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Published: Thursday, May 22 2014 9:49 a.m. MDT

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Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

How about giving them back the land you stole from them? But no they won't do that.

Oh Really?
HERRIMAN, UT

Dear Senators:

Get Social Security secured, spending under control and your personal affairs in order, then worry about the NFL.

Sincerely,

Almost Everyone

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

It really is a racist name, and if American Indians want it changed, it should be changed.

The trouble is . . . The Washington Native Americans doesn't have the same ring to it.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

When the local fans stop going to the games, stop watching them on TV, and stop buying the merchandise, the name will change

anti-bush-obama,
you going to give back the land YOUR house sits on?

vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

"Every Sunday during football season, the Washington, D.C., football team mocks their culture,"

No matter what the team name is, someone will be offended: offended of a perceived racist name, or offended that tradition isn't honored. People need to stop being offended at everything. Can't we all just get along and start by being nice to each other? The attitude we have is one of distrust and hatred. The attitude we should have is of love and compassion and understanding. We should first seek to understand, then seek to be understood. We live that backwards - we are seeking to be understood first. Who's going to listen first? Or are we going to just keep the trend alive and shove political agendas down each others' throats? We are stronger when we listen to each other and try to help each other.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Anti -

"How about giving them back the land you stole from them?"

You mean you want all people of European and African extraction to leave the Western Hemisphere?

. . . Doesn't seem to practical to me.

SoCalUte
Trabuco Canyon, CA

We are witnessing the "Wimpification" of America. Everyone is spending their waking hours of the day looking for something or some way to be offended. The Senator's, the American Indians and everyone else need to understand that the a Mascot is a badge of honor. There is not a sports team anywhere that says "let's find a mascot who we can totally embarrass or offend or who will make us look stupid".
When a mascot is chosen, it is chosen as an item or person that represents toughness or character... or it represents how the city or community is identified, it is NOT meant to shame the team or anyone else.
The name "redskin" is not meant to demean or be racist in any way. The redskin, back when it was chosen, represents a warrior or someone who will fight with fierceness. Only recently, when we have chosen to be offended about everything.
I am predicting that at some point in the not too distant future, we will be eliminating one of our favorite Christmas songs because it contains the phrase "Now we dawn our 'gay' apparel"

Disport
Alpine, UT

The name Redskins is only racist if the person using the name thinks it is. To most people, it's merely a symbol and/or a name and nothing more. To people who look for and see racism almost everywhere, it then becomes just another excuse to jump on the wagon of the politically correct flavor of the month.

From surveying friends and associates, when the vast majority hear the name Redskin, they think of the Washington football team, not an ethnicity or race of people. There is not nor ever was any negative connotation intended toward any ethnic group by using the term. To now make an issue of this is mostly just a waste of time.

The way so many people in contemporary society look for and take offense at almost anything is just plain silly and clearly indicates how emotionally immature our society is becoming. We continue to make great strides with technology, but keep ourselves living in the cave age regarding intra-society emotions and associations. We're actually going backward.

It's ironic that 99% of complainers regarding this issue are not Indians... the ones supposedly disparaged.

Br. Jones
North East, MD

Best proposed alternate name I've heard is "Washington Department of Football Services."

boneheaded, but not a smidgen
SLC, UT

I was born in the US. That makes me a Native American. If you want to be PC they are called American Indians or indigenous Americans. Just ask one.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

As I understand it, there are also many, maybe even a majority of Native Americans who are not offended by the term Redskin. So, do they count? Or is it just another of todays overly sensitive PC where all it takes is one person to be offended and therefore they get their way over the vast majority. I can't believe we are moving into such an immature age here in America. The age of enlightenment. The industrial revolution. The nuclear age. The age of the world wide web. This seems to be becoming the age of crybabies who have nothing better to do than to run around and find something be be offended about and then find someone to blame for it. Some diversity huh? Why don't we just get rid of all mascots that even one person might find offensive. Name the pro and college teams by numbers. Pittsburgh Steelers become the Pittsburgh Number 1. The Washington Redskins become the Washington Number 2. And so on. However I guess a person offended by numbers would complain.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

As a Native American (Cherokee) I'm not offended by the logo... I'm offended by the teams play!

Maybe they should change the name to an old baseball name: The Washington Senators... After all... the current "Redskins" and the Senate achieve at the same low rate!

techpubs
Sioux City, IA

All they really need to do is remove the caricature of an American Indian from all advertising, the helmets, etc. and return to the R in a circle on all of those items. Then when someone asks about the name Redskins they can either refer them to a potato, tomato, or an apple which has a red skin.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

The Redskins have decided to remove the word 'Washington' from their team name due to the fact it is an embarrassment to the sport.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

As Keith Olbermann said months ago, Daniel Snyder will change the name when 1 of 2 things happen...

1) Bob Griffin, 3rd says it a "matter of racial sensitivity" or 2) it dawns on DS how much $ can be made for merchandise sales w/ a new moniker.

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

The name has been with the team for almost 100 years. If it's bad, why did it take so long for Senate Democrats to bring this up?

Brio
Alpine, UT

The fact that this letter to the NFL was sent only from Democrats says a lot in and of itself. They will currently use any excuse possible to try to take away from all the negative media attention the Obama administration is currently getting... the veterans hospitals (VA), the IRS scandal, Benghazi, etc.

By all means, lets not worry about those actual types of real issues and instead let's just worry about the mascot name of a football team. How utterly ridiculous!

It's also telling (from the article) that democrat senators involved in tight races this year declined to sign the letter... knowing how stupid it would probably look to their voters and consequently hurt their reelection chances.

azgal
Buckeye, AZ

Oh please. Senators have way too much to worry about when the American Indians aren't complaining. Why has America turned into a land where anything and everything offends anyone and everyone?!

I think Redskins (dropping the offensive part: Washington) is just fine.
Going back to the original moniker of Washington Senators is probably just as unPC as Washington Redskins because hey, they're not senators. The senators would probably be just as offended as the Original American Redskins would be by their play.
Changing to something else - what? Just close this team, open a new team elsewhere and ta-da, the hullaboo over the name. Wait, we can't do that, we lose the history? Well, precisely my point! It's been the Redskins since I was a little girl! Leave it alone!

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Change then to the Washington Whiteskins.....problem solved!

SCfan
clearfield, UT

TRUTH

Well one thing is for sure, if it was the "Whiteskins" there would be NO opposition to it.

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