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Should the Washington Redskins Change Their Name?

By October 19, 2013

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Oneida Indian Nation has launched a national Change the Mascot campaign, calling the NFL to change the Washington Redskins name. Many individuals believe that the name is a racial slur and is offensive to Native Americans. Dan Snyder, the team owner, has insisted the Redskins will never change its name.

Oneida Indian Nation has been gaining support around the nation and is beginning to run television and radio ads to put pressure on Snyder. Newly compiled polling data indicates that the vast majority of Washington area residents (73%) say their support for the team would either continue or actually increase following a name change. An overwhelming majority of those polled (77%) also believe that Snyder should meet face-to-face with Native Americans who have expressed concern over his team's continued use of a racist epithet for a name.

Do you think the name is racist and do you think it should be changed?

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    October 30, 2013 at 9:02 am
    (1) Austin says:

    First of all, there is nothing racist going on. Racist means believing one race is superior to another. They’re not called Washington Savages, that’s racist. I think the Oneida Indian Nation and others should realize that Snyder specifically said that Native Americans were involved and consulted in the creation of the name. Anyone who thinks the name is racist should look up the actual definition of the word.

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