they would just be hanging out together though, that’s not racist at all. I mean I live in KY where I know there are plenty of people around with Native American blood, but they’re just like any other person. Stop trying to act like they’re so delicate and must be protected like an animal on the endangered species list. They’re people just like everyone else and most don’t care about words, just like most everyone else.

      • JoshuaGB

        People define what words are and often there is more than one meaning….ie “Gay” equal happy and “Gay” equals homosexual.

        If the the Washington Redskins want to help revamp the redskin name to something positive, power to them!

        • disgustipated

          NO! God, no. You think Native Americans want to be called this? Would you want to be called whiteskin in tribute?

          • Justin

            Like someone mentioned before, Native Americans are the ones who originally used the term to differentiate themselves from whites and blacks. So yes, they do want to be called that seeing as how deep they are in tradition.

          • emorycc

            I think you failed at your argument because I, being white, would not find the name offensive unless it was used in a context meant to be offensive. If some high school or pro team wanted to call themselves “The Whiteskins” I would think they were a bunch of dummies..but more power to them. GO WHITESKINS!!

      • denny Elmo

        Get a grip, its the NFL– Who is next the Kansas City Chiefs ? or Maybe the Atlanta Braves ? Oh I know , how about the New Orleans Saints – how dare they mix religion with football. Anyone seeing the stupidity here !!!!!!

      • Jetblakc

        Except that your fundamental assertion, despite the capital letters, is patently false. The word Redskins comes from native americans word for themselves. Learn some history before you start trying to teach lessons.

      • dukenukem

        grow up and worry about something important like the US’s declining foreign position, economy, ongoing joblessness, or the attacks on individual liberty. just more of the “bike path left” trying to feel important about something…

      • Cristopher McComb

        Yes people millions of Native Americans have suddenly come out and begged for the name to be changed because it is hurting their feelings. Wait no…the Native Americans are a proud people who wouldn’t shame themselves with something as petty as this.

      • Redskins Rule

        Is anyone clamoring for the NAACP to change the CP part of its name? Would that be considered a loss of heritage? I doubt anyone would use the C part of the name to address an individual…so where is the outrage and legislative attention?

      • Royal Stanley

        Mr. Allen, how about the Kansas City CHIEFS, the Florida State SEMINOLES, the Atlanta BRAVES, are these also offensive in reference to Native Americans. If you are so worried about the plight of others as you say you are then why don’t you help the poor people in Harlem and other parts of the US, don’t worry about us Indians we are doing just file without help from someone like you.

      • Ginger Miller

        The people fussing about the Redskins name are people who feed off of drama. My Grandfather was Cherokee Indian and he was very proud of the Redskins name. I have not heard one Native American complain. With everything that needs to be fixed in this country it is sad that this is what the Senator’s are wasting their time on. Anything can be offensive to someone if you look hard enough. With the horrible way that the Indians were treated I find the name Cowboys offensive. Are they going to be made to change their name? I thought not.

      • Deidric Stephen Cave

        …but are you truly “compassionate about the plight of others”? If so, visit an Indian reservation and help with their REAL issues.

        And… context and intention does matter. If I chose to use the ‘N’ word, I can think of five different contexts to use it. If you cannot, it means that you only know one context… and YES, it would be idiotic for you to say it.

      • Daniel Chamberlain

        Studies have shown that the term “Redskin” was never historically associated with negative native american stereotypes, never used as a slur. In fact it wasn’t – and isn’t – even common use. Not only that, the surveys done of Native Americans shown that they don’t view the washington redskins as a offensive.

      • Jesse McAllister

        Oh please Patrick, people just started being offended about that word. Someone has dollar signs in their eyes.

      • Emmett Gulley

        redskins is not a racial slur the last time i checked. The simple fact that people are making this a big issue is absurd.

      • Michael Bishop

        It’s astonishing the white idiots who say “get over it, nothing is wrong with the term “Redskin”.

        Fools.

      • Mike Wright

        spot on Patrick. great response.

      • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

        You’re making a big assumption that they’re actually sports fans and not just Real Americans™

      • Josh Brown

        Seriously, be honest with yourself, when is the last time you heard the term “Redskin” used in a negative manner? Have you ever? I don’t even want you to answer, I just want you to think about it. Because I can pretty much bet you haven’t.

      • Hoot Hootie

        People are too damn thin skinned, but it isn’t any hair off my balls either way.

      • Witch Hunt

        No one sad it was wrong.

      • JohnnyRock30

        Please. We conquered them. We can call them whatever we want. That’s one of the perks of being the “victor”. Let them run their casinos and get drunk and shut up.

      • megookin

        Because the 50 senators are not Native Americans and unless the Native Americans say they have a problem with it, there is no “plight”.

        • Sketchy Galore

          There are several Native Americans who are quite vociferous in having a problem with it. Finding this out takes roughly 8 seconds of serious research.

          • megookin

            “several” does not make a consensus now does it.

      • Witch Hunt

        Exactly what % of a given demographic have you deemed it necessary to be offended, before the given term is “officially” regarded are neolithic her speech hauptman?

      • gobnait

        The plight of others? Most native Americans polled don’t care.

      • Billy Detzel

        Actually it’s not a slur. This has been debunked over and over again.

      • PK R

        They call each other the N word all the time how is it embarrassing to them?. It only bothers those who technically can NOT find any fault with someone else.

      • Touma

        Slur according to a few zealous tribal leaders. Where as many other tribal leaders do not feel it is a slur, and use it pridefully. This is not like the N word, which was always used in a negative context and always offensive. This offends just a few people, while the majority don’t care one way or the other. I mean, who are the Oneida to speak for everyone else?

      • Brad Talk

        If you wanted to be supportive of our plight you’d be focusing on real issues rather some stupid name of a football team. I’ve never been called a Redskin in my life. It doesn’t offend me because I make the choice not to be offended. Suppose the name gets changed-what actually gets better for Indian Country?! Enough already with your fake outrage and detraction from addressing the most pressing issues.

      • David Richter

        How often do African-Americans use the “N-word” to refer to themselves? I hear it a lot personally. Also think about the historical significance of the Redskins’ name. They weren’t the Washington Redskins originally they were the Boston Redskins. The Pilgrims landed there and that’s exactly what they were referred to as. The team was (and is) named to honor that time.

      • wayne tell’em

        Spoken like a true libtard.

      • Redd_Melendez

        Is that why schools on reservations use it for their teams? Just stop OK?

      • Jorge Velasquez

        shut up hippy

      • Patrick

        Intention does matter, in fact ALL that matters is intention. I could call you a kerflufalphuf and if I intend it is a derogatory term it is one if I don’t it isn’t. Get over being offended for the sake of being offended and take a stand against ACTUAL INTENDED BIGOTRY

      • Snake_jr

        Plight?

      • Ben

        Because you’re not really compassionate, you’re trying to shove your moronic worldview that everyone should think alike on other people who happen to have some sense of rational thinking. The word “niggar” is a slur too, and yet for some reason blacks the nation over are saying it every other word towards other black people. They don’t seem very offended, so why are you being “compassionate” towards them? The fact is it’s about an agenda, not “compassion” or “tolerance”.

      • PhilM1957

        The point is Patrick, it is not a slur. Just a bunch of people trying to make out that it is. And intention does matter. That is what makes a word what it means. The word is benign. There is nothing bad implied in the word, as there are with words that are slurs.

      • shingoex

        “Intention doesn’t matter” You’re literally saying that the word itself means more than its intended meaning? The more that people continue to take this one-dimensional approach to words based on face value alone and not the meaning behind the words (which is the important part), the more we’ll continue to have our language censored.

        “I’MOFFENDED BY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!” pretty much sums up the mentality of this generation.

      • VL123

        actually you are an idiot.

      • heisenberg

        The “N” word doesnt even mean you are black.

      • Edward Starr

        the reason he refuse to change it because then they would lose a lot of money due to merchandizing

      • Jon Wayne Rebello

        says the whitest white-guy ever… lol

      • Edward Starr

        I am 1/4 th Sioux my grandma was full blood native American from the tribe on the rosebud reservation in south dakota

      • VAHAWK

        The TERM, “REDSKINS” is not, “Racial Slur”. A, “Slur” is defined as a, “an insulting or disparaging remark”. What is , “insulting” about the mention of red skin? Do you have a problem with Red SKIN?

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        Actually, intention is EVERYTHING. If I said something to you that might be offensive in certain circumstances, though I didn’t mean it to be offensive, why would you get offended?

      • Jake Mueller

        You do realize the word N****r actually means IGNORANT PERSON, right? So with all do respect, Patrick, you can legitimately be called one.

      • Seraphina Anne Kelly

        Patrick, I appreciate your sensitivity, absolutely. But I don’t understand – I would like to! why this is just now happening. What changed? Thank you to anyone w/o can help me w/o yelling :)

      • SideshowJon36

        “Redskins” was never a slur, any more than calling someone black or white. It’s what the Natives preferred to be called. It’s what “Oklahoma” means. No one in the Redskins stadium uses the term derogatorily or mockingly.

      • Justin Rod

        Black folks have been doing it for decades, so why not?

      • Ben Bollman

        Get over it you sniveling pansy.

      • HawkFanSD

        The N- word and redskins are even remotely in the same ballpark!! Thats an idiotic comparison.. The N-word in no way represents a personification of any person.. It’s a hate word. If they called us Dark skins it would be substantially different.. Furthermore the entire debate about the Redskins name wasnt even sparked by any Native american people or organization.. Just pompous white men who are living on the very land they stole from the redskins… STUPID..

      • Robert

        So, you are saying the Redskins decided a long time ago to ridicule and dishonor Native Americans and chose the name for that purpose? What, in the team using the Redskins name, is causing a ‘plight’ in others? Is it forcing Native Americans to be ridiculed, hosed, and hanged in the streets? Are they not being afforded the same opportunities as others by this name? Please explain the ‘plight’ this name is causing?

      • Drake Stein

        shut your hole, why should you care, your white

      • fyjfjfyj

        I am indian. redskins should stay redskins. people like you should be killed. your kind is standing in the way of humanity’s evolutionary progress. you sicken me.

      • athynz1

        It’s quite obvious you have no idea of the origin of the team name. It was named the Redskins to honor the first coach of the team who was an Indian. Don’t take my word for it though – do the research on this. Funny thing is that it was not offensive then, this term that Indians came up with to refer to themselves by. Why is this an issue NOW?

      • Sharon Jeanguenat

        Because, in this case, REAL Indians aren’t the ones complaining. Some idiot that has lied about being Indian is the one that started this. IF the REAL Indians had a problem the Redskins owner would listen to them. He knows what has already been reported. REAL Indians are ok with it.

      • Eric Sporer

        Native American high schools have named their teams the “Redskins” and roughly 90% say the name isn’t a big deal. There simply is no plight here at all.

      • Anthony Janis

        As a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe I know Redskin is a slur and a slap in the face of all people even you Patrick… Washington White Trash would suffice?

      • Anthony Janis

        well spoken Patrick Allen

      • a view from street level

        patrick nigg–r is just a shortened version of nergo and it is what one black calls another all the time but if a white boy says it every one goes off thier rocker and gets all bent out of shape and wants to sue and get them fired and for what ? and now all the sudden every one wants every one to be politically correct and when every one is what are you going to have ? a bunch of liberal wusses very the blacks laugh at them pc police.

      • James

        Oklahoma means red people in the Choctaw language. By your logic, the state should change it’s name.

      • Seana

        All this in a country where we elected an African American president. Let’s FIND racism. If you can’t find it- look harder!

      • Dałaa Ba’cho

        CONTEXT matters. Please explain how You have determined that the term is “actually IS a slur” What information do you have to support that claim? What makes it a slur?
        Did you know that the term Redskin is a literal translation of an Algonquin word that means HUMAN BEING. Sometimes things get lost in translation and since not all languages are equally expressive the spirit of a term may be misinterpreted… There is no way to really know if the Tribe that spoke the word meant red skin or red man the point is at some point during good relations between European Settlers and Natives this term was indeed used by natives to refer to themselves.
        When relations between the settlers and Natives went south Ignorant people then used the word in a disparaging CONTEXT. Again context matters Redskin isn’t the only word that the ignorant people used…. They used Red man, Indians, Injun, Savages, Apache, Cherokee, Navajo etc etc… So tell me what sets the word redskin apart from all the other ways that ignorant people referred to my ancestors????

      • Justin

        The term isn’t a ‘slur’. ‘Redskins’ originated as a slang term referring to Indian tribes in the Northeastern United States that often wore vermillion face and body paint, and gradually came to refer to all Indian peoples. It was not a reference to ‘skin color’ or a racial trait, but rather a cultural practice. It’s hardly like the ‘N’ word which is universally recognized as a derogatory slur.

      • robert

        Nothing is wrong with being compassionate about the plight of others…how about you being compassionate about the NFL owner’s plight and not ask him to change?

        Whoops…did your own argument just get turned around on you?

        Yep..

        fail.

      • CL

        I’m just going to leave this here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSrTnWDTdwI

      • Adam Beasley

        Why would you use the N word, IDIOT? “Black” is the correct color/term. We’re all compassionate for the welfare of others. We are different races. Period. There’s nothing wrong with that. The “Redskins” is not a slur, unless you’re feeble minded and looking to be offended.

      • Jugears McGhetto Jr

        “Intention doesn’t matter. The term actually IS a slur. If I was an idiot
        and wanted to use the N word to “honor” people of color, even if I
        really, really meant it, would it be ok? No.”

        BLACKS do it every day calling themselves such…

      • Wilkins Micawber

        If I was an idiot…..ah but you obviously are! By the way, the past subjunctive verb uses “were” instead of “was”. Idiocy and illiteracy, what a combination!

      • Clifford Heeter Jr

        The ‘N’ word is over used by blacks everyday , quite frankly get tired of hearing it here in Dayton ,Ohio. It can be used as a loving term of endearment , but usually it is not …

      • John Coffren

        There is an Indian reservation whose high school team is nicknamed “Redskins.” Are they slurring themselves? Please explain.

      • Scamp1

        When a white boy name Patrick takes to time worry about a slur to a Nation of people whose list of government and white mens atrcocities, reach far back and way more numerous.Then our true causes and injustices will never see the light of day. You and the US government want to rally to the Indian cause about a Footballs teams name? This shows how dumbed down and blind they still are to the real problems of the Native Americans. White Liberals being the worst. Acting on some kind of middle class suburbian comfort guilt, drives them to stories like this for there own conscience or “pat on the back” to feel good. Heres a idea Patrick, want to help ? Open the checkbook and write out a check to National Relief Charities (NRC) it is a nonprofit dedicated to quality of life for Native Americans living on remote and poverty-stricken reservations in the Plains. Then when this is addressed maybe we can comeback to a mascots name.

      • ultrabubba

        You and maloney ought to start dating….you are already parroting each other…..love the NFL response….I wonder why it has become a slur when it hasn’t been viewed that way for many, many years….just people like you who have nothing better to do….

      • http://danbel.webspawner.com Dan Beliveau

        I think your correct and in keeping with where our government is going I suggest calling them.
        The Washington Jihadist

      • BCMike22

        It’s literally the name the Native Americans called themselves to identify themselves. They created the word to define who they were. How this is viewed as a slur is beyond me.

      • Oldnintheway

        Interjecting your compassion, where it’s not needed, or wanted is pretty close to being as ‘offensive’ as being legitimately insulted…

      • Steve

        Well, actually, Blacks use that word to ‘honor’ themselves all the time.

      • Ryan P. Flynn

        Ummm, have you listened to rap music?

      • billjr86
      • justIMHO

        Sorry, pal – who ever gave you the idea that YOU get to decide what is or isn’t a slur?
        And you might want to actually find out what Native Americans think of the subject – the Annenberg Foundation performed a survey of Native Americans, and NINETY PERCENT said the term was NOT OFFENSIVE to them.
        I think THEIR opinion matters a WHOLE lot more than YOURS.
        Grow up, and peddle your outlandish notions of “political correctness” somewhere else.

      • Real_American78

        name one professional, college or high school sports team that’s been called the N*ggers? You can’t because that terms has universally been understood as a slur for a long time. The fact that the Oneida PC Police have to explain to people WHY redskin is a slur means it’s not universally recognized as such. The term may have been used as a slur by some, but not in all context. The origin of the word is far more positive or neutral. If anything, the word has ceased being used as a slur (no on uses it that way) and has reverted back to its more positive meaning.

        and if you want to talk about compassion, have some compassion for the Redskins fans and others that like the name of the team and don’t think it is negative or derogatory. They’re being bullied for their beliefs when they’re aren’t hurting anyone. Have some compassion!

      • Jared B

        The “plight” of others? Native Americans were polled and have no problem with the name. All of this controversy is just liberal white guilt.

      • Guest

        It’s small group of American Indians that are offend, not the majority! If people want to get their panties in a knot over the name, call them “The Washington Whities” for all I care !! Doesn’t offend me one bit !!

      • Lee

        Plight???????????????????????? Get a life!!
        Hail to the Redskins!!!!!

      • Nick C

        stfu patrick, if you did any research you would know the name was used to honor members of the coaching staff in the 1930s who were Native Americans…..comparing the term REDSKINS to the N word is completely ignorant….the only reason these idiotic senators are doing this is to get the general public’s focus off of the IMPORTANT issues that are happening in this country right now….the name has been around for 82 years, find something else to worry about because the name stays….OPEN YOUR EYES! #HTTR

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      • Scott Clark

        “Idiot” is a slur…

        • Falnex Xaio

          Swearing is OK, but slurring is bad? I wish stupid people would just make up their mind before they tell the rest of us what we can a nd cannot say.

      • I will ALWAYS be the Captain!

        If African Americans loved the name, then yes. Native Americans love that the team.

      • Waylon Preston Callaway

        The term was not a slur originally. Pilgrims came over to America saw these people of different skin tone and gave them the name Redskin. Just like the Indians would name white people the white men. Terms like that was regularly used back then in a non prejudice manner. Then the team was named Redskins in honor of the first coach who was part indian. LEARN YALLS HISTORY PEOPLE

      • Bryan Moore

        “Yankee” IS a slur. The British used that term in a derogatory fashion in reference to colonial Americans. Do you think the New York Yankee’s should change their name for being “racially insensitive”? Have far do we go to cater to individuals feelings at cost to the masses. I don’t like Rap music. It offends me. I think there should be a ban on Rap music. I could choose not to listen/buy Rap music but instead, I think I will push for a nationwide ban and I hope others will be compassionate about my plight.

      • Craig Kay

        Patrick its not proven to be anything but potentially a slur to certain people and not to others. When the team was named it was not to be a slur but rather an honor. The term now only means one thing to those who follow football, its the name of the franchise in the DC area for the NFL. If you dont like it you can root for another team or just not follow sports at all.. Thanks for playing

    • Brandon Smith

      “You don’t name a team for something you hate”.
      This is a prideful, and ignorant stance to take on the concept of interpersonal relationships. That’s like going to a bar and referring to the waitress as “Sugartits” and then going “what? It’s a COMPLIMENT!? Why don’t broads understand that I’m a fan of the female form?!”
      If we’re going to talk college about this, we must understand that a message is made up of many parts. The transmission is only PART of the message, and arguably the LEAST IMPORTANT part. The most important part is how that message is received.
      People who continually pretend that the message stops with their transmission, and that’s the only par that matters are self-centered, egotistical, and have a dramatically low emotional intelligence.

      • disgustipated

        Well said. Finally, someone with brain! Nice to see this.

    • Blair

      NExt they can waste more time, money and vote on the village peoples costumes to be changed too.

    • James Torres

      You sir, have no idea what you’re talking about and need to go enjoy your closet racism on your own time. Adults are trying to talk here.

    • FKCONGRESS

      Its only the people who are not native americans that find the Washington Redskins offensive anyways.

      • Witch Hunt

        So who exactly is it that deems for all of us what is offensive and whose speech shall be censored?

    • alvin691

      Social Marxism is the correct terminology. Well stated.

    • PK R

      Last I checked it isn’t a slur or condemnation of anyone. Unless your a Redneck and most Redneck’s I know prefer the term. So maybe they should consider changing the name to something other than Washington. We all are embarrassed of them ;-).

    • Curt Mudgen

      Yep. First we took their country, raped their women and killed their men. Then we pushed them onto some tiny, useless piece of land no one wanted. So sure, it’s ok to completely disregard their feelings. I bet you think they’re not even human.

      • Redskins Rule

        You would lose that bet.

    • Ed Hagerty

      So if we take you at your word, then it makes all the sense in the world to change the name of the team to the Washington Blackskins, because you’ve made it abundantly clear, that in no way, shape or form, do you hate, denigrate or disrespect Black people. Same goes to all of you who are Black, if you don’t like being discriminated against and “profiled” due to the color of your “SKIN”, then you are hypocrites for discriminating against American Indians.

    • DC Skins Fan

      Way to go Roger!!! We in DC, Maryland and Virginia who love the the Redskins are proud that you’ve stood up to the insanity that is represented by those who have graduated with (dis)honors from the school of political correctness. While many of us don’t like Dan Snyder – on this issue he has our full backing.

    • RØCKY

      Maaaaan! You nailed it Redskins Rule! Bubble wrap the world, lol

    • http://TaurisDigital.com/ @TAURISDIGITAL on InstaGram

      my highschool’s mascot was “Redskins” & after 40 years it was changed to “Raiders”

      ” – The school’s mascot, originally the Rickards Redskins, was changed to the Rickards Raiders in 2000 because of controversy over the term redskin and its racial connotations. The school colors are blue and gold.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_S._Rickards_High_School

    • Seana

      Jack Baloney has nothing else to do with his time. I contend that racism, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

    • Patrick Harris

      Good to know that you hate Liberals, Redskins Rule.

      • Redskins Rule

        You could substitute the Liberal with Conservative or anything else in my post without any actual change in the meaning. The point was that ANY term can have negative meaning ascribed to it depending on the speakers intention which is hugely important.

    • Mark R, Ret. 1st Sgt

      Let me tell you what you miss in this discussion!
      1st – The term “Redskin” has the same racial connotation as the words used to describe many a human existence that is disrespectful to people of that race!
      2nd – If this was your family blood line, it was the words that you have been called during your child hood, that people made sure it got under your skin to disrupt & anger! Even if you might be a small amount in the blood line doesn’t stop the stupid racist comments!
      3rd – If this was your fairly blood line & you heard these words you may just have a problem!
      4th – Cracker has no real negative connotation, but call some one Sand Niger or Niger & all bets are off!
      5th – Redskin is the word uttered by many Europeans coming to America. They came to America & already had a preconceived thought they were superior to the Native American tribe’s men & women!
      I could go on & on about the negative & hateful nature of this slur, but we know the shallow minded individuals won’t hear the words! The shallow minded will never understand the feelings of people they have never spent a day in the shoes of!
      If you don’t understand the reasons now, you never will! The shoes of your lives should never be hard to understand by others not of the same blood! The human race is what we all are & that should mean respect for the heritage without the prejudice!
      There is no Honor in being called a racial slur or to hear it every time we turn on the NFL!!

      • Craig Kay

        Mark

        you have your opinion and its well stated. But we too have ours and we disagree. If you dont like the name, root for another team.

    • HaveSome

      Redskin originally referred, not to the color of the skin of the Native Americans, but to the face paint they wore.

      “Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint.” – Oxford Dictionary

    • Jgorish

      Better to hide Native American’s heritage completely, instead of putting it out front in the consciousness of Americans every Sunday, right? While they’re at it, how about retroactively re-naming the old Negro Leagues to something innocuous, like the “Urban Baseball League”? Nothing like erasing identities, is there? All it takes is a swish of the pen and short memories.

    • westlafadeaway

      “You don’t name a team for something that you hate…” If they are really trying to say the team is named Redskins out of respect then at very best it’s extremely patronizing and from a height of superiority (our country did kick the crap out of them to make room for our society). I’ve lived long enough to learn about respect and I fail to see any genuine respect here.

      But I also live with an Irish woman and know that you can get by in life just fine if you laugh off things like “Paddy Wagons” “Fighting Irish” though the “Irish Car Bomb” drink does tend to touch nerves.

      Just don’t b.s. me that it’s respectful.

    • CongressBlows

      The Senate should be focused on more important things, like running this damn country. People need to stop getting so butthurt over the name of a football team. I don’t see the team actively going to Native American reservations and calling them redskins

    • Mark Boyd

      “You don’t name a team for something that you hate, denigrate or don’t respect.” You, sir, have summed up the stupidity of this whole discussion in one brilliant sentence. Thank you.

    • zeb

      Only an ignorant racist would not support a name change.

  • BigMike

    Well the author of this article is clearly biased. Just because YOU hear it and think insult or racism doesn’t mean everyone does. I grew up playing cowboys and Indians and the term “redskin” to me has always made me picture a warrior brave on the hunt. A fierce hunter and fighter that you wouldn’t want to tangle with or see coming at you even if you had a gun. They were feared back in the day, and not just because their skin was slightly different colored. Nobody would have admitted it back then, but they were respected as cunning warriors.

    Also, according to this article, 90% of Native Americans do not consider it offensive and even name their own local school teams after it:
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

    And that isn’t to say that everyone should think my way, its just to point out that when it comes to words everyone has a different view point on it and it means different things. Although, I honestly can’t understand why anyone would care enough about any word to let it have that much power over their lives and feelings. I mean everyone always likes to relate this to the “n” word but think really hard about who you hear the “n” word from the most? Heck, I live in KY and even here the only place you can even hear that is from, surprise surprise, black rappers and rap music. So its hard to believe that it really matters that much, except when convenient.

    • Redskins Rule

      Remain Calm and HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

    • Zach Davis

      It doesn’t matter if you’re angry at the word, white America will be angry for you!

  • AJ Brock

    I thought that was the letter written by Snyder, not Goodell & Co.

  • B17

    author is bias. i’m usually very Liberal on most topics, but when it comes to Sports, Politics need to stay out. theres REAL problems in the country.

    • Jskinfan

      yeah,caused by butt hurt liberals!

      • Robert Johnstone

        Wow, all our problems are cause by liberals. Now if we could just do away with liberalism all would be well. And if not? Find someone else (not conservatives though) to blame all our problems on. How about we blame the redskins?

        • Jskinfan

          50 senators are sticking their nose where it don’t belong and they are all Demoncrats. So,yes liberals are the problem. Always telling everyone what to think and say.

  • Syotos

    Grow up Jack. And write a better article next time. No one cares except politicians looking to talk about ANYTHING other than their total failures as leaders. This isn’t the Senate’s business. I don’t even like the Redskins BTW but live in Maryland and could care less what the team is called. Go get a real job and a real issue.

    • Cichlid Slayer

      A real job. Don’t forget, It has to be REAL. But I doubt you can get one. So, who cares?

      • Syotos

        Have you been drinking and blogging again? Go away until you can make more sense. You sound like an idiot.

  • voice of reason

    Lol at everyone in the comments.

    “…The redskins name isn’t offensive because…erm…THERE’S MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES!!!…Yeah that should do it.” “Wait that’s not enough?….hmmm…Well I dont think it’s offensive as a white male/female so on behalf of the million+ native americans in the country I can say that it’s not offensive!”

    You all would fail on a debate team. The name is offensive to many native americans and should be easily changed. You are all right it’s not a big issue, so it should be resolved very easily.

    • Dalze

      I don’t think you know how to read, the term is not offensive because its origin simply wasn’t offensive. The fact that it was used like that during the 17th century means nothing, as it’s true reference was to war paint and not an insult or slur towards people.

    • BigMike

      So if I decide that I find the word “Cowboys” to be offensive, I can just force my will on everyone else and have it changed? Or Cheifs? Or Raiders? What if my ancestors originated with the vikings and I don’t like you implying they raided and stole stuff?

      According to this article, 90% of Native Americans don’t see a problem with it and even name their own local teams after it:
      http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

    • FxFrenikk

      Are you Native American?

    • DieselPwr44

      Last season, the week before the Redskins faced the Green Bay Packers, the Oneida Indian group proclaimed that there would be a mass protest outside of Lambeau Field to show the outrage over the Redskins name. That Sunday, nine…..NINE people showed up. Yep, the whole Indian Nation is really upset/outraged. This is hash tag activism/feigned outrage at it’s finest.

  • FxFrenikk

    With something as ambiguous as this, is the team that uses the name racist, or is it those who believe it to be racist are racist? Probably a bit of both. But, frankly, with all the scandals and what not going on in the government, the fact that fifty senators took the time to address the name of the local sports team tells me that they are not working hard enough, or avoiding issues altogether.

  • archobby

    This article is one-sided garbage. At least the NFL was clear to respond and address the views of others.

    You can change whatever you want, it won’t remove racism or the fact that it happened.

  • worldscam

    Who the heck is Jack Maloney? The Redskins should drop the FRONT part of their name –and be called simply “THE” Redskins. Or they can rename the team after the Senators and Jack Maloney – and call the team the Washington Morons or the Washington Empty Brains.

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    • woody

      The Washington P.C Libatards!

  • Jessica

    What dictionary are they using that says it is a slur? I just keep seeing slang.

    • Jamie

      Webster, Oxford, you know the big ones…

  • UK Fan #1

    Jack Maloney your a moron! how many native Americans do you know? Studies have found that less than 10% of native american’s find the team name offensive. I personally grew up a few blocks from a Seminole reservation and attended Florida State games with members from the reservation. No of them were offended when I wore my Redskins shirts or hats back in the day. .. Find something REAL to report on..oh wait you would actually have to do some reporting then!

    • disgustipated

      This is a real issue and you are going to have to deal with it. We want the name changed and we are going to get it. You crybabies can take it somewhere else.

      • UK Fan #1

        I see you’re a moron too… I think you are one of the many crybabies here, probably have nothing better to do sitting your mom’s basement and Blogging.

  • Bo Maplesden Kinch

    If “Redskins” actually decide to remove that name and logo/mascot- I WANT only First Nations to rename team and come up with a logo/mascot. The congress are NOT first nations I’m not sure if there are any FN’s in congress.

