By Jeff Simpson
A group of fifty Unites States Senator's sent a letter to the NFL asking for the Washington Redskins name to be changed.
“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter says. “We urge the NFL to formally support a name change for the Washington football team. . . . We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.”
Bruce Allen, the Redskins president, sent a letter back telling the NFL - everything is fine, everyone loves the slur.
''Our use of `Redskins' as the name of our football team for more than 80 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans,'' he wrote.The owner of the Redskins, Daniel Snyder, sent a letter saying "focus on reality":
The letter references research that ''the term Redskins originated as a Native American expression of solidarity.'' It notes that the team's logo was designed by Native American leaders and cites surveys that Native Americans and Americans as a whole support the name.
“Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. "We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality."77 Native American tribes, have responded by sending a letter to every single NFL player asking them to publicly support a name change.
The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation sent letters Wednesday to more than 2,700 players, asking them to speak out against a name that “does not honor people of color, instead it seeks to conceal a horrible segment of American history and the countless atrocities suffered by Native Americans.”
They also sent the letter to the Twitter accounts of the players, with the hashtag #rightsideofhistory.
“Because you are in the NFL, you command a level of respect and credibility when speaking out about the league’s behavior,” the letter said. “Indeed, players are the most publicly identifiable representatives of the league, which means your support is critical to ending this injustice.”
We at Cogdis, like to offer solutions and I think we have one that is fitting. Since the Redskins are based in Washington DC, I recommend switching to the Washington Chickenshits. Heck we even have your helmet designed already!
You are welcome!