The Washington Redskins have been receiving pressure day in and day out regarding the name Redskins. Today Bruce Allen the Redskins General Manager sent a message to the Senate leader Harry Reid saying they feel the team name is still “respectful” to the Natives.
“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 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.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.
I feel the government is getting more and more involved because they know that it is an easier way weed out the Native Americans in the United States. I am sure they would love people to forget about what the ancestors did for this country, and the natives that are actually pushing for the name change, might not like the results.
“Sometimes in life, we hope for one thing, but the results are not what we originally thought.” – Better be careful what you wish for….
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