  • Jskinfan

    Hail To The Redskins!

  • Gezo

    Hey guys Im starting a petition for a new LA football team called “Negros Deluxe” I think its a really good idea come sign at freepetitons.com/negrosdeluxe

  • GreenMonstah

    I’ve wondered this for years. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays had to change their name to just Rays because the church complained about the devil in the name. It blew my mind that we were still using the word “Redskins” so casually. The same goes for the Cleveland Indians, which has a cartoon mascot of a native american with red skin and a feather in its headband. I mean, hello?

    • Hairspray Queen

      Agree 100%. The comments on this article are so disheartening.

  • Chris

    Don’t Watch them then…..problem solved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill Selby

    Its not a slur. You name a team based on something you respect and admire. Comparing it to the N word is stupid.

    • voice of reason

      White guys don’t get to choose what other ethnicities consider a slur.

      • BigMike

        http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

        This says that 90% of Native Americans don’t consider it one either, and even name their own school teams after it. Care to try again?

        • http://www.hunterblackcomics.com/ Justin Peniston

          That 90% number is deceiving.

          • Dalze

            Of course, if statistics and research do not agree with my own opinions, the number is deceiving. What was he thinking, right?

          • Michael Harrison

            “although many question the cultural credentials of the respondents.” That would be the deceiving part.

          • BigMike

            And that’s why polls have margins of error. Even if it were + or – 10, which would be crazy for a poll, that would still make it 80-100% that don’t consider it offensive. The person who questioned the poll is directly involved in the lawsuit (further down in article), so clearly they would ask those questions as a poll like this hurts their case and their wallet.

          • Michael Harrison

            It means it was a freaking blind poll. It could have been 10000 white dudes answering, or 10000 people from Nigeria waiting to send you 5 million dollars. They don’t even bother mentioning who did the poll, links to it, anything. AKA, a load of horse garbage.

          • BigMike

            Reading comprehension much?

            “In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who
            identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington
            Redskins” offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.”

            They clearly stated who did the poll, how many were asked, and that everyone asked self-identified as Native Americans. I’m sure you could google it to find even more specifics on it, including the margin of error. Care to try again?

          • Jamie

            Doesnt almost every white person identify as Native American? I mean seriously has no one had that guy in class or work…”o 1/328 native american” just about as bad as on st pattys day everyone says they are from Ireland….. Ugh…

            Plus im sure there are more then 768 people on this list… Of native americans wanting the name change…

            http://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/

            its like the people have never heard of the internet before…

          • BigMike

            Look, I guess I’ll do the homework for you… *sigh*

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

            That has a link to the actual news release that goes into even more detail, but here is a quote from one of the links:

            “Most American Indians say that calling Washington’s professional
            football team the “Redskins” does not bother them, the University of
            Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.
            Ninety percent of Indians took that position, while 9 percent said
            they found the name “offensive.” One percent had no answer. The margin
            of sampling error for those findings was plus or minus two percentage
            points.
            Because they make up a very small proportion of the total population,
            the responses of 768 people who said they were Indians or Native
            Americans were collected over a very long period of polling, from
            October 7, 2003 through September 20, 2004. They included Indians from
            every state except Alaska and Hawaii, where the Annenberg survey does
            not interview. The question that was put to them was “The professional
            football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a
            Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother
            you?””

            So there is your margin of error (2%) and the exact question asked. People were randomly chosen from the 48 states. All scientific and poll like. You can dispute a poll all you want, but as long as the quest of a poll is not confusing or misleading, the science behind polls is pretty spot on. The fact that some people identify as Native American even if they’re only half, or quarter, or whatever, doesn’t neccesarily mean they would or wouldn’t feel its one way or the other. So since it was random its drawing a sample from the whole group, which could include a few of those, but not just as likely not. That why it has a margin or error., but even at 2% that means 88-92% don’t think its offensive.

          • Jamie

            even with all this homework

            Native Americans find it offensive..

            Hence : http://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/

          • BigMike

            That doesn’t make anything at all that I said false. The fact that a group can mark their name on that list does not mean the entire group believes that anymore than our representative in congress can speak for the average working man Joe. For that matter, most of the names for the “tribes” are not even click able so there is no way to follow up and check them out. Someone could have just listed them down without their knowledge. Furthermore, since I didn’t see any numbers of the total number of people supposedly being represented, then for all we know that is the 10% being talked about in the poll.

            Nobody is doubting that there are some who find it offensive, but people are massively overshooting the numbers. This poll shows that out of a random sampling, 90% of the race who should be offended, simply don’t think its an issue.

            Look, I thought this was going to be fun. I usually love to pick apart people who just absolutely refuse to believe science and scientifically proven stuff, such as the science behind poll taking, but I got more important things to do.

          • BigMike

            Yes, statistics and polls that don’t agree with your line of thought are a nuisance. Alas, I’m not the biggest fan of polls either but there is a science to them that I won’t bother trying to explain on a Disqus forum. You can look it up if you choose. In the end, there will always be a margin of error with any poll but even if that margin was something outrageous like + or – 10, that would still mean 80-100% don’t find it offensive. So thats still a vast majority of literally the race that should, if anyone, find it offensive. Also, I’ve been told by others on this topic that since I’m white that my opinion doesn’t matter (which sounds more racist than the subject matter honestly) but this is the opinion of Native Americans in this poll.

            Plus, did you miss the part where they are naming their own school mascots after the redskins? So it doesn’t sound like an issue to me.

          • http://www.hunterblackcomics.com/ Justin Peniston

            I shouldn’t have posted yet. You’re assuming my line of thought. I’ve been a Redskins fan all my life. I DO think that it’s time to change the name, but only came to that recently. The argument, “Would you call a Native American a ‘Redskin’ to his face?” is what swayed me.

            The 90% is not that simple, and I’m trying to find the article where I read that. It’s being presented as “90% of Native Americans approve of the name!” and that’s not what the poll measured exactly. Right now, Google is not helping, so I’ll withdraw the statement.

            I can tell you this much, I’m close friends with some of the Native Americans who are leading the charge to change the name, and they find it DEEPLY offensive. I’ve also met Native Americans who didn’t care, although I did get a sense of, “Of all the ways that we’ve been crapped on, do you honestly think THIS is the thing that I’m worried about?”

            I guess the essence of my point is, this is way more complex than that 90% figure suggests.

          • BigMike

            Well clearly there is some that think that way, but if we change every name or every thing because a handful of people don’t like it then we wouldn’t be able to name anything. I’m surprised PETA hasn’t sued every sports team with an animal mascot. I’m sure we have Scandinavian decedents here who might not appreciate the Vikings title or Raiders name, but it would be a minority. Cowboys is a short skip away from rednecks, and many people actually use the word cowboys today as a derogatory name when coming from anti-gunners in the gun debates. So any word CAN be made to be an insult or will always have some that disagree with it.

      • DieselPwr44

        And the white man has been telling Native Americans where to live,what to do and now, how to feel for decades. When 90% say they don’t care about the name, maybe folks should try listening one time?

        • keithsmustache

          And he basically made them millionaires because of it. Get over it.

        • DisentAgain

          90% You made that number up. Please discuss it with these Native groups – feel free to tell them they don’t matter:

          National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
          United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
          National Indian Education Association
          American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
          Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
          The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
          American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
          American Indian Movement
          American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
          American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
          American Indian High Education Consortium
          American Indian College Fund
          Association on American Indian Affairs
          Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
          Capitol Area Indian Resources
          Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
          Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
          Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
          Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
          Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
          First Peoples Worldwide
          Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
          Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
          Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
          Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
          Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
          Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
          HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
          Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
          Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
          Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
          Kansas Association for Native American Education
          Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
          Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
          Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
          Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
          Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
          Minnesota Indian Education Association
          National Indian Gaming Association
          National Indian Youth Council
          National Indian Child Welfare Association
          National Native American Law Student Association
          Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
          Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
          Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
          Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
          Native American Contractors Association
          Native American Journalists Association
          Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
          Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
          North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
          North Dakota Indian Education Association
          Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
          Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
          Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
          Oneida Indian Nation
          Poarch Band of Creek Indians
          San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
          Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
          Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
          Society of American Indian Government Employees
          Southern California Indian Center
          St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
          Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
          Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
          Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
          Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
          Tennessee Native Veterans Society
          Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
          The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
          The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
          Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
          The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
          Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
          Wisconsin Indian Education Association
          WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
          Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
          Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

          • BigMike

            A poll conducted does show 90% don’t care.

            http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

            That list is from the lawsuit, and everyone in each of those groups does not feel it is offensive. The people that filed the suit just called up the heads of those other groups and asked them to join, it doesn’t mean your average Native American believes that any more than our US senators actually care and represent us our wants and needs…

          • DisentAgain

            That article doesn’t actually cite a poll. Where did the 90% come from? What ‘recent’ poll?

            Please, feel free to contact those organizations and call them “redskins”. We’ll see how this “it’s not offensive” theory of yours holds up.

          • Jetblakc

            It actually says right in the article. Work on your reading comprehension or just use your browser to search for the number 90. You’re really not proving yourself to be a thoughtful interlocutor.

          • DisentAgain

            No it does not. It only cites a decade old poll – “In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey” No recent poll is cited.

            2004 is recent?

          • Jetblakc

            Given that almost all of the people that were adults when that poll was given are still alive, I think that the poll is still relevant. I don’t think that anyone’s really willing to pay for polling on an NFL team name more than once a decade. Where’s your poll? Anecdote does not count.

          • DisentAgain

            So no recent poll for you then. Check.

            Were’s my info? How about directly from the groups that oppose the name?

            http://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/

            National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
            United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
            National Indian Education Association
            American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
            Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
            The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
            American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
            American Indian Movement
            American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
            American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
            American Indian High Education Consortium
            American Indian College Fund
            Association on American Indian Affairs
            Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
            Capitol Area Indian Resources
            Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
            Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
            Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
            Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
            Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
            First Peoples Worldwide
            Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
            Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
            Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
            Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
            Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
            Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
            HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
            Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
            Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
            Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
            Kansas Association for Native American Education
            Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
            Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
            Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
            Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
            Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
            Minnesota Indian Education Association
            National Indian Gaming Association
            National Indian Youth Council
            National Indian Child Welfare Association
            National Native American Law Student Association
            Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
            Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
            Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
            Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
            Native American Contractors Association
            Native American Journalists Association
            Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
            Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
            North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
            North Dakota Indian Education Association
            Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
            Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
            Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
            Oneida Indian Nation
            Poarch Band of Creek Indians
            San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
            Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
            Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
            Society of American Indian Government Employees
            Southern California Indian Center
            St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
            Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
            Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
            Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
            Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
            Tennessee Native Veterans Society
            Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
            The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
            The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
            Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
            The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
            Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
            Wisconsin Indian Education Association
            WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
            Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
            Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

          • Jetblakc

            That’s called anecdote. It’s also called cherry picked data.

          • DisentAgain

            Anecdote? The actual groups who actually oppose the name are irrelevant anecdote? Tell them that. This isn’t about numbers. Majority rule is not how this works. It’s about a word that is, in any other circumstance, completely unacceptable to use.

          • Jetblakc

            So because it offends someone, it offends everyone? Airtight logic. So what’s the threshold of offensiveness that we can use to measure these things? Or should we just check with you to make sure that our diction is up to snuff? Get over yourself.

          • BigMike

            it most certainly does… try reading the whole thing next time.

            “In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who
            identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington
            Redskins” offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.”

            And with a single Google search you’d find:

            http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/redskins-question-in-2004-annenberg-study-cited-anew-in-controversy/

            Here is a part from one of the links off that page:

            “Most American Indians say that calling Washington’s professional
            football team the “Redskins” does not bother them, the University of
            Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.Ninety percent of Indians took that position, while 9 percent said
            they found the name “offensive.” One percent had no answer. The margin
            of sampling error for those findings was plus or minus two percentage
            points. Because they make up a very small proportion of the total population,
            the responses of 768 people who said they were Indians or Native
            Americans were collected over a very long period of polling, from
            October 7, 2003 through September 20, 2004. They included Indians from
            every state except Alaska and Hawaii, where the Annenberg survey does
            not interview. The question that was put to them was “The professional
            football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a
            Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother
            you?””

            So there is your poll, the margin or error, the poll sample size, the question, and if you follow the links more on the site it goes into great detail about how they randomly chose all the numbers to call.

          • DisentAgain

            2004. A decade old phone survey. Where is the “recent” poll? Try again.

          • BigMike

            lol yeah lets go that route now that I proved what you assumed I was lying about? Haha, ok lets rumble. The controversy over the redskins name has been around for a very very long time, thanks to a few. People like to complain if you haven’t figured that out yet. They like to complain even more if its against something with lots of money that might get them a payday if they can convince enough people. If you go to the site that actually did the poll you’ll see that the reason they did the poll was “Every year there would be some degree of controversy over the name of
            the Washington Redskins. People would say, Indians thought this or, no,
            they didn’t.” So this controversy is nothing new, and unless you are going to tell me that the word has changed meaning in the last 10 years, then nothing has changed. Well one thing has changed I guess. You’d probably win a lot more money from a lawsuit in 2014 than you would have in 2004. So I guess that only supports my previous statement even more.

          • Ferd Berful

            If you believe that, why don’t you go up to a bunch of INidans and ask ” hey do any of you Redskins have a light”?

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          • DisentAgain

            What poll? There is no citation of the poll in question.

      • keithsmustache

        They do when they own the team. Oh wait, we own 32 teams. Snyder isn’t changing it–get over it.

      • Duane Drew

        thats whats happening with redskins. the only people that are offended are white.

  • J_Rock_Sunnyville

    You want to change the name? Buy the team!

  • Coty Griffin

    Do youknoww many indians that know that love the redskins and the name?… ALOT!! Stop trying to be so P.C. all the time, that’s where this country went wrong… Go home, Jack Maloney. You’re drunk.

  • Rob Monteleone

    Why don’t YOU grow up, dry your tears, put on some big-boy pants and realize that changing the name of a football team isn’t going to give any indians their land back.
    Want to make a difference?! Donate YOUR land. I bet the tribes who are offended would much rather have some land back than a new logo in the NFL.

  • ragdolljoseph

    I’m 1/2 Native American and I find their team name as racist as the Cleveland Indians! Why aren’t they having a name change pandemonium?

    PS: I don’t find either names offending to the slightest.. I was making a point.

    • Adam

      Just give it time. The Redskins is the biggie. If they can convince/pressure the team to change its name all the similar ones will inevitably fall in line behind them because the ultimate precedent will have already been set.

      • Zach Davis

        You’re an idiot. Read the PS part.

        • Adam

          I did. I know he’s not offended by Redskins (neither am I), but even if he’s just joking his question is actually a legit one. If the Redskins do end up being forced to change their name, ALL of the other ones will follow. That’s what I was responding to.

      • BigMike

        As Zach said, you are an idiot. However, thank you for revealing the ultimate goal which many have stated before and been called ignorant for doing so. Complainers never stop at just 1. If all it takes as a handful of people to find something offensive then we better just start giving the teams numeric designations because anything is offensive to someone.

        • Adam

          Dude, I’m not offended by Redskins. I think this whole thing is stupid. But even as a joke his comment isn’t off at all. If the Redskins are forced to change their name this will trickle down into EVERYTHING and all the “offensive” names will pretty much have no choice but to change after that. That’s why their focusing on the NFL. if the advocates can win there they’ve won everywhere.
          Jesus people…

          • Mike

            Poor Adam over here, stating what is likely to happen and gets called an idiot. I feel for you, bruh.

          • Adam

            Knowledge is power, man. Just gotta roll with it.

  • Redskinsfan1

    Jack Mcphony!!!! You’re an idiot! Pretty soon nobody will be able to say any word without offending somebody! I teach my kids that nobody is in CONTROL of how they feel about themselves. What if everybody were to adopt that philosophy? Then we would be happier people and our elected officials could spend their time doing something manful……….like help get this economy going! Jack grow up!

    • Redskinsfan1

      Meaningful

  • Shaun

    There we go. “The Washington Liberals.” Let’s go with that one!

  • woody

    Enough of the P.C crap. The senators have a lot more better things to do than harass the NFL. For every indian group that says they are offended there are 5 that say they are not and are proud of the name and the team for sticking with the name, Enough of the P.C crap already!

    • Anthony Costa

      Got any proof of that? Any LEGITIMATE Native American groups that like that name? Feel free to post some evidence.

      • Dalze

        There were plenty, I recall at least 3 articles that proved that 90% of Native American groups having absolutely no problem with the name.

      • lancasterco

        “A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.

        Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.”

        and

        “Prince George’s County resident Stephen Dodson reached out to the Washington Redskins in an effort to share his perspective on the team name.

        Dodson is a full-blooded American Inuit chief originally from the Aleutian Tribes of Alaska, and said he was tired of being spoken for as a Native American.

        “People are speaking for Native Americans that aren’t Native American. Being a full-blooded Indian with my whole family behind me, we had a big problem with all the things that were coming out [of the discussion],” he said. “I think they were basically saying that we were offended, our people were offended, and they were misrepresenting the Native American nation. “We don’t have a problem with [the name] at all; in fact we’re honored. We’re quite honored.”

        • Dalze

          I really want to read the response to your comment, though, I really doubt you get an intelligent response.

        • Anthony Costa

          Two people. Well done. It’s really about change. Even if some Native Americans (not Indians, they have nothing to do with the country of India) don’t mind the name, the nation seems to want to move away from a culture of slang and misconceptions. It’s clearly a matter of opinion here. Both sides will continue to make their case. Conservatives seem to be more opposed to change than liberals, but change is a proven constant.

          • Zach Davis

            Anthony, tell ya what. When the reservation high schools drop their Redskins nicknames, then you can talk.

            Native Americans, we don’t care if you’re offended or not. White America will be offended for you!

        • DisentAgain

          Native American’s can speak for themselves, and have. These groups oppose the name:

          National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
          United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
          National Indian Education Association
          American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
          Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
          The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
          American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
          American Indian Movement
          American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
          American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
          American Indian High Education Consortium
          American Indian College Fund
          Association on American Indian Affairs
          Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
          Capitol Area Indian Resources
          Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
          Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
          Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
          Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
          Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
          First Peoples Worldwide
          Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
          Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
          Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
          Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
          Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
          Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
          HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
          Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
          Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
          Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
          Kansas Association for Native American Education
          Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
          Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
          Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
          Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
          Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
          Minnesota Indian Education Association
          National Indian Gaming Association
          National Indian Youth Council
          National Indian Child Welfare Association
          National Native American Law Student Association
          Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
          Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
          Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
          Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
          Native American Contractors Association
          Native American Journalists Association
          Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
          Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
          North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
          North Dakota Indian Education Association
          Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
          Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
          Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
          Oneida Indian Nation
          Poarch Band of Creek Indians
          San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
          Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
          Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
          Society of American Indian Government Employees
          Southern California Indian Center
          St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
          Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
          Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
          Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
          Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
          Tennessee Native Veterans Society
          Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
          The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
          The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
          Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
          The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
          Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
          Wisconsin Indian Education Association
          WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
          Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
          Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

          • Zach Davis

            Oklahoman Native Americans have no basis for argument since their state name translates directly into “red man”.

          • DisentAgain

            Please let them know that their opinion does not count.

      • keithsmustache

        Why are you offended, that’s what I like to know.

    • DisentAgain

      Really? You talked to these groups, did you?

      National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
      United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
      National Indian Education Association
      American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
      Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
      The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
      American Indian Movement
      American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
      American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
      American Indian High Education Consortium
      American Indian College Fund
      Association on American Indian Affairs
      Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
      Capitol Area Indian Resources
      Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
      Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
      Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
      Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
      Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
      First Peoples Worldwide
      Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
      Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
      Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
      Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
      Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
      HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
      Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
      Kansas Association for Native American Education
      Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
      Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
      Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
      Minnesota Indian Education Association
      National Indian Gaming Association
      National Indian Youth Council
      National Indian Child Welfare Association
      National Native American Law Student Association
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
      Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
      Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
      Native American Contractors Association
      Native American Journalists Association
      Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
      Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
      North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
      North Dakota Indian Education Association
      Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
      Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
      Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
      Oneida Indian Nation
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
      Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
      Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
      Society of American Indian Government Employees
      Southern California Indian Center
      St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
      Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
      Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
      Tennessee Native Veterans Society
      Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
      Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
      The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
      Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
      Wisconsin Indian Education Association
      WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
      Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
      Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

  • Chris Metz

    I SUPPOSE THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WILL BE NEXT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

    • Renegade

      Right

    • DisentAgain

      Should be, yes.

  • Renegade

    A bunch of politicians trying to get votes with a high profile pointless issue.

  • Jeff Crawford

    Enough political correctness from the bleeding heart liberals. You people make me sick. An overindulgence of PC is what is wrong with this country. Liberals keep shoving it down everyones’ throat and the sheeple blindly follow along. Morons.

  • tjgriz

    My Lord!!! I am Indian!!! LEAVE THE DAMN NAME ALONE, IT’S BEEN THE REDSKINS LONGER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN ALIVE. GET A LIFE PEOPLE AND TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MATTERS.

  • Roofy

    Jack you are an idiot to be writing such drivel. And the 50 Democratic Senators that signed that letter should be voted out of office. Our political leaders including the President have much more important things they should be doing. And to write a piece of drivel such as what Jack wrote here is a slap to the face of all “journalists”.

  • lancasterco

    Hahaha, look up “Butthurt Liberal Pantywaist” and you’ll see a photo of Jack Maloney

  • Adam CW

    This name has been around for so long. Why now is everyone dry humping their leg to change it? If it was a slur then why did they choose the name in the first place?

  • danallison

    Whoever wrote this — and those who agree — are just control-freak jackasses. You name YOUR damn team whatever you want. We call that FREEDOM. You try to take mine, you’ll wish you hadn’t. The American people are tired of being bullied by the control freaks, and we’re about to start fighting back.

    • DisentAgain

      So your are cool with me naming my team “the sad ignorant white guys who actually think they know anything about ‘fighting back’” after you?

      • Mike

        That’s what freedom of speech is. Go ahead, name your team that. What’s the worst that would happen?

  • Tim Farrow

    First of all, I am a Cowboys fan. Second, the Redskins need to stand their ground on this. ONE Indian nation is calling for the name change. One. If the name change happens, who is next? Vikings? Warriors? Chiefs?

  • BobbyOrr

    Thank you Fansided for removing my posts that fast. I said nothing bad and this was my first time coming to your site. bye bye.

  • RasputinSays

    These clowns need to focus on the real problems this country has not silly charades.

  • John Smith

    The writer of this article is a moron. Enough said.

    • MarkJ

      That’s an insult….to REAL morons who can’t help but be who they are. ;)

  • Matthew Robinson

    How about white people give to the National Native American college fund or allow them to have more reservation space and land? Or give them reparations? They don’t want to? Hmmm stop trying to wash your white guilt away with meaningless arguments.

  • KFW1

    The author of this article is downright stupid. The Redskins name is fine the way it is. If it offends you, don’t watch the damn game! There are other teams out there to watch. I hate the Redskins (Cowboys fan here), but the name doesn’t need changing. It’s ridiculous that this is what people care so much about rather than real problems.

  • Arthur Lehman

    Hi, Blackfoot Native American here,
    Just wanted to say I do not find the team’s name, “Redskins” offensive.

    However, I do have a problem with the Raven’s logo.
    So all black birds are Ravens huh?
    I’d like to forward you to this site http://www.birds-of-north-america.net/black-birds.html

    Educate yourself foo!

    • Meow99

      The Baltimore Ravens name was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. Poe lived in Baltimore for some time. That is why it is a Raven. “Educate Yourself Foo!”

      • Mike

        Here is the joke.

        Somewhere down here is your head.

  • Brandon

    so…. shouldn’t the cowboys change their name as well? I mean, The cowboys DID in fact invade and basically kick the Native Americans out of their home land if you want to get technical.. I find the people that are pushing this name change to be childish and crying for attention. No one had a problem with the name for the Washington Redskins at all in history before. The name Washington Redskins is used with Pride, and Respect for the Native American Culture.

    • Hairspray Queen

      That’s actually not true – groups have been campaigning to have the name changed for decades. This is not a new thing. In addition, cowboys are not a nationality or ethnicity, nor is the word “cowboy” considered an ethnic slur by any group of people.

  • Ethan Meyers

    Heh… “The R word” Its named after a potato! Hail to the REDSKINS

  • David Wilkinson

    I’m a Christian but I’m not opposed to the New Jersey Devils and didn’t mind Tampa Bay’s Devil Ray’s logo back in the day, by the same token I don’t root for the Angels, Saints or Padres. I don’t have a problem with Wake Forest being the Demon Deacons or Duke being the Blue Devils and I don’t root for the Providence Friars either. All I’m saying is that these team names originated and for the most part are still in use today. Making it a mission to change the name of a sports team is a fool’s errand and will not change anybody’s position. If the name was changed to the Washington Caucasians someone would make a fuss so let the issue die 99% of the country already has.

    • Steve S

      I’m offended that you failed to recognize the ASU Sun Devils! :) What buffoons these people are!

      • B17

        Go Sun Devils! thats my College basketball team lmao

        • Steve S

          I’m a Sun Devil’s Dad! …Forks Up! :)

  • dpward1974

    The author of this story needs to get a life, and post a real story, not a opinion piece. As part native American I am in no way offended by the name “Redskins”, as a matter of fact it is my favorite team.

  • Matt Stoughton

    Excuse me. Nobody thinks of anything but a professional football team when they hear the term “Redskins”. It’s not a pejorative any more, except in the minds of people who get all hot and bothered over the most banal and venal forms of political correctness. Inflates their sense of self-importance and lets them think they’re actually doing something useful when they’re just using issues like this to deflect from far more pressing ones. So kindly stop taking offense for others and trying to destroy the good name and traditions of a team that in the past has been one of the few things that unites Washingtonians. I promise you do not speak for the average fan, or even the average native American.

    • Torryb

      Football and potatoes. ;) Does anyone of Native American descent actually care about this? What about the patriots? Perhaps some descendant of a pilgrim doesn’t like that name either. This is just silliness. I hope they don’t change their name and if they cave to pressure to do so that they lose their fan base.

    • DisentAgain

      Really? Tell that to these groups:

      Hoh Indian Tribe
      Penobscot Nation
      Samish Indian Nation
      Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
      National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
      United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
      National Indian Education Association
      American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
      Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
      The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
      American Indian Movement
      American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
      American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
      American Indian High Education Consortium
      American Indian College Fund
      Association on American Indian Affairs
      Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
      Capitol Area Indian Resources
      Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
      Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
      Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
      Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
      Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
      First Peoples Worldwide
      Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
      Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
      Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
      Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
      Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
      HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
      Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
      Kansas Association for Native American Education
      Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
      Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
      Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
      Minnesota Indian Education Association
      National Indian Gaming Association
      National Indian Youth Council
      National Indian Child Welfare Association
      National Native American Law Student Association
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
      Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
      Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
      Native American Contractors Association
      Native American Journalists Association
      Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
      Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
      North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
      North Dakota Indian Education Association
      Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
      Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
      Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
      Oneida Indian Nation
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
      Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
      Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
      Society of American Indian Government Employees
      Southern California Indian Center
      St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
      Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
      Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
      Tennessee Native Veterans Society
      Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
      Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
      The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
      Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
      Wisconsin Indian Education Association
      WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
      Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
      Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

      They all oppose the name.

  • Not Another Mindless Robot

    I guess that means as a Native American myself, I should be offended, too? But then, I’m told daily how to feel about things, and a have to laugh. I love it when white people make issues out of NOTHING.

  • Dan Condon

    Listen to the song “Hail to the Redskins” it’s meant as an honor. Dan Snyder has continually communicated with Native American groups and has overwhelmingly received a blessings for the name.

  • jumpingtheshark

    The blogger has killed the American journalist. Do your homework. Do your own research. Don’t just regurgitate what is being blasted at you by the aggressive, overly politically correct pundits. Do your own reporting, and give the public the facts even if they don’t support your opinion.

  • Cichlid Slayer

    Bunch of cryin babies. Bubble wrap for all!!!
    Kudos to the NFL for telling them to Stick it in their redhole.

  • Stephen

    Jack Maloney.. you’re ridiculous. The Redskins will never change their name. The only reason people think it’s racist is because a group of old white men, sitting around a table, are saying it’s racist. Now that’s racist. Give me a break. DC has enough to worry about besides the name of a football team. There are over 60 high schools in the US that still use the Redskin as a mascot. Might as well go change all of their names too!

    http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/the-other-redskins-heres-a-map-of-the-62-high-schools-that-still-use-that-nickname/

  • Kurt

    “If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.” So people can’t respectfully disagree? Or does respect mean that someone has to think your way, Jack Maloney?

  • Jamie

    For those arguing if Redskin is offensive, I turn to the Dictionary.
    Websters Dictionary: Redskin – usually offensive term referring to a Native American

    So can we stop arguing if it is offensive or not? I get it you love your team, and football, A name change wont change anything but the name… which by definition is offensive. Have a nice day :)

    • Dalze

      Well, if we cherry pick what we want it to mean, I can do that too.
      Oxford Dictionary: Dated or Offensive. referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint.

      • DisentAgain

        Also offensive – if archaic. You just made Jamie’s point.

        • Jamie

          ^ this

      • Jamie

        Since I dont want to cherry pick:
        Oxford Dictonary –
        NOUN• dated or • offensive
        An American Indian.

        Usage
        Redskin is first recorded in the late 17th century and was applied to the Algonquian peoples generally, but specifically to the Delaware (who lived in what is now southern New York State and New York City, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania). Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint. In time, however, through a process that in linguistics is called pejoration, by which a neutral term acquires an unfavorable connotation or denotation, redskin lost its neutral, accurate descriptive sense and became a term of disparagement. Red man is first recorded in the early 17th century and was originally neutral in tone.Red Indian is first recorded in the early 19th century and was used by the British, far more than by Americans, to distinguish the Indians of the subcontinent from the Indians of the Americas. All three terms are dated or offensive. American Indian and Native American are now the standard umbrella terms. Of course, if it is possible or appropriate, one can also use specific tribal names (Cheyenne,Nez Percé, etc.).

