Skip to comments.50 senators call for Redskins name change
Posted on 05/22/2014 7:40:04 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
May 22, 2014, 09:39 am 50 senators call for Redskins name change
By Mario Trujillo
Fifty Democratic senators are pushing the NFL to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
In a letter sent Thursday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, the group urged him to follow the lead of the NBA in punishing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racially insensitive remarks.
"The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations," said the letter spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). "We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises."
Reid and other Democratic leaders have long called for a name change, but the letter signals the largest collective call in Congress.
The senators pointed to a number of federal laws that protect Native Americans. And they lamented the "racial slur" that Native Americans are made to watch on Sundays.
"Every Sunday during football season, the Washington, D.C. football team mocks their culture," the senators said.
"The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur. We urge the NFL to formally support and push for a name change for the Washington football team," they added.
Only five Democratic senators did not sign the letter, including both Virginia senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), a centrist lawmaker who is locked in a tough reelection fight, also did not sign the letter, along with Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
This story was updated at 9:52 a.m.
“Every Sunday during football season, the Washington, D.C. football team mocks their culture,”
Meanwhile the politicians in Washington D.C. mock our culture.
Nothing better else to do?
No scandals to look into, nothing?
I guess everything is OK in the USA.
John McCain and Rand Paul will soon be on that list, if not already.
No wonder vets are dying in VA hospitals when this is a priority of the Democrat majority!
But, of course, they are libtards. They don't want the responsibilities of ownership. They just want to order other people around.
The country is in a shambles and the so called “Senators” are worried about the Washington Redskins. Throw the “openly gay” bums out!!! They’re all worthless as hell!
How about FU
Czars are named after the totalitarian dictator Caesar. Obama has dozens of them. More than a name change, how about he gets rid of them altogether and then let’s talk about the name of a sports team.
Daniel Snyder needs to tell those 50 to pound sand. They have been the Redskins sine about the fourth or fifth year of existence. Leave the name alone. If those 50 don’t like the name Redskin, maybe they need to get out of D.C.. Permanently.
Can I make an observation?
We send congressmen and senators to Washington, DC, to perform the public’s business.
This seems like an issue which is NOT a legitimate function of our public officials. They should not be dealing with this on company time.
I really think that Dan Snyder knows how to run his team. And that includes whatever nickname he has for his team.
Due to political correctness, we are now making a federal case out of sports team nicknames???? Really????
I’ve heard talk that the Redskins may eventually want to build a new stadium, and that this stadium could be within the District of Columbia. If there are ever negotiations in that direction, look for them to be compelled to change their name, in exchange for them moving into the District.
As if anyone respects a senator.
Is “senator” not Latin for “slimy POS”?
..everybody's got one...
Alabama - Alibamu (local tribe)
Alaska - Alut name for Great Land
Arizona - Oodham Indian word for little spring
Arkansas - From the Quapaw Indians
Connecticutt - From an Indian word (Quinnehtukqut) meaning beside the long tidal river
Illinois - Algonquin for tribe of superior men
Indiana - Meaning land of Indians
Iowa - Ioway Indian tribe
Kansas - Sioux word meaning people of the south wind
Kentucky - Iroquoian word Ken-tah-ten meaning land of tomorrow
Massachusetts - Massachusett tribe of Native Americans, meaning at or about the great hill
Michigan - Indian word Michigana meaning great or large lake
Mimmesota - Dakota Indian word meaning sky-tinted water
Mississippi - Indian word meaning Father of Waters
Missouri - Missouri Indian tribe
Nebraska - Oto Indian word meaning flat water
New Mexico - Mexico, place of Mexitli, an Aztec god or leader
North (and South) Dakota - From the Sioux tribe, meaning allies
Ohio - Iroquoian word meaning great river
Oklahoma - From two Choctaw Indian words meaning red people
Tennessee - Cherokee origin Tenasi tribe
Texas - Indian word meaning friends
Utah - Ute tribe, meaning people of the mountains
Wyoming - Delaware Indian word, meaning mountains and valleys alternating
I’m more offended by the name “Washington.”
If I were the Redskins owners I would offer to build the stadium on indian land with the stipulation that the name be kept as is.
The team ought to thumb their noses and change the name to the “Injuns.”
How about the “Creepy A$$ Crackers”?
My offer to change the name to “Red’sKins” holds. Put a photo of someone named Red and his kinfolk.
I sure hope this happens.
My preference would be the San Antonio Redskins.
When are they going to crack down on the Minnesota Vikings?
Hang on for a minute! Does this mean that for all that time that Hanoi Jane was doing the tomahawk chop....
By the same logic, the Philadelphia Eagles should change their name because Eagles are federally protected.
They could just shorten it to “Washington Reds”.
That works, too.
With all the problems we have, and they spend their time on THIS???
Boston Celtics, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, are obvious ethnic slurs too, if we’re going down that road.
50 Sin atores trying desperately to change the subject from the feckless regime’s incompetence and Hairless Reid enabling of same.
That the Senate got involved in this is ridiculously over the top.
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame? Crickets.
This is Saul Alinksy bull blank.
Never let a crisis go to waste. They are piggybacking on the Donald Sterling situation, to try to force a Redskins name change.
“My preference would be the San Antonio Redskins. “
I prefer the San Antonio Bandits. There logo would be the Rodeo San Antonio hat.
Idiots. All 59 senators.
There was a Tampa Bay Bandits, in the USFL, the Old Head Ball Coach was their coach.
If we’re saying sports team names are offensive, there are so many we can discuss.
San Diego Padres-offensive to the Catholic Church.
Ditto New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Angels.
Seattle Mariners is offensive to real sailors.
Pittsburgh Steelers is offensive to real steel workers.
Green Bay Packers is offensive to real meat packers.
New York Yankees is offensive to southerners and the legacy of the Civil War.
New England Patriots violates political correctness, because we’re not supposed to celebrate patriotism, we’re supposed to celebrate diversity.
All of the animal nicknames are offensive to the animals, aren’t they?
Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders celebrate criminal activity. Those names have got to go.
San Francisco Giants, New York Giants, are offensive to those with the giantism disorder.
Chicago White Sox is racist of course.
Where does this end, if we open this door?
Or Red like Van Jones
I don’t want any give in the PC nonsense. Redskins needs to stay, Washington needs to go.
of course, Cleveland Browns is offensive to brown skinned peoples.
Dallas Cowboys is offensive to real cowboys.
Houston Texans is offensive to an entire state.
Milwaukee Brewers is offensive to real beer brewers.
Can you Senators please find time to clean at least one of the Obama substantial messes instead of goofing off on some lame manufactured issue involving the 82 year mascot of a professional football team?
You people earn the contempt in which you are are held.
My thoughts exactly. It's embarrassing that adults with pseudo-real jobs keep pandering like this.
Of course that was how they took control of the country, racism, abortion, sex, etc. Guess they figure if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
These assholes have nothing better to worry about.
Dallas Cowboys are offensive to anyone who appreciates watching good football.
LOL, yes, in recent years, the Cowboys have offended their own fans based on what happens on the field.........
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These people really need a hobby other than telling everyone what offends other people.