Roger Goodell Is Right On Washington Redskins Name Change Debate

By Ricky Allen
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may have put the final nail in the coffin for the Washington Redskins‘ name change.

Plain and simple, it’s not going to happen.

In response to questions regarding the name change, Goodell said the following:

“Let me remind you, this is the name of a football team, a football team that’s had that name for 80 years and has presented the name in a way that is honored — that has honored Native Americans…We recognize that there are some that don’t agree with the name, and we have listened and respected that. …. In a Native American community poll nine out of 10 supported the name and eight out of 10 in the general population would not like us to change the name, so we’re listening and being respectful for those who disagree but let’s not forget this is the name of a football team.”

Here’s a different angle on this politically correct movement: Why split hairs?

If people are so outraged by the team’s name then we should also remove the “n” word from music. No matter how it’s used or how it’s spelled (which has been the hair split over the years in justification of using it) it should be banned. Both names were derived from poor histories of ignorance, yet we’re only outraged at one.

Could it be it’s because we have a better chance at getting rid of the “Redskins” name? While the African-American community has designed an affectionate alternative to soften the blow of the “n” word,”Redskins” has also been changed. Would anyone say that to any Native American or any person in a derogatory manner? No, not unless they wanted to reap the results. So goes the “n” word.

Whether or not you put the “er” or the “ga” on the end of the now dreaded “n” word doesn’t make it any worse than “Redskins.” Both words are making money, and both have evolved to a more recognizable form of affection and financial gain. Also, both still have boundaries on who can use them. Both words share a common effect to society, yet only one thus far has had a congressional and U.N. push to be eliminated.

A sport is not where hypocrisy should live.

Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for Rant Sports, and will continue saying “Redskins” until the team’s name is changed. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin

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