Jon’s Thought of the Day – Time For The Washington Redskins To Change Their Name [Video]
The controversy surrounding the use of the term ‘Redskins’ to denote the NFL team in our nation’s capitol has been a delicate topic for several years now and pressure is mounting on team owner Dan Snyder to change the name, who seems to be the only person in favor of keeping the name as is. Thanks to soon to be former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s epic racial rant recently, much more attention has been focused on the NFL team and the issues surrounding the name.
First of all, let me clarify that genetically, I am one-quarter Native American and very proud of that part of my heritage. That being said, I have never personally been offended by the Redskins name, but I do think the time has come to change the name if for no other reason, the term itself is generally perceived to be a derogatory term and racist in it’s true context when referring to Native Americans.
People ask why the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Blackhawks aren’t being asked to change their names as well? I think the short answer to that question is because none of the those terms are considered to be derogatory or racist in nature and refer more to a people, tribe or members of a tribe.
Personally, I think if the NBA can strip Donald Sterling of his franchise for saying and believing things that are in no way illegal, Dan Snyder, whose team name does not violate any law I am aware of, should be made to change the name of his team for one reason and one reason only…it’s the right thing to do.
The below video is a campaign put together by the Yocha Dehe Wintum Nation to show specifically why the term ‘Redskin’ cannot and should not be used. A portion of this video will air tonight during the NBA Finals, but will only air in certain big cities and not nationwide, which is sad because this is a powerful ad that drives the point home beautifully. Please watch, it is well worth your time and is the most common sense based plea you will see on this topic.