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Members Of Congress Urge Redskins To Change Name

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:16 PM

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Ten members of Congress recently sent Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder a letter, urging him to change the name of the team, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, congressman for the American Samoa, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

Joining Faleomavaega in the effort were fellow representatives and co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota) as well as Raul M. Grijalva (Arizona), Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Michael M. Honda (California), Donna M. Christensen (Virginia Islands), Zoe Lofgren and Barbara Lee (both of California) and Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District.

The representatives sent similar letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and FedEx President and CEO Frederick Smith, and the owners of the NFL’s 31 other franchises.
In the letter, the representatives argued “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.”

Later in the letter, the members of Congress said, “In this day and age, it is imperative that you uphold your moral responsibility to disavow the usage of racial slurs. The usage of the [“R-word”] is especially harmful to Native American youth, tending to lower their sense of dignity and self-esteem. It also diminishes feelings of community worth among the Native American tribes and dampens the aspirations of their people.”

A Redskins spokesman said the team has no comment on the letter.


F U congress
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

While I think the Redskins name is cool and they have a long history from what Ive read the name Redskins is highly offensive towards the Indian nation. There are other teams that use Indian type names but few of them are considered offensive. Before I knew it was considered offensive I was against the idea of them changing the name.

So if the name is indeed offensive then it should be changed to something non offensive. Indians were here before any of the rest of us and they should have the right to be upset if the name is truly offensive.

Heck the Bullets were changed to the Wizards simply because of all the murders in D.C. everyday and I along with a lot of people thought it was stupid to change the name simply because of that even though I understand why.That said the Bullets was a cool name and the name alone sold and brought in revenue that the Wizards name doesn't. The Wizards is a crappy name imo and I'm sure most would agree.

The Indian nation doesn't have the backing a lot of other minorities do which is why the name hasn't been changed yet. If the name was offensive to Muslims,African American,Spanish, or any other minority with a huge backing it would have been changed long a go.


I dont agree with the Indian nation profiting off names used like Braves, Indians,etc. but if the name is offensive toward a people then it should be changed. We are a country of many different ethnic origins, and religions.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:56 PM

What is the W word among Latinos?
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:56 PM

Nice to see that congress has nothing better to worry about
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:57 PM



If the NBA can change the Bullets to the Wizards, the NFL can get rid of the Redskins team name. There is no good reason in 2013 to call a team the Redskins (there wasn't a good reason in the 1930s either). Just stop and think about that name for a moment. The Redskins? We all know if they where called the Washington Blackskins or Whiteskins, their name would have been changed decades ago.


Not in a million years would a major corporation like the NFL let one of their franchises have a mascot like these.
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You're the scumbag that thinks everyone should kiss the as$es of a bunch of criminals but I'm a dumbass. Yeah okay douchebag. Go give some illegal wetback or Revis another blowjob. But then again.....don't you live in an entirely different country but yet think you can tell us how to live? Go fvck yourself little boy. You're likely still living with mommy & daddy. Pu$$y.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:04 PM

View PostMikeGangGreenFan2, on 28 May 2013 - 08:56 PM, said:

Nice to see that congress has nothing better to worry about



Yes because as we all know drafting a letter and sending it out takes up a lot of time. A member of one person's staff probably wrote it and the others just added their names to it.

Congress is in recess this week.
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You're the scumbag that thinks everyone should kiss the as$es of a bunch of criminals but I'm a dumbass. Yeah okay douchebag. Go give some illegal wetback or Revis another blowjob. But then again.....don't you live in an entirely different country but yet think you can tell us how to live? Go fvck yourself little boy. You're likely still living with mommy & daddy. Pu$$y.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:11 PM

View PostMr_Jet, on 28 May 2013 - 07:57 PM, said:



If the NBA can change the Bullets to the Wizards, the NFL can get rid of the Redskins team name. There is no good reason in 2013 to call a team the Redskins (there wasn't a good reason in the 1930s either). Just stop and think about that name for a moment. The Redskins? We all know if they where called the Washington Blackskins or Whiteskins, their name would have been changed decades ago.


Not in a million years would a major corporation like the NFL let one of their franchises have a mascot like these.
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I am in for the white skins. How about Crackers? Gringos? Honkey?
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:50 PM

View Postazjetfan, on 28 May 2013 - 07:56 PM, said:

What is the W word among Latinos?


Glad I'm not the only one to wonder what it is
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:13 AM

View PostTheFuture, on 28 May 2013 - 09:50 PM, said:

Glad I'm not the only one to wonder what it is


I COULD be wrong, but the ONLY thing I can think of is Wet Back. IF that is the word/phrase that is offensive...the NFL are MORONS! That is a racial slur toward Mexicans because of the crossing the rio grand. So I GUESS all of us are now Mexican? I think it would have been more appropriate to say SPICK! course spick comes from when ALL hispanics of various Latin countries came to the US & naturally the 1st line they learned in English was I don't speak English, which with a spanish accent would be "I no spick english" but hey....what do I know ....
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:21 AM

View Postazjetfan, on 28 May 2013 - 07:56 PM, said:

What is the W word among Latinos?



View PostTheFuture, on 28 May 2013 - 11:50 PM, said:

Glad I'm not the only one to wonder what it is


When SOME Latinos immigrate into the U.S. illegally they cross through the Rio Grande. That water makes certain parts of their bodies wet. Like their backs for example.
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You're the scumbag that thinks everyone should kiss the as$es of a bunch of criminals but I'm a dumbass. Yeah okay douchebag. Go give some illegal wetback or Revis another blowjob. But then again.....don't you live in an entirely different country but yet think you can tell us how to live? Go fvck yourself little boy. You're likely still living with mommy & daddy. Pu$$y.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:47 AM

View Postazjetfan, on 28 May 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:

I am in for the white skins. How about Crackers? Gringos? Honkey?


No they already have a name. They're called the Owners.

A billionaire old white man, making money off of the work of millionaire young black men, who wear uniforms and sell merchandise made by Asian slave labor, that demean savages redskins Indians Native-Americans the indigenous people of America.

I'm so glad our mascot is a man person made machine.
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You're the scumbag that thinks everyone should kiss the as$es of a bunch of criminals but I'm a dumbass. Yeah okay douchebag. Go give some illegal wetback or Revis another blowjob. But then again.....don't you live in an entirely different country but yet think you can tell us how to live? Go fvck yourself little boy. You're likely still living with mommy & daddy. Pu$$y.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 01:03 AM

Redskins were the last nfl team to integrate and accept a black player
Snyder is a charlatan and licensed everything. He will never sway with this he's spent too much putting his brand on everything.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:45 AM

View PostJetsfan115, on 28 May 2013 - 06:16 PM, said:

F U congress


Really? I mean, really!?

Even if you don't think the name is offensive and doesn't need to be changed...you're really going to be mad at "congress" for this?

Really!?...
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

View PostHurricaneJet32, on 29 May 2013 - 08:45 AM, said:

Really? I mean, really!?

Even if you don't think the name is offensive and doesn't need to be changed...you're really going to be mad at "congress" for this?

Really!?...


A lot of people are annoyed that congress is bothering with the nfl at all when they should be focused on the budget or something
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:00 AM

Elected officials have no say in how a private corporation runs its business as long as it's doing so within the law. If the term was offensive to the point that it was detrimental to the team, the ownership wouldn't need anyone to tell them to change the name, they'd do so without any input from congress. The fact that the Redskins are the 2nd most valuable NFL franchise and the 3rd most valuable North American sports franchise lends me to believe that their brand is pretty strong. I hope Snyder never changes the name. All this political peanut gallery sensitivity bullshit is really f***ing annoying.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:04 AM

View PostHurricaneJet32, on 29 May 2013 - 08:45 AM, said:

Even if you don't think the name is offensive and doesn't need to be changed...you're really going to be mad at "congress" for this?


Yes. Not because it's "congress" per se, but because this is another example of the ever expanding bureaucracy. Congress, nor any other government entity should have an opinion on how a private business markets itself. SUre, the individuals working in those government entitities can have their own opinions, but they should be that... individual and not coming from "congress". As long as an enterprise is running a lawful business, congress should not glance in their direction.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:55 AM

View PostSecondHandJets, on 29 May 2013 - 10:04 AM, said:

Yes. Not because it's "congress" per se, but because this is another example of the ever expanding bureaucracy. Congress, nor any other government entity should have an opinion on how a private business markets itself. SUre, the individuals working in those government entitities can have their own opinions, but they should be that... individual and not coming from "congress". As long as an enterprise is running a lawful business, congress should not glance in their direction.


Yeah, well, that's all it is...a few individuals from congress (not the entire entity) expressing an opinion. They're not forcing anyone to do anything.

And stop with garbage about "spend more time fixing the economy" crap...this takes a few seconds out of their day. If you want to fix the economy get rid of the party system and it's ridiculous kindergarten gang mentality.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:27 AM

View PostHurricaneJet32, on 29 May 2013 - 05:45 AM, said:

Really? I mean, really!?

Even if you don't think the name is offensive and doesn't need to be changed...you're really going to be mad at "congress" for this?

Really!?...



becuase of this..

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A lot of people are annoyed that congress is bothering with the nfl at all when they should be focused on the budget or something


exactly, they have more important crap to deal with then the name of a sports franchise
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

I still want a team names the Whiteskins.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:47 AM

Or maybe the Micks™
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