Two former stars of the Washington Redskins have voiced their opinion that the team should seriously consider changing its name to one that doesn’t offend Native Americans.
Darrell Green and Art Monk, whom are both members of the Washington Redskins Hall of Fame, explained their argument for changing the name of the storied franchise. The two men were on WTOP radio of Washington.
Team owner Dan Snyder and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell have expressed that the team will not be changing its name any time in the near future. Dan Snyder promised that he will never change the name of his beloved Redskins.
The Washington Redskins are being pressured to change their name for the second time in this off season alone. In May, ten Congressman sent a letter to the team in an effort to convince them to change the Redskins moniker.
Believing the name to be offensive to a portion of the population, the Congressman argued 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.”
Art Monk and Darrell Green echoed the same sentiment in their radio interview. “[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” said Monk, who believes a name change should be “seriously considered” by the team.
Green followed by saying that “it deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me.’”
Although Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins have voiced that they have no intentions of changing their name, they are increasingly being urged to do so. If the team maintains its position, the battle could ramp up in the near future.
For now Roger Goodell maintains that the Redskins name represents “a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
The Washington Redskins appear as if they will keep their name moving forward, despite many remaining unhappy they are doing so.
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