I’m a Redskins fan. I was born into it and I love the team. It’s been hard to reconcile all that I know about history, language and hate and still put on my favorite Redskins jersey every Sunday. I know that it’s wrong and yet I sincerely love the team and its players. I wish that the NFL could find a way to honor this team, its history and its fans while also offering respect for a population of this country that has been, frankly, decimated. Very thoughtful and interesting suggestions have been made. I wish that someone would have the good sense to consider them and execute them. The NFL has the money. It simply needs the courage. How can such big, rich, seemingly untouchable men be so utterly irresponsible and cowardly?
And yes, I recognize that I’m a hypocrite. I have an RGIII throwback jersey that I can’t wait to start wearing again when the season starts. I’m just as guilty as the fools at NFL headquarters.
Come on Roger Goodell. Don’t be on the wrong side of history.
After receiving a letter from 10 members of Congress on May 13 urging him to remove the “racial, derogatory slur” from the name of one of his league’s marquee franchises, Goodell responded in a letter dated June 5 that was posted online by Indian Country Today Media Network on Tuesday. Goodell defended the moniker by citing the team’s rationale for choosing it in 1933 as well as it’s current meaning among fans.
“The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Goodell wrote. “For the team’s millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
He and others need to realize that it doesn’t matter…
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