Congress to Redskins: Change Your Name
10 representatives send letter to owner, others
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
The Redskins logo at midfield.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

(Newser) – Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans. The representatives have sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx, and the other 31 NFL franchises, they said yesterday. The letter to Snyder says that "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."

The name is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection, but Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name. Among the group sending the letters are the leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn. Click for some alternate names that have been suggested for the team.

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Jun 3, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
The current criteria used most often today to determine what is offensive is that if the one hearing the word is offended, then the word is wrong to use. But in communication, there are two sides, that of the receiver AND the sender. The receiver has a responsibility to interpret the sender's INTENT. It is in no way anyone's intent to speak racial slurs when using the name Washington Redskins. In fact, in my life time of 50 years, I have not ever heard it used as a racial slur in any context, football or otherwise. Sports teams that use native Americans as a mascot do so because they revere them as proud and strong warriors.
Jun 3, 2013 9:43 AM CDT
This kind of reminds me o the situation in Canada many years ago .The mixed breed of Native Canadians and French Canadians were called half - breeds .This was of course politically wrong .SO , they later became known as ' Metis' , which is French for........... you guessed it ...... 'Half - Breed ', which is accepted to this day . Only in CANADA ....'PITY' .
Jun 2, 2013 12:42 AM CDT
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