Redskins release a statement in response to Barack Obama’s comments

The Washington Redskins have released a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s comments that they should change their name.

“As a supporter of President Obama, I am sure the President is not aware that in the highly respected independent Annenberg Institute poll (taken in 2004) with a national sample of Native Americans, 9 out of 10 Native Americans said they were not bothered by the name the ‘Washington Redskins.’ The President made these comments to the Associated Press, but he was apparently unaware that an April 2013 AP poll showed that 8 out of 10 of all Americans in a national sample don’t think the Washington Redskins’ name should be changed.

“The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama’s hometown), the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group. The name ‘Washington Redskins’ is 80 years old – its history and legacy and tradition. The Redskins’ fans sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ every Sunday as an expression of honor, not disparagement.”

 

Comments

  1. says

    Yes, MR. OBAMA: aren’t YOU the ‘genius’ who said “Trayvon Martin could be like YOUR son?” Never mind the tattoos, the ‘getting kicked out of two schools’ or possible gang affiliation? Never mind the marijuana use (LEGAL with M.D. Rx not legal for recreational use and certainly not legal for a 17 y/o punk.) Never mind his platinum grill (TEETH).
    NOW that Trayvon incident is ‘over’ you can turn your superior intellect to
    A) Global warming
    B) Changing the names of NFL teams
    C) Getting a “Lewinski” under the desk at the Oral Office.
    drop dead, sir.
    and take the rest of the liberal cowards and idiots with you

  2. lynn says

    iam totally at lost why anyone would want to change a name of a team such as the Redskin. iam part American Indian and I look at is as a honor. Please Mr President stay out of the sports and get our country back on it feet again and running .

  3. Margo says

    The president needs to worry about the country’s economy not some team names. Shows he’s “not in the game”, the American people game.

  4. Anonymous says

    While Rome burned Nero fiddled. Now we have our own Nero who I would have thought had far more pressing issues than to attempt to tell a NON GOVERNMENT corporation and all of the related fans how they should change their name. The only good thing to come out this may be that it distracted him from his determination to destroy this country.

  5. Bernie says

    Here, here. I applaud the president’s suggestion. The name of the Washington team is the native American’s “N” word. We don’t use that would out of respect for African Americans, so why shouldn’t native Americans be given the same degree of respect?

  6. Ross says

    Words and names have only the weight that YOU give them. The word “retarded” is no not to be used, although it is the description of what actually happens with a Down Syndrome sufferer, there development is retarded in comparison to the average. Redskin is a descriptive term, nothing derogatory about it unless you chose it to be.

  7. Anonymous says

    Obama needs to worry bout gettin popped off nt changin a teams name redskins since 1932.. an will be redskins till I die.. noone want to see the change to the redtails I’m nt racist but to commerate 5 african Americans that broke the color barrier in the airforce.. wat bout jackie Robinson they didn’t change no team name for him

  8. says

    Independent Annenberg Institute poll (taken in 2004) What indian tribes were polled for that question? The Souix? Apache`s? Cherokee`s? If you think the name redskin is ok then you need to read a little about the origin on how the achieved the redskin name. United States Had a bounty on Native Americans people. They had to bring in the bodies for the bounties which was to cumbersome. When the bodies of the Native American Indian became to cumbersome they could bring in the heads of the Native American Indians for the bounty When the heads became cumbersome they could bring in the scalps or REDSKINS to collect the bounty..So.Redskins fans, Do you still want to keep your name REDSKIN NOW?

  9. says

    In 1838, the Cherokee people were forcibly removed from their lands in the Southeastern United States to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western United States, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 Cherokees. In the Cherokee language, the event is called Nu na da ul tsun yi—“the Place Where They Cried”

    The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, (and the Dakota Uprising, the Sioux Outbreak of 1862, the Dakota Conflict, the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 or Little Crow’s War) was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of the eastern Sioux (also known as eastern Dakota). It began on August 17, 1862, along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota. It ended with a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota. It still considered the largest Mass execution in US History.

    The Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Do you still want to keep your REDSKIN NAME NOW?

  10. Anonymous says

    I’m full blooded Navajo an I’m a Die Hard Redskins Fan, I love my NFL TEAM PERIOD!!! I come from da largest Native American tribe , u don’t see us protesting a name. We are sports fans an we love our teams, despite Texas having da cowboys an Texans really?

  11. Pen Deho says

    The Redskins should never change the name. This PC crap is getting out of hand. I grew up a Redskin fan in DC and never once heard it as a negative. If they ever change their name, I will stop being a fan.

  12. Lynn Morgan says

    We should all take something evil and turn it around for GOOD… I support the Redskins to keep their name… too much political and politically correct BS as far as I am concerned… I’m from Baton Rouge… Do you know what it stands for??? RED STICK and why??? Because of massacres… Really people… this is going OVERBOARD… should we change 1/2 the names of cities in this country because of what they mean… LEAVE the DANG NAMES ALONG…GROW UP… worry about your personal life and the fingers pointed back at you when you point the one at someone else… just because you don’t like… big deal… we ALL have the right to not like something… get over it, ignore it if you don’t like it, stay away from it or whatever… i’m so sick of this nation turning into a bunch of whiny babies… because they ALL want their way. True freedom is allowing people to live they way they choose without infringement (harm) of others… no killing, no stealing, no destruction….. GROW UP!!! If you don’t like the name “REDSKINS” go support another team…

  13. says

    ancient history, pal. Forget it. NOBODY cares, nobody wants a change if you don’t like it go pound sand.
    B_____

    ___URP!! Have a beer and shut up.
    WE can all tell you haven’t been blowed or laid in 1/2 century.
    SHUT up shup UP shut the F**&^% UP.

    Do you like the analysis? I used all three methods: inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning and retro-ductive reasoning.
    ANSWER IS: You are an ass. Go crawl back into a hole.
    B____ URP.

  14. Don Hordes says

    Here’s an idea. Change the mascot to a potato. They could still be called the “Redskins”, except that there would be a little red potato on the helmet. Think of the possibilities: “Giants mash Redskins”. “Redskins peeled by Eagles”, etc.

  15. says

    My suggestion would be to rename the franchise the “WASHINGTON IROQUOIS” in honor of America’s first political confederation.

  16. Anonymous says

    I assume that if we can change “hear, hear” to here, here that you could also be fine if we changed the name to Readskins?

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