Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 5/11/13
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One person says no. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was interviewed by USA Today about the name controversy. He tells the paper that the team’s name will not change. I am in agreement with Snyder. To me the name has always been there and it seems that this is just being brought up to try and make all NFL mascot names politically correct. Earlier this week Snyder said, “We will never change the name of the team. As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season. We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER, you can use caps.” The Redskins name change has always been a hot button in D.C., but because the team was in the playoffs last season and now that a star player like Robert Griffin, III is there this debate got some national coverage. Recently there have been articles criticizing the organization for not being sensitive to what the name Redskins might mean to Native Americans. There have been outcries from the city’s leaders and pundits demanding the team change the name. There has even been legal actions to deny the team to get federal trademark protection. These opponents of the Redskins name even created a bill to Congress, but it looks like that bill will not pass. To take the pulse of the nation an Associated Press poll was taken to see what Americans thought of the name. The results sided with Daniel Snyder. It seems that four out of five people think that the Redskins should keep their name. “That’s who they’ve been forever. That’s who they’re known as. I think we as a people make race out to be a bigger issue than it is.” said Sarah Lee, Osceola, Indiana to the Associated Press. Still others disagree with Sarah’s outlook on the issue. “With everything that Native Americans have gone through in this country, to have a sports team named the Redskins, come on, now. It’s bad. Much farther down the road, we’re going to look back on this and say, ‘Are you serious? Did they really call them the Washington Redskins?’ It’s a no-brainer.” said Pamela Rogal who the AP spoke with about this topic. David Grosso, who is from the Washington D.C. Council believes he has a solution. He looks to try and get a motion to have the Redskins change their nickname because he thinks it is “racist and derogatory” and suggested “Redtails” in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Airmen were a pioneering group of African-American pilots who served the United States in World War II. I am not sure that name is a better alternative. Some could say that changing the name to Redtails would just diminish the work those men did during World War II. As I stated earlier I feel that the Redskins should keep their name. I have no issue with the name, but this article is by a white male that doesn’t think the name is wrong since I have seen the Redskins team name ever since I was a young boy watching football. Amanda Blackhorse sees differently. She is a Navajo and a psychiatric social worker. She was interviewed by USA Today on the issue. When asked on the name and what she would say to Daniel Synder, she said, “I’d ask him, ‘Would you dare call me a redskin, right here, to my face?’ And I suspect that, no, he would not do that.” She is named as a plaintiff in Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc. This is a federal suit in which a group of five American Indians seek to strip the federal trademark rights from the football team Snyder owns. You can see she feels strongly against the name Redskins and I definitely see her point. Yet it seems to me that this has always been an issue and the name is still there. As of now Snyder, the team, and Redskins fans still get to have their way. If the push becomes greater by committees I wonder if the NFL will urge Snyder to make a name change. What are your thoughts? Should the team change its name?    
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