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Dan Snyder says Redskins will NEVER change their name

  • Stephen Kettner

NFL Preseason - Cincinnati Bengals vs Washington Redskins - August 19, 2005

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was quoted in saying that “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” Strong words by the often visible owner. Snyder and the Redskins have been under fire of late saying that the team name is “racist and derogatory” according to DC councilman David Grosso.

There has been a lot of banter as to whether or not the Native Americans are offended by the name “Redskins.” The Associated Press released a poll in which 79% of people polled thought the Redskins should not change their name. This was a 10 percent drop off from the poll conducted in 1992, however only 11% polled in the 2013 poll think the name should be changed.

Most people don’t know that the term Redskin was at one point a derogatory term. Many of us hear the term Redskin and at least in the Washington DC area think of the NFL team. In times like today many of us could care less of a persons race or upbringing.

Dan Snyder is sticking up for what people aren’t seeing. The Redskins name has brought more attention to the Native American’s than anything else in the recent past. Sometimes people forget that they were here first. With all that is going on that politicians need to worry about, is a professional sports team name really a topic to be stuck on? You can be the judge, but I praise Dan Snyder for sticking to his guns and backing up his team name and fan base.

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