        All three terms are dated or offensive…right in plain text :) Again have a great day :)

  • Mauricio Murcia

    Is this an opinion piece? Or is it supposed to be an un-bias reporting of the facts? Seriously, get over it people. If we changed every sports nick-name that offended a small minority of people it would be an endless, useless, costly exercise. The Redskins nick-name is not derogatory, it is a strong, positive name honoring native Americans. I understand that some people will associate it with negative aspects of native American history and that is unfortunate, but so would the nick-name “Yankees”. The use of the word by some British has been pejorative throughout our history. Where would it end?

    • DisentAgain

      Where would it end? How about it ending at us not using derogatory nicknames and inappropriate cultural appropriation as entertainment? Seems like a fine ending to me.

      From Websters: Websters Dictionary: Redskin – usually offensive term referring to a Native American..

      Seems pretty cut and dried. The name is stupid, change it.

    • FoxyPaco

      Look up “redskin” in ANY dictionary and it will say the word is offensive and a racial slur.

  • Dan Condon

    The economy sucks, thousands of illegal alien murderers, kidnappers, drug dealers were released on our streets, a U.S. Marine is locked in a Mexican jail, Veterans are dying from lack of care with many committing suicide, food prices are up 18% this year and this is what the fools in Washington are concerned about, really???

    • DisentAgain

      Yeah… because not being bigoted idiots prevents us from doing all those other things. Doing the right thing on the team name is not mutually exclusive of doing the right things on other topics.

      • Dan Condon

        If I were Snyder I’d change the name, because I’d be embarrassed to have Washington as a part of it.

  • keithsmustache

    Change the name to the Washington Scumbags and put Harry Reid’s face on the helmet. Problem solved.

  • Frank Singleton

    None of you people will go on a Native American reservation and go up to a 20 year old man (or woman either) and call them that filthy name. You know what will happen next, and so will Goodell and Snyder, that should tell you racist that something is wrong with that word….

    • Lord Mad

      This means what? You wouldn’t go up to a stranger and call them something that might be considered a slur by SOME would you? What does this prove? The Redskins team name was never meant as a slur to American indians.

      • Meow99

        But it is a slur to Native Americans – even if it wasn’t “meant” as a slur. If the team were named the Washington Blackskins, $hit would hit the fan real hard.

      • Doofus

        The team name wasn’t meant as a slur, that’s not an unfair presupposition. But it was meant to cash in on the trivialization of a slur that was popular while we systematically destroyed entire subsets of people and culture, so broadly referred to as Native Americans. And from that perspective, it’s offensive and shouldn’t be used if the Native American community on any level calls for it to stop.

        • Lord Mad

          Wrong, there is no evidence of this. The name for the team derived from the original coach from the team who was American Indian.

  • Bob LaMonta

    Correction: That’s not from the “sorry we offended you” camp. It’s more “we’re sorry you chose to take offense,” just as you, author, apparently have. As seems to be so popular in society today, *you* have made the conscious decision to be offended.

    Here’s a thought: try not being offended next time, what do you say? 90% of Native American poll respondents, a representative sampling of the people you and your high horse purport to be defending, have.

    • Doofus

      I’m not seeing a citation to that poll, so I’m going off of what I’ve found via a simple Google search “Do Native Americans find the name Washington Redskins offensive?”

      Most of that evidence points to the contrary.

    • Doofus

      More to the point, you tout an implied personal responsibility as the moral or ethical standpoint for someone not being offended, yet you aren’t respectful of another culture’s views, or people that say we should be respectful of them.

      Whether there is a poll saying 90% of Native Americans that find it offensive, or whether my Google search pulls up 20-2000 things saying it is, shouldn’t matter. The value you’re asking of the author works both ways, with no exceptionalism applied just because you’d like to find fault with the other side’s position on the argument.

  • Lord Mad

    These overpaid special interest cowards they call “Senators” need to do some real research.

    http://tombenjey.com/assault-on-the-redskins-and-lone-star-dietz/

    http://anthropology.si.edu/goddard/redskin.pdf

  • Zach Davis

    Jack Maloney, tell ya what. When reservation high schools drop the Redskins nickname, then talk can happen about the removal of the Washington Redskins name.

  • Macc

    Redskin is first recorded in the late 17th century and was applied to the Algonquian people generally, but specifically to the Delaware. Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint. Therefore not a racial slur just ignorant over offended butt-hurt crybaby’s that nobody really likes and continues to show the degeneration of our society. We have much bigger problems to work on in life and this is what people cry about…

    • Jamie

      well u kindof didnt finish that paragraph… just stopped to make ur “point” so Ill finish it for you

      Oxford Dictionary-

      Redskin is first recorded in the late 17th century and was applied to the Algonquian peoples generally, but specifically to the Delaware (who lived in what is now southern New York State and New York City, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania). Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint. In time, however, through a process that in linguistics is called pejoration, by which a neutral term acquires an unfavorable connotation or denotation, redskin lost its neutral, accurate descriptive sense and became a term of disparagement. Red man is first recorded in the early 17th century and was originally neutral in tone.Red Indian is first recorded in the early 19th century and was used by the British, far more than by Americans, to distinguish the Indians of the subcontinent from the Indians of the Americas. All three terms are dated or offensive. American Indian and Native American are now the standard umbrella terms. Of course, if it is possible or appropriate, one can also use specific tribal names (Cheyenne,Nez Percé, etc.).

      “All three terms are dated or offensive.” you forgot to add that part… :)

  • Jeffrey Wood

    The author’s arrogance and short-temper offends me. If he can not be tolerant in any respect of any beliefs, he deserves none.

    • Doofus

      Given the context of outrage in regard to the blatant disregard by the NFL toward the request by Congress, name-change supporters and Native Americans themselves, your comment and its attempt at English, makes no sense.

  • dylan knight

    here’s the deal…i hate how everybody has magically become a hero for social injustice, but yet, movies like dispicable me 2 portraying a mexican guy as fat, loud, and obnoxious is completely fine. the redskins name will never change. get over it, who cares.

    • DisentAgain

      Who cares? These groups care:

      National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
      United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
      National Indian Education Association
      American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
      Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
      The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
      American Indian Movement
      American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
      American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
      American Indian High Education Consortium
      American Indian College Fund
      Association on American Indian Affairs
      Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
      Capitol Area Indian Resources
      Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
      Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
      Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
      Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
      Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
      First Peoples Worldwide
      Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
      Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
      Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
      Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
      Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
      HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
      Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
      Kansas Association for Native American Education
      Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
      Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
      Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
      Minnesota Indian Education Association
      National Indian Gaming Association
      National Indian Youth Council
      National Indian Child Welfare Association
      National Native American Law Student Association
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
      Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
      Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
      Native American Contractors Association
      Native American Journalists Association
      Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
      Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
      North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
      North Dakota Indian Education Association
      Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
      Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
      Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
      Oneida Indian Nation
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
      Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
      Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
      Society of American Indian Government Employees
      Southern California Indian Center
      St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
      Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
      Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
      Tennessee Native Veterans Society
      Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
      Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
      The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
      Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
      Wisconsin Indian Education Association
      WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
      Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
      Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

  • tango999

    Another article, if you can call it that, full of blah, blah, blah…… And stop using the term Native Americans, first it wasn’t call American before 400 yrs ago and second, no humans are indigenous to the continents now called North and South America, they came from Asia. Google Beringia and learn how humans came here.

    • Doofus

      By that reasoning, it is perfectly acceptable to uproot anyone from anywhere and slaughter them or breed them out, seeing as all people immigrated with origins in Africa and the Middle East.

      For all intents and purposes, people that were here hundreds or thousands of years before Europeans came here in the name of violent conquest are indigenous peoples. It also doesn’t excuse the laundry list of historical accusations which, to this day, people admit to flippantly and the least that the Government can do is acknowledge what they can for a dying culture that our country, as an organization and people, killed.

  • kcard82

    People just love to be offended and victimized.

  • Nic

    I find it rather humorous that the ‘majority’ of people who have an issue with it are not actually Native American. Again, the ‘majority’ of Native Americans do not have a problem with it.

    • DisentAgain

      Please tell me how you arrived at that number. These groups oppose the name:

      National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
      United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
      National Indian Education Association
      American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
      Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
      The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
      American Indian Movement
      American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
      American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
      American Indian High Education Consortium
      American Indian College Fund
      Association on American Indian Affairs
      Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
      Capitol Area Indian Resources
      Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
      Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
      Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
      Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
      Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
      First Peoples Worldwide
      Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
      Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
      Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
      Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
      Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
      HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
      Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
      Kansas Association for Native American Education
      Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
      Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
      Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
      Minnesota Indian Education Association
      National Indian Gaming Association
      National Indian Youth Council
      National Indian Child Welfare Association
      National Native American Law Student Association
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
      Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
      Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
      Native American Contractors Association
      Native American Journalists Association
      Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
      Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
      North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
      North Dakota Indian Education Association
      Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
      Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
      Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
      Oneida Indian Nation
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
      Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
      Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
      Society of American Indian Government Employees
      Southern California Indian Center
      St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
      Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
      Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
      Tennessee Native Veterans Society
      Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
      Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
      The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
      Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
      Wisconsin Indian Education Association
      WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
      Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
      Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

    • Doofus

      “I would say we do need action,” says Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). “And one of those actions is treating Indian country respectfully. One of those actions, Dan Snyder, is changing the name. Respect Indian country, do what is right, and don’t cloak it with something else.”

      source: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/04/03/washington-nfl-team-name-debate/

      “When opposition to the Redskins name first intensified earlier this year, supporters of the name pointed out that Native Americans aren’t offended by it. When Oneida Indian Nation became one of the loudest voices arguing for change, supporters of the name pointed out that Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter isn’t a real Native American. (The federal courts have concluded that he is.)”

      source: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/27/native-american-leaders-speak-out-against-redskins-name/

      “The controversy has also reached Congress, with Representative Tom Cole, one of two Native members of Congress, saying the team’s name is derogatory.

      “Come on. This is the 21st century. This is the capital of political correctness on the planet,” he said. “It is very, very, very offensive. This isn’t like warriors or chiefs. It’s not a term of respect, and it’s needlessly offensive to a large part of our population. They just don’t happen to live around Washington, D.C.””

      source: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2013/10/18/native-americansspeakupaboutredskinsnamecontroversy.html

      A simple Google search says, you’re wrong.

      • Jetblakc

        A simple google search tells me that quoting 3 people doesn’t prove him wrong. Next?

  • jenkem5

    How about the Prairie Ni@@ers? Screw them! So sick of entitled filth demanding things from the producers and providers. You lost the war, we were nice enough to let you live.

    • Tony Balogna

      Wow I had no idea you were part of the war! How honorable of you to let them live.

    • DisentAgain

      Said the sad fat white guy on wellfare…

  • http://gilmichelini.com/ Gil Michelini

    National Annenberg Election Survey.conducted an opinion poll in 2004 in which 90% percent of those who identified as American Indians answered that they were “not bothered” by the name “Redskins” being used for the Washington football team.

    The only ones offend by the name are those who are easily offended, such as the author of this article.

    • DisentAgain

      So a 10 year old poll is your source? I’ll trust the actual native groups opposed to the name:

      National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
      United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
      National Indian Education Association
      American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
      Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
      The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
      American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
      American Indian Movement
      American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
      American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
      American Indian High Education Consortium
      American Indian College Fund
      Association on American Indian Affairs
      Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
      Capitol Area Indian Resources
      Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
      Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
      Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
      Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
      Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
      First Peoples Worldwide
      Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
      Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
      Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
      Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
      Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
      HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
      Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
      Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
      Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
      Kansas Association for Native American Education
      Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
      Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
      Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
      Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
      Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
      Minnesota Indian Education Association
      National Indian Gaming Association
      National Indian Youth Council
      National Indian Child Welfare Association
      National Native American Law Student Association
      Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
      Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
      Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
      Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
      Native American Contractors Association
      Native American Journalists Association
      Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
      Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
      North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
      North Dakota Indian Education Association
      Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
      Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
      Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
      Oneida Indian Nation
      Poarch Band of Creek Indians
      San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
      Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
      Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
      Society of American Indian Government Employees
      Southern California Indian Center
      St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
      Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
      Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
      Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
      Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
      Tennessee Native Veterans Society
      Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
      The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
      The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
      Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
      The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
      Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
      Wisconsin Indian Education Association
      WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
      Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
      Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

      • http://gilmichelini.com/ Gil Michelini

        Yes, and I trust it more than a person who does not use her/his real name and posts a long list of organizations with no purpose or reference.

    • Jeysoos!!!

      the only one’s offended are smug,self important white people.

  • Devin

    I understand that, no, this isn’t #1 priority for the country. And no, senators should not be wasting time with this. But yes I do think their name should be changed. I mean..we wouldn’t accept a team named “the n*ggers” would we? Or the “washington crackas” would we? Its a racial slur pure and simple and should be changed.

    • Jeysoos!!!

      no it shouldn’t, redskins have all the right to boycott the redskins if they want, as do any of you PC obsessed losers out there. But they are a private bidness and if they want to keep their name, they have every right to do that. trust me, all this whining does is make people hate the supposed “tolerant” left even more. The fanbase isn’t going to suddenly change their mind, they are going to become even more vigilant. so, mind your own business and go whine about something else.

  • Tony Balogna

    Native Americans actually do want the Redskins to rename, but only because they’re embarrassed to be associated with that joke of a football team.

  • Rick DiClemente

    Quit acting like you’re HONORING the American Indian. Change it.

    • NINJA TRON 3000

      Quit acting like you know ANYTHING about honoring the American Indians. Shut it.

      • Jamie

        Quit promoting Tron, the remake sucked…

    • Jetblakc

      You do realize that some people find the term “American Indian” offensive, right?

  • American White Dude

    What about the Kansas City Chiefs? Or the Atlanta Braves? Cleveland Indians? Notre Dame Fighting Irish? It is laughable that these PC thought police go after the team that they feel they can control to score election points because it happens to be in DC.

  • American White Dude

    As an American white dude, I suppose I should be offended by the 49er’s, Cowboys, Vikings, Buccaneers, Packers and Patriots. Funny that I have better things to do than worry about this stuff…..

  • Henry

    hey bro thanks for retyping lines from the two sentence segments in each of your responses. i had already forgotten what it said

  • American White Dude

    Every Catholic/Christian must STAND UP NOW to call for the renaming of the New Orelans SAINTS! It is clear that this team was named as an insult to Christians everywhere!!!!!

  • Ronald Kapeller

    Get over it libtards.

  • The Wise Owl of Truth

    Every Irishman must STAND UP NOW to call for the renaming of
    the Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH! It is clear that this team was named as an
    insult to Irish people everywhere!!!!!

  • Jack Bone

    Since the politicians have done everything they could to get steel jobs out of America and Penn, I am also offended by the Steelers name. CHANGE IT NOW.

  • Popcrnshower (Chris)

    While were at it why dont we changes the names of : Cleveland Indians, Golden State Warriors (yes the word Warrior is disputed), Kansas City Chiefs, and the Atlanta Braves. It’s about consistency amirite?

    • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

      well the obvious answer would be because none of those team names directly reference skin color, i.e. the entire point of this issue being the racism angle.

      • Jamie

        shhhh this is not a page for logic and obvious issues… its a page where a bunch of white people can claim being native american… seriously… read the posts. :)

  • Jack Bone

    Who is Jack Maloney and why on earth does he have anything to say about it? Maloney is a bunch of boloney. What a chump.

  • David B. Nelson

    So, again, Liberals prove that their so-called tolerance is only in play when you agree with them. This team has a long and proud tradition of being the Washington Redskins. Finally, why are US Senators wasting time on trying to change the name of a football team when they could be giving you and your ilk more of my money in free government handouts?

    • martinsnapp

      So says someone who has no idea what it’s like to be Native American.

      • David B. Nelson

        When was the last time you spent any time with full blood Native Americans? When was the last time you visited a reservation? When was the last time you have personal knowledge of a person being slurred by being called a Redskin? While I have friends that are full blood Native Americans, I call them Indians and they have never been offended, and have spent time on a reservation, I still don’t think this is an appropriate subject for the US Senate. Do they get to tell you what to do in your job or at your business next? Maybe they can set all of our prices or tell us what we can or can not make or sell. Let the marketplace resolve this issue and if there are so many people, besides the media and PC police, that are morally outraged by a football team’s name, I bet it will get changed.

  • pfr94

    Dear Mr. Maloney and every other NON-Native American commenting on this issue-

    As a Native American (member of the Iroquois Nation as an Oneida Indian) you all sound hilarious to me. The name of a team is far less offensive to me, as a Native American, than something like the Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo. Chief Wahoo is a caricature that degrades Native Americans far more than a team name like ‘Redskins’. If there were sports teams named after other races with such blatantly racist representations you’d all me MUCH more likely to balk at them. Its time you ALL moved on past the ‘Redskins’ debate and focused on things that are worse…like Chief Wahoo.

    Sincerely,
    a REAL redskin

    • martinsnapp

      If you call yourself a “real redskin,” that’s pretty good proof that you are not Native American.

      • pfr94

        My Great Grandfather was Chief Peter Homer of the Oneida of the Thames. I’m a ‘redskin’ aka an Indian. I have no problem with the name ‘redskin’. I do have a problem with stereotypical caricatures that are racist.

  • Steve S

    The best name change I can think of is to change Senator Harry Reid to EX-Senator Harry Reid. Is this what this jackass really thinks the voters sent him to Washington to do?

  • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

    Kind of surprised how many people are with the NFL on this issue. I understand the backlash against over policing of thought and the overarching sense of manufactured outrage that dominates our culture at the moment, but this seems like a relatively obvious case in which a rather simple change could remove a ton of bad press from the NFL. I’ve read the Smithsonian research on the origin of the word and I understand it does not appear to be grounded in racism, but that’s largely irrelevant to the here and now. Language is fluid, if the term is seen as racist in 2014 then it’s racist, that’s simply the way it is.

    You can argue that “a majority” of Native Americans don’t find it offensive, although as far as I know that poll has never been taken, but that doesn’t change the fact that plenty of them clearly do, and as a larger point, many people of other races do as well – it’s a black eye on the NFL regardless of what the word should or did mean. Changing the name of a sports franchise doesn’t change that franchise. Do people like the Thunder less because they aren’t still the Supersonics? Do Texans or Ravens fans go to games wishing they still had the Oilers or Colts to cheer for? Washington changing their name would be a massive positive PR move for the team if anything, they’d profit from it. This is just pure, old fashioned stubbornness, and quite frankly it’s making the team and the NFL look childish.

    • jim

      Actually they wouldnt profit. It is quite expensive to change a name. The NBA teams that have recent changed names spent millions to do so.

      Here is the poll you asked for http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2004_03_redskins_09-24_pr2.pdf

      • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

        That poll is 10 years old – to say the culture climate on this issue has shifted a bit since then would be an understatement.

        The cost of changing the name would be nothing compared to the positive PR they’d get from it. That name change would be in every news report in the country.

        • SamHamilton

          Not to mention all the revenue they’d make from a redesign of the uniform and logos when tons of people want to buy the new paraphernalia.

  • NINJA TRON 3000

    Funny the writer gets all wound up over the “respect those that view it differently” comment for what he deems a lack of respect due to the name not being changed….yet he himself obviously doesn’t respect the opinions of those that may view it differently than him….even those that are Native Americans themselves…

  • Scumlord

    This made me pretty happy though, when was the last time 50 senators agreed about anything? Thats closer to a quorum than most legislature gets.

  • American White Dude

    For too long the city of Washington has been defending and supporting this group of racists, liars, and hypocrites. It is time to get them out once and for all. ABORT CONGRESS!

  • Grant

    Oklahoma means “red people” so are we going to change the name of a state too? Or is that somehow different? This whole case to change the name is void unless the same people demand that Oklahoma be renamed.

  • Chris Metz

    LEAVE US NOT FORGET,THE CLEVELAND INDIANS!?

  • http://jeffinnc.blogspot.com/ Jeff Simms

    I think they should leave the name the way it is. People who are so easily offended need to get over it.

  • martinsnapp

    The name was chosen by George Preston Marshall, the last owner in the NFL to integrate his team. And you’re telling me the intent was to convey a “strong, respectful image?” Give me a break! Shame on Goodell, who is not the man his father was.

  • Rob

    Good! Liberals should start their own sports leagues. They can have the Washington Espressos vs. The New York Butt Pirates. It would be ravishing. Lol. I love that nobody has mentioned the “50 senators” are all Democrats, as if this has bipartisan support. Oops, I said “bi”. Let the homophobe chants begin!

    • Jetblakc

      Calm yourself. I’m a liberal, and I think that this is claptrap. A great many (if not most) liberals feel the same way.

      PS, the bi joke wasn’t funny it was just a stupid, and completely unnecessary jab at people that already agree with you. You’d know that if you weren’t so busy trying to turn things into partisan politics.

  • Todd Walters

    Aren’t there more serious issues for our government to concentrate? i.e. Ukraine & Russia, National Debt, etc.

  • sandtrap99

    who’s the IDIOT tha wrote this piece of CRAP

  • flogging_idiots

    Political Correctness… DENIED!!

  • UFCKD

    Stay in school kid.

  • Nick Danger, 3i

    Keep the name. Put a potato on the side of the helmet and tell everyone still offended to go outside and play hide-and-go-@#$%^-themselves.

  • Octotron

    Someone needs to learn what the word etymology means.. and then do some etymology research. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  • waldenpunk

    Anybody else nervous about the idea of Congress telling…I mean, “suggesting”…to a private business how to run their business?

    Big Brother won’t happy until we ALL think what they want us to think. It worked well for Hitler. Should work well here too.

    • Jamie

      NFL is classified as a charity, not a private business,

  • alex hatcher

    There isn’t a person on the planet that thinks anti-native american when they hear “Washington Redskins.”

  • Shartnado

    NFL will stand up to the PC folks but will cave to the 2nd amendment haters?

  • Ferd Berful

    I dare any one of you that thinks the name is loved by Indians to go up to a group of them and call them a bunch of Redskins to their face.

    • thatguyfromthesouthside

      The same people defending this name are the ones that say the N word in comment sections but are too afraid to say it in front a black man.

      • Daceman68

        You cant say the N word to a black man if you are white. Only black men can call each other that!!

  • Thors Man

    The NFL as determined we need another team in Wisconsin. We wish to honor a part of the ethnic community there, so, coming soon, another league expansion as we welcome to the NFL, The Milwaukee Pollacks.

  • Nathan Clemons

    Obviously, a dem, liberal website, it hurts doesnt it ? faggots

  • Matt Beller

    Very few Native American groups oppose this, actually I think their is only one group. The name has nothing to to do with Skin color, it has to do with WARPAINT that was red the natives used. The name was to honor a Legendary NATIVE American coach. This thing is ridiculous.

    • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

      What it does or doesn’t have to do with is irrelevant. The fact that people who seem relatively educated on the issue of the name’s origins have no idea how many groups oppose it says a lot about the ignorance on the issue generally. There is significantly more than one group opposing the name. I agree that it’s ridiculous, but what’s ridiculous is that the NFL and the Redskins as an organization are choosing to be so stubborn about it. Changing their name to something else would not negatively impact them at all, in fact it would be a huge PR bump for everyone involved. Fans might be upset for a month but they’d quickly accept it and eventually embrace it.

      http://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/

  • Ron Clements
  • TJ McCurdy

    I graduated from Neshaminy High School and our Mascot is a Redskin. People try to get it changed all the time and they aren’t even native American! The native american students, and families in general, don’t want it changed because it’s not just a recial slur, but it is also a sign of bravery. Since the majority want it to stay the same, keep it!

    Sincerely, and Eagles fan.

  • Tom Olin

    Thinking of good alternatives … the Washington Bureaucrats, Washington Socialists, Washington Fascists, Washington Demagogues, Washington Fairness (only if the team plays .500) … gotta be a winner in there somewhere.

  • Justin Gardner

    Slurs are only offensive because people continue to let them be. These days no word should hold power over an entire group of people. No matter what it meant in the past at the end of the day it is just a word. By getting offended by a word we only give more power to the backwards bigots wielding it.

  • kimscharms55@hotmail.com

    To the writer your ignorance is astounding as your writing. First this is a business and the owner softie team have a right to call it anything they want. And what I’ve read on the history of this long standing ball team is that native Americans way back when approved of the name and have been majorly involved. So take your p.c. Crap amd peddle it some where else . I’ve got an idea how about writing factual article about the way this POTUS is a traitor to the the American people. Instead of jumping on the bigoted racist cards you so called Americans use every time . Signed … A Mom Against Obama in California

    • thatguyfromthesouthside

      When you decide to move out of your bubble of ignorance you will be able to see that this name is a racial slur.

      Signed…… A Mom Against TeapubliKlans in America

    • Jetblakc

      “. I’ve got an idea how about writing factual article about the way this POTUS is a traitor to the the American people.”

      Is this even english? It troubles me to be on the same side of any issue with this kind of ignorance, but here I am.

  • http://nunya.com Wayne1970

    the washington deecees would have a familiar ring to it…Ridiculous lol…

  • Jeff L Angela

    The term isn’t racial at all and people really need to get over it and move on to making a big deal about more pressing issues we all face.

  • John Anderson

    Or you could quit being so sensitive. There’s a thought.

  • Adrian Sloan

    ” The indigenous peoples of the continent had no common identity, and referred to themselves using individual tribal names, which is also preferred to the present day. Group identity for Native Americans only emerged during the late 18th and early 19th century, in the context of negotiations between many tribes signing a single treaty with the United States, where Native American Chiefs referred to themselves and the tribes they represented, as ” redskins “.[12] Oklahoma is based on Choctaw Indian words which translate as red people (okla meaning “people” and humma meaning “red”).” So let that be the end of it.

    • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

      Unfortunately the meanings of words change over time. Origin is much less important than modern context.

  • seanzy

    If you are not of Native American heritage, you have absolutely no right whatsoever to say that “redskins” is not an ethnic slur. Period.

  • Crysis_III

    How about the Cleveland Browns, do they denigrate the Asian people because they are brown? LOL

  • Greg C

    Let’s make this simple. If you don’t like the team name, then don’t be a fan of the team. If you are bothered by the NFLs approach to the name, then don’t watch the NFL. People need to stop whining about ridiculous things because they just like to whine about something. Too much of this “political correctness” will ruin what we define as free speech. If you would rather have things spelled out for you so that you know specifically what you can and can’t say then there is a place for you, North Korea. Have fun! I am very proud of Roger Goodell for telling these bullies NO

    • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

      So you’re saying exert economic pressure on them until they change it? That’s a great idea actually.

  • Kyle

    Jack Malone….full of baloney

  • Redzebra23

    Liberals have so much hate on everything, trying to stir up drama over anything and everything, at this point no one really cares about your hate rants on how everything needs changed to suit only you.

    • TexasMike

      Did your mother have any children who weren’t morons?

      • Redzebra23

        I find that offensive this site should take down your comment cuz I am offended. <– your liberals logic because you all are offended by everything.

  • Kristie Roberts

    America is full of people who are offended by something…. have to walk on eggshells all the time so no one is offended. Give me a break. So silly that this is such an issue. JS

  • jeckyl9

    I’ve been giving some serious thought for a suggested name change: How about the DC Redskins?

  • brian Seaton

    I can think of 50 senators who have far more important things to worry about…Furthermore… The Redskins on the flip side might consider changing their name……. To the “Useless Politicians”…

    • Kristie Roberts

      This is the smartest comment posted! Thank you!

      • brian Seaton

        Very welcome, heh!

    • Guest

      Furthermore… The Redskins on the flip side might consider changing their name……. To the “Useless Politicians”…

  • Crysis_III

    If they want, then change the name to Washington Thick Skin because there are a lot of people like that in DC.

  • Sean Riley

    CHANGE THE DAMN NAME! Native Americans Do Not Want That Name Used Period End Of Story! They are offended by it and they are the group of people that are being degraded against again Period end of story. If you are causation you can not speak to it being non-disrespectful. Just change it and move on. this is not rocket science.

  • Maryland Girl

    The Redskins were named after a Native American coach back in the 1930′s. That coach was, and should still be, honored. This isn’t about any of that though. This is really about controlling everyone else’s feelings and actions. There are MANY Native Americans that have come forward and said they do not want the name changed. But who cares about how they feel. They need someone to tell them that we owe them something. Seriously!! Enough of this P.C. bullish*t. This guy needs to get a life and get out of everyone else’s!!

  • Dude

    This is a 100% manufactured “scandal”. The name NEVER had racist connotations. The only ones “offended” are control-freak liberals who want to tell everyone what to do. Hail to the Redskins!

  • Shorty

    The writer of this column obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about. ‘Hail to the Redskns’ is not degrading. The only people that care about a name change don’t seem to represent the Native American population. Have you seen any Native Americans or heard of any upset about this. Our Senators should have more important things to do than worry about social issues……I don’t know, such as, creating more jobs, VA scandal, fixing Obamacare, IRS, Benghazi, etc.

  • MarkJ

    The Middle East and Ukraine are going up in flames, China is flexing its muscles, Iranian and North Korean nut jobs are going nuclear, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster, the VA is embroiled in a major scandal, Obama’s brain is permanently stuck on the golf course…..

    And the Democrat response to all this? “Ohhhhhhhh, “Redskins”. THIS SHALL NOT STAND!

    Sweet Baby Jesus on a Tricycle, I can’t wait to vote against these dumb-a**es in November.

    • B17

      cant blame ALL democrats. As a Democrat, I think this is very stupid. as you said, there are alot of REAL problems.

  • Bret Bash

    Good for the NFL!!! This was ridiculous to begin with. All of you people who are “offended” by this need to get a life. By your standards, anything that you disagree with is wrong or “offensive”. Live your own life, butt out!

  • Brandon Smith

    Incidentally, I love people who make all these dismissive concepts about the concept of being “offended”. These are clearly privileged people who have never had to fight for respect. DUALS used to be fought over being offended. Being offended was a reason to kill somebody or to die. Being offended is a BIG DEAL when you live in a society where you have to fight for your respect. I don’t expect privileged people to understand it, but they shouldn’t be igorant to why it exists.

  • Johnny

    I find gay football players kissing during NFL drafts highly offensive. We should make a rule against that too while we’re at it.

  • thatguyfromthesouthside

    The Washington Shines?
    The Washington Spics?
    The Washington Honkeys?
    The Washington Chinks?
    The Washington Kikes?

