Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, stood his ground against President Obama and a small movement, who would like to see the name of the NFL franchise changed, because they feel it is offensive to Native American Indians.
Snyder has said the he would never change the name,” “never . . . you can use all caps.”
The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.-Dan Snyder, Redskins owner
Here is the main excerpt Snyder’ letter to the “Redskins Nation” where he stands by the name:Our past isn’t just where we came from — it’s who we are.
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As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago — in 1932 — with the name “Boston Braves.” The following year, the franchise name was changed to the “Boston Redskins.” On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.
In 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, offices is the plaque given to Coach Allen — a source of pride for all of us.
“Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect — the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.
I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.-WaPo