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Fans Comment on “Redskins” Name

Posted by Redskins.com on February 13, 2013 – 3:45 pm

Larry Michael responds to viewer comments regarding the “Redskins” name debate.

Yesterday, Redskins.com spoke with the Athletic Director of another of the 70 different high schools in 25 states that are known as the Redskins, this one in Houston, Texas. Check out the article in its entirety here. A full list of all schools and names can be found at www.maxpreps.com.


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16 Responses to “Fans Comment on “Redskins” Name”

  1. By Rob on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    I am a lifelong fan and season ticket holder and I think the name needs to go. If we want to honor our former coach who was Sioux, change the name to Sioux. If we want to honor the native tribes of the DC/Maryland/Virginia areas, change the name to Powhatan. Redskins is a slur no matter how it is intended. The justification that there are high schools that do it makes the argument even more ridiculous. Shouldn’t a professional organization pave the way for moving in the right direction? Please. We’re already the last organization to integrate, don’t miss this boat too. Hail.

  2. By kevin moneylova HALE on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    The redskins name got so much good history they wanna take the name away from us whats next they gonna say we cant wear burgandy and gold if we cant be called the redskins then i think we should be called the braves like the old days they say its a new era for the redskins since we Back to our winning ways so they wanna change everything

  3. By kevin moneylova HALE on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    They need to think twice about changing the redskins name if they take the name redskins away they taken away 1 of the best nfl rivals aways there wont be nomore redskins VS dallas and they taking away the tradition i hear we would be called the little reds that dont fit so good on the team thats playing at a high level

  4. By William L, Jones on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    The name Redskins should be considered pejorative to all Americans. Dan Snyder can either leave a legacy as a good businessman doing the right thing by changing the team name, or as an expoittaional, uncaring, unthinking, robber baron out to fill his pockets regardless of what’s right.

  5. By Davy Leyvy on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Dan Synder, I must admit, I haven’t always been your biggest fan. At times I thought you made stubborn and arrogant decisions which negatively impacted our team. However, in recent years I can do nothing but applaud your influence as owner. You have helped rejuvenate a franchise and a city. So on the issue of name change, I believe you have no intention of letting it ever be changed. I just wanted to send out my support towards you in regards to that issue. Obviously the national media is against our mascot, but it’s not their team, and they’re not Native Americans, so it’s not for them to decide. This is our team, and this is our name. We associate it with pride, respect and loyalty among other things. So just know that the true redskins fans out there won’t ever be able to cheer as loud for a team in Washington named anything but the Redskins. HTTR!

  6. By KSAG on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    The definition of the word mascot is “an animal, person or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol.” Such symbols are always meant to reflect positive qualities. In the case of the Washington Redskins the ‘persons’ to be emulated are native Americans. The quality represented can be stated in one word “fortitude,” the definition of which is “mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger.” The Washington Redskins certainly demonstrated these qualities this past season, running off 7 straight games to win their division. There is another organization that has chosen to adopt the symbol of native Americans as their group ideal and aspiration, and lately demonstrated outstanding fortitude. That would be the Red Squadron of SEAL Team SIX. The men chose their color designation themselves and their emblem is a close facsimile of the Redskins’ logo. Dare I mention that their brother Six squadron is called Black Squadron. The only racism involved in this issue is in the minds of the Sally Quinns of the world. She isn’t even fair-minded enough to include in her bandwagon every other organization that has chosen a native American symbol out of respect and admiration: the Braves, Chiefs, Blackhawks, Seminoles, Indians, Warriors, et al. I hope Mr. Snyder shows some fortitude on this issue. If he can’t stand the heat his default should be to go back to the “R” logo on helmet. That will denote only the team uniform/skin color, as in Red Socks, White Socks, the Reds, etc. There will be nary a feather anywhere. Then when the Quinnies hear the word redskin and think native Americans they will own the racism. I just don’t believe the Redskin organization, the players, or the hundreds of thousands of fans at Fed Ex Field on Sunday are racists. I very much salute the Skins hard work, skill and exceptional fortitude this season.

  7. By JT on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    No true fan agrees with or will even discuss a name change. The Redskins are a symbol and have been for decades. We salute you Mr. Snyder for standing strong. We love our team name and our team symbol. Unfortunately during the offseason this is all people have to talk about.

    I mean what next? People hating the Patriots symbol since its a white man? LOL This is a ridiculous conversation.

  8. By Bruce on Feb 17, 2013 | Reply

    Change the name but keep the indian. Redskin is deragatory. Change it to Warrior or something similiar. Give the indian a new title. Absolutely the best answer. The Cleveland Indians , Atlanta Braves, KC Chiefs are not in the same boat because the name is not a deragatory comment about the color of someone’s skin, theirs are more neutral or noble title. Warrior is a complimentary title in my opinion.

  9. By Tess on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    I have been a fan of the team for 30 years and think that the name has to be changed. I am embarassed to use any of the team logos because it has that offensive name on it. I would be great to put a team bumper sticker on my car.