    Would the NFL defend those names too if they were used in the right context?

    • David R

      the difference between those names and the Redskins is that American Indians overwhelming support the Redskin name. every survey of American Indians is no higher than single digits that find it offensive. if a MAJORITY American Indians wanted the name changed, it should be done in a second.

    • Jetblakc

      The real difference between any of those and Redskin is that those words were conceived of, and have never been anything but, racial slurs. They are used to hurt people’s feelings 100% of the time (excluding jokes). Not a reasonable comparison, friend.

  • Darren A

    Ahhh white guilt. It’s funny, the
    Redskins have been around forever now and nobody cared, and suddenly a few
    white people with access to the internet feel guilty and it’s a national story.
    Meanwhile thousands of real Native Americans live in squalor on
    reservations and nobody cares. I bet all
    the people outraged over the Redskins name have also done SO much to help these
    Native Americans out… NOT! Instead they write articles like this so they
    can be like Seinfeld in the Babu episode and say “I AM a good person, I AM a very
    kind man”…

  • Doug

    There is always going to be someone who is offended by any name for any reason, and it is unlikely that you are ever going to make 100% of people 100% happy. If the name is meant to honor the spirit of a people (which I think it is in this case), then I don’t have a problem with the Washington Redskins. If it is meant in a derogatory manner, like the “N” word was, then I be with the side arguing to replace “Redskin” with something else. It is all about context with me. On all sides I would say, it is only name and it only bothers you if you let it bother you. A lot of African-Americans took the “N” word and reversed its meaning from one of insult to one of brotherhood. Maybe Native Americans should do the same thing. Maybe, if Americans felt as strong as they say they do, they should offer Native Americans and African-Americans free education from Kindergarten through university. I think that gesture would mean more to them than any ban put on a name.

  • KeithInTampa

    Wow….How disappointing to see a Sports Illustrated publication bow to the far left extremists’ attempt to shame the Washington Redskins and its management to change a name that has been associated with the team for over 72 years, and become “Politically Correct”. There is no offense to the term “Redskin”; and as a matter of fact, the majority of Indians/Native Americans, as well as most all Americans find the name non-offensive:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/05/03/despite-liberal-media-push-poll-shows-vast-majority-americans-arent-of

    Stop with the far left political rhetoric and dogma SI!

  • Steve Williams

    Who cares what indians think? Pretty sure we took this land from them and gave them smallpox. I’d think they’d be grateful that we aren’t still killing them. What’s next? We going to rework every western to keep from offending such a small population? Screw the injuns.

    • Doofus

      If you scroll, you can see my outrage as a Native American in responses to other people. You can see me linking stuff to disprove people speaking from their first-hand experience with a few Native American people or families. I have exercised little to obtain most of that info, it’s all available through a simple Google search. I try to objectively present my views in order to contribute properly to the debate. But you? I got nothin’. I’m actually weirdly glad that at least someone can say “F-You” without trying to dress up their opinion and hide behind insensitive false-facts.

      Well played. Upvoted.

  • Tim Kelly

    I am offended by the term “Celtics” and “Fighting Irish”. I wonder if congress will back me up.

  • Patrick

    99.9% of people who hear the word “Redskin” think of the football team, not a racial slur for Native Americans. Since everybody’s being whiny about it, let’s call for a renaming of Oklahoma, since you know, it translates to “red people.”

  • DH

    Ray Halbritter is a fraud. Last I learned Natives didn’t have corporate CEO’s and such. This guy is a fraud…and so is the case against the Redskins

  • t_borocks

    Another Washington idiotic member of the US Congress. His opinion does not count!

  • State Fan

    “Oklahoma” is derived from 2 Choctaw words meaning “red people”. Do the Senators also intend to ask the state of Oklahoma to change its name?

    • Steve S

      Don’t give those morons any ideas!

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      No, but it’d be pretty cool if the Redskins changed their name to the Washington Oklahoma.

  • Tim O’Reilly

    WAA WAA WAA It’s the PC Police! Shut up and mind your own business. Leave the Capitalists alone they’re trying to create jobs.

  • Warren Stallings

    If one eliminates a libtard is it a hate crime or is it a gift to a logical man?

  • James Torres

    You know what can fix this? Change every teams name to a racial slur! The New York Spics? Sure! The L.A. Wetbacks? Why Not! This way all races can finally be treated as equals!

    Or maybe they can just change the name of a team that only represents bigotry, fear and hatred….

    • MrEDK

      According to -your- interpretation.
      It’s been the name for 70 years, and you just NOW have a problem with it?
      Get out.

      • Lord Otter-Blotter

        Gay marriage has been illegal for much longer than 70 years. Is it unreasonable for people to want to change that now? Abortion has been legal for 40 years. Is it unreasonable for people to want to change that now? Murder was legal for a much longer time than it’s been illegal. Was that a stupid change?

  • MrEDK

    Here’s an idea: Grow up. Be an adult. Get over it.

    • Patrick

      Whoa, whoa. You’re asking for way too much there good Sir. You know people have to find something to whine about.

  • ElDuderino

    In the words of Peter Griffin… Who the h3ll cares?

  • Bosnian Yugoslav

    key line people seem to ignore: “Oneaida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter”

    Hmmm, a CEO…..I wonder if this is really about money or about an offensive word

  • Chris Layden

    So, the NFL should bow to the few and forget the many? I am confused. Where in the use of this “racial slur” is it used towards Native Americans? Where in the context of being a football team that people cheer for is there a point where it is derogatory? i am still wondering all this toward the Fighting Sioux which no longer exist because that was a mean thing to say to. Pretty sure that was a proud mascot to show the fighting spirit of the “Indian People” Whatever, the name should not be changed. It would open a can that cannot be closed. The Patriots will become offensive, then down the road, the Royals will become offensive, then even further we will need to change the name of the Miami Heat. Goodness, we do not want to offend the hot climate areas of the country. All team names in the future will simply be known as “The Basketball Team in Detroit” and the logo will just be a picture of the skyline in a silhouette version so that we do not offend the homeless that may reside there. Grow up America and focus your efforts elsewhere. I welcome the criticism and will respond in kind.

    • DisentAgain

      Please walk up to the next Native American you meet and call him a “redskin”. Your confusion will be resolved.

      • Chris Layden

        Please walk up to them and call them anything you want. A Brave, Fighting Sioux, Indian. Your point is moot because that is not something you would do. Should I walk up to a white guy and call him a honkee or a bigoted racist or a skinhead?

        • Lord Otter-Blotter

          Sorry, is there a professional sports team called the Houston Honkees? The Boston Bigoted Racists (which isn’t even a racial slur)? The San Diego Skinheads (ditto)? No. Naming a team after a racial slur is not cool, regardless of which race it is. The only reason this one has stood for so long is because American Indians are just about the most disenfranchised ethnic group that’s ever existed.

          • Chris Layden

            So because they are a disenfranchised ethnic group, as you put it, we need to coddle to them and make sure they are not offended? I am confused. Why are we so worried about this? Why is our CONGRESS taking time to do this? We have gone from a Land of the Free, Home of the Brave to a nation of wimps and cry babies. What happened to having a backbone and realizing that this is a damn sports team. This is not a political statement. This is more than a racial slur. This is something that never should have been an issue. Something that you cannot do, and something that I cannot do is poll 100% of Native Americans and see what they think. Until someone can do that, nothing should be changed. Majority rules and right now, it feels like the minority of the said group is trying to control the outcome. That is not how democracy is supposed to work. And in response, skinhead is a racial slur and so is bigoted racist. In both of those, where is the positive? Just as you see skinhead as not racist, so it is seen with Redskin. (Grammar may be off on that last sentence)

          • Lord Otter-Blotter

            The thing is that the word “skinhead” literally isn’t a racial slur, as it does not describe a racial group. Look it up on Wikipedia sometime.

            As for the rest of your post… I find it funny that you’re calling people wimps and crybabies for being displeased with a name, and yet you’re obviously pretty displeased, yourself, about the prospect of the name being changed. If the name doesn’t matter, then it doesn’t matter. Whether it stays the same or changes, its weight is the same either way. Getting upset about it staying the same is just as ridiculous or non-ridiculous as getting upset about it changing.

          • Chris Layden

            I am not upset about the change one way or the other. I just think it is silly that this is being addressed in Congress. This is not something that the Congressman should be focusing on.

            My best scenario that I think would fit this is, “you and me and 10 other people all read an article. 1 person thinks it is offensive. Should we eliminate the article altogether? Or, should we learn to live with differences and move on?

            Just a question. Because right now, Redskins is not offending everyone. Only a select few

          • Lord Otter-Blotter

            That’s a reasonable response, and I generally agree. I mean, I’m personally hesitant to disregard or minimize the insulted party here, seeing as they are so disenfranchised*. And the simple reality that the word is in fact a racial slur prevents me from just disregarding the complaint, and makes me agree with the people who say it should be changed.

            I would agree with the argument that the people whom this name insults are likely used to it, most of them, and life is crappy enough for a lot of them that this is small potatoes; BUT I don’t think that automatically means it’s totally okay. If you’re a young Indian kid just reaching the age of reason, you look at the world and see people denouncing racial slurs and stuff, but then you look at “redskin” and see that that one’s apparently hunky-dory to the point that a billion-dollar brand can bear the name… I mean, that can’t feel good. You’ll get over it, obviously, but should you have to?

            Anyway, I definitely agree that the government being involved in sports is very stupid, whether they’re asking a team to change its name, holding hearings about steroid use, or whatever. But on the other hand, at least half the country hates any and every single thing Congress does, so maybe it’s better if they spend their time on something irrelevant like this rather than something that might actually affect people’s lives.

            * We apparently fundamentally disagree on the principle of special compassion for the disenfranchised, so there’s no need for us to debate that point.

      • DieselPwr44

        I challenge you to walk down any street in America and ask anyone ” What comes to mind when I say Redskins?” You won’t do it because the answer won’t fit your agenda when they say football/sports team.

  • B Man

    Hmm I wonder what would happen if I went to create a team called the Blackskins, and then claimed some BS that it was only to represent the strong, African Tribal Men that are great hunters. Some how I doubt the NFL would be as easy going… You know what is a powerful term to describe Native Americans? The Chiefs, or even the Braves.

  • LogicallySaid

    Society is getting so politically correct, it’s just shameful. Why have big beef about it now when they have been called that so-called racial slur since 1932, let me repeat…1932 in the NFL, & NOWWWWW you wanna change the name? FU!

    • DisentAgain

      So using a racial slur as a team name is not shameful, but objecting to the racial slur is shameful… Check. glad you have your priorities straight.

      Please go tell these groups they are just being PC:
      http://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/

    • drillest76

      Just because it’s always been, doesn’t been that it’s always been right.

      • ElDuderino

        Or we could all just get over it and move on….

        • drillest76

          It’s easy to “just get over it and move on” when you’re race/culture isn’t the one being offended and ridiculed, now isn’t it?.

  • Chris

    is this author TRYING to look stupid? Native Americans have stood by this name.. so they find the one person who is against it and refers to redskins as the “r-word”??

    LMFAO

    What a tool. Must have been paid by the 50 Democrats who signed this letter. The media has made this non-issue an issue but COMPLETELY blown off other stories that are much more relevant and major news.

    • nomad

      A couple have stood by it because they’re getting paid to. Most realize it’s a slur.

      • David R

        not according to every national poll ever done with American Indians…those offended have never been higher than the single digits.

    • DisentAgain

      No one stands by the name but the NFL and a few idiots. It’s an embarrassment.

  • Richard Gould

    I will personally see to the public hanging of all politicians who participate in this nonsense!!

    • David R

      seconded

  • Richard Gould

    YA lets take this statement to the Supreme court!!

  • TheWalkingDon

    Dan Snyder needs to wipe his butt with the letter and send it back to the US Senators.

  • Plazma Phantazma

    don’t look at me. you’re the ones that all watch and support the NFL. if you don’t like it don’t watch it. these players are insanely overpaid and the refs are all extremely retarded. why would you support such a system?

  • Skidmark Goatcabin

    Stop hugging trees you dimwits, grow a pair and leave people alone! The teams name is fine..I’m a Native American and have far more issues to contend with than a damn sports team’s name. Fix the poverty, alcoholism and drug dependency along with massive unemployment level first. Damn you bright eyes are morons.

  • Bill Williams

    So it’s fine to call whites, “white”, and blacks “black” right? But if we add the word “skins” to either word, it’s suddenly offensive? Aren’t we using the terms “white” and “black” to refer to the color of our skin tone? And I have never even met a “red” native american. I have seen photo’s of native american warriors with their faces painted “red”. Or sunburned red from living in nature. And yes this is an issue of context. If I say “I don’t want that guy at my game because he is black”, I am being offensive. If I say that “Beyonce is a fine black woman”, it’s not offensive. I’m using the same word “black”, but in two completely different contexts. So according to our government, if there is even a possibility that a word can have an offensive context tied to it, we should not use it? Well there goes the entire English language….

    • nomad

      You’re missing the point that “redskin” is a slur. “White” and “black” aren’t.

      • Bill Williams

        Why is “Redskins” offensive to you?

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      Black people don’t really appreciate being referred to as “blacks,” either. “Blackskins” would probably be even less appreciated. Especially if you took that name and applied to to a sports team that included exactly zero black people and was owned by a white guy.

  • Shawn McDonald

    I’ll bet there are a lot of people of Irish descent that find the Boston Celtics LEPRECHAUN mascot offensive. I’ll bet there are a lot of folks, born ‘n raised in Dixie, who find the NY YANKEES offensive. I’ll bet there are a lot of atheists that find the N’awlins SAINTS offensive…. Why isn’t anybody making a gawdamm federal case out of those situations…?
    ‘CUZ IT’S ALL BULLSHIT AND IT ISN’T WORTH THE FVCKIN’ TIME!

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      You cannot possibly think that those are actually apt analogies…

  • Michael Parker

    The majority of Indians don’t mind the mascot name, so why is it Democrat Senator’s business? It would be a shame to concentrate on something important to this country like our veterans treatment. Priorities are ass-backwards in this administration. What Harry Reid doesn’t like the name….

    • ElDuderino

      Well clearly this is a Koch Brothers conspiracy

  • nomad

    Maybe all teams should be named after slurs. Washington Redskins, Tennessee Towelheads, New York F*gs, San Diego Sp*cs, etc. Or maybe there shouldn’t be any. I don’t know, tough choice.

  • Rachel Kendrick

    Good for him for not giving into the senators’ pointless demands… when they have a million better things to do.

  • ElDuderino

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the political elites like to call a “distraction.” Mainly to keep the ldiot’s mind occupied and away from actual, real issues.

  • cpjds1

    Everyone is so touchy! A year ago, 79% of the public supported the Redskins keeping their name (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/22184060/ap-poll-79-percent-support-redskins-keeping-their-name). Maybe just rename them to the Washington Honkeys?

  • Ryan Anthony Minato

    these lunatics can’t get 50+1 Senators to vote to stop giving “aid” to countries that burn the flag and hate us but 50 of these degenerates are able to come together and waste their time with this? They should be arrested and removed from office

    • Patrick

      It’s actually Bush’s fault.

      • Ryan Anthony Minato

        ROFL! The low information morons who know more about the NFL than the US Senate probably think it is!!!

  • Deidric Stephen Cave

    This agument has gone on for so long… and the bad thing is that the people arguing could CARE LESS about Native Americans, football, or whatever angle they decide to use as a point of argument. The only reason that they argue is for attention. Someone compared the use of the ‘N’ word with the use of Redskins and mentioned context. Here’s the deal… I don’t condone using the ‘N’ word ever but I could care less if someone uses it. If you feel that it’s a racial slur and you are truly offended, stop conversing with those who use it. At the same time, if you are offended that black people can say it and you (a non-black) cannot, your real issue is NOT with the word itself. Bottom line , use your time fighting fights that are worth something… Changing the Redskin name WILL NOT get your team to the Superbowl any quicker.

    • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

      So only involve yourself in causes that directly effect you personally? Got it.

      • Deidric Stephen Cave

        Involve yourself in any cause you want to… All I know is that Redskins = football in my domain. If you see it as a racial slur and want to personally take it to the Supreme Court , do it. In the end, are you truly happy when the name changes? Are you angered if it’s not? Could you care less either way? Only you and those 50 Senators know the answer to that question. Got it?

  • Ponsonby_Britt

    Q: Why are 50 US Senators asking for the Redskins to change their name?
    A: Because they’re hell-bent resentful of the fact that they are not emperors who can decree it
    #getbacktobusiness

  • Jim Boatright

    Doesn’t are US government have other things that are more important. Leave the Redskins, Braves, Seminoles, Browns, Blackhawks, Warriors and Indians teams alone.

    • Doofus

      Pretty sure the Government can walk and chew gum, as it were, at the same time.

      • brian Seaton

        Pretty sure they’re not doing any of that… As if it were…. Or weren’t!

      • ElDuderino

        I dunno… they feds have proved to be pretty incompetent lately.

  • yup

    I agree however i would like to point out:

    “If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.”

    This is false..it is entirely possible to respect someone and their position without agreeing with them. One of the biggest troubles in our world is that people have this idea that in order to disagree with someone you must see them as despicable, sub human creatures. It’s a ridiculous notion.

    It is perfectly within the rights of the NFL to say that they respect those that have a differing opinion while yet declining to affect any changes in the direction of that opposition.

    That’s being said…I am of the opinion that the name should be changed.

  • David R

    the Oklahoma City Thunder need to change their name. Oklahoma’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people”. it is racist…and while we’re at it change the state name as well.

  • disqus_BG46fdqhm9

    cowering to liberal PC police is not disrespecting those who disagree. Its just not caving to the pressure of screwball writers and those who feel you cant offend. BTW, these are the same people trying to disrespect Christians and conservatives by controlling their free speech. Its political correctness gone wrong. Stop the selective PC nonsense… GO REDSKINS and “fight for old DC”!

  • ElDuderino

    In other news, the VA (a single-payer health system) is killing our veterans… but yeah… this is totally more important.

    • Jamie

      job for congress actually

  • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

    Stop whining. The name is not offensive and they shouldn’t have to change it just because you don’t like it.

    • nomad

      Yeah it is offensive, according to the people who are offended. You are not offended, so it doesn’t matter what you think. People have every right to be offended and voice their opinion. Stop crying about people caring about things you don’t care about.

      • ElDuderino

        That’s great and all… but don’t our senators have anything better to do…. like their jobs?

      • Parker Waldrop

        the only people who are offended are people who shouldn’t be. The native americans have been questioned by the NFL, the owner, and several news outlets whether or not it’s offensive, and everytime the overwhelming response is no they’re proud of the Redskins name.

        • nomad

          So what? Some aren’t offended, but some are. We should let the people who actually care about things decide what happens. You have no reason to tell someone they shouldn’t care about something just because their peers don’t.

          • ElDuderino

            Oh they can be offended all they want… doesn’t mean the NFL should cave to that vast minority

          • nomad

            Vast minority only because they were mass-murdered and booted out of their homes.

          • ElDuderino

            So the NFL should be apologists because 150 years ago our government did something horrible? And then repayed them with vast amounts of land that’s tax free?

          • Jamie

            whoa dude… “And then repayed them with vast amounts of land that’s tax free?”

          • Parker Waldrop

            So we should change everything everytime some ONE person is offended? are you freaking kidding me?! Cowboys was originally a derogatory term, lets change their name too while we’re at it. Can’t have the Raiders anymore as that implies they’re all a bunch of crooks and thieves that pillage villages and raid unprotected camps…. hmm, Most black American’s aren’t from Africa, can’t call them African Americans anymore but I sure don’t see you defending the ones who find that offensive (and there are some out there that find it offensive, they very proudly say I’m an American).

            The point is, we can’t run around changing things that “MIGHT” offend someone. Get a tissue out because you’re going to be crying for a while, as there is always going to be something offensive to someone, here’s how they did it in the good ol’ days, GET OVER IT! If a majority of the people who it SHOULD offend (according to Washington) aren’t offended but instead PROUD OF THE NAME, then what’s the freaking point of crucifying someone or an entire team to make a point? The point is to try and prove you’re more powerful than someone else, and that’s pride and that’s why our country is on the verge of destruction. Instead of people just having a spine, everyone walks on egg shells so they don’t offend someone. Boo freaking hoo.
            As for your “You have no reason to tell someone they shouldn’t care about something just because their peers don’t” comment. I’m not telling anyone who is Native American they shouldn’t be care about it. They have the right. But Washington has NO right to tell someone how to run their business. It’s their company, their money, If you’re offended by it, don’t shop there, don’t attend the games, don’t give them money. PERIOD.
            Washington needs to give up their power grab already.

      • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

        If I say the name Marlins offends me, can I demand the Miami Marlins change their name? They do not have to change their name, and most people (including those who PAY to watch) don’t mind the name either.

        • nomad

          No, because you have no reason to find the word “marlins” offensive. Someone who is of a certain background has reason to be offended by a team using a racial slur.

          Stop trying to use the transitive property on language.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            BS, I destroyed your argument so you try to change it. Fine, the Texans name offends me since I am not a Texan, so I want the Houston Texans to change their name

          • nomad

            Texan isn’t a slur. This really isn’t sinking in, is it? Do you know what a protected class is? Race is a protected class. Being a person from a certain state isn’t. And again, “Texan” isn’t a slur. In suits dealing with protected classes, courts actually have to determine whether there’s cause to be offended and if the party was offended. It’s not just based on someone’s word that they’re offended over whatever they want to say they’re offended about. Don’t be dumb. You’re not clever, and your analogies are flawed.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            Racial slurs are protected speech. You can call someone any name you want and there is nothing legally wrong with it. If racial terms were illegal, there would be a LOT of people in jail or paying fines. And now you are changing your lame reply from something that is offensive to something that is a slur because your argument, again, failed.

          • nomad

            Um, I’m just supporting my argument that people are genuinely offended because the word is a slur. It’s the same argument. I guess I shouldn’t have expected you to be capable of holding two abstract ideas in your head at once.

            When did this become a legal/government argument? I only said that we should cater to people who are more sensitive about things than we are, because if we’re apathetic, who cares? Your argument was that you can pretend to be offended by anything, and my argument in return is that there’s no reason to think they’re making it up—they absolutely have a good reason to be offended. They and you can request whatever they/you want, but your request about marlins and Texans won’t be taken seriously because anyone with a brain knows that you’re not actually offended about those things.

            Maybe they should rename the team the Washington Retards since it’ll fit their fans better apparently.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            LOL, I love destroying your arguments. And courts have no power to change a name just because someone is offended. First you said it should be changed because it’s offensive, then when I provided a logical parallel for something not a slur but still offensive, you changed it again. You don’t like the name? Don’t watch their games or buy their tickets.

          • nomad

            What does this have to do with courts? lol, you’re deflecting.

            Your parallels were poor, and I explained why. Not slurs, and you clearly have no reason to be offended by them. You’re trying to draw a parallel between something people are actually offended by (slurs) and regular words that describe things without bias. It’s like you don’t even want to admit that offense is a real thing.

            I should start a sports team called the Tim Asshat Moron Hamptons.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            You tried to say courts make race a protected class. But that doesn’t extend to racial terms. My parallels were good, but you are mad that they destroy your argument.

            And go ahead, you will get sued for defamation. Targeting an individual is something that is protected. I wouldn’t be surprised at you acting like a feminine hygiene product that gets sprayed into a woman.

    • Jamie
      • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

        So? Native American groups don’t like it. That doesn’t mean they have to change it. And money speaks more than anything, and people who PAY for tickets and watch games don’t mind the name

  • Smith

    Who cares? Everyone that is complaining about is white. Quit causing drama where none is needed. Is your viewership that low that you have to copy Bravo!’s reporting policy. Grow up Peter Pan.

  • Parker Waldrop

    This writer is a MORON and should be writing in a neutral standpoint. I can’t believe Fansided let this idiot publish this crap. Guess what you twit, most native americans don’t even mind the name, they encourage it, and are proud of it. Do some freaking research before you start blasting about something you know NOTHING about. The only offensive thing about the name right now is the fact it says Washington in front of it. The senators in Washington are offending every true blooded American and need to get out. Leave the “PC” bull crap behind. It’s not offending the people who they say it is, so get over it already!

  • Johnny332

    All you whiny wimps from the politically correct crowd, go suck an egg!! I’m so tired of all you people whining about this or that is a racial slur or is insensitive to one person or a small group. Grow a pair and get over it!!

  • Daniel Chamberlain

    Actually Fansided, respecting people who view it differently doesn’t mean that you have to change your opinion. That’s what is called “agreeing to disagree”.

  • http://www.gamerstribune.com/ Josh Boeke

    I love that every time someone questions the use of language or the questionable name of a business it’s a “first amendment issue” – this has nothing to do with the first amendment. What does have to do with the first amendment is our right to speak out against things we disagree with. Putting social and economic pressure on a business to change something that people don’t like about it is called effective activism, they can choose to ignore that pressure and do what they want, that’s their right, not freedom from it.

  • http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ John Egbert

    Well, are the Redskins BAD at football? If not, I don’t think it is negative, as they use it as the name for their powerful and respected team.

  • CJ

    wow the writer of this article should look for a new day job

  • John Alway

    The name is fine and highly respectful (I’ve heard many native Americans say so, but I conclude this of my own thinking.) In fact, it’s meant to be a form of admiration, like Viking. Nobody has to, nor should they, kowtow to a few people who are offended by anything, and only a few thin skinned people who don’t know what’s important in life (live and let live) are causing this problem. I would insist, on principle, in the name of free speech and rationality, that they keep this name. In fact, I have no respect for those who think they have some sort of moral high ground. They don’t.

    And, btw, people aren’t collectives, so there is no such thing as “Indians think that” or “white people think this.” People are *INDIVIDUALS*. And none of you speak for any group, including those who happen to be within a group. The only person who can speak for anyone is the individual for himself.

    • Alex Sawyer

      It’s never been term of admiration.

  • Jeffersonian_Libertarian

    An informal pol, the responses in the comments sections, shows that the overwhelming majority of people think the name should stay and Congress should shut up and do something important for their constituents for a change. It would a nice departure from their normal business of enriching themselves and their corporate sponsors.

    I’m sure all of this would die down quickly if Mr Snyder made some sizable campaign contributions to some loudmouth Senators.

  • jason sutton

    WOW…GET OVER IT ALREADY,I’M PART INDIAN AND I HAVE THE GOOD SENSE TO KNOW IT’S JUST THE NAME OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND NOT THE NFL MAKING A RACIAL SLUR.

    • Jordie Rivers

      Yeah, sure. your great-grandmother was a Cherokee princess.

    • Alex Sawyer

      I’m part Indian, too, and if some natives find it offensive, then it should change. What I think doesn’t really matter.

  • sdaf

    Quit the PC whining. Nobody gives a sh**t.

    • sdaf

      Also, you are a terrible writer.

    • Alex Sawyer

      Obviously, some people do.

  • ElDuderino

    You know what the NFL says to the small minority that’s offended? “See you on Sunday.” Because lets be honest, they’re not going to lose ratings or sleep over this.

    • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

      Yep. Those who actually watch the games and buy tickets don’t mind the name

  • Natalie Kurtz

    maybe if they actually won a few Superbowls and had winning seasons, there would be less to complain about

  • amy

    my husband is native american and is a huge redskins fan and not offended at all neither is his mother who is a very proud Native American… this complaint is coming from a very small group of people and a lot of the people complaining aren’t even Native American. the logo was designed by a native american everything involveing the team and name was done with the help of Native Americans. our first coach was native american
    so glad danile snyder is standing his ground as it means no disrespect at all! HTTR

    • Jordie Rivers

      You sound as sincere as the people in the 60′s who prefaced their racism with “my best friend is a negro.”

    • Alex Sawyer

      Appeals to the majority don’t constitute a sound argument. If some find the name offensive, it should change.

      • JackiL

        “if some find the name offensive, it should change”

        There arent many things that no one is offended by. If we start changing things because some are offended, we will be wasting time, money and efforts all the time just to appease a minority of people, I know there are people who are offended by football itself. Big men pummeling each other violently in a war-like fashion to make money. The game should change completely by this logic. We are offending a lot of Quakers and Buddhists.

  • Cliff Scrivner

    Get over it! (Whoever wrote this) you’re an idiot.

  • Phillip Pentzer

    ROGER YOUR AN IDIOT !! a STUPID HIPPIE LIBERAL MORONIC IDIOT !! the name redskins was chosen , for the GOOD qualities that Redskins represent, strength, courage, determination , honor, pride and more, just because other bleeding heart apologist liberals, decided on a different definition , that you agree , does not make it right , there is nothing wrong with the name !!

    • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

      You realize being a liberal is a GOOD thing? It’s being a conservative that is bad. Calling someone a liberal is good, calling them a conservative is insulting them.

      • Phillip Pentzer

        NO !! being a liberal is IDIOTIC !! the liberals are taking away your rights and freedoms, its the liberals who always sit back and allow outside influences to harm our country, as in downsizing the military , allowing a Muslim socialist , who is not even legally eligible, to get in the white house. Voting for the idiot two times. But I am glad you have had your obamatard hippie kool- aid for today !! STUPID SHEEPLE

        • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

          Ah, so you are a moron. First, it’s conservatives who keep trying to take away our rights (for example, it was conservatives that passed the Patriot Act, which took away more rights than any other law in history). Second, the military always downsizes in peacetime. Third, Obama is neither Muslim (not that being Muslim is bad) nor a socialist, and he was born in Hawaii (Secret Service verifies the eligibility of EVERY presidential candidate and it’s been proven beyond doubt he was born in Hawaii). The Affordable Care Act has helped more people get health insurance, lowered the cost of it, and helped slow down the rising costs of health care. Stop listening to the propaganda spread by racists like Breitbart and WND.

