The longer Washington D.C.’s pro football team continues to be known as the Reskins, the more it seems that they’re among a populous of companies that have a price tag on their moral standards.
The fact that Redskins owner Dan Snyder refuses to change the name of his franchise, despite a growing voice within the Native American community expressing how offensive the term ‘redskin’ actually is, shows how concerned he is about his bottomline.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports. “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.”
You could understand Snyder’s initial resistance to changing the name just because of the great tradition that he referred to, but upon further review, it seems like an easy decision to anyone with morals.
Sure, the Washington Redskins have a deep franchise history that includes 3 Super Bowl championships, and one of the most loyal fanbases in the NFL, but the biggest reason why they’re loyal is because they love football in Washington D.C.
Redskins fans would support their professional football team whether they were called the Washington Redskins or the Washington Yellowskins. (Although that may cause another controversy.)
This shows in the fact that Washington fans continued to support their professional basketball team once they transitioned from the Bullets to the less-popular Wizards.
Fans care about winning more than anything.
On Tuesday May 28, 10 members of congress revealed news that they sent a letter to Snyder urging him furthermore to change the name of the Redskins.
Letters were also sent to Redskins sponsor FedEx, the other 31 NFL franchises, and NFL commissioner Roger Goddell.
The letter sent to Snyder says that “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.”
Granted, as native americans, it’s hard for them to identify with just how disrespectful being called the ‘N-word’ is to an African American, but as a caucasian man, it’s even more difficult for Snyder to identify with how derogatory being called a ‘redskin’ is to a native american.
You could have the least amount of ill-intent possible, the fact still remains that it offends someone, even it’s a minority group.
Seattle would never think about naming their next NBA franchise the Seattle N*****s.
Obviously the history of african-american oppression is still relatively fresh, so as a whole, we understand why that term is offensive, but just because a majority of us may not see the issue with using the term ‘redskin’, doesn’t mean it isn’t offensive.
Congress, commissioner Goddell, and every other owner could urge Snyder to change the name of the franchise but it won’t be done until he finally realizes himself how derogatory the term is.