U.S. Senators send letter to Roger Goodell, asking for the Redskins to change their name
The pressure continues to build on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name to something less offensive.
Now, a group of U.S. Senators have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to follow the NBA's example and rid itself of all racism and bigotry. The Redskins' name, they say, is an example of that.
An excerpt from the letter:
"Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports, It's time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team. The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. 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."
NFL representatives say that they haven't yet received the letter, but they have supported Snyder in his efforts to retain the name so far, and don't show any signs of changing that.
"We have not received the letter, but the NFL has long demonstrated a commitment to progressive leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion, both on and off the field. The intent of the team's name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image. The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently. The team name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently."
Yes, the good old 'we realize some people are offended by it, but we don't mean it that way so it's totally ok' defense.
Perhaps some day the old white men who run the NFL will realize that their opinions on the offensiveness of the name have no relevance whatsoever, and they should probably listen more carefully to the people who are affected by it.