          • Phillip Pentzer

            The patriot act only allows them to spy on terrorist , and before you make a bigger fool of yourself, I am neither , I believe both parties need to go and make politicians stand on their own beliefs, and look at your so called peace time , the liberal idiots are always in control, AND YES ITS PROVEN OVOMIT IS A MUSLIM , he has the wedding ring, required by Islam , the inscription ” no God but Satan” , and verification through fake papers is null and void, and it has been proven a forgery, REALLY ? OBAMA CARE HELPED,??? you’re an idiot , my insurance was around a hundred dollars a month , its now 289.00 , thats’ lower? affordable ? and I do not listen to either liberal media or conservative media, but it is CNN and MSNBC who are lying , obamacare is nothing but a control tool , far more powerful than the patriot act , you just keep drinking that obama kool aide !!

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            Are you stupid? The Patriot Act lets them spy on anybody, and they frequently use it on US citizens (and do), for example they frequently used warrantless wiretapping on US citizens. Obama is NOT a Muslim, stopped being a sheep to Infowars and their lies. He has a wedding ring, like almost every married man of any faith, it does NOT have that description (that false rumor has been debunked), and the birth certificate is real and been proven real. You birthers just keep making yourself look like morons. I feel sorry for people like you, filling yourself with hate and lies. Stop being mad that a black person is president, that is your real reason for hating him

          • Phillip Pentzer
          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            Heritage Foundation is a conservative organization that frequently lies. Non-partisan sources have constantly showed that the average cost is going down

          • Guest

            SHOW ME !!!!that is crap, I am a business owner and student , I come in contact with a lot of people, and again , mine tripled !! Your propagandizing , the wrong person, I am nether D. or R. , I see the truth because I look at so much, you gave your allegiance away from the start, sorry but I will live i the real world, I am a VETERAN , I did not sacrifice so some idiot could come in and take my country from me, read the history, the Nazi’s and Commies followed the same outline , control healthcare first , take away the guns second so when its too late and they realize, the people cannot get rid of them. There is only one real difference in the two , both are crooks, but at least the R, defend our nation.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            Too bad you survived to be a veteran, because you are an embarrassment to this country. Obama has done NOTHING to take away your guns. In fact, he’s made the mistake of EXPANDING rights as he has issued orders allowing you to take your guns onto Amtrak trains and in federal parks (neither of which you could legally do before). And making health care more affordable is not controlling it. I am a student of history and I go by facts, you keep spouting BS lies that have been debunked over and over. And Republicans do not defend our country. They do not work for anyone but rich corporations, and they have been deliberately attacking the country in order to try to get control again. Do you ever get tired of being wrong?

            BTW, Reno NEVER said that alleged quote. It was made up by right wing extremists. http://thedailybanter.com/2014/04/did-janet-reno-really-call-for-the-prohibition-of-firearms-in-1993/

          • Phillip Pentzer

            and so you know , removing a ban , that violates the second amendment , IS NOT IN ANY WAY !! expanding gun rights !!! MORON !!!

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            No, you are the moron. The Second Amendment does NOT give you unlimited access to guns. In fact, it plainly says the government has the right to regulate guns. So once again you embarrass yourself by being wrong

          • Phillip Pentzer

            You are COMPLETELY wrong , what you see , is amended and changed , the second amendment was , changed THE ORIGINAL READS
            A well regulated militia being the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            Well regulated, missing that. And BTW, even the NRA supported gun restrictions (until the nut job LaPierre took over). You are wrong, just admit it

          • Phillip Pentzer

            As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, then-Secretary of State:[30]

            A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

          • Phillip Pentzer

            learn to read !!

          • Phillip Pentzer

            do some research , it says no laws will be made to infringe on the right to bear arms,

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            I know more about history than you. And the Supreme Court has established limits. It’s like how the First Amendment gives free speech, but the Supreme Court has established that there are limits to that.

          • Phillip Pentzer

            and like many other rulings , that can be reversed, but YOUR IGNORANT statement said the second amendment does not guarantee Guns, which is exactly what it does , just because the Supreme Idiots , make a ruling does not make it right , any more than because a majority of IDIOTS like you , want political correctness does not make it right , freedom of speech is guaranteed by the first amendment , these rulings by courts are influenced by people at the time . just like prohibition , and where is prohibition today ?

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            I said it does not guarantee unlimited access to guns, which any sensible person agrees with. And there is a thing called precedence, the Supreme Court has held these views many time. BTW, prohibition was the result in 3/4 of the states passing an amendment, courts had previously struck down laws banning alcohol.

          • Phillip Pentzer

            again , I showed you , verbatim what the text say, no laws infringing on the right to bear arms , thats exactly what it says, the version you are quoting is changed by the supreme court , and can be stricken down , because the original is what matters, its meaning and words alone , gives the right to ignore and reverse the stuff you are talking , sorry young man , what was taught before is right , what has been taught to younger people is the illegal variations , THE ORIGINAL WAS MADE AND WORDED SO THAT CAN NOT HAPPEN , AND IF IT DOES , GIVES RECOURSE TO OVER TURN IT , you were taught the bull crap , that has been done to , tear our Constitutional Republic apart !!
            The Senate returned to this amendment for a final time on September 9. A proposal to insert the words “for the common defence” next to the words “bear arms” was defeated. An extraneous comma added on August 25 was also removed.[114] The Senate then slightly modified the language and voted to return the Bill of Rights to the House. The final version passed by the Senate was:

            A well regulated militia being the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

            The House voted on September 21, 1789 to accept the changes made by the Senate, but the amendment as finally entered into the House journal contained the additional words “necessary to”:

            A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.[115]

            On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states.

            THIS IS ALL THAT MATTERS AND GIVES US THE RIGHT TO IGNORE , AND CHANGE THE VERSION YOU LIKE !!

          • http://astore.amazon.com/spyke-20 Tim Hampton

            You keep spouting a bunch of nonsense. First, the founding fathers did not want or intend unlimited access to weapons (and they didn’t have guns that can fire hundreds of rounds a minute and pierce bulletproof armor). Second, the Supreme Court has always been the ones that interpret the Constitution, and they have ruled on this many times. You do not have a right to have unlimited access to weapons, and NEVER have. There is no reasonable reason to think that a person needs a handgun with 32 bullets. It’s a fact that gun control is allowed by the Constitution.

    • Jordie Rivers

      There is no good quality to a racist slur.

      • Phillip Pentzer

        REALLY ? show me where you can even find “RED” listed as a race ? MORON ,

    • Alex Sawyer

      Uh, did you happen to notice that Goodell’s league was the one defending the use of the name?

      BTW, it’s “you’re.” Maybe get a grip on your grammar before calling someone else an idiot.

      • Phillip Pentzer

        excuse me if I made the mistake of thinking , the reporter’s name was Roger !

      • Phillip Pentzer

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA , THANK YOU MEIN COMMANDANT !!!!!!

      • Phillip Pentzer

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Jordie Rivers

    If the majority of the players in the NFL were Native American. the name of the team in Washington would have changed a long time ago. Had Donald Sterling told his girl friend not to bring her Navajo friends to his games, he would not be in trouble. Lebron James would not be speaking out. Players would have not threatened to protest.

  • ElDuderino

    Its been 82 YEARS and you’re still gonna watch football on Sundays anyways. Get over it.

  • Scott Keith

    “If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.”

    BS… respect doesn’t mean you just kowtow to anyone who cries…

    • JackiL

      I agree with Scott… respecting those who view things differently means that you understand not everyone thinks like you do, and you don’t require them to change their view to yours.

  • Dave Barletta

    90% of native americans dont find it offensive… Most of the the “uproar” over the name is coming from caucasians trying to atone for their white guilt. Don’t believe the hype. Hail to the Redskins.

  • andyg

    We have right being taken away daily, we have an executive branch that has more scandals that appear to be true then imaginable and our senators seem to focus on the name of a football team. Vote them out!

  • Vincent Syler

    Jack Maloney, that idiots like you keep getting columns is proof that the inmates are running the asylum. Grow up and learn reality. Over 90% of Native Americans said they couldn’t care less if a team calls itself the Redskins, that it doesn’t matter. Stop jumping up and volunteering to be a liberal mouthpiece and you might gain some respect because you sure don’t deserve any with your tones.

    • Alex Sawyer

      That means 10% are bothered by it, if your poll numbers are even real. If there are natives offended by it, then it should be changed. It’s simple.

  • ElDuderino

    “I’m so offended I’m gonna boycott the NFL…. until the season starts.”

    - every single “offended” person

    Stop with the faux rage already.

  • Ron Radmore

    Jack Maloney, You are a hack and an assho*e. You probably loved the gay Black football player swapping spit with his white boyfriend however. I found that repulsive. I have a Webster’s New World Desk dictionary and the term “Redskin” is not listed there. I could not find the definition to describe it as a racial slur. Must be that Liberal dictionary you are using.

  • Feisty68

    Nothing wrong with the name. Hasn’t been a problem until the PC Police took power in 2008. Now they’re trying to shame them into changing it. It’s PC B.S. Leave it alone. Root for another team.

    • Alex Sawyer

      I hate political correctness too, but why cling to a name that some people find offensive?

  • Robert Boyer

    All they would need to do is get rid of the brave and put a picture of a wild boar on there. They could add a spear and keep the name redskins meaning boars. They already have the Hogs so it would fit their fanbase too. By the way, this Jack Maloney guy is an idiot. Lay off the sauce when you’re writing dude.

  • MKDAWUSS

    I guess they could try the Washington MAROONGOLDS. :P

    That aside, the Redskins should keep their name unless they relocate elsewhere.

  • ElDuderino

    The old faux rage by the left… nothing to see here folks.. move along.

  • JackiL

    Being part Native American, I am not, nor ever have been offended by the Redskins team name, I really think this country should stop bowing to the overly sensitive, it makes us look weak as a nation. If a person is offended by a name or word, then it’s that person who needs to get a grip.

    • Alex Sawyer

      I’m part Indian, too, and I think that if it offends some natives, the name should change. Simple. Should blacks just “get a grip” when someone whips out the N-word?

      • JackiL

        Absolutely!! They use it ALL the time, and again, it’s only a word, and yet, some people think it’s alright to become violent over a word. If someone isnt using a word to be offensive, then one just shouldnt be offended by it.

  • Desi Zombiehead Contreras

    I think Mr. Maloney is full of bolagna. YOU grow up.

  • Bill Williams

    If we changed the name to “Whiteskins”, people would complain that the term GLORIFIES the white race. If we named the team “Blackskins”, people would complain that the term DENEGRATES the black race. What is it about non-white races where they are so insecure about their skin color, and the very mention of it can cause outrage?

    • Alex Sawyer

      It’s largely because of the institutional racism they’ve been subjected to over the years, at the hands of whites.

      • Bill Williams

        So that makes the name of their own skin color offensive to them?

  • el_kabong_dice_salta

    Sanitized society. But sanitized by whom? Holier-than-thou, megalomaniacs. Either you have freedom
    of expression or you don’t. In the real world, truly hateful entities get hammered at the gate. The Redskins have legions of supporters around the world, many of them, native Americans.

    I suppose they are just ignorant Uncle Toms though. And here comes their white knight in shining armor to tell them they’ve been conned into liking a team that disparages them. Oh the irony.

    Taken to its logical conclusion, this type of behavior leaves you policed by the Mutaween, wherein all non-conformists are simply beaten into submission or forfeit their life. What enlightened people.

  • Guest

    Since offensive subject matter is the topic of discussion, I just
    wanted to state this in as civil a way that I can. Since this type of
    comment benefits from knowing who is typing it, I should say that I am
    half Apache.

    I’m not liking the idea of having
    other people wanting to fight my battles for me by claiming the whole
    ethnicity has a problem with it. Makes me feel like other people see me
    as someone that needs taking care of as if I couldn’t take care of
    myself. Makes me feel that other races think less of mine. I don’t care
    about the name at all, but a bunch of folks must think I need to be
    spoken for by saying stupid crap like, “Native Americans feel this way”
    or “they all feel so offended”. It’s an offensive term to some, not all.
    Saying that the name is offensive and needs to be changed or it will
    harm us sounds like you are just tossing all of us different people into
    one group. But you know what? I can live with that. I can look the
    other way and understand that diversity of culture will bring different
    opinions and ways of handling things into the picture. I can laugh it
    off, move on and live a happy life.

    Growing up with
    family who are die hard Redskins fans, I have never heard them say
    anything about wanting the name changed. In fact they use the name in
    casual conversation and even yell it out in pride when a good play is
    made (not much of those lately, haha).

    It’s a football
    team, not something that has control over you. If you cannot look the
    other way and let it be, then I can see that it does have some affect on
    you. I’m sorry that you are offended or upset by this, so all I can
    tell you is to keep up the protests and hopefully you can change some
    minds. There are many sides to this topic, and I’m saying my piece in an
    attempt to inform some folks of my side of it.

    Lastly, my favorite lines so far have to be the “go say Redskin to a Native American!” ones.

    That’s cute.

  • David DjDave Wolford

    This article is totally biased. The league shouldnt consider forcing Mr. Snider to change the name because you can go back and forth with personal opinions about what it actually means and I believe it is not used in a derogatory way. In fact, it should be judged as something positive as Pro Football isn’t ice skating. What? U.S. Senators are now trying to help native Americans? This is the only way they ever have.

  • GW

    Just call them the Washington Warriors! Nothing would have to be changed about the logo -_-

  • ElDuderino

    Who really has the problem here? The Native Americans that are reaping massive profits from the hundreds of thousands of non-taxed acres of land given to them by our government? Or the cranky old leftists with apparently nothing better to do than express faux outrage over a name implemented 82 years ago?

    • DisentAgain

      Yeah. We gave them land. That’s exactly what happened. Idiot.

  • Shannon lusty

    As a Native American , I find the name offensive and it should be changed. #changethename #notyourmascot. Look it up on twitter and see how many Natives want the name changed.

  • Jaguar

    As someone who’s got native ancestry, let’s get some clarification. The term “redskin” was used LONG before Europeans came to the Americas. It was often in reference to native peoples of India. And it wasn’t a derogatory term, it was simple what they said before they said “Indian”. Which, ALSO refers to the people of India. I think the Cleveland Indians is far more offensive than “Redskins”. So, seriously, let’s have some perspective. It is modern ignorance that precludes that an archaic term has to be racist, instead of understanding that language, words, terminologies evolve with time. But, people gotta complain about something, don’t they? Get a life, folks. It’s just a word.

    • Alex Sawyer

      People from India aren’t red. I think you need to get your facts straight.

      The Cleveland Indians’ *logo* is definitely offensive, but that doesn’t change the fact that the term Redskin is considered offensive today, regardless of its historical usage.

      • Jaguar

        And who said anyone was accurate hundreds of years ago? You might want to learn how to do research, kiddo. I know, i know! That sounds like such HARD WORK… f’ing moron.

  • Bobby

    1) 90% of Native Americans have no problem with the name
    2) Native Americans themselves invented the term “Redskins”

    End of discussion.

  • Whattheheck?

    Oh this is a personal opinion blog it lost all of its credibility. I thought this was something news worthy.

  • Peter Alcantara

    then explain why the mascot for the Red Mesa Unified School on Navajo Reservation is Redskins if this is a slur?? http://rmusdhs.ss4.sharpschool.com/principal_s_page/

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  • State Fan

    While expressing faux outrage about a sports franchise name, these hypocritical Senators attend yearly dinners named in honor of Andrew Jackson, the man responsible for the “Trail of Tears”, the most tragic example of genocide of Native Americans in our history.

    • ElDuderino

      But he’s a “hero”

  • Phillip

    Laughing at all the idiots that find the word Redskin offensive for a football team. It took this long first, for someone to say “Oh that’s offensive?” Second, it’s a football team and it represents all the Native Americans in a proud and decent way especially after we F’d them to begin with and that’s the least they deserve a football team name. And lastly, although I’m sure I could really go on with much more, F the senators for even getting involved. They haven’t done an FN thing for us Americans of any race, religion, group, etc and they are going to attempt to tell someone to change a name. Grow an FN backbone people and get over your insecurities and prejudices and stand up instead for your own life and how the government is or rather has taken over. Its time to get rid of these officials in Congress and on down the line and FIX what’s really broken not an FN football team name

    • DisentAgain

      Please walk up to the next native american you see and call them a redskin. Your ignorance regarding the slur will be rewarded with swift and clear enlightenment.

      The name is an embarrassment. Your opinion is too.

      • Phillip

        Your opinion is an embarrassment to me. And in fact, I have quite a few American Indian friends and they are not the least offended by it. They are proud that they are represented as a professional sports team and that the name was never meant to be offensive. Its people like you who are so insecure with themselves and think that the world must bow to them that makes the world a nasty place. Stop the world and get off and do us all a favor.

      • Phillip

        Your opinion is an embarrassment to me, a Native American. I have many friends who are Native Americans as well and we do not feel this is a slur for one and furthermore, it does us proud to be named for a professional football team. There is no disrespect in the team name when a team is about ALL being one and playing their best and doing their best for themselves and fans.The name was never coined as an embarrassment or racial slur. Its people like you who make the world a crappy place to live with your shallow opinions instead of doing something that helps everybody you attempt poorly to make yourself look big with idiotic little feeble remarks. Stop the world and get off and do us all a favor.

        • DisentAgain

          The word is a racial slur. Your heritage or mine does nothing to change that. It is a slur, it has never been anything else. You can assign honor to it for yourself if you wish, but that invention doesn’t change any facts either.

          The name is defined as a slur, nothing more.

          • Phillip

            The name is only a slur in the feeble minds of people like you that think such things. It is a proud name and therefore it will always be. Since you insist that its a slur, here’s a slur then. You’re an idiot. You define what an idiot is and does. Your heritage doesn’t change it nor does mine but your feeble mind makes you one. I am proud to be an American Indian as you are proud to be an idiot. The Redskin has spoken.

          • Phillip

            Thanks for admitting you are a racist.

          • DisentAgain

            You are defending using a racial slur as a team name – and I’m the racist. Right. Worse – even if you are right and it’s not a slur – it’s still stealing someone else’s culture for profit. Even your kooky rationalization were true, you still don’t have an ethical leg to stand on. The NFL is an exploitative and abusive organization with nothing to offer but shame and plantation-owner decadence.

            Also, if half the folks claiming to be Native Americans on this thread were actually Native Americans… they would outnumber the expected ratio in the general population by impossible numbers. I’m not saying you are a liar – but I am saying your claims mean nothing on the internet.

          • Phillip

            Yes, you are being racist as you demean my heritage and other American Indians by saying its a slur when in fact its not.

            Yes perhaps the NFL and all the professional sporting teams in any sport are exploitative and abusive but then so again is society and any job you work at at some point will exploit you for their own means to an end. We all choose our paths. So if you decide to be part of the NFL and make a lot of money then thats your choice and you know full well as all these players did going in that you get hurt, your career is short lived and you get drugs injected into you to keep playing etc. So the end result justifies the means.

            But as for the name, its nothing more then a name that was never coined in any which way to be demeaning but it did give respect to a culture by having a professional team named so whether it be the Chiefs, Braves, etc. Its nothing more then a name that YOU are making into a MAJOR issue and the Senate should stay out of it b/c it is not their job. They haven’t done their job to begin with and you are going to support them? Right there you crossed the line. There are much bigger issues to deal with so I would suggest that you concentrate on them.

            And as for the comment regarding all the claims that say they are Amer. Ind. well again, doesn’t matter…hell slavery ended with the blacks how long ago and yet still people dwell on the issue. Its over. Move on. Go to work. Make something of yourself and stop playing the race card b/c its people that do this as you are doing that continue to increase the hatred in the world toward blacks, whites, and any group. Live your life and do something worth while rather then keep attempting to change someone when you yourself need to change to start.

            Oh and yes your claims mean nothing on the internet either so we both are just wasting time and therefore I bid you farewell.

    • Alex Sawyer

      If natives find if offensive, then it should be removed. Times and attitudes change.

      • ElDuderino

        Since when has the US been in the business of appeasement?

  • Joe P

    The word “Redskin” is not racist as it was originally intended to refer to Native Americans who wore vermillion war/celebratory/ritual face and body paint. However, the logo depicting a Native American with no vermillion face paint and instead full dark red skin is certainly racist. The logo is misguiding and depicts the word “Redskin” out of context, and thus, should be changed to depict a Native American with vermillion face paint, it’s as simple as that.

  • Nancy Reed

    The Redskins were named the
    redskins before the dictionary defined it as a racial slur. It has never
    intended to be anything racial by the team. Let’s take some other things that
    could be considered “racial” or “religious” and take it as
    far as we can shall we? New Orleans
    Saints, (exceptional degree of holiness) really? Atlanta Braves,(The
    Brave imagery usually includes excessive traditional dress (especially a
    splendid headdress), thereby reinforcing his flawless naturalness) Cleveland Indians (Oh! another Indian, that must go too),Los Angeles Angels (Really, angels, An angel (from the Greek ἄγγελος ángelos, “messenger”[1]) is a supernatural being or spirit, often
    depicted in humanoid form with feathered wings on their backs and halos around
    their heads, found in various religions and mythologies. Religions should raise
    cain because they are not angels and even they’re stadium name needs to change
    too, very misleading, people might think there are angels housed there!) ,Milwaukee Brewers,
    (this is a bad influence to kids, brewing beer is bad and so is
    drinking!) San Diego Padres,
    (a Christian clergyman who works in the military) another with
    religious tones. Laugh all you want, but the point is when you give in to
    this kind of nonsense from the world, it can go that far someday. If the
    senator wants them to change it, maybe he should pay the thousands of dollars
    it will cost the team to do so. People have been trying to get them to change
    their name since the 1960’s. I would ask, does changing the name show enough
    respect to the Indians to make up for all the slaughtering of their people (and
    ours!) and running them off of their
    lands? Not in my mind it doesn’t. We should give them all some land back. You
    cannot change the past. Let’s face it, our fore- fathers were not so nice
    people. Besides, the senator is probably doing it for his own personal gain,
    right? The whole thing is so absurd!

    • nomad

      You don’t seem to understand how dictionaries work. They’re not prescriptive.

  • ads71

    Tolerance does not mean agreement. You have to tolerate those who you disagree with. If they change to make you happy it is no longer tolerance it is persuasion. The mere rejoinder of intolerance uttered from the lips of anyone automatically makes that person intolerant even if the other person is an idiot.

  • Mike Cody

    Fansided? More like one sided…

  • FU

    Well what about Redman chewing tobacco?

    • DisentAgain

      What about it? This discussion is about the football team and it’s embarrassing racial slur of a name.

  • Martie B.

    Their name should be changed, it is a slap to Native Americans, who were here before Christopher Columbus came to visit by the way……As well – keeping the Washington Redskins name is likened to calling an African-American person the “N” word – totally uncalled for.

    • BigMike
      • DisentAgain

        10 yeas old phone survey – a freaking decade. Also irrelevant. Fairness and civil rights are not majority rule.

        These groups oppose the name:

        National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
        United South and Eastern Tribes (USET)
        National Indian Education Association
        American Indian Sports Team Mascots.org
        Advocates for American Indian Children (California)
        The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
        American Indian Mental Health Association (Minnesota)
        American Indian Movement
        American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center of San Bernardino County
        American Indian Student Services at the Ohio State University
        American Indian High Education Consortium
        American Indian College Fund
        Association on American Indian Affairs
        Buncombe County Native American Inter-tribal Association (North Carolina)
        Capitol Area Indian Resources
        Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
        Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
        Concerned American Indian Parents (Minnesota)
        Council for Indigenous North Americans (University of Southern Maine)
        Eagle and Condor Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance
        First Peoples Worldwide
        Fontana Native American Indian Center, Inc.
        Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
        Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
        Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
        Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
        Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan)
        HONOR – Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights
        Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (Composed of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole Nations)
        Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
        Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
        Kansas Association for Native American Education
        Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
        Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
        Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe
        Medicine Wheel Inter-tribal Association (Louisiana)
        Menominee Tribe of Indians (Wisconsin)
        Minnesota Indian Education Association
        National Indian Gaming Association
        National Indian Youth Council
        National Indian Child Welfare Association
        National Native American Law Student Association
        Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
        Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
        Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
        Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
        Native American Contractors Association
        Native American Journalists Association
        Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
        Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Michigan)
        North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
        North Dakota Indian Education Association
        Office of Native American Ministry, Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan)
        Ohio Center for Native American Affairs
        Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
        Oneida Indian Nation
        Poarch Band of Creek Indians
        San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Native American Community Council
        Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
        Society of Indian Psychologists of the Americas
        Society of American Indian Government Employees
        Southern California Indian Center
        St. Cloud State University – American Indian Center
        Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
        Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota)
        Tennessee Chapter of the National Coalition for the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures
        Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
        Tennessee Native Veterans Society
        Tulsa Indian Coaltion Against Racism
        The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
        The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
        Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns, Virginia
        The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma
        Virginia American Indian Cultural Resource Center
        Wisconsin Indian Education Association
        WIEA “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce (Wisconsin)
        Woodland Indian Community Center-Lansing (Michigan)
        Youth “Indian” Mascot and Logo Task force (Wisconsin)

        • nomad

          Yep. I don’t get why people are saying “who cares about the minority?” as if civil rights are always put to a vote. There are some ignorant idiots who don’t understand how democracy works.

        • BigMike

          For a poll and study, 10 years is not that long. If you bother reading the study, it took them a year just to finish it. Obviously you can’t do the same study year after year that’s just redundant. The redskins name was the same controversy blown out of proportions back then as it is today, which is the entire reason that study, and question was asked during the poll. The only reason a 10 year old poll would be completely irrelevant is if the word redskins has completely changed meaning in those 10 years. The question that was asked was very specific and not in the least misleading or confusing. The question asked was: “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother you?”

          Furthermore, I just came from the petition site where all these names were listed. Nearly all of them were not click-able and provide absolutely no contact info so even if I wanted to follow up on your claims I wouldn’t be able to. For all I know someone just write the groups name down on the list, assuming they’d be cool with it, without their knowledge. Secondly, even if they are all real, just because the head of a group agrees to add their name to the list does not mean that all members of that group share that same ideology. Congress makes a lot of laws that their own constituents don’t agree with. Same principle. Thirdly, the site I saw this list on did not include an estimate of the number of people who felt this way… so for all you know this is just a representation of the 10% that didn’t agree with it in the poll.

          • DisentAgain

            That’s a lot of words – none of which tells us why it’s ok to have an embarrassing racial slur as a team name.

            This isn’t difficult. The name is a slur. The NFL are free to use slurs of course, but we are also free to call that choice idiotic.

            It’s not even remotely about what number is offended – it’s about the principles of decency and what we are willing to say about ignorance.

          • BigMike

            lol to many words… Okay let me try this:

            “The poll shows that 90% of the supposedly offended racial group do not believe it is an offensive word, and so it is clearly not that big of a deal”.

            Better? In other words, they’re catching more crap from non Native Americans than the people supposedly offended.

            And the number offended does matter, because if we have to change names if a handful are offended then you might as well start designating the teams with numbers. Because I guarantee you that in todays world everything offends someone.

          • DisentAgain

            You crack me up… the word is a racial slur. It is opposed by whites, and natives. It’s literally indefensible to use the word in any other context.

            Add to that – there is no rational reason to keep the name.

      • Martie B.

        That poll was taken 10 years ago…..

        • BigMike

          And? What has changed? Unless you tell me the word has changed meaning in the last 10 years then it means the same now that it did then. The poll itself took a year just to complete. Things like that you can’t do year after year, its just redundant. Either its offensive or its not. It only takes about 600 people surveyed to get a 4% margin of error for the entire USA for elections, and that is for 313 million people. This poll got almost 800 survey results for a population estimated at only 3 million.

          The redskins name has been an issue for a long time, hence why they included it in the poll in 2004. They wanted to get specific feedback from Native Americans to see what they actually had to say on it as opposed to others and what people assumed they would say. The margin of error for the poll is only 2%.

  • Pete Frame Jr.

    wimps and whiners that’s what the USA is being turned into…sad

  • Joe P

    The word “Redskin” is not racist as it was originally intended to refer
    to Native Americans who wore vermillion war/celebratory/ritual face and
    body paint. However, the logo depicting a Native American with no
    vermillion face paint and instead full dark red skin is certainly
    racist. The logo is misguiding and depicts the word “Redskin” out of
    context, and thus, should be changed to depict a Native American with
    vermillion face paint.

  • Alex Sawyer

    I’ve said this a thousand times. The team’s original name was the Braves. They could get rid of a controversial name but keep their logo and give a nod to franchise history if they just changed their name to the Washington Braves.

  • Mike Shumaker

    What dictionary are you looking at? That is not a slur. You want to hear a slur? You’re a twatwaffle for making up your own dictionary definitions.

  • David Yost Sr.

    so when did this become a racial slur? about 2 minutes ago? Remember this team was named 80+ years ago and there was nothing called Political Correctness which has gone way above what it should have done. next thing you know, Cowboys will be upset at Dallas or Swedes will be upset at Minnesota or Somalia pirates upset at Oakland and Tampa.

  • nomad

    They should be called the Washington Retards to suit their fan demographic better.

  • StormWardens

    cry harder fgt

  • Josh Brown

    I don’t see how it’s offensive, when such a small percentage takes offense to it. A small percentage of people will take offense to anything. It honestly seems like white people are far more offended by it than native americans. Which is actually what is absurd. I have absolutely never heard the word “Redskin” used in a negative manner… other than from a cowboys’ fan ;)

    • nomad

      White people are helping out because there are native americans who are upset about it, and they deserve to be heard. I’m actually quite disgusted by the name. Not personally offended, but I think it’s gross. Might as well name teams after all kinds of racial slurs.

      • ElDuderino

        White people’s faux outrage has never helped anyone.

      • Josh Brown

        No, you don’t make sense.

    • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

      You mean like the small percentage of people who still want the Redskins name to stay?

      • ElDuderino

        Eh… I would be willing to bet that a majority of people don’t really care

        • nomad

          So cater to the people who do care. You don’t care, but you will fight to the death to quash the desires of people who do care. Haha.

        • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

          Sad, isn’t it?

      • Josh Brown

        I don’t think you’ve actually done any research.

        • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

          The feeling is mutual, but feel free to actually deliver on your burden of proof.

      • Witch Hunt

        Ya vol Her Speech Hauptman.

        Are there any other freedoms you have deemed to be undesirable?
        The Speech Fuhrer highly recommends that you include them in the first draft of your Final Speech Solution.

        • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

          I’m gonna count that as Godwin’s Law.

          • Witch Hunt

            It was predictable that the point would be lost upon thee.

          • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

            I’m really smart, so it’s probably that you just made a worthless point.

          • Witch Hunt

            Have you read history? Do you know about the demonization of the Jews in the preparation for the holocaust?

          • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

            Of course I did. And you clearly aren’t familiar with Godwin’s Law.

  • ElDuderino

    If you’re still going to watch football on Sundays, you’re not really offended (see faux outrage)… and I would be willing to bet that most of you are still going to tune in.

  • TruthHurts

    All I have to say is: Anadarko, OK has over 41% of its population made up of Native Americans or those of Native American origin. The name of the theater there? The Redskin.

    Get. Over. It.

  • Jerry Ward

    Hail to the Redskins!!!!!!!!!…Fan for life!!!!

  • a name for what

    who cares about a nfl teams name. they are not hating anybody .they are not hurting anybody. quit hating on it and think about your self hating and fix that and then you might not care so much about a nfl teams name.

  • Legalize Freedom

    If the Indians represented were gay, this would be over already. Sorry aggrieved parties, you’re pulling for the wrong demographic.

    This kind of crap is why I’m done with the NFL.

  • Steve

    First world problems imo

    All I got out of this was “50 US Senators wasted time with a low priority issue”

  • M B

    Native Americans should be much more offended by the quality of the play on the field by the Redskins..

  • Walter

    First off, our U.S. Senators should be dealing with more pressing issues that are degrading our Country, e.g. V.A. Hospitals neglecting our troops, the budget, joblessness, schools, sky rocketing fuel/food prices, drought, highway and bridge infrastructure-which by the way would create more jobs, etc.,etc. The list goes on and on. I understand and everyone else with just a touch of common sense, should know that even if the name was changed it would not change a thing. The racist card will always be used regardless of the situation, NEWS FLASH-most American Indians have no problem with the name, just like they don’t have a problem with the Indian Head coins, or Indian Head, Maryland, other sports teams with names such as the K.C. Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders-Pirates, Cleveland Indians, this list goes on and on as well. All sports teams offend certain people and it will never end. Our so called Freedom is dragging this Country into a riptide current which will eventually end our Democracy, society has become to lackadaisical and complacent, people are all too ready to sue someone at the drop of a hat. We cannot trust our fellow man or woman, our Government is too busy with the wrong issues while lying to us about the real issues not being issues at all. The American Indians lost this Country to the biggest kid on the block-the White Man, the White Man is losing this Country to Illegal Immigrants, is this what people are going to say 20,50,100 years from now? An American is a person of various colors/races, and should be setting an example for the rest of the Democratic world and enemies alike.

  • Ethan Smith

    My question is that why is this becoming a big issue all of a sudden when the organization had this name for decades??? Why wait until now when they could have done this in the organizations first 10 years of existence in the NFL??? That is why i’m mad about this. It should have been changed a long time ago if it was such a problem!!!

    • ElDuderino

      One word… distraction.

      • Ethan Smith

        Bear with me hear but I think it’s much deeper than just that. I find it strange that this became an issue all of a sudden when the issues of gay rights became more prevalent in recent years. It seems that people (especially Christians) are pressured to be “politically correct” for fear of being targeted by others as a racist, sexist, homophobic, ignorant, bigot, etc. What happened to individuals standing up for what they believe in and their individual core values instead of conforming to the majority. What happened to being an individual instead of accepting the status quo of today’s “politically correct” society . Not saying at all that you should stand up for being racist, homophobic or any of those things. All I’m saying is that we should come into agreement to hold ourselves to a more honorable standard instead of getting everything the way we want it. I don’t accept bigotry and ignorance but it’s more to it than just that.

  • Robert Hodges

    if we bow to this we may as well change everything that offends anyone who’s native or illegal aliens and I think that will cover everything we know. there are far greater issues to worry about than a football teams name. are you also offended by the Atlanta braves ? how about the Kansas city chiefs ? would it make it better for you civil rights activists and politicians if we just move them out of d.c. and move them to Washington state. then they could still be the Washington redskins and you don’t have to see them any more>

  • Christopher Rice

    I think the Senators should start proposing names to replace the current one if they want to make any real headway. The Washington Wetbacks and Washington Jungle Bunnies are both names the NFL should be able to get behind with their manner of thinking.

  • Haruko Haruhara

    Ok, NFL, if “The intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image” then I challenge NFL employees to go out to the nearest reservation and sling that word around … then watch what happens.

  • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

    I thought this was AMERICA where we are GUARANTEED the RIGHT to FREE SPEECH! And what better way to exercize this RIGHT than naming a FOOTBALL team in our NATIONS CAPITOL after the ORIGINAL people who LIVED here!! What NEXT? Notre Dame FRIENDLY Irish?? Cleaveland NATIVES?? It’s a SLIPPERY SLOPE toward’s COMMUNISM!!!!!

    • nomad

      Haha, poe.

    • JasonMankey

      You don’t understand free speech. Asking the Redskins to change their name has nothing to do with free speech. You can say whatever you want, but your speech has consequences. No one can stop anyone from saying the word “Redskins,” it’s reasonable to ask a billion dollar football franchise to stop using a racial slur as a nick name.

      Have you ever walked up to a group of Native Americans and said “Hey Redskins!” No, you haven’t, because it’s a racial slur and most people aren’t ignorant enough to do something like that. It’s time to change the name.

      “Redskins” is not the name of the original people who lived here. They had names for their tribes and people. Redskins was not among them. In fact redskin is a racial slur, that’s where it comes from.

      • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

        Some of my BEST FRIENDS are Red Skins and they don’t care. You people need to GET OVER IT and stop turning AMERICA into NORTH KOREA

      • http://marc.ytmnd.com/ B.J. Cummings

        Some of my BEST FRIENDS are Red Skins and they don’t care. You people need to GET OVER IT and stop turning AMERICA into NORTH KOREA

      • Craig Kay

        Jason, when you buy a billion dollar private enterprise and have one of the biggest fan bases in professional sports then you can change the name to what you see fit. Fans of this team are just that fans..we are not racist we just like our football team . You dont have to like it. move on

  • Hoot Hootie

    Tell the politicians to take a hike. They should be more concerned about the direction they are sending the country rather than the name of a ball team. They can’t even run the country so how do you expect them to run the redskins?

  • Dennis Barnes

    NFL TEAM NAME CHANGE

    Here is an email sent
    to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after anarticle he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

    ____________________________________________________________

    Dear Mr. Page…

    I
    always love your articles. and I generally agree with them. I would
    suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the
    “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the
    dickheads in Congress.

    Here are some other politically
    correctness to consider: I agree with our Native American population. I
    am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington
    Redskins. One might argue that to name

    a professional football
    team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay,
    nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political
    correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
    Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in
    a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

    The
    Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant
    Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.

    The
    New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team
    named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to
    that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

    I
    am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion
    among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New
    Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

    Then
    there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged.
    We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota
    Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

    Now,
    let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our
    children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even
    spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

    The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates . Wrong message to our children.

    The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying . . . Wrong message to our
    children.

    So,
    there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to
    rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become
    involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the
    do-nothing congress loves . . .

    As a die hard Oregon State fan,
    my wife and I, with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense
    to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to
    something other than “the Beavers”.

  • Witch Hunt

    Is this article supposed to pass for journalism? It’s nothing more than an opinionated Rant..

    Using swear words that would be blocked by the censor in the comment section certainly doesn’t help,
    your case of speaking form the “moral high ground”… all it does is reveal the fact that you are pontificating from a judgmental self-ordained position.

    There is no total freedom, inherently, one’s freedom will eventually overlap over that of another. That’s where tolerance is supposed to come into play.
    What a joke to think that an opinionated, “politically correct” … LOL “journalist” whose main area of focus is…. sports? …. feels he is the authority to deem where everyone’s freedom of speech in this society begins and ends.

  • CrowX2M

    But they wanted to rename the ‘skins to “Redtails” after the SEGREGATED fighter squadron of WWII….because that’s completely less racist.

    Not that I think “Redskins” is racist. I don’t see any Native Americans complaining, only the white people who feel guilty about it.

    • nomad

      Keep saying it, it’ll come true eventually.

  • Andrew Jamz Bassett

    I guess after 400 years of rape, pillage, infection, oppression, and marginalization, the bleeding hearts think THIS is really going to make it up to the Native Americans.

  • deej

    The problem with making changes because someone is offended is that someone is always going to be offended no matter what you do. We can’t keep cowering to everyone who decides they don’t like something we do, because you’re never going to be able to make everyone happy.

    Those who take offense when none is intended are fools.

    • nomad

      Yeah, if we stop using racial slurs, next tall people will complain about the Giants, etc., etc., until COMMUNISM! We need to keep using racial slurs or else the Russians will win!

    • Faraaz Akbar

      what is this absurd notion that this change is only being made to avoid offense in any form? The reason people are offended in this particular context is VERY important, because it is a legitimate reason to be offended. The fact that the NFL is using an ethnic slur as a team name and mascot is offensive to Native people, because it shows that the NFL doesn’t care about the abuse natives suffered at the hands of America, and it also suggests that they believe it is ok to mock Natives. If someone said “we should change the name Seahawks to Seafalcons because hawks are annoying and I am offended” THAT would be stupid. So it’s not “cowering”, put a little context in your life, jeez.

      • deej

        It may be a racial slur by YOUR definition, but it doesn’t seem to be by the vast, vast majority of the public, or even the overwhelming majority of Native Americans.

        Should we force companies that manufacture crackers to stop using that word for their products? By your way of thinking it’s a racial slur, too, isn’t it?

        • Faraaz Akbar

          My definition and everyone else’s. The word exists for one purpose: to refer to native americans. Originally it was descriptive, but it became associated with the mindset that natives are subordinate to europeans, and the actions of the europeans at the time the word was being used reflect that mindset as well.

          The public’s opinion doesn’t matter. Most people in our world unfortunately uneducated, and are therefore slaves to whatever culture they are surrounded by, whether it be through their own experience or through the teachings of their parents. Regardless of whether or not there are Natives protesting this name, the NFL should not ignore the historical context of the term redskin. To continue with the name and the mascot demonstrates either an ignorance of history or apathy towards it, which is even scarier. This word does not belong in a professional context, especially in America.

          • deej

            Not by everyone else’s… look at the evidence… most people are not offended by the term. Not just most, but the overwhelming majority. Even when you include those that are supposed to be offended by it.

            Listen to what you are saying. You’ve just stated that your self-declared moral and intellectual superiority allows you to apply insinuation to a term where it shouldn’t be. “The public’s opinion doesn’t matter” — your own exact words! Somehow you’re declaring yourself to be better than everyone else. So you’ve decided that because you and a few other elitists are smarter or more enlightened than the public that you are in a position to decide what is and what isn’t okay to say without even taking into consideration the thoughts and feelings of those that are supposed to be offended by the term. You say it’s offensive because of the definition that *you* have given it.

            And for those that are actually offended by the terminology, why is that? It’s because people like you are telling them that they should be. Not because offense is intended. Not because the term is being used in an offensive way. Not because the group it refers to themselves have been called are being called the name in an offensive manner. Not because society in general uses the term in an offensive manner. It’s all just because you said so, and you justify your actions because you feel you are morally superior to the public at large.

            And if you have a problem with the term “redskin” why not take offense at other words that offend people far more often — like “stupid,” “idiot,” and “moron” or worse? Where does it stop? Do we take up causes against those too?

            If you have a problem with the term, fine, don’t use it. That’s your choice — we all have a right to an opinion. But don’t make a big deal of something that isn’t, or forcing your opinion on everybody else, especially when the majority disagrees with you. And in this case, is the NFL trying to disparage Native Americans? Certainly not. It seems like their intent is (and always has been) exactly the opposite. If anything, naming a team after a group of people should be a sign of honor and respect for them.

  • Bubba from Chicago

    Here Here!! And while we’re at it let’s sue everyone who uses the phrase, “Da Bears”. It makes it sound like Bears are not the intelligent family oriented creatures we know them to be.

  • Kitti

    Please call a council meeting of the elders of all the remaining tribes in our nation and put the question to them. I can tell you what the outcome of that will be. Redskins forever (but GO Dallas!)

  • Chad Burns

    Go ahead and cry you libtards…just because someone didn’t cowtow to your socialist agenda…and of course…bring up slavery…play the race card…because you have nothing else…that’s your status quo….kool aid drinkers…all of you……

    • nomad

      “Bring up the race card”? In a conversation about a racial slur? NO WAY! The libtards have gone too far this time!

  • Shush Allow

    Ok, then lets change the name of the Minnesota Vikings to the “Nordic Killers”

    • Faraaz Akbar

      Nordic Killers is to Redskins as Vikings is to Natives. You’ve got it backwards there buddy.

      • Shush Allow

        who cares……………

        • Faraaz Akbar

          apparently you, since you commented on this article.

      • David

        So where are the Native Americans groups that are protesting against the “Redskins” name. Why aren’t those same groups also protesting that another tribe of people are being misrepresented as horned helmeted, alcohol drinking barbarians? Why is Redskins offensive Faraaz but Vikings is perfectly acceptable?

        • Playhouse

          Because Vikings is a name of a group of people, like Gypsies or Americans. It’s not a racial slur. This is one of the silliest arguments I’ve seen on anything today.

          • David

            So by your own argument as long as its a name of a people and not a racial slur it’s ok then to use a name like Vikings So Playhouse it is perfectly OK to use the stereotypical image of a horned helmeted, perpetually drunken European Barbarians but it is not acceptable for someone to dress up as an Indian chief and start doing a war dance at a football game. Good to know we have double standards.

        • Faraaz Akbar

          Redskin is a racial slur, it may have originated as a neutral term (red face paint) but it has become a word used to refer to Natives in a negative manner. The word is tied to a period in history where Native Americans were treated inhumanely, and oppressed. Whether or not the word is offensive to Natives or not, the history of documented oppression towards them from the US surely is offensive to them, and out of respect for the injustices they suffered, we should not use the same term the Europeans used to describe the people whose land they are taking. The use of the word has no place in 21st century society.

          Viking, on the other hand, is not a racial slur. It is the name for that group of people, historically, and academically. It is a description, and it has no negative connotation like redskin does.

  • Chris

    Why are U.S. Senators involved in this discussion? Absurd.

    • nomad

      Yeah, weird, representatives representing the people they represent. It’s straight out of an Alfred Jarry play.

      • Chris

        Yeah, I’m sure thousands of folks pulled the lever for Senators with hopes that they would take on this non-issue.

  • Daceman68

    What bothers me the most is that our senators are wasting our taxpayer money discussing the name of a damn football team. Wake up America we have many more important issues to discuss that this!!!

  • Witch Hunt

    Funny how the hoards of speech nazis come running with their torches in hand every time anyone uses a word they don’t like because it is offensive to someone. All the while people like Howard Stern make unbelie-bable amounts of money being offensive and rude.

    Who decides what kind of rudeness and behavior is “offensive” and stone age and what is just plain entertainment that should not be censored?

    Ironic how those who pine for censorship in this issue are the ones so often attributing any other attempt at censorship to “uptight” and “insensitive” conservatives…

    So nice to know, it is YOU who knows exactly where everyone else’s freedom of speech should begin and end.

    Are there any other freedoms you would like to redefine for the world while you are at it?

    Don’t forget to stereotype, profile and demonize anyone who might be exercising those freedoms you target in your war on freedom.

  • http://www.alwaysconnectedsolutions.com/ Yellowhat

    Jack Maloney, you’re a jackass. I call BS on you for jumping on this ridiculous PC train. R-word. REALLY? When did “R-word” become a part of the venacular? And, because the dictionary defines it as a racial slur, just who is it REALLY hurting. REALLY HURTING. I’m of Polish decent and have heard joke after joke after joke about pollacks and some how I don’t relate. My father didn’t care. My uncles didn’t care. My grandparents didn’t care because they didn’t related to the jackasses (like you) who want to insinuate and then capitalize on it. We haven really thought about getting our senators to protest in our behalf.

    What I’m curious about is how these senators have the time to thing about this triviality. YES, triviality. Fix the country’s REAL problems then let’s focus on this. Oh, unless that would mean VOTES. Ah, there you go. I guess the pollack block is not big enough to mean anything to them.

    And then lets start looking at historical land grabs and all that. Lets right those wrongs first and then get the the “name game.” Geez.

  • YouGottaBeKiddingMe

    Political correctness is a term used by whining pansies who want everything sugarcoated for them. If you want to go down this crap path then how about this:

    Notre Dame: “The Fighting Irish” Oh no this offends the Irish
    Minnesota Vikings: This name clearly puts down the Norse people
    Cleveland Indians: Oooooh this is soooooooooooooo offensive to Indian tribes
    Milwaukee Brewers: Yes we are promoting that children and beer go hand in hand
    LA Raiders: Clearly we are saying that LA is nothing more than looters and pillagers.
    White people: Oops can’t call someone white anymore because that will offend ghosts like Casper.

    Yes my comment above is sarcastic regarding those names. My point in making it is where is this BS gonna end? When are people just gonna look at a name and say “it’s just a name!”

    This is the most one sided and diluted load of clap trap I have ever read. This blogger has no idea what it means to write an article without being so biased to one side. Journalism is meant to look at both sides. Keep your personal BS rhetoric out of things like this!

    You know what offends me? Washington DC Senators who have nothing better to do than this kind of crap.

    People life is too damn short for this kind of whining. Get a life!

  • alvin691

    Keep outing yourself as a liberal Jack.

  • Mark T

    F…..u……c……k Halbritter and the rest of them all they are looking for is money!!!!!

  • Witch Hunt

    After all of the “offensive” sports franchise names are dispensed with, then there will come the argument that the names should be more inclusive, so that no one feels slighted or under appreciated….

  • Henry Lemieux

    Show me a poll where they go to an actual pow wow and then ask people there, im betting a lot of native Americans (enrolled in a federally recognized tribe) will be for a name change.

    • Deidric Stephen Cave

      I asked a guy from the Cocopah Nation (Tribe in SW Arizona) how he and other Cocopah indians felt about the Redskins (I was wearing my old Dexter Manley jersey #72). He told me that the Redskins will never be as good as the Cardinals. Bottom line – it’s just about the football.

  • Shush Allow

    Shouldn’t we have a hockey team called the “Peckerwoods” about now.

  • Mainer71

    The Guy who wrote this piece is a race baiting idiot. If we took a poll or actual American Indians I would be willing to bet they would not have a problem with it. For political reason and self serving reason (like to get an article put online) people are trying to make something out of nothing. Jack Mahoney you are a POS and a joke or a reporter.

    • nomad

      Good thing nobody makes decisions based on what you’re “willing to bet.”

      • Billy Detzel

        Or you.

      • Mainer71

        the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who identified
        themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington Redskins”
        offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them… There are many other studies that say the same thing. But a handfull of people are offended and we have to change?

  • Gary J. Maxion

    Oh go do something with your life outside of nitpicking a name. I’m part Native American as are my siblings. My dad is full native American and he is a football fanatic. We are not offended. The only people offended by the term are people who like causing controversy because they have nothing but time on their hands. I can think of more enjoyable things to do with your hands. Consider the names Chiefs, Blackhawks, Indians, and Braves. The Indians is more offensive because we’re kinda NOT INDIANS!!! You know what? How about you find a cause worthy of time such as feeding the f**king hungry? How about that you whiney little b***h?

    • nomad

      THE NATIVE AMERICAN POPULACE HAS SPOKEN. Nobody can be offended, because this guy isn’t.

      • hereinWA

        Well, then, *I* cancel him out! I AM OFFENDED, MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE OFFENDED. We are also offended we were never asked in any of these polls, and we are offended that this APPLE thinks he speaks for the rest of us.

      • Billy Detzel

        Oh wait. It spoke again thanks to this guy as well.

      • Gary J. Maxion

        Actually they have. The majority of Native American people asked if the term offended them said no. The actual majority of people offended were. . .SURPRISE SURPRISE. . .white people. Why? Could it be because white people like to fight others’ battles for them to show they still have the power over them? Could it be because white people like knowing that they can still make others’ decisions for them? Perhaps it’s because the white man’s history is this country has been filled with bigotry, racism, killing, and stealing from those less fortunate and less technologically and intellectually advanced as the natives here? I’m white, so everything I said isn’t racist at all. . .or is it?
        See, here’s the thing that bugs me. You persistently want to talk trash about people like me who choose to see things as they are. Backwards. You think your snide remark did anything but make my case stronger? Because you proved my point by not having any facts to back your s**t up, just like the rest of your uneducated know-it-all generation. You think a clever thing to say is anything but stupid. Why? Because people kiss your a$$ and tell you how coo you are when you don’t realize what you are until the inevitable realization sets in. You’re a joke. You’ll see that when your kids say the same things to you.
        I grew up in the real world in a time when people had respect for opinions. I suggest you learn that trait, little mister nomad. Otherwise, you may comment something snide to someone not as polite as me. Take this as an education in learning your facts and making a point instead of fats talking and making an a$$ of yourself. I do hope this conversation was educational.

  • PACKERS RULE!!

    Redskins, Redskins, Redskins…. Did the world blow up yet

  • stone

    not only should the redskins not change their name, i hereby demand that the wizzards change their name back to bullets

    • jai151

      I loved that debacle. “Hey, ‘Bullets’ is offensive. I know, let’s name ourselves after a rank in the Klan!”

  • hereinWA

    Y’know what? I took a poll on my facebook page, and you know what it said? 100% OF NATIVE AMERICANS ON MY PAGE WERE NEVER ASKED IN ANY OF THESE SO-CALLED POLLS, AND ABOUT 99% OF THEM *DO* WANT THE NAME CHANGED!

  • ken

    They want to change the redskins name but it’s fine to call our military
    helicopters Chinook, Black Hawk, Huey(Iroquios), Apache, Comanche, and
    Kiowa Warrior? They’re just trying to stir the pot …

  • Joshua G Thrift

    Here is where i stand. The name wont be changed…Why??? Cuz its split. Not all Native Americans find it offensive. And it ISNT offensive. People need to stop being so damn butthurt. Most people that have a problem with the name, ARENT NATIVE AMERICAN!!!! Most Native Americans, DONT have a problem with it. Nothing, absolutely nothing about the Washington Redskins, is racist. I am a diehard Redskins fan, and we dont bash Native Americans, or anything of the sort. If a football team’s name is what you are spending most of your time trying to change, you have your priorities WAY out of whack. Hail to the Redskins, Hail Victory, Braves on the Warpath, FIGHT, FOR OLD DC!!!!!

  • Billy Detzel

    Ridiculous left wing propaganda! The origin of the name started with the NAs themselves to distinguish THEM as a point of pride from the white men. This has been proven over and over again. It’s NOT derogatory! And IF you are PC enough to say words evolve over time. Then you have to say it’s further evolved to mean the team in Washington. So, either it still means genetics or it now means the Washington Redskins. Try a google search of the word Redskins and see what comes up. It’s always a reference to the team name.

  • MikeTX62

    There are too many American Indians who have come forward to say the name is NOT a slur for anyone to think that this whole issue is anything other than yet another example of political opportunism. With all the serious issues the Congress is SUPPOSED TO BE dealing with, I would think that the Senate Majority Leader would have enough on his plate without worrying about the nickname of a football team.

    • hereinWA

      So that NEGATES the ones WHO DO come forward and say it is a slur HOW?????

      • MikeTX62

        I didn’t say that, YOU did. What I did point out is the fallacy in this liberal perception that there is some universal belief that this term is a slur. Just like in any community, there are differing perceptions and different viewpoints. I am sick and tired of small bands of disgruntled yay-hoos dictating to us where we can go, who we can associate with and the words we are and are not allowed to use just because they have chosen to be “offended” at this particular moment in time. If you look hard enough, you can find someone who is “offended” by the word “applesauce.” The bottom line here is that no one is harmed by the name of the football team in Washington, DC or Kansas City, or the baseball team in Atlanta or Cleveland, or the hockey team in Chicago. If you find these names so unpalatable, don’t attend their games or purchase their merchandise. But, whatever you choose to do, stop dictating to the rest of us and forcing your belief system down out throats!!! We get enough of that from the White House.

        • hereinWA

          And you would be wrong, and I would point out how, but it would take too long and you wouldn’t understand anyway, because you are set in your white privileged racist ways. It IS harmful, in many ways. Just because it doesn’t affect you, and you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause harm. Why aren’t we calling any other team by a racial slur, and it IS A SLUR.

          • MikeTX62

            Actually, it’s NOT a slur, and it doesn’t become one just because you and a bunch of race-baiting bigots (see, I can resort to name-calling too) say it is. The fact of the matter is that you can always find someone in any group who will claim to be offended or upset by anything. The fact is, as I stated in my previous post, that there is no actual harm caused by the name of a sports team. The only thing that is hurt, and I have my doubts even about that, are their feelings. As for your feelings being hurt, (while I doubt that’s actually the case), my suggestion is that you grow up and get over it. I’ve been called many nasty things in my life, including by you in your previous post. I’ll admit that the name-calling did hurt my feelings for just a moment. However, I have long since learned not to let the mindless rantings of small minded people like yourself define me. You & your fellow race-baiters (see, there’s that name-calling thing again) might consider doing the same. Somehow, based on your previous post (as well as the one you’re probably currently writing in response to this post) I doubt you will. More’s the pity.

            The bottom line is that we’re never going to get past this very real problem of race relations as long as we’re stuck in mindless arguments over silliness like sports team names.

  • Billy Detzel

    Consistency! If you wanna change the name of the Washington Redskins how bout first changing the name of the state of Oklahoma! Hello! Means Red People!

  • Brasher

    Why should the Redskins change there names when the U.S. military still names there equipment the same… I.E. Blackhawk…. On top of that, last I checked the Redskins were a privately owned team, therefore the government has no legal or constitutional right to tell or ask them to change their own name! Stand strong Skins!!

    • jai151

      While I do not give a crap if the team changes its name or not, your argument is a bit flawed. Using another well known slur, you’re complaining that a team called the Washington N——- shouldn’t change its name because the army has helicopters named Zulu, Maasai, and Azande

  • Witch Hunt

    Ya vol Her Speech Hauptman “journalist…” (really?)

    Are there any other terms and while we’re at it…other freedoms you have deemed to be undesirable?
    The Speech Fuhrer highly recommends that you include them in the first draft of your Final Speech Solution.

  • Shush Allow

    REDSKIN was a derogatory term invented by the men (Settlers) who moved west in the countryas they came under attack from native American Indians.

    • Witch Hunt

      Yet, what % of the total population of Native Americans are participating in this speech based witch hunt?

      Who should have the authority to determine just what % is required to be offended by any given term and to what degree they are offended, before anyone who utters that particular term is made available for open slander, defamation, an intellectual feeding frenzy on that person’s reputation in what has become nothing less than cyber crucifixion…?

    • Billy Detzel

      Absolutely Incorrect! It was invented by the NAs as a point of pride to distinguish themselves from the white man.

  • PastorCTL

    I have Cherokee blood in my family, my wife is 1/4 Cherokee and her grandfather was 100% Cherokee Indian. I have been a Washington Redskins fan for 30 years or so. We in no way find the name “Redskins” offensive. If Washington changes the name, THAT will be offensive and they will succeed in losing another fan. In fact, I tend to think that if they succumb to the pressure, they will lose more fans than what they will gain by it.

    • hereinWA

      Apples

    • Justin Thomas

      Exactly. They’ll lose fans, and money – yet they should do it cuz some small group of people is actually offended, and another small group of people *thinks* that they should be offended.

      • hereinWA

        Actually, studies have shown…studies, not polls, that teams that change from offensive names actually increase revenue. I have so many links on my computer right now, I can’t give you the ones that say that, but, if I knew where they were, I’d give you a link to the study.

    • Bon Crue Fadley

      what about all those High School Teams that call themselves Indians, Seminoles, Redskins amongst other indians Names

      Where is the Call for Florida State University to drop the Seminoles Name

      What about the Atlanta Braves

  • Peter Adamo

    Why isn’t the Native American Community not in an uproar….BECAUSE IT DOESN’T BOTHER THEM! My Native American friends told me that this is a joke and that the term Redskin does not bother them at all. I can relate because as an Italian American names like Wop, Ginney, and Diego do not bother me. However clearly SI.com likes to employ liberal columnists who don’t have half a brain.

    • hereinWA

      No, because YOU’RE NOT LISTENING TO THEM!!!! You’re not on my FB page, where it comes up DAILY with people saying it needs to go! None of us were asked in these polls.

      • Bon Crue Fadley

        Are people on your Facebook page also calling for the Cleveland Indians to change their name, or the Chicago Blackhawks, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida State Seminoles, the Indianapolis Indians, Syracuse Chiefs, Oklahoma City Redhawks, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Indians Atlanta Falcons, and im sure there are many another College Sports team too that has as offensive name as the washington Redskins

        WHy dont we change all names that have to do closely with Native americans

        Be It MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, College, Minor leagues

        • hereinWA

          Actually, yes, they are. And why DON’T we change names that have to do with Native Americans, since NO OTHER TEAMS ARE NAMED FOR RACES? (And don’t even start with the stupid “Cowboys” or “Fighting Irish” crap…when their mascot is out in force, in the case of the latter, protesting, then we’ll stand beside them, but until Leprechauns protest, we’ll stick with OUR battle).

  • Witch Hunt

    Now that the neo Gods of morality have redefined what is appropriate and where your freedom of speech begins and ends, and are moving retroactively to enforce change that reflects their enlightened vision of human interaction…. just how far back shall the world be required to rewrite history and effect the required retroactive changes?

