It’s been a hot button issue for years – should the Washington Redskins change their name? Safe to say, things were a wee bit different back in the 30’s when Washington’s football team officially became known as the ‘Redskins.’ It’s not exactly a PC term.
Team owner Dan Snyder recently made some comments on the name, and whether or not it would be changed:
“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.” He added, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps.”
His comments are very interesting, given the fact that there’s an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit against the team. If old Uncle Sam decides the team needs to change its name, it will be interesting to see what Snyder does in defense.
For now, it seems the Redskins are safe. I’ve yet to see a poll where the supporters have been outvoted, or any indication that a majority of people are upset about the name. Is the name ideal in today’s culture? Absolutely not, but at this point, it’s just about the tradition of the franchise. Snyder and his team aren’t aiming to offend native Americans, it’s just a name that represents an important part of the D.C. culture.
For the most part, fans should back Snyder, and business should continue as usual. But, sometimes you just get the feeling a name change inevitable.
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