Roger Goodell defends Redskins’ name

After Congress sent a letter to the Washington Redskins laying out why the team should change the name, owner Dan Snyder vowed to never change the name. Looks like he’s being back by the NFL as well.

Roger Goodell sent a letter back to Congress, as shown here on the Indian Country Today Media Network. in which he defends Snyder’s decision to not change the name.

Here’s part of the letter:

“The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Goodell writes in the letter. “For the team’s millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

First thing I notice is that the commissioner refers to fans as “customers”. Secondly, Goodell also misses the point that the original letter by Congress was trying to make and it’s a simple one:

The word “Redskins” is considered as racist as using the N-word by many Native Americans.

I see both sides of the issue. The NFL fan inside of me understands that “customers” are used to the tradition that the team “Redskins” brings with it. The human side of me, however,  knows it should be changed and it is only a matter of time until it happens.

 

  • Anonymous

    The NFL Commissioner should have kept his mouth shut on this issue. His supporting Dan Snyder is really about supporting one of the league’s cash flow leaders. The team has a long history of racist involvement, from its founder’s apartheid player policies, to its (original) fight song lyrics.