With racism in sports being a huge topic this week because of the Donald Sterling situation, many have once again brought up the Washington Redskins. Some call their nickname outright racist and want it changed immediately. The team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, doesn’t seem to be on board with a change, however.
Dan Patrick recently had former presidential candidate John McCain on his show and the two discussed this very topic:
“If they think it’s that offensive and terrible, I would certainly — probably — I’m not the owner and he has the rights of an owner. But frankly I would probably change the name. Myself I’m not offended. You’re not offended. But there are Native Americans who are,” said McCain.
The Senator hit the nail on the head with his answer. We all know that Snyder doesn’t want to change the name. He clearly doesn’t take offense to the term ‘Redskins’ (nor is it intended to be a shot at Native Americans). But there are people who see it that way. Each time certain people hear the nickname, they get offended.
From a business perspective, it’s hard to see why Washington keeps its nickname, especially given sensitivity to racial terms in 2014. Racial slurs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Anyone in the public eye that uses one is automatically skewered these days and rightfully criticized to the fullest.
It’s astounding that a major business like a pro football team still has a nickname like ‘Redskins’ in this day and age. But the more people that come out against it, the quicker a change will occur.