  • disqus_pNI8MTcg3k

    “The R-word” really sir? It is you who needs to grow up.

    • Witch Hunt

      lol

      What about the “W” word…?

      If it is offensive to mention a word that makes reference to the level of skin pigmentation in a given demographic…. why then is he not applying his logic in an inclusive manner?

  • Jamie Rozek

    This writer sure does convince the reader to jump to his side, with his intelligent use of grammar and profanity. Very astute writing!

  • Scalenguy

    I think they should re-name them the Washington Shysters and use a caricature of a politician.

    • Witch Hunt

      That would be profiling and stereotyping, bigotry against elected officials…

  • Edmund Jr.

    So references to ethnicity are racist no matter what? Stupid. You cite a Native American in this article who does not like the term. Fine. But there are thousands who view the terms Redskin as a positive one. For example, Wellpinit, Washington. High School team name? “Redskins.” Student body population: 91.2% Native American.

    Read this article, your perspective should change. If it doesn’t then you are just politically bigoted against these peoples opinions: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9689220/redskins-name-change-not-easy-sounds

    • Witch Hunt

      Why is the author of the article, this so-called …lol “journalist….” …. not leading a witch hunt for anyone who uses the term “white” to refer to caucasians…?

  • JackiL

    I am part Leni Lenape Indian and the only thing offensive about the Redskins is that they haven’t won a Superbowl in 21 years! That’s much better than some though :)

  • Witch Hunt

    Is this pathetic “article” supposed to pass for journalism?
    It’s nothing more than an opinionated Rant..

    Using swear words that would be blocked by the censor in the comment section certainly doesn’t help,
    your case of speaking form the “moral high ground”… all it does is reveal the fact that you are pontificating from a judgmental self-ordained position.

    There is no total freedom, inherently, one’s freedom will eventually overlap over that of another. That’s where tolerance is supposed to come into play.
    What a joke to think that an opinionated, “politically correct” … LOL “journalist” whose main area of focus is…. sports? …. feels he is the authority to deem where everyone’s freedom of speech in this society begins and ends.

  • Pimababy505

    It is only offensive to people who take offense. I am a proud Native American, who is also a Washington Redskins fan and I am not offended at all. Even though I know the history, behind the name Redskin, I do not believe that the NFL uses it in a derogatory way. In fact, I believe they are giving it new meaning.

  • Novy Foland

    And it was a “sports” fan that wrote this article? I don’t know what is worse, the writer of this article or our elected officials wasting time on this thing that has not a damn thing to do with politics.

    • Robert Neren

      Sorry, Novy Foland (what a name), that’s not much happening in Congress these days due to the morons that run the House, so Senators have lots time on their hands.

  • MaximumOvertroll

    I propose the tasteful and clearly respectfully used name the “Washington Coons”. They can even re use the mascot, just paint it black, remove the feathers and kink the hair. Controversy solved.

  • josh

    i’ve been back and forth on this issue, but i’ve finally come down on the side of the redskins name. i’m not sure it ever should’ve been chosen all those years ago, but at this point, whatever the word was then, it’s not that anymore, and it’s certainly never been used by the team or league in an inappropriate manner. people being offended is a bad thing, but it’s not a reason to uproot the way we do things unless the actions are truly offensive.

  • Caleb

    It’s funny that the only people who are against the name are not native american

    • Caleb

      “People are speaking for Native Americans that aren’t Native American. Being a full-blooded Indian with my whole family behind me, we had a big problem with all the things that were coming out [of the discussion],” he said. “I think they were basically saying that we were offended, our people were offended, and they were misrepresenting the Native American nation.”

      -Stephon Dodson, Indian Chief

    • Metric-Buttload

      True enough.. I won’t say there are not some native Americans that are not offended, some perhaps genuinely and many because it is politically expedient. However, My wife is full blooded Native American, and of course her family is and they are not offended. I go down to the reservation to visit and see plenty walking around in Redskins attire. Do they hate themselves?

  • John Waldenberger

    welcome to america, where if something is offensive, you get censored!! bravo!!

  • Travis

    Lol. You gotta love the racist Democrats who say they do things out of diversity and inclusion, but I got news for you… the “offended” party…doesn’t care!!!! Matter of fact, many even like the name! Nice article you got there, Jack Baloney.

    • Robert Neren

      Yeah right, democrats are racists. The vast majority of racist hicks like you are not democrats.

      • Travis

        Look at that! A prejudiced remark from a Democrat! Assuming I am a racist because I am NOT a Democrat. He even called me a hick. Typical. Go back to hating people while pretending you love them.

      • Metric-Buttload

        apparently you have no concept of the long and storied history of racism and segregation of the Democratic party. You should inform yourself. Republicans get the rap for racism because it’s convenient for Dems to paint them as such, but when it comes down to actions and overt racism, Dems and Libs win, hands down.

  • GSprecken

    They should just change the name to The Chesapeake Bay Indigenous People

  • Caleb

    “It’s actually a term of endearment that we would refer to each other as. When we were on the reservation, we would call each other, ‘Hey, what’s up redskin?’ We would nickname it just ‘skins.’”

    “‘Redskin’ isn’t something given to us by the white man or the blue eyes, it was something in the Native American community that was taken from us. [It’s] used also as a term of respect, because that’s how we were. We respected each other with that term.”

    http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Native-American-Chief-Talks-About-Redskins/cdb3c94e-f5c6-4d98-9acd-18d7fb768bb7

  • Reva Garrett

    I AM A NATIVE AMERICAN …. REDSKIN DOES NOT OFFEND ME ITS NOT AND I MEAN NOT A “SLUR” I AM PROUD TO BE A “REDSKIN” WHAT I AM OFFENDED IS WHEN WE ARE CALLED SAVAGES ETC. NFL KEEP THE NAME SENATORS “k.m.a!!!”

  • Chasiv

    So… if I view you being a columnist differently – you’ll quit your job correct? That’s what you’re saying. If it offends anyone, it needs to be changed.

    Society is getting so pitiful with this BS. Our country was built on varying opinions, but now it is politically wrong to do anything that may offend someone. God (oops, did I offend someone using that word) forbid people are asked to speak English in our country. Or that the National Anthem has the word God in it… or our currency has ‘In God we Trust’… The pledge of allegiance cannot even be recited in schools anymore.

    Let’s get over ourselves and have people have some backbones to tolerate things that are not exactly the way they want them.

  • Rob Detrick

    Hey Maloney, when I say I’m a Redskins fan I say it with pride not hate. When I tell you to die in a fire,,,that’s hate!

  • PK R

    This one will probably get me banned LOL. If I were a Gay, Black, Redneck, Christian playing for the Redskins would that be good or bad?. (It’s called humor if anyone doesn’t catch it).

  • Witch Hunt

    Boycott Sports Illustrated for one sided bias filled .. “reporting.”

    Send out Twitter messages informing the world of their contribution to the war on free speech.

    What place does a “reporter..” for a magazine dedicated to sports have framing this issue?

    What place does a sports magazine have demonizing anyone who disagrees with the opinion of one of it’s employees?

    How does this magazine expect to be taken seriously on any issue when one of the lol “journalists…” in it’s employ, use profanity and mockery to demonize others. And in this case, those “others” include a sizable number of their customers.

    Stick to sports, stay out of politics, use reason instead of emotion if you want to be taken seriously.

    It is not your place to judge others based upon any particular word that may or may not be in their vocabulary… even though you believe it is.

  • Nick Abbate

    Fvck these guys! No one is offended by it. Its been around so long no one even thinks about it until jerkoff politicians say something. If someone is offended by it, toughen up. Its not meant to be derogatory. Theyre saying were awesome Indian football players and will fvck you up!

  • The morose Dr. Moe, himself

    The Saints need to change their name because it’s offensive to atheists, the Browns’ name is insulting to brown-skinned folks, and the Giants’ name is hurtful to the big and tall. .

  • lonnie

    i’ve got a novel idea, how about the senators actually pass a budget? something they haven’t done in half a decade. or maybe they could find out why vets are on death lists? how about dealing with something that actually matters for a change.

  • Steve Orpin

    Well, let’s see. We have several Chiefs, Vikings, Aztecs, Texans, Raiders, Buccaneers, Eskimos, Blackhawks, Indians, Canucks, Canadiens, Americans, Redmen, Mohawks, Nationals, Rebels, Tomahawks, Mohawks, (Brooklyn) Italians, Celtics, Warriors, Knickerbockers, Braves, Fighting Irish, Highlanders, Titans, Spartans, Saxons, Fighting Scots, Swedes, Chippewas, Tartars, Fighting Whites, Fighting Illini, Norsemen, Flying Dutchmen, Golden Gaels, Ragin’ Cajuns, Choctaws, Sioux, Tribe, Norse, Orange(men), Mountaineers, Maroons, Browns, Panthers, Missionaries, Bowmen, Samurai, Colonials, Continentals, Quakers, Hawaiians… I’m sure there are more.

    Maybe all sports teams should change their names to plants or trees? How bout them “Michigan Mighty Oaks,” or the “Louisville Larch”?

    I’m more outraged that our SENATE is wasting our tax dollars and their time (which we pay for,) chasing these red herrings (another team name?) instead of fixing our broken government. Sheesh!

    • PK R

      OMG we gotta get rid of the horrors in our society LOL!!!. everyone’s new name is Fred or Donna. We watch Green or Blue teams play games. Add on if you want too :-)

  • maninthetub

    Well I’m glad this issue has finally been settled.

  • Joseph Jett

    This team was formed in 1932. The Skins have an incredible history, produced some of the greatest players of all time. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. I hope the team retains its name for the next 100 years. I agree with Redskins Rule…this another attempt by the professionally offended, bottom line.

  • reason

    This is stupid and pointless, the redskins have gone years without this scrutiny… Why? BECAUSE NOBODY BROUGHT IT UP… Nobody cared, in my opinion whoever brought this up just wanted to get some publicity for himself (or herself)… In today’s society, where social issues apparently take priority over jobs, healthcare, welfare, international affairs, etc.., Anyone can just scream the word “racist” and suddenly it is top page news and everyone is outraged. Now obviously racism is an important issue, but sometimes when the world around us is crumbling we need to think about what is really important. For instance we still don’t seem to have a plan for the issues going on in Ukraine right now. Today 13 Ukrainian solders were killed, and the violence there is only growing, But today our congress used its resources to ask the NFL to change a name of one of it’s franchises teams. Do we actually want to be progressive as a society? then I say we take a saying from when we were kids and put it to use for once in our lives “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” So lets grow up, realize that this team name is not designed to hurt anyone and move on with our lives…

    Oh and to anyone who says, “They might as well have just named themselves the N-words”, (or some comment along those lines). I am saying redskins, I am not going to type the “N-word”.

  • Just A. Marine

    Truly this “author” has no idea behind the name or the essence of a game. A poorly written piece by a bitter Liberal wishing to provide his own opinions on Capitalism and free enterprises. Furthermore, who’s ever utilized a Team name that degrades, puts down, mocks, or comes of disrespect to ones own Team? Apparently he’s never played sports other than Liberal progressivism and Democratic mindlessness.

  • JackiL

    Mr Maloney,

    I am sure you make more money than me, probably have a nicer home and car than me, and maybe even have a higher education than me, but you have shown in this article that you have a lot less common sense and logic than I do. You said: “If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.” which is completely false. To respect someone else’s view is not to change your opinion to theirs, or bow to their desires, but to accept that they don’t think like you do, and hold no ill will. You also seem to think that speaking hatefully of those who do not hold your view, is a good thing, or will possibly change their mind, when what it really is, is bigotry and plain old bullying. I hear there is a big champagne against bullying these days, and a large majority of the public is against it. A wise person once said “Never shove anything down someone’s throat, they will spit it back in your face.” Who said this? Me :)

  • Redd_Melendez

    Tell them to get the country on track before lecturing on such issues.

  • Colin Shores

    Maybe the Senate should first focus on changing the name of things they can affect, like the state of Oklahoma which means red people in Choctaw. If our “leaders” were to lead by example, maybe others would be more likely follow suit.

  • eddiestardust

    I graduated from Copley High, Copley being a suburb of Akron, Ohio. Our school mascot is The Copley Indian and I am proud of that. If anyone tries to tell me that I’m wrong, they can go jump in the lake.

  • Vern

    It’s good to know that the Senators don’t have any pressing government issues to handle. lol This is exactly why these idiots are over paid. This PC bullshit is getting very old.

  • navymikeussn

    Is this the real issues facing Native Americans, according to the left wing communist liberal maggots this is the main issue, not unemployment, not drug abuse, aids, alcoholism, inflation etc, this is a ploy by the useless liberal communist democrat maggots to divide the people so the people will fight amongs themselves while the useless thieving, lying murderous communist democrats liberal deflect from their fail policies. Any Person with any brain, see a strong, honorable warrior, and this is from a Cowboy fan. Whats next Harry Reid will you go after the NY Giants because short people might feel offended, the Vikings because Norwegians feel offended and so on and so on.

  • kelly

    Hail to the REDSKINS!!! Now and forever

    • jai151

      Whatever the name, they still suck.

      • wayne tell’em

        You suck

      • kelly

        Unlike fair weather fans, I bleed burgundy and gold until I die. No matter how bad or good they are. Born in DC, raised in MD, suck or not… Hail to the REDSKINS

  • Joe Austin

    Here’s an idea: if you don’t like the Nickname, don’t root for that team. The University of North Dakota folded like a cheap accordian and retired their “Fighting Sioux” Nickname due to enormous political pressure AND $$$$$$. And guess what? Staunch supporters of the nickname who are alumni have quit donating money to the University and attendance at games has gone down. Tradition that is honoured and respected by the majority should stay and not be removed due to the actions of a minority that due not reflect the majority. FIGHTING SIOUX AND REDSKINS FOREVER!!!!! :P

  • Guest

    Really Maloney, next time you want a story, send one of your interns cause you lack objectivity. Let the readers decide and instead try presenting the facts, not slanted opinions. As far as changing the name, we all know that the only reason the US Senators are involved is because of votes. They don’t care about the moral or ethical question. Get real, I think political correctness is another type of “race card”. Maybe those Senators should boycott the sold out games and give their tickets(which some lobbyist paid for) to military families who fought for your right to be a jackass.

  • Denny Thegrahamcracker Bryce

    So, when are they going to force the Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Braves, and the Cleveland Indians to change their names?

  • big b

    I think there are some more pressing issues going on in the world right now…as a matter of fact there are more pressing things going on in my house right now, like I need to go take a dump after reading such an inane article….

  • discripplemation

    setting aside opinions on the name itself, how is it not just outrageous to ppl that our politicians have nothing better to do with their time than to try to force the NFL to bow to their will? this is not a government entity, it’s a business. they can call themselves w/e they want to. and what is THIS crap, ” the R-word”? are we SERIOUSLY expected to not say “redskins”? my christ, it’s getting to where you can’t say anything without some special interest group wanting to lobby to bar you from saying it. does anyone else ever feel like just going out and shouting all these non-PC, but perfectly legal to say, words? just go on out and stand in the yard and yell, just to piss off all these pansy-axxes who make a big stink over it. there is not a single solitary football fan in the country who thinks “redskins” is a slur. there are a fair chunk of ppl who AREN’T football fans who don’t think it, either, and the rest of these whiny schmucks? no one CARES what they think. and isn’t that the real problem here? no one cares what these poor offended ppl really think, but we go to great lengths to assuage their poor ears. NO ONE GIVES A SMUCK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED. it’s YOUR problem, deal with it, and stop trying to impinge on everyone elses’ right to free speech.

  • kelly

    Also, political correctness has gotten out of hand. No one can speak without fear of being sued for how another person feels about it. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. In addition, call them the ‘Skins if you have a problem with Redskins. Finally, congress should be worrying about the economy, jobs, and the republicans obstruction of VA money and anything else they don’t like.

    • wayne tell’em

      I blame Obama.

  • Bill Herman

    Finallyb the NFL has done something right. I’m part Native American and I have NA friends and they, myself coulddn’t care less about the name Redskins. It’s been around a long time and no one has gotten all bent out of shape over it until the over the top BS, PC got in the way.
    It’s become a part of the NFL’s history and there is nothing wrong with it.
    What is wrong the NA complaining when there is a lot of more important things they should complain about.
    Why don’t they complain more about their drug, liquor, spousal abuse problems.

  • FIREFOX

    THIS IS FOOTBALL YOU BUNCH OF TOO SENSITIVE IDIOTS… The Redskins name has been around forever. The Washington Redskins is the name of their team. I guess it is a slur against all the Cowboys, for Dallas to be using that name, or the 49′ers. or the vikIngs. OR BUCCANEERS….. Get over it you bunch of whine bags. Tired of all this stupidity…………

  • Kathryn

    It would not surprise me to learn the most significant reason the NFL will not change the name is about money. I would cost a lot to change a team’s name. Not that the reason they give is incorrect from their perspective but that’s the problem. Their argument is based on their reasons, and not about really listening to the offended “18%” as of this poll sited. If this percentage were accurate throughout the United States, and I would mention most do not really understand the nitty-gritty details of the offensiveness (perhaps not related to the reason the name was originally created), as samples of dead Native Americans offered by bounty hunters for payment of a killing back in the day, (sorry, but there you have it), 18% of our population is 57.26 million people (based on info from the US National Debt Clock). That number is not insignificant in my book.

  • yoopaz

    Hey, white guy.

  • Joe Laporte

    get over it. Vancouver named a team after its own country’s slur (canucks) stop being such babies and ruining everything for everyone else. its not like you can force the nfl to change anything. its not like the nba, football is actually a sport and people will watch regardless.

  • DRTVEGAS

    Uh…how does the writer of this article know the mindset of ANYONE, let alone the NFL? Was this written by an “offended” Native American person? The “R-word”? Really? Please, let’s keep the surly, race-baiting, mud-slinging sideshow out of the field of professional journalism. Just the facts, ma’am, please! Otherwise, the ENTIRE ALPHABET will soon be reduced to “(x) – words.” BTW — why don’t we just call the Redskins the “R Team” and move forward?

  • Dave Thomas

    for once…. I agree with Roger. the PC police need to focus on more important issues in this country. as for the Senators, how about working on getting the debt down, not dismantling our defense program and helping our veterans. surely, those are much more worthwhile investments of your time. :)

  • Ben

    What an idiot his author is. Do you know a thing what the word “respect” means or “tolerance”? Obviously not. You’re slamming them for respecting that some people get upset about anything they view as having the slightest hint of racism in it. Do they mean their team name as a “racial slur”? OBVIOUSLY NOT YOU MORONS. WHY WOULD THEY USE IT OTHERWISE? IT’S A TEAM NAME FOR A SPORTS TEAM. Liberals are so brain-dead, aren’t they? Morons. You grow up. No one is offended by this except those who want some publicity. If you really hated racism, you would ignore it so it would go away instead of becoming the new racists in this country. That is what the left has done and this is just another piece of BS they’re trying to use. No one is legitimately offended by the name and if they were why wouldn’t they say this when the team was first named? Grow a brain, people. I’m a conservative and I hate racism, and that is why I’m so aggressive on this idiotic racists keeping it alive in this country. This is the 21st century, it’s time to grow up past your stupid bigoted ideas. YOU are the racists, everyone offended by this name.

    • kelly

      Once again, not all liberals want the name changed. I am a liberal and an avid Redskin fan. The name should not be changed.

  • PhilM1957

    Jack Maloney, when is the last time you called yourself a racial slur? I guess you never have. Right? People don’t do that. The team refers to themselves that way, as some teams are Cowboys, Broncos, Bears, Seahawks, Eagles, etc. Am I to think that if I call the team Eagles I am calling them birdbrains? Of course not. It’s just a name. There is nothing derogatory in any of the names of NFL teams. But hey, if someone wanted to make out like there was, I’m sure they could and people like you would buy into it!

    On top of this, there have been numerous Native Americans who have stated publicly they do not view it as a racial slur. What you state is factually incorrect.

    Consider: In 2005, the Indian language scholar Ives Goddard of the Smithsonian Institution published a remarkable and consequential study of redskin’s early history. His findings shifted the dates for the word’s first appearance in print by more than a century and shed an awkward light on the contemporary debate. Goddard found, in summary, that “the actual origin of the word is entirely benign.” Redskin, he learned, had not emerged first in English or any European language. The English term, in fact, derived from Native American phrases involving the color red in combination with terms for flesh, skin, and man. These phrases were part of a racial vocabulary that Indians often used to designate themselves in opposition to others whom they (like the Europeans) called black, white, and so on.

    The term is no more a racial slur than white, something I’ve been my whole life and was never offended by the term (even though factually, no one is “white” or “black” or “red”.)

    And the 50 Senators who signed this letter told everyone what their level of intelligence is.

    • Coyote

      Taken from the same article you quoted:

      “Of course, the names of many peoples who have been at war have been used with an intention to demonize or denigrate. That we can find Germans spoken of with malice during World War II, though, does not make German slang or offensive. But the informal usage of redskin seems to have made it especially inviting to the creators of frontier tales.

      Such contexts and, more importantly, the violent history of U.S. Indian policy, help explain why the 1898 Webster’s Collegiate dictionary labeled red-skin “often contemptuous,” as Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster has pointed out. But our lexicographical take on the word remained complicated.”

      You are correct when you cite that the word was not originally considered offensive and that it was used by Native Americans themselves. Usage of the word since then in literary depiction of Native Americans has changed the general perception of the word. This has happened similarly with several words in our language. For example, the word “moron” was once considered an acceptable, clinical term for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Today the word is commonly used as an insult describing a stupid person. Perception of a word can change, and the way we use it changes in turn. Why not accept that and change the name? It’s just a team name!

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      On top of this, there have been numerous Native Americans who have stated publicly they do not view it as a racial slur.
      Some doesn’t equal all. There have also been numerous Native Americans who have stated publicly they do view it as a racial slur.

  • Coyote

    Why stall on this at all? Check out the Oxford dictionary definition of the word redskin. The dictionary categorizes the word as offensive. It has been considered offensive as far back as 1898, when it was first categorized in a dictionary as “often contemptuous.” There’s no evidence that the name was selected as an insult to Native Americans, but it doesn’t matter now. Sometimes the meaning or perception of a word changes over time, and the dictionary generally reflects that change. Why would any franchise or league want to defend the use of a team name that has, over time, become offensive? What is the real importance of keeping the name? http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/redskin

  • shingoex

    “That the league continues to charade the idea that Redskins can be used respectfully is downright embarrassing.” No, the fact people continue to purposely misconstrue it as “offensive” is embarrassing.

  • Paul Davis

    I’m Cherokee Indian, and I LOVE the name Redskins. WE’RE not the ones whining about the name, it’s just the control freak liberals who are. Leave the name, it’s fine. The rest of you, mind your own business.

    • kelly

      Not all of us liberals want the name changed.

  • Jamaicanmeangry

    Well then change the Cleveland Indians to “Native Americans”. Everybody is always crying about being offended. You can’t even mention mongoloid or negroid genetic phenotypes anymore without somebody screaming racism. They are scientific terms, fkn deal with it.

  • Gary

    Grow up, Jack Maloney, and do better…at REPORTING the news instead of trying to create it with the use of profanities. I’ve seen better writing in Middle School newsletters.

  • Cherokeeman55

    considering that when they asked first nations people about the name the “indians” as we call them actually said they support it. 95% of “indians” where the term “Redskin” with pride me being one of them

  • http://www.misguidedchildren.com/ John Glover, I-3-6

    Herd mentality has taken over the United States under the mask of political correctness. This will not end well.

  • Denny Thegrahamcracker Bryce

    I blame Boston for naming them. First they were known as the Boston BRAVES then when they moved to Fenway Park, the name was changed to the Boston Redskins.

  • lightbluecollar

    Who is Jack Maloney? Why does he ignore the majority of all natives (not cherry picking one nation over others) understand and like the name?

  • hwy505

    Go ahead change the name – lets change and remove anything to do with American Indians – soon no one will know they even existed, and then, and only then will politicians and moronic liberals realize that they made a mistake! I say that the Angels should change their name, it’s disrespectful to the devils in hockey, which are disrespectful to the Saints – get a grip, this is a none issue. These senators should worry more about doing THEIR job and not trying to tell other businessman what to do or how to do it!

    • kelly

      Yet again, not all liberals want the name changed. Do not generalize.

  • disqus_0gERmMVAzo

    “…the NFL in no way whatsoever respects those who view it differently.

    If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.”

    That’s asinine logic at best. Going with that thinking, we’d all have to agree with one another in order to show respect. I can have a different opinion from someone and still respect them.

    I don’t like the nickname, but using this kind of nonsensical logic Isn’t going to help with changing it.

    • John Wills

      I think they would care if actual Native Americans cared! Clearly they dont. When the Redskins were formed there were a bunch of Native Americans on the team thats where the name came from. Its a badge of honor not a slur. White people are crazy.

  • NHLeprechaun

    I can’t wait for your columns about why the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have to change their self-slurring names. Oh, and while you’re at it, why don’t you take on Notre Dame and their stereotype of Irish people being nothing but drunken brawlers. See how far you get with that one. Oh that’s right, the Irish are Caucasian so they can’t be offended. You’re just a bandwagon jumper without a true grasp of the big picture.

  • John Wills

    “In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington Redskins” offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.”

    WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT THE F*CK UP!! HTTR!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Wills

    Why not add some actual Native Americans to congress. Where is the uproar over that ?

  • VL123

    i am do f*cking tired of leftists.

  • windwalker

    Keep the Redskins name, drop the Washington part–it’s an embarrassment to the team.

  • Harroll Morris

    I would love to tell all the people who are offended at the idea of giving up the Redskin name because it offends other people just how much I respectfully disagree, but I am afraid my use of extreme profanity might get me banned. In addition to that, given their thinking that slurs of any kind are meant to be positive, my use of profanity, comments about their eating habits the genetic closeness of their relatives might be taken as an unintended compliment. So I will leave it with you are terribly wrong and seem unable to recognize that you are wrong. Have a nice day. :)

  • waterphowler

    get over yourself, they went out and recruited the Oneida Nation, maybe 30 members, to be the offended party thinking this would make the Redskins change their name and mascot. Well public support is firmly on the side of the REDSKINS. Don’t ever change the name, especially as a result of BULLYING, but hey, that’s another issue.

  • Zed Manna

    The worst racism is committed by those who seek to politicize race, as does the “author” herein. Jack Maloney, YOU are the racist.

  • along for the ride

    I want to know when its going to be politically incorrect and intolerable for people to call me a “white man”.

  • Michael Grant

    People need to worry about their kids, families and neighborhoods. NFL Football is a diversion and a business. It is not for the media to drive change for the sake of measuring/testing how much power it has.

  • Really?ReallyGuy

    I live in Arizona and often drive across the Navajo Reservation up to Colorado. On that Reservation is a high school (Red Mesa) right on the highway that has a large sign prominently saying Red Mesa Redskins. Yes, an American Indian high school with the mascot of Redskins. Not only that but I have seen dozens of Navajo people sporting Washington Redskins hats and shirts. Why is no one up in arms about this?? I am SICK of this argument.

  • jlsatkins

    Good lord all of you people are so stupid. If Native Americans, Indians, Redskin, whatever you wanna call them found the name of that football team offensive, somethin would have been done about it MANY MANY years ago. There was a stink like this here in Arkansas with the ASU Indians. Now its the Red Wolves, which is a good name, but they changed it because of some stupid politician and NOT because Native Americans were offended. I think its all BULLSHIT anyway. Life is about getting offended. Buck up and live with it. Learn to take insults with stride and dignity and be yourself. Piss on what anybody thinks.

  • HarryTheCat

    What’s with these people who are so offended by everything? Do they get up in the morning, twist their own panties into a wad and then go looking for something to be offended about? If you’re really, truly offended by the name Redskins, don’t buy a ticket to the game and don’t watch them on the tube. Or better yet, get together with all the other bed wetters in twisted panties, save up and buy the team. Otherwise just stfu.

  • hailtotheredskins1

    have you noticed the people most angry about the name are old white men? perhaps a reminder of their prior generations injustices??? just sayin. everyone forgot to ask the Natives. most either don’t want it changed or could care less.

  • lakawak

    Silly Senators. Racism is OK if it is TRADITION!

  • CHAOSTHEORY

    Honestly I think America has put wayyyyyyy too much emphasis on “political correctness..” Get over it…

  • along for the ride

    its nice to know we have nothing more pressing in this country to worry about, then changing a name of a professional sports team, as it could be construed as a slur by those that choose to define it that way. Most of us would not

  • mikehorton

    Just change the name already!

  • Tom Shawl

    90% of Native Americans do not find the name Red Skins to be offensive. Some are even fans of the team. Many consider it a honor. The Red Skin Logo was drawn by a Blackfeet Indian. So people shouldn’t say that Native Americans are offended because most of us are not. Nobody is going to name their team after something that does not represent to them strength and honor.

  • Johnny Vile

    Washington Pigskins, done. no more whining from d bags like Jack Maloney

    • Bob Hope’s Ghost

      then the muslims will complain

  • PaddyO’

    My grandmother was a Creek Indian. It offends me that 50 white senators want the name changed. I consider the name Redskin a badge of honor!

  • trunks_cscs

    I can 100% guarantee that the name will never be changed. In today’s highly PC society, somebody decided to start a commotion, yet years ago these same people either didn’t have a problem with it or it didn’t bother them enough to say anything. It’s time that they realize that the Left can never be right…

    • Steve Farmer

      Our country is getting to be too PC. Heck, at the rate we are going, we are going to have to have zippers installed on our lips so we don’t say anything because it will all be considered non-PC.

  • Stacy

    Good for the NFL. The government has no business sticking their nose in NFL business ! If someone doesn’t like the name, don’t buy the jersey or go to the game. Stop the madness

  • Matt

    If the team was called the black skins it wouldn’t even be a question.

  • emty44

    The few that want the name changed need to grow a pair, get over it and move on. The term is not a racial slur nor is it intended to be. If you don’t like it don’t watch it, isn’t that we’ve always been taught about things we don’t like?