  10. By JT on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    This is in reply to Bruce. Bruce you do realize that in terms of derogatory the “Indian” nation has declared both Chiefs and Braves to be more deragatory than Redskins right? Watch the ESPN interview. Chiefs is likening all Indians to someone who is a leader and wears feathers and Braves refer to a specific tribe. The Indians themselves have stated that Redskins are a general term and are fine to use. I mean what next america? Should I be angry that someone is calling me white? I mean I am whiteskinned. Maybe I should take this as derogatory. LOL

  11. By Daryl G. Kimball on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Change the name. Its derogatory. Its classless. Its so 18th century. “Redskin” is not the same as saying “white” or “black” or “African American.” Its the “n-word” for Native Americans. Which Indians really think its okay to use that word? Name them and tell me why they speak for all Indians. The people of Native American heritage that I know don’t appreciate the “r-word.”

    Anybody who says the name is about “tradition” and team ‘pride” is full of crap. Do you really feel a sense of pride about a name that was used during a time when American Indians were not considered as equals and were being exterminated and pushed off of their lands? Just because it was once commonplace and “traditional” to call African Americans “darkies” and a few other demeaning names doesn’t mean its okay to do so today. Get a grip.

  12. By JT on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Daryl G Kimball why are you posting and reading on a site for a team in which you are not a fan? Do you not have anything better to do with your time? Its almost as though you are hoping on here making a post just to get a reaction from someone. It is not derogatory it is not inflamatory, it is a team name, and if it doesnt affect those who you claim it is describing, then why does it bother you?

    Clearly a liberal with messed up agendas. Just like the gun grab currently going on, because people dont need “assault weapons” even though “assault weapons” have been banned for 60 years.

    Daryl, please form your own opinion, and stop spouting off like the media. You presented no facts whatsoever to prove that the term is derogatory. Please find one Indian or “redskin” that finds the name offensive. I can find you 2,859 articles according to google that it is not offensive. Go ahead….were waiting….

  13. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    JT, I was not aware or the ESPN interview that you are referring. I was just forming my own opinion. I am married to an American Indian and it upsets me that she does not have to wear any sunscreen when we travel to the Caribbean, meanwhile I have to put on 50 spf before I step out of the shade. I am going to leave this issue for those with more accurate data and focus on my Ravens re-signing Flacco.

  14. By RM on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    If the Washington Football team’s Nickname the Redskins if offensive then why no one is screaming about the New York Baseball team’s Nickname the Yankees not being debated.

    The word Redskins is a description of skin color of the Native American (or the American Indian). Yet the word Yankee was how the British use as a derogatory to the Colonials; Yankee had meant Backwards People – “Hicks.”

    British General James Wolfe, in 1758, was the earliest recorded use of the word “Yankee”, referring to the New England soldiers under his command as Yankees: ” I can afford you two companies of Yankees, and the more because they are better for ranging and scouting than either work or vigilance.” Later British use of the word often was derogatory, as in a cartoon of 1775 ridiculing “Yankee” soldiers. Thus the Colonist took it as badge of courage.

    If anyone needs to change the name that has offensive/derogatory term is their name it the New York Yankees. Try to get the New Yorkers to have their baseball team to chair their name.

    Over all when we got into Political Correctness people are using any means to make something that is or sound offensive. Down in the South peoples say Sir and Ma’am out of respect – as in Thank you Sir / Thank you Ma’am. But if one goes up North, and if one says Thank you Ma’am the woman/women would be offended calling them Ma’am — That “Ma’am” is calling them “old.”

    HOW is the “REDSKINS” nickname OFFENSIVE? Since the Political Correctness people are out to make a name for themselves.
    Yet if the hand is forced to change the name because it’s “OFFENSIVE” well then all of the trading cards and other memorabilia becomes more valuable. Just think the so call offensive word would increase the value of most memorabilia(s) that has the Redskin name.

  15. By Sago sa lunt ah on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    The bottom line ls bottom line profits We are not talking about morals ,integrity , sensitivity and all those virtues possessed by some humans, we are talking about money. I try to understand the other kind of people who are products of our education system that produces individuals that are ignorant of Indian history, which is, by the way, different from the propaganda call history we got in school. Has Dan Snyder been to the National Museum of the American Indian. Has he talked to National Congress of American Indian instead they survey “injuns” that are apples, sell out no nothings when it comes to their own tribal histories and are probably not on any tribal role. We are not playing on level field.

  16. By Sago sa lunt ah on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    The bottom line ls bottom line profits We are not talking about morals ,integrity , sensitivity and all those virtues possessed by some humans, we are talking about money. I try to understand the other kind of people who are products of our education system that produces individuals that are ignorant of Indian history, which is, by the way, different from the propaganda call history we got in school. Has Dan Snyder been to the National Museum of the American Indian. Has he talked to National Congress of American Indian instead they survey “injuns” that are apples, sell out no nothings when it comes to their own tribal histories and are probably not on any tribal role. We are not playing on level field.

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