Tuesday, the Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder received a letter from Congress asking him to consider changing the name of his NFL football team; in the letter, the word “derogatory” was used to describe the Redskins name, according to the Washington Post. The news has created a buzz Wednesday morning.
A recent Associated Press poll revealed that 79% of Americans think the Redskins name should stay the same.
Earlier this month, Dan Snyder said that he would never consider changing the name of his NFL team. The letter came from ten members of Congress, and part of it read:
Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos. Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.
The current debate is being led by Eni F.H. Faleomavaega of American Samoa and he has “introduced a bill that would specifically cancel any trademark registrations using the word redskins,” according to the Washington Post.
Snyder has faced several lawsuits over the name of his NFL team, and is currently facing another one and the outcome of that lawsuit may force him to do so. The issue of the Redskins name has been a debate for decades, and Snyder has made his opinion clear.
Earlier this week, Snyder said:
We will never change the name of the team. As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.
The Congress members signed the letter are: Tom Cole (Oklahoma), Betty McCollum (Minnesota), Raul M. Grijalva (Arizona), Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Michael M. Honda (California), Donna M. Christensen (Virginia Islands), Zoe Lofgren (California), Barbara Lee (California) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), according to the Washington Post.
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Sources: The Washington Post, AP and Yahoo
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