  • VAHAWK

    Any person that views the name, “Redskins” as something that is offensive is RACIST. It is what it is.
    The only way this moniker could be possibly construed as, “offensive” would be to hold the opinion that having red skin is somehow offensive, or inferior in some way. There is nothing bad about, or wrong with, having RED skin. The name is meant as an honor to Native Americans. Their is no logical way that the name can be somehow twisted to be insulting to Native Americans. Not even in the WILDEST stretch of the imagination, could this be said to be offensive to ANYONE. It’s truly embarrassing to know that our leaders took time from the pressing issues of the day to comment on something to inconsequential and insignificant as this issue. This is outrageous. With all we have going on the the world, and with all the challenges at home, and abroad, that these pathetic, pandering, partisan, PC MORONS would take TWO seconds to address this issue is preposterous and ABSURD!!! It’s also sad how racist and pathetic DEMOCRATS and the mainstream media are. Truly sad, and these are our so called, “leaders”. We are doomed.

    • ALC

      I’m a Detroit fan… as bad as my team has been I’m thinking the “Lions” may be an offensive slur at this point..

  • ALC

    Everyone needs to put their binkies back in their mouth and quit being big babies about the name of the team. This is an 82 year old team and every year there are about 5 people who get upset about it. My guess is that they are Cowboy fans… The only reason 50 Senators are sticking their noses in this is because Harry Reid has all but put the Senate on paid vacation. Before Washington’s NFL team changes their name, maybe those 50 Senators would like to change their job title. I mean, I can’t think of anything that would be more demeaning than being mistaken for a U.S. Senator…

  • Pam Sohan

    Seriously? The United States Senate has NOTHING better to do than worry about the names of sports teams? Really? National defense? A budget? Immigration? Crime? Poverty? ……….. Right!!!!!

    • ALC

      The Senators may think about changing their job title as well, I think being called a U.S. Senator would be a more offensive slur that Redskins has ever been..

  • Dogofwar1

    Jack Maloney, rhymes with baloney.

    Jack, did you know that on the last scientific poll conducted among purely Native Americans, 90% said they didn’t have a problem with the name?

    Did you know that the oft cited, scalping based origin of the word is likely a falsehood? Google Ives Goddard and educate yourself on the origin of the term from someone who actually put in the time and research, and the term originally was a self-referential term they used when negotiating with colonists, and the supposed scalping ties could not be found.

    Did you know that while they did attack the Redskins name, the American Indian Congress exempted numerous high schools with large Native American populations from having to change their mascot? Now, if the name is so mentally disparaging, would they allow high schools to keep the name? Shouldn’t they be internally consistent?

    The data is not as one-sided as you are presenting, moreover it is quite possibly the opposite of what you’re presenting.

  • Traditions

    We have so many other issues as a society that really need our attention. It is sad to see our country so obsessed with the PC issues instead of the critical quality of life concerns. We need to focus on develpoing better schools, employment opportunities, global warming, etc…lets make a better world for everyone. The very same people who want the name change, have no problem calling people idiots and other derogatory names to further their own narrow agendas.
    Sad commentary on the state of affairs in our Wonderful country….

  • Chad Murphy

    Glad people waited 80 years to say something.

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      Pretty sure people have been saying something all along. Just, no one’s heard them until recently.

  • Jake Ingalls

    Wow, could the author be any more of a douchebag?

  • Jake Mueller

    The butthurt is strong with these people. The only way the name redskins is offensive, is if you’re ignorant to believe it is intended as an insult. That’s like saying the name of the New England Patriots is offensive, or Broncos or Colts for people who don’t like horses…..anyone who thinks it’s offensive, is overly sensitive. Get a life, and get over it.

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      Maybe part of it is that sports teams are generally named after fearsome, powerful things like Lions, Giants, Bears, Rams, Cowboys, Patriots. “Redskin,” though, doesn’t refer to a profession or practice like cowboy, patriot, warrior, brave, whatever; it just refers to an entire race, and thus sort of implies that all Indians are to be feared. Stereotyping Indian people as these fearsome warriors is kinda like stereotyping white people as evil rich guys. Might rub you the wrong way if you’re a member of a group whose stereotype doesn’t describe you or your aspirations.

      I don’t know, that’s just a thought. I’m white and there’s never been a team (as far as I know) called the Whiteys or Whiteskins or Crackers or whatever, so I can only guess how that feels.

  • Thomas Clarke Garvie

    HEY ROGER, My grandfather, now deceased, was born and grew up on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in Niobrara, Nebraska. He attended the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the late 1890′s and early 1900′s. He was a classmate of Jim Thorpe, Sac and Fox American Indian, one of the greatest football player’s ever. Ever since I can remember as a little kid, my Grandfather, (SIOUX INDIAN) my Dad and my two uncle’s (All son’s of my grandfather) were BIG, BIG, WASHINGTON REDSKIN FANS. Not once, did my Grandfather or anyone of my uncle’s or my dad complain about the name REDSKIN’S. They felt HONORED by it. ENOUGH SAID

  • Matt Williams

    Slurs are only slurs if people take them offensively. Let’s consider a few things: Blacks aren’t black, Whites aren’t white, Yellow people aren’t yellow, and Redskins aren’t red. Only Brown people are actually brown, a color that pretty most people actually are. So sure, change the name, and don’t call me White either. Or Caucasian. I’m not from the Caucasus, I’m Anglo-Iranian. Asians, including me, do have a slight yellow tint to their skin, just as many Africans have very dark skin, often with a blackish-purple tint, and Native Americans have a reddish tint. These names shouldn’t be considered offensive unless you’re going to equally apply that standard to everything. But what am I saying? I’m a middle class, White male: I’m always wrong.

  • John Bernhardt

    The team has been so bad, for so long-that they need a name change. Besides they can sell new jerseys-it’s a win-win situation.

  • brock wilson

    The fact that name changers wont admit is that to E V E R Y O N E the term “redskins” conjures up an image of the Football team Logo. Never(!) does it conjure an image of any ethnicity. It is said “redskins” –One word. NEVER is it said “RED. SKINS” There is NO transfer from “Good Gracious the Redskins were horrible on Sunday” to any sort of aspersion to any ethnicity. Nice try PC police. I hope Snyder, Godell and their ilk stay strong in the face of your nonsense.

  • Seraphina Anne Kelly

    How long have they been called the Redskins? I know a congressman from Tulsa was pushing for this, and yet his own city has a “Redskins” team. I get that more here in Oklahoma, where we should ALL know better. And yet the Governor’s daughter repeatedly (and probably on purpose) has beyond offended Native Americans.

    • Dogofwar1

      Oklahoma actually means “red people.” It’s a combination of two Choctaw Native American words. That doesn’t excuse any racism of the governor’s daughter, but it is in an interesting factoid.

      Maybe the Redskins should change their name to the Washington Oklahomans? That could be nifty.

  • Kurt Copeland

    Dude, they are referring to THEMSELVES as a team. How could it POSSIBLY be construed as a derogatory term? Grow up, Jack Maloney.

  • SideshowJon36

    Fansided? Side with the fans and not the PC kooks, you losers!

  • Rob Oatman

    Wow. Jack Maloney is a sorry excuse for a columnist. No writer with any amount of education, training or experience would try to make a point by using vulgar terminology — especially when he’s arguing that a team nickname is, in fact, vulgar. … By the way, I know a Native American who not only roots for the Redskins, he owns a good deal of their licensed merchandise. So, Maloney, is he “dumb” to support the Redskins? If your answer is yes, then aren’t you perpetuating the very stereotype you seek to protest? Suggestion: Learn how to write or find something else to do.

  • Joni

    Hurrah, leave the Redskins alone and start fixing things in DC and the rest of the country like we hired (elected) you to do. Start with the VA and IRS! I grew up with native Americans and NONE of the ones I know are offended. Several of them are Redskin fans like me!

  • “The Wine”

    Mahoney, thanks for your Bob Costas opinionated report on this topic. (He was wrong also)

  • Seraphina Anne Kelly

    “After the disappointing 1936 NFL title game, George Preston Marshall had the team moved to his home in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1937,
    retaining the name “Redskins” although it was now out of context. They
    then shared Griffith Stadium with the Washington Senators baseball team”.

    77 years! They have had their name or 77 years… so what changed? Again, just really want to learn and stay on topic here.

  • RonKeffer

    Information from:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

    some interesting points:

    Other exceptions: granted or denied

    Relationships have also been established at the high school level. Arapahoe High School (Centennial, Colorado) now uses a logo provided by the Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, which initially included an agreement that the image would not be placed on the gym floor or any article of clothing. The latter provision has not always been observed, but the logo does not appear on the team uniforms. The agreement also includes tribal participation in school events.

    The College of William & Mary, founded in 1693 with a charter to, among other things, educate and evangelize the native population, voluntarily changed its sports nickname from “Indians” to the “Tribe” in the late 1970s. However, the NCAA forced the school to remove the two tribal feathers stemming from their logo in 2006 due to “insensitivity” towards Native Americans. The fact that the local Pamunkey and Mattaponi tribes supported the College’s use of the feathers was not enough for the NCAA.

    The NCAA is racist in itself, in my opinion !

    The Arkansas State University officially removed its mascot, the “Indians,” in 2008, replacing it with the “Red Wolves,” at the request of the Osage tribe.

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, however, is permitted to use the name “Illini” owing to the NCAA ruling that the name “is closely related to the name of the state and not directly associated with Native Americans.”[179] The term Fighting Illini is in fact a reference to veterans from Illinois who fought during World War I. The symbol Chief Illiniwek was ruled “hostile and abusive” and was retired in 2007 to comply with the NCAA’s ruling, and the following year, in compliance with a related NCAA ruling, both U of I and Northwestern University retired their then-current rivalry trophy, the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk.

    The University of North Dakota’s former athletic logo, a Native American figure, was recently dropped. Due to the NCAA’s perception that the term “Fighting Sioux” and the accompanying logo are offensive to native Americans, the NCAA pressured the university to discontinue use of the logo.[177] When UND moved in the fall of 2009 to change its nickname, one of the three Sioux tribal councils in the state sued to have the name retained.

    The Central Michigan University nickname, the Chippewas, was originally placed on the “hostile or abusive” list but was removed when the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation of Michigan gave its support to the nickname

    The Ute tribe approved the use of the name “Utes” for the University of Utah and the NCAA granted a waiver to allow the name to remain. For many decades, the school did not have an official Western Athletic Conference mascot. As early as the 1950s, the University of Utah created a Ute Indian boy, named “Hoyo”, as its mascot. The University of Utah club organizations, such as the Associated Students of the University of Utah, the University of Utah Alumni Association, the Daily Chronicle, and many other social organizations highly celebrated “Hoyo” at homecoming events, before and after football games events, and at other social events for many years.[173] Prior to 1972, teams used both “Utes” and “Redskins” as nicknames, but dropped the latter in response to tribal concerns. In 1996 Swoop, a red tailed hawk, became the official mascot.[174] Even though Swoop is now the University of Utah’s official mascot, Utah fans and its clubs alike still use “Utes” as their nickname at sporting events. This is done with permission from the Ute Tribal Council.

    In addition to Osceola, there are the FSU traditions of the “tomahawk chop” and “war chant”, which have more controversial associations.[169][170] In August 2005 the NCAA granted a waiver to the Florida State University which removed it from the “hostile or abusive” list. According to Bernard Franklin, senior vice president of the NCAA: “The staff review committee noted the unique relationship between the university and the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a significant factor. The decision of a namesake sovereign tribe, regarding when and how its name and imagery can be used, must be respected even when others may not agree.”[166] The relationship between the tribe and the university has been maintained to the present, with few voices in opposition

  • dimmek1

    Pardon me, but I think lawmakers ought to concentrate on: fixing the budget deficit, correcting/investigating the scandals, and trying to execute the will of their constituents. Only if changing the name of the Redskins is the will of the constituents should they concern themselves with it at all.

  • Diane Edge

    No wonder our Govt doesn’t get anything done. Grow up Senators and get to some real work

  • Chad McAfee

    i personally have no feelings towards this one way or another, i dont really care about sports, but why don’t we hear from the indians themselves and see what they think? these names have been used for DECADES and it seems the only ones making an issue out of team names like this is the media and the government.

  • Jenny Mothershead

    What is this writer, like TWELVE? NO ONE uses the term ‘Redskin’ as a derogatory name for native Americans. My best friend in elementary school was Cherokee and no one EVER called her that–even back in the 80′s! I loved her family, and they were HUGE REDSKIN fans to boot. You tweenies and 20 somethings need to get over your white guilt selves and jump on a different bandwagon–or stay in your mother’s basements.

  • Steve S

    Wow! what well-balanced reporting, Mr. Maloney! I smell a future for you at MSNBC! (Smell, being the operative word.)

  • Pete Fess

    I think they should change the name of the team to “The Washington Native Americans”…then they could still use the same logo.

  • Michael Lindenmuth

    Seriously… can this god damned Wahhhh-mbulance about the Washington Redskins please crash into a ditch. The team has been called this for how long now? Screw you PC America. All you social justice phonies do is try to destroy everything that doesn’t even effect you. Stop being the damn feelings police for everyone out of your own blanket guilt.

  • James2nd

    This is the problem with our nation. These Senators have plenty of time to get involved with the NFL, a private sector entity, but yet cannot do their own jobs in DC. This administration has been rocked by scandals, our nation is no longer a dominant force in the global theater and Congress has received it’s lowest popular approval rating in the history of our country. But somehow a Football team name is more important than running our government.

  • Fred G. LaChance III

    …………..the country is in the toilet and all the idoits in Washington DC having nothing better to do then worry about a football teams name.

  • SinHalo27

    CALLING BULL$H!T RIGHT NOW! “Oneida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter”. Since when do tribes or races have CEOs (Chief Executive Officers!?!?! Exactly…this is not about degrading a race but about business. Speaking of business- if the name were to be changed in some bizzarro world the stores couldn’t stock the Redskin gear and/or the new gear fast enough as everyone and their mother would be devouring it off shelves = WIN WIN FOR RED$KIN$

  • TheRuleOfLaw

    This article is biased. MOST Native Americans that I’ve seen comment, and even those I personally know, could care less about this distraction.

  • Darlene Radler Formanek

    Just peoples over Inflated Ego’s take offence? Compassionate? Plight? ROFLMAO

  • elogam

    First of all, anyone who writes professionally and uses the term “second of all” is hard to take seriously. What comes next? “Third of all”? then “Fourth of all”? Try “secondly”.

    SECONDLY, to say “If they truly respected those who view it differently, the name would have been changed years ago.” is to say that someone cannot respect your different point of view unless they adopt it. Seriously? Isn’t that a little arrogant? It is definitely possible to “respectfully disagree” with someone and not adopt their position. I respectfully disagree with people on a lot of things. I sometimes understand the rationale of their arguments fully but still don’t agree with them. In this case the NFL and the owner of the Redskins are not willing to be bullied by a bunch of politicians who don’t do anything before checking a public opinion poll. If this is truly a problem it will be settled in the court of public opinion as people stop buying season tickets and luxury suites. THAT is what matters to the NFL.

  • Ben Bollman

    Get over it pansies. It’s never been used as a slur by the NFL so it isn’t a slur just because a bunch of dumb liberals want a distraction from Obamacare and a horrible economy.

  • Bill Burns III

    What is it with ragging on the Washington Redskins all the time? I never hear all you people getting all up in the Chicago Blackhawks faces!!! Just let it die, there are more important issues in this country than a sports teams name. Get your priorities in order people!!!

  • Darryn Frost

    Good grief, Jack Baloney. Neither I, my family, my friends, or any of my acquaintances, many of whom are native american to some degree, have any beef at all with the “Redskins” name. It is such a trivial matter and there are much more important issues to be worried about.

  • DangSonYoureHatingOn2.2Billion

    Omg… really? Is this really such a big deal? Who the f*** cares? I would have no issue with a team called the “Crackers” or the “Honkys”. Does it really matter? Really? Stop getting your panties in a twist.

  • Matt

    What I want to know is why someone who isn’t a native American CARES ABOUT THIS CRAP?! They always want to attach themselves to a cause don’t they??? Always sticking their damn noses where it doesn’t belong. This is the way of the progressive left these days………..always concerned about a cause to make themselves feel better about themselves………but they have ZERO time to consider the effect.

    • dgeliades

      Been on a college campus lately, these kids are always looking for the cause du jour. I think some folks have waaaay too much time on their hands.

  • dgeliades

    This is a ridiculous waste of time. When did everyone get so sensitive that we utterly look to remove any possible controversy from everything. But Football, camon, is anything sacred? I know, lets call them the Washington Garden Daisies! That ought to intimidate the opposition.

  • Mike McAvoy

    the reason why this won’t change is because there isn’t a large enough body of people protesting it.

  • ruserious

    Roger Goddell doesn’t care to force Snyder to change the name because there are not enough Native Americans left in the country to make a financial impact to the NFL’s top and bottom line. Now if people who are truly outraged band together to boycott the Washington team and / or the NFL altogether, then he will care.

  • dgeliades

    Who thinks up this $##T?

  • Dominic

    There are plenty of schools run by natives with almost entirely native student populations that use the name Redskins as their mascot. They are not offended. The word obviously has different interpretations. From most of what I’ve read, 90% of natives aren’t offended. This issue is mostly being perpetuated by non-natives.

  • Jason

    No doubt the writer of this article is an idiot. The NFL has a backbone and has more to be concerned with then this. The Redskins are not the problem, the Washington is.

  • Dan Ward

    SO sick of the poor pathetic victims who constantly take offense to everything these days. It’s time to grow up America and STOP WHINING!

  • thinkingblackman

    Looks like Jack Maloney has his pink manties in a bunch…..

  • Guest

    Mr. Maloney: While I “respect” your views on the name, it is the understanding of many Native American tribes the name “Redskins” is not offensive. Just because 1 or 2 tribes call for the name to be eradicated does not mean it offends most of the Native American’s in this country. Now, If one or two citizens find you offensive, do we have the right to ask for your firing? … Let’s get real here. One or two groups are offfended, but the majority are not. So, why make such a big deal out of this – unless they and you, accordingly are trying to “stir the pot of discontent – or cause trouble. Should we who disagree with you tell you that your opinions are offensive and therefore should be banned? Hmm? No Sir, YOU need to grow up.

  • Z.Anderson84

    If the Washington Redskins is ok, I’m sure the NFL wouldn’t mind renaming the Oakland Raiders: the Oakland Blackskins.

  • Zhenia Oleynik

    WOW! What a wonderfully written article! It’s got solid evidence, legitimate sources, and an objective point of view. Bra-vo!

  • Ron Jackson

    I’d rather we let Dan Synder open a tribal casino that takes bets on NFL games. We could bet the Redskins would NEVER win a playoff game as long as Synder was owner, and all retire rich.

  • Shawn

    The following is the contents of a letter sent out to fans by Daniel Snyder himself on the topic of the name. The entire topic is nothing but a political ploy brought against popularizing anything relating to Native American’s and their tie in to the American way of life. Yes, the US government is still trying to eliminate Native American’s, including having sports teams associated with them. Why? Because if no one remembers who they are, then they won’t care or feel sympathy for them when they take all their land from them. Here is the letter though. The team was named by George Allen, who was himself a Native American.

    “To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

    As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization – our players, coaches and staff – are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to teh sustained long-term success of this franchise.

    That’s why I want to reach out to you – our fans – about the topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on the issue. As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe…and why I believe it.

    Like so many of you, I was born a fan of the Washington Redskins. I still remember my first Redskins game. Most people do. I was only six, but I remember coming through the tunnel into the stands at RFK with my father, and immediately being struck by the enormity of the stadium and the passion of the fans all around me.

    I remember how quiet it got when the Redskins had the ball, and then how deafening it was when we scored. The ground beneath me seemed to move and shake, and I reached up to grab my father’s hand. The smile on my face as he sang that song…he’s been gone for 10 years now, but that smile, and his pride, are still with me every day.

    That tradition- the song, the cheer- it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation.

    Our past isn’t just where we came from-it’s who we are.

    As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago- in 1932- with the name “Boston Braves.” The following year, the franchise name was changed to the “Boston Redskins.” 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 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, offices is the plaque given to Coach Allen – a source of pride for all of us. “Washington Redskins” is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect – the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout thier rich history as the original Americans.

    I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.”

    Consider the following facts concerning the “Washington Redskins” name:

    1) The highly respected Annenberg Public Policy Center polled nearly 1,000 self-identified Native Americans from across the continental U.S. and found that 90% of Native Americans did not find the team name “Washington Redskins” to be “offensive.”

    2) In an April 2013 Associated Press survey, 79% of the respondents stated the Washington Redskins should not change their name, while only 11% believed the team’s name should change.

    Paul Woody, a columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch, interviewed three leaders of Virginia Native American tribes this May. They were all quoted by Mr. Woody as stating that the team name doesn’t offend them – and their comments strongly supported the name “Washington Redskins.” Also in May, SiriusXM NFL Radio hosted Robert Green, the longtime and recently retired Chief of the Fredericksburg-area Patawomeck Tribe, who said, among other things:

    “Frankly, the members of my tribe – the vast majority – don’t find it offensive. I’ve been a Redskins fan for years. And to be honest with you, I would be offended if they did change [the name, Redskins….This is] an attempt by somebody…to completely remove the Indian identity from anything and pretty soon… you have a wipeout in society of any reference to Indian people….You can’t rewrite history – yes there were some awful bad things done to our people over time, but naming the Washington football team the Redskins, we don’t consider to be one of those bad things.”

    Our franchise has a great history, tradition and legacy representing our proud alumni and literally tens of millions of loyal fans worldwide. We have participated in some of the greatest games in NFL history, and have won five World Championships. We are proud of our team and the passion of our loyal fans. Our fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” in celebration at every Redskins game. They speak proudly of “Redskins Nation” in honor of a sports team they love.

    So when I consider the Washington Redskins name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington Redskins traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me – and just as you have shared with your family and friends.

    I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name “Redskins” continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.

    We are Redskins Nation … and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.

    With Respect and Appreciation,

    Dan Snyder

    -from a letter to fans by Daniel M. Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins”

  • art1032

    Its all silly,lets worry about murderers and rapists and people of that nature. The Redskins have always been the Redskins people need to move on and worry about more serious issues and these so-called senators don’t need to be re elected if all they worry about is a NFL team name that has been there for years.

  • Kimberly

    The Redskins originated in Boston. It’s a compliment!!!! What about the Atheists and the LA Anaheim Angels? The Senate has more important things to worry about…how about all of that transparency…maybe the Senate should be worried about the fact that our President finds out about things like the IRS issue, etc from the news!!! Moving on…

  • Kyle

    I find it funny how almost everyone that is “offended” by the redskins name happens to be white or african american and not actually native american

  • keystoneclimber

    The “R-word”? Give me a break. The world is doomed. Grow some thicker skin already. Ever notice the only ones never offended are us honky whitey redneck crackers? Maybe we should start playing the race card every time someone uses the “W-word”? That’s racist!

    • Aaron68

      I prefer to be called a person of light complexion.

  • Mike Butler

    The “R-word”! BWAHAHAHAHA!

    If they really want to do something useful, they should remove the offensive word from the name and just call the team “The Redskins.”

  • Samuel L. Chang

    Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies. Can’t you just enjoy your meaningless existence while you’re here, and stay out of everyone else’s business? How does any of this effect anybody? Seriously? Enjoy life. Stop complaining. If you get butt-hurt every time you hear “Washington Redskins”, then your life must really suck. Sorry about that.

  • Kara Mehmet

    Nothing more funny than a White Liberal sports writer getting all courageously righteous and angry about something he never thought twice about until Bob “Facelift” Costas started whining about it as a substitute for his own sports irrelevance. How edgy to write B…S….! in your piece. And by the way White Guy Sports writer, just what do you mean by “their people”? BWAHAHAHA! Loser Liberals.

  • Masterson Liz

    How about our senators do some real work. It isn’t like there is nothing of real importance going on. I do think the Redskins name conveys warriors, and is meant in a positive light. You never see a team name like Infidels?

  • khanes110

    Sounds like the same politically correct pansies that write the dictionary, also work in the US senate, and write articles. Stop trying to CREATE issues!!

  • Kappacabra

    Native here. I actually like the name. “Washington Native Americans” just doesn’t ring right.

    • Dave Dawkins

      How about the Vanishing First Americans?

  • azolfos

    Congress should vote to change the names of every State & County, & roads as most are named after Indian tribes. I am offended by a Communist majority Senate that is trying to extinguish the nations history. They don’t have a problem the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, or Laus Deo inscribed on the Washington Memorial, or the the monument that was built in the name of Chief Crazy Horse – no problems there! The Democrats in the United States are one reason why so many domestic terrorists are created. Democrats hate HONOR, RESPECT, and Responsibility. You know what to do in 2014 & 2016 and beyond. Preserve your Republic.

  • Grizzly907LA

    Who cares? Demorat traitors are more worried about the name of a stupid football team, than they are over veterans dying under VA care, Benghazi, fast and furious, and the collapse of the American economy.

  • UserName12345

    Can we stop trying to reason whether the name should or should not change by what the few Native Americans you know personally want? Not every Native American has the same opinion about everything: we aren’t all a one-minded people, we have opinions of our own. Personally, I find the name offensive, but that doesn’t mean others necessarily do.

  • Michael Hunter

    Sorry, I’m of the camp that says a word is just a word. It only hurts you as much as you let it. People a way to hung up on political correctness. Get over it. Dan owns the team. He doesn’t have to change it if he doesn’t want to. It would be just like me asking you to change your name because it offends me. Would you do it?

  • Dave Dawkins

    Why is there no similar outrage over the defamatory mascot name of Notre Dame? I’m of Irish descent, and I resent being portrayed as a violent leprechaun. If the Redskins have to change their name, Notre Dame should, as well.

  • disqus_IK4JLhzYdo

    Whatever happens, the government needs to stay out of it.

  • Yeah

    The person who wrote this is clearly a simpleton. I can see how some people might view it badly, but also more so in a good way. It’s ridiculous to say that the name cannot be used respectfully. How many other “racial slurs” have a national sports team named after it? I think it’s a very great thing regardless of what name or slur is used, the fact that the team is named after it is clearly a sign of respect more so than “a laugh in the face of Native Americans.” In the beginning would it have been a better decision to have picked a less controversial name? Maybe. But only to avoid conversations that are being held now. It was a move forward to have a team named in reference, on behalf, after them, whatever you call it more than it was a step backwards. No one has rioted or caused a big deal and if you haven’t noticed the team has a damn good fan base. It should stay.

  • Zebulon Yegaboski

    The first amendment was useful for burning the flag, right? Redskin is not always a slur and neither is the “N” word. I’ve heard it used as an endearment. You PC idiots are merely serving to make these terms more powerful and divide us even further.

  • Drake Stein

    Jeez, doesn’t the government have anything better to worry about? Doesn’t everyone else have something better to worry about? And for the Native Americans, shouldn’t you be happy that a professional football team names there team after you? Why does everyone care so much about what teams names are. Its just a name, its not like anyone is making fun of you. Maybe you shouldn’t even be in the USA if all you do is complain about team names. Im sure there are better things to worry about. I just don’t get people. GET OVER IT. You idiots don’t have to like the name REDSKINS, but your gonna have to deal with it.

  • Joseph C. Marcure

    There are high school football teams in the Southwest on reservations, That refuse to drop the name “Redskins”, and, tribal names & logo’s,.. Because it is a source of pride in their heritage, for those teams &whole communities(& sometimes strength of an us against the world attitude)…If you are among those who chose to see it as a slur, thats your right,..But be careful, what you wish for…Because the P.C. pendalumn can swing so far, as to remove any traces of the native peoples culture and heritage out completely…Dont you think ,that’s happened enough already in history?…Political Correctness isnt about justice at all, But a slow steady eroding of Individuality,independent thinking,….After a time it creates a culture of its own of compliant sheeple

    • Joseph C. Marcure

      Jack Maloney get off the P.C. bandwagon…and do some research…

    • Joseph C. Marcure

      I also suspect some those activists that are clamoring for this are in it for the money also, Just like the Al Sharptons & Jessie Jacksons chasing tradgedies around the country as professional protesters , making money on somebody elses misery

  • alohajoe

    Living in Hawaii, I get called Haole (Howl-ee) all the time. It is equitable to Redskin. Am I offended by the softball team I play against called “The Haoles”. No. Are they all Haoles? No, they’re pretty much 30/30/30/10 (the standard Hawaiian breakdown). Is Haole used as a derogatory term in Hawaii? Only if I let it be. …and I do NOT. I make that call, not some random other person. They can only speak to their lack of strength of character by being offended. Is ANYTHING equatible to the ‘N’ word in the U.S.? No. It is in a category all to itself. Suck it up, grow a pair, and take control of your emotions. I am the last person in the decision tree on if I allow you to upset me. Not gonna happen.

    • alohajoe

      ….and if you want some interesting reading, read about the spineless Eastern Michigan University (my Alma mater!) decision to bow to misguided “public outrage” and changed their name from Hurons to Eagles. The Wyandot-Huron Nation has published several articles expressing, “Wait, we’re OK with it.” …and still are today.

  • doug

    1938 the fight song was written it starts out hail to the redskins, hail victory….does that sound like the intent was to slander or a racist slur. 81 years this team has been around and now its a slur. 62 highschools still have it as a mascot , most of which are on reservations. One indian stated we can say it, you cant….wtf, how is a slur when one person says it, but not when another. now we have an inept congress involved because they have nothing better to do. how about we go after the name cowboys, they have alot of indian blood on their hands. bucaneers and raiders…rape , pillage and burn!! ….what about braves, chiefs and seminoles, blackhawks…….

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      The song was written by a white woman. She could have written the same thing if the team were the Washington Negroes.

  • Run2Daylight

    I’d be disrespected and offended if the name gets changed. There. We want to avoid offending every pers