Date of Paper Due
Washington Redskins Name Change
Washington Redskins have to change their name, that day is not far now.
It has been years since the Name changing debate started but failed in gaining any momentum despite continuous attempts from the media and critics. In past 10 months there has been significant change in this due to combination of many respected members of media rejecting using “Redskins” name, resurgence of team in 2013 under stewardship of Robert Griffin III, increased awareness even in non-sporting media and President Obama’s equivocal statement regarding the issue. NO matter what you think of this debate one thing is for certain the name is not there to stay, it is just a question of how long. The NFL and franchise should realize by now that they have certainly lost control on this issue and the only way ahead is Name change solution (“Chase”).
Owner of Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder has mentioned he is not looking to change the team name as it is Badge of team’s honor. Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) said league needs to give attention to this issue and understand the problems of people feeling offended with the use the name – a understated altering in Goodell’s position who had supported to keep the name intact in past years.
In 2013, members of congress sent Snyder the owner of Redskins a letter to ask him to change the name of his team to anything which was less offensive than Redskins. The letter quoted: “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.” (“Examiner”)
Voice of Natives
The nickname of Redskins is presently being challenged in front of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board through case filed in 2006 by 5 Native Americans between the ages of 18-24. In March hearing of the case was held. The Native American group of petitioners needs to show...