Could the Redskins be looking for a name change?

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Is it time for the Washington Redskins to change their name? Mike Wise of the Washington Post believes the time is now to change the name (Credit: gtn206.com)

Is it time for the Washington Redskins to change their name? Mike Wise of the Washington Post believes the time is now to change the name (Credit: gtn206.com)

While some people may not even notice, the Washington Redskins are a franchise with an outdated and rather racist name and logo. It looks like finally, it is time for that name to be changed. Last Friday, during the NFL’s annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, Mike Wise of the Washington Post, questioned commissioner Roger Goodell on the Redskins name.

Goodell did not directly answer the question but instead offered a vague, generic, politically correct answer.

“I don’t think anybody wants to offend anybody,” Goodell ultimately said.

Maybe Goodell does not understand how insensitive that word can be to a Native American. Mike Wise spoke more about the name and the need for a change this Thursday.

“I think when people say Redskins we hear cup or bedspread,” Wise said at a Thursday symposium conducted by the National Museum of the American Indian, via WUSA9.com.  “The sound is the same, but when you go to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that name is equivalent to the ‘N’ word.”

While the name change may not be in the near future, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com suggest that if Robert Griffin III pressed owner Dan Snyder to change the name, he would have to comply.

“The name should change.  And there’s likely only one way it will change, at any point in the next 10-15 years.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III needs to stand up and demand that it change.

Griffin has a unique opportunity.  There’s no real downside to requesting that the Redskins change their name.  Few truly believe in their hearts the name isn’t offensive.  Instead, fans of the team resist changing the name because, for them, the term taps directly into their football loyalties.  With Griffin becoming the player to whom those loyalties most fervently now trace, he’s the only one who can make it happen.”

With only a few racist logos left in sports, the time is now for the Washington Redskins to change their name.

5 Responses to Could the Redskins be looking for a name change?

  • The Indians should be proud to be represented by such a great and historical franchise. I say keep it REDSKINS

  • Ah, c’mon.

    The days of “Sensitive America…” or better yet, “the pussification of America.”

    The Redskins are a storied franchise and they should NEVER change their name…considering that the majority of Indigenous people believe the term to be no more derogatory than the term “black” for African Americans.

    Today, everybody and anybody, has the need to find something to chastise and complain about…it gives them a “CAUSE…”

    It’s ridiculous.

  • The Redskins name and logo are incredible racist (the Cleveland Indians logo is the same). America would never allow a team name like the blackies or whities, yet they allow the Redskins name.

    Collegiate sports asked all teams to remove any native american nickname a while ago. That is why you have the Syracuse Orange and not Orangemen anymore. The only reason Florida State is allowed to be the Seminoles is because they have approval of the Seminole tribe.

    It doesn’t matter how storied their franchise may be, they have a racist name and logo. It is not because someone wants an agenda or cause, but because racism shouldn’t be tolerated.

  • So, now using any form of historical representation of an INDIAN is considered racist?

    SERIOUSLY?

    Now, you’re stating that even using the direct name of an Indian tribe, aka the Seminoles, is also racist?

    HA!

    Dude, it is a team name that has been existence since 1932! You do not change that historical passage because a small percentage of society has deemed that they are offended by the term redskin…and, if you polled 10,000 people, I’m guessing the percentage would be around 1%.

    Perhaps, I will undertake that job and prove to you how minuscule a number exist.

    You’re reaching, touching at racism and hoping for views and discussion. Well played, but perhaps you could talk about the dramatic decrease in African American’s playing baseball instead?

  • No, you missed what I was saying, Florida State has the permission of the Seminole tribe to keep the name. If they did not, you would see a different name in Tallahassee.

    The Native American population is tiny, in proportion to other races in America so of course it would be a small percentage that finds it racist. That doesn’t mean it is not racist.

    If a school or team had a name like blackie or darkie or something with the n-word in it, it would be considered racist. Redskin is just as racist as that term.

    Redskin was a derogatory word used to put down Native Americans. That is racist. Whether or not you think having a racist name deserves removing the team name, is up to you, but I do not see how someone can say ‘Redskin’ is not a racist term.

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