While some people may not even notice, the Washington Redskins are a franchise with an outdated and rather racist name and logo.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.