A Previous Controversy: The Redskins

Jack Betkowski

The Redskins NFL Football team has been within the league since 1933 and up until recently there has been no problems with the name of the team. The team name is offensive because it is a derogatory term used to describe the native Americans. It wasn’t until 2012 that the nation started to pick up on the problem with using this phrase to describe its favorite egg ball team. Many called for a change, but the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder refuses to budge.

Interestingly enough, most people don’t care about the name change. About every one in 10 individuals are outraged about what is happening to America’s favorite past time. Even more interesting is that the tribes people care less about the identity issue than all the other non-Native American voters.

As a result of this unwanted media attention many high schools were forced to change their school mascots from the once offensive name that encompasses the imagery of native Americans to a much more agreeable mascot, like the cougars or knights. This change hoped by the school board to include Native American taxpayers to stay within the county and KEEP funding the education system.

Bringing politics in this discussion. I will leave you with two quotes from two American presidents on the controversy. Former president Obama was quoted say he “would think about changing” the Redskins team name if he was Dan Snyder’s position. On the other side of argument, we have current president Donald Trump saying, “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name” and Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to”. Keep in mind Mr. Trump’s quote were recorded in October of 2015. Also, it is worth noting that Mrs. Snyder (Dan Snyder’s wife) donated a large sum of money to the Trump campaign.

At the moment things are still unchanged as Dan Snyder doesn’t seem to want to budge on his position. Only time will tell how long this change will take, if it even does so at all.

Sources: “New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name”

“The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder”

“California Advances Bill To Ban ‘Redskins’ Name”

“Obama weighs in on Redskins name”

“Justice Department drops fight over ‘Redskins’ name”

“How Do Native Americans Really Feel About the Washington Redskins Nickname? Don’t Use the Phone”

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