50 Senators Call on NFL to Change Redskins Name

Albert Lin, Diversity Inc, June 3, 2014

The pressure on owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins is increasing.

On Thursday, a letter signed by 49 United States Senators was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging the league to back a name change for the franchise.

The letter referenced the quick and decisive action taken by National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver in banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and moving to force him to sell the team.

Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” the senators wrote. “It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C., football team.

The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises. . . .

Now is the time for the NFL to act. The Washington, D.C., football team is on the wrong side of history. What message does it send to punish slurs against African-Americans while endorsing slurs against native Americans? . . .

The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur. We urge the NFL to formally support and push for a name change for the Washington football team.”

The letter was circulated by Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington among Democrats and was signed by nearly half the Senate, including Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both of whom caucus with the Democrats.

Five Democratic senators who did not sign the letter are Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both of Virginia; Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. {snip}

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John McCain of Arizona said he probably would have signed the letter had he been asked, but several other Republicans told Politico that the Senate has more important things to be focusing on.

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  • propagandaoftruth

    John McCain of Arizona said he probably would have signed the letter had he been asked, but several other Republicans told Politico that the Senate has more important things to be focusing on.
    ——————
    Like…legalizing every brown skin that wins the amnesty lottery by living illegally in our country?

    • bilderbuster

      He signed on to that one long ago.

    • ElComadreja

      World class POS, isn’t he?

  • curmudgeon

    Another idiotic issue pushed by the politically correct and perpetually offended bottom feeders of society! I graduated from SDSU where the Aztec, Monteczuma was our mascot. He had to go according to the liberal morons pushing political correctness albeit no Aztec had lived for over 900 years to be offended. The University of Illinois had liberal trustees who listened to the PC Mafia and tosses the Chief a respectful mascot for many years. These people are just plain nutz!

  • Jesse James

    The Senate has no time or stomach to deal with the fact that the Obama administration had gone renegade and is completely ignoring any law they choose but they can do something about the names of football teams. Pathetic. Traitorous disregard for their oath of office and sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and US law.

  • I wonder what the scam is.

    When politicians are adamant about an issue that nobody in the general public really cares about, bet the farm that big money donors are behind it.

    Climate change? A big majority of elected Democrats think it’s the biggest issue in the world, meanwhile the public yawns. Why? The Democrat greenie weenie donors, who are looking to erect a green wall between themselves and the diversity they want to make the rest of us suffer.

    (In the D.C. area itself, there is a proposed light rail line that would go between heavily black Prince Georges County and majority white Montgomery County, both in Maryland. Well, as “luck” would have it, an endangered shrimp species’ habitat is in the way. “Save the environment” is the new “Blacks/Hispanics Stay Out.”)

    Immigration? Virtually nobody cares about immigration in terms of busting the borders wide open, it’s not even the biggest concern of Hispanic voters. In the Republican universe, the base hates it but the leadership can’t wait to do some sort of amnesty bill? Why? Donors, who are riding herd for the zillionaires and billionaires.

    And with this, this Redskins issue, I suspect donors play into it somehow. I just don’t know precisely how.

    • Bill Moore

      Hello Question Diversity,

      You mentioned a light rail system between an African section to a predominately Caucasian section.

      Pittsburgh PA. The goofy Progressives here decided to have free bus service from a predominately African section of Pittsburgh PA to Ross Park Mall in a predominately Caucasian section (a distance of about twenty miles). This was so that Africans could have free transportation there so they could find work at the gigantic mall.

      What actually happened was that the Africans would catch a free bus ride to the mall, and then steal a car for the return trip. I knew two Caucasian sisters who worked in Sears (an anchor store at the end of the mall), and they told me that every few minutes angry Caucasian customers would come back into the store to report that their car was stolen.

      Bill Moore

    • JP Rushton

      Maybe the billionaire owner is giving to causes they don’t like? I honestly don’t know. I couldn’t find out which way politically the owner leans towards, but he is a Jewish billionaire so I’m gonna guess Democrat.

      It seems like this might just be one of those things the Democrats do to further their reputation with the hard left whites.

  • I don’t care about feetsball chuckers, but I do care about the tyrannical actions of 49 Senators who think they have the right to rule the world. Screw all of em.

    Ann Barnhardt in the latest post on her site calls for blood to flow in the streets in response to the illegal treasonous acts of Obama in his prisoner swap. When you look at the situation realistically, that’s not an option, as the aggregation of dictatorial powers has put us in the same situation as the Russians under Lenin and Stalin.

    If there are some brave military men willing to take a shot at restoring our freedoms, I hope the 49 signers are tried for treason along with Obama and his entire administration.

  • MekongDelta69

    Article from Diversity Inc.

    Meaningless babble.

    Next article

    • Is there any other kind of babble one would expect to find in a magazine called “Diversity Inc.”?

      • foundingstockcracker

        I’m wonderin’ if “Tom Quick the Indian Slayer” would have signed? Wounder if he would have?

      • Reverend Bacon

        Yes, I thought it was a joke- like a cross between Amren and the Onion. Alas, these people never even crack a smile! I just read some crap from “white guy talks about diversity,” and it’s like a Bizarro world version of Thomas Sowell or something. I mean, this clown is really drinking the Kool-Aid about “diversity,” and he lambastes people who are not of the faith.

  • r j p

    Five Democratic senators who did not sign the letter are …. and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

    I think we all know Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) signed it.
    Go back to New York

  • Garrett Brown

    We’re about to sign the death note on this country with the amnesty bill on the table and these traitors care about a negro league’s name?

  • Alucard_the_last

    It’s nice to know that the US has no problems so the senators can concentrate on the name of a football team.

    • Grandstanders like these senators are the problem. I would much rather they.spend their time on irrelevant issues like sports team names than working hard to finish wrecking and bankrupting the country.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I think Rush Limbaugh and his substitutes are on the right track that they are grasping for anything that might engender anti-white sentiment and motivation for their disparate bases to come out and vote in November.

  • JohnEngelman

    They can’t fix the economy, but they can solve a problem that does not exist.

    Go Redskins!

    • They also can’t be bothered to convene Senate hearings on the administration’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws. A rational congress would