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50 senators call for Redskins name change
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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nfl; redskins; washingtonredskins
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Oh the angst!
1 posted on 05/22/2014 7:40:04 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

“Every Sunday during football season, the Washington, D.C. football team mocks their culture,”

Meanwhile the politicians in Washington D.C. mock our culture.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 7:41:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

Nothing better else to do?
No scandals to look into, nothing?
I guess everything is OK in the USA.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Sub-Driver

John McCain and Rand Paul will soon be on that list, if not already.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 7:41:39 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Sub-Driver

No wonder vets are dying in VA hospitals when this is a priority of the Democrat majority!


5 posted on 05/22/2014 7:42:17 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Simple solution: Pool their money, buy the team and rename it any damn thing they want.

But, of course, they are libtards. They don't want the responsibilities of ownership. They just want to order other people around.

6 posted on 05/22/2014 7:42:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


7 posted on 05/22/2014 7:42:31 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about FU


8 posted on 05/22/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 7:43:18 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 7:43:36 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


11 posted on 05/22/2014 7:44:22 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Sub-Driver

As if anyone respects a senator.

Is “senator” not Latin for “slimy POS”?


12 posted on 05/22/2014 7:44:32 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver
Silly pinkskins.


13 posted on 05/22/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey Senators, opinions are like assholes...

..everybody's got one...

14 posted on 05/22/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT by Fedupwithit (If you never stop giving, they will never stop taking...)
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To: Sub-Driver
If you are going to complain about
a football team name, you’re going to
have to change some state names too.

Alabama - Alibamu (local tribe)
Alaska - Alut name for “Great Land”
Arizona - O’odham 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

15 posted on 05/22/2014 7:45:46 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Fedupwithit

I’m more offended by the name “Washington.”


16 posted on 05/22/2014 7:45:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 7:46:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The team ought to thumb their noses and change the name to the “Injuns.”


18 posted on 05/22/2014 7:47:18 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about the “Creepy A$$ Crackers”?


19 posted on 05/22/2014 7:47:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Sub-Driver

My offer to change the name to “Red’sKins” holds. Put a photo of someone named Red and his kinfolk.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 7:48:09 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Sub-Driver
change the name of the Washington Redskins

I sure hope this happens.

My preference would be the San Antonio Redskins.

21 posted on 05/22/2014 7:48:23 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: dfwgator

” BFD”!


22 posted on 05/22/2014 7:48:51 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Sub-Driver

When are they going to crack down on the Minnesota Vikings?


23 posted on 05/22/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Sub-Driver

Hang on for a minute! Does this mean that for all that time that Hanoi Jane was doing the tomahawk chop....


24 posted on 05/22/2014 7:49:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Sub-Driver
Since the only race that gets red skin is white people and as a white person myself, I am not offended by the name so I say keep it.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 7:50:46 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The senators pointed to a number of federal laws that protect Native Americans

By the same logic, the Philadelphia Eagles should change their name because Eagles are federally protected.

26 posted on 05/22/2014 7:51:21 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

They could just shorten it to “Washington Reds”.

That works, too.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 7:51:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver
That is really, really sick.

With all the problems we have, and they spend their time on THIS???

28 posted on 05/22/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: rightwingcrazy

Boston Celtics, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, are obvious ethnic slurs too, if we’re going down that road.


29 posted on 05/22/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dfwgator

50 Sin atores trying desperately to change the subject from the feckless regime’s incompetence and Hairless Reid enabling of same.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 7:53:51 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Yorlik803
Where does this stuff stop?
The Chicago “White Sox” should be changed to the Chicago Sox of Color?
The New England Patriots become the New World Exploiters?
The Cleveland Indians become the Cleveland Native Americans?

That the Senate got involved in this is ridiculously over the top.

31 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: rightwingcrazy

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame? Crickets.


32 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:23 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:34 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Sub-Driver

SQUIRREL!!!


34 posted on 05/22/2014 7:55:31 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Just take the "kins" out. Then just replace the helmet.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thackney

“My preference would be the San Antonio Redskins. “

I prefer the San Antonio Bandits. There logo would be the Rodeo San Antonio hat.


36 posted on 05/22/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Sub-Driver

Idiots. All 59 senators.


37 posted on 05/22/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

There was a Tampa Bay Bandits, in the USFL, the Old Head Ball Coach was their coach.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 7:57:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Genoa

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?


39 posted on 05/22/2014 7:59:31 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ConservativeStatement

Or Red like Van Jones


40 posted on 05/22/2014 8:01:38 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I don’t want any give in the PC nonsense. Redskins needs to stay, Washington needs to go.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 8:02:17 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Where does this end?

Don't forget the Browns.

42 posted on 05/22/2014 8:02:24 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

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.


43 posted on 05/22/2014 8:05:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Sub-Driver

Could the Senators please call for the truth in the IRS Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the Benghazi Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in VA Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in Fast 'n' Furious Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the NSA Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the State Department Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the AP/Fox Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the EPA Scandals?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the Seal Team 6 Scandal?
Could the Senators please call for the truth in the NLRB Scandal

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.

44 posted on 05/22/2014 8:05:12 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Yorlik803
Nothing else better to do? No scandals to look into, nothing?

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.

45 posted on 05/22/2014 8:05:28 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Sub-Driver

These assholes have nothing better to worry about.


46 posted on 05/22/2014 8:05:53 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Dallas Cowboys are offensive to anyone who appreciates watching good football.


47 posted on 05/22/2014 8:06:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL, yes, in recent years, the Cowboys have offended their own fans based on what happens on the field.........


48 posted on 05/22/2014 8:07:15 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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49 posted on 05/22/2014 8:08:46 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver

These people really need a hobby other than telling everyone what offends other people.


50 posted on 05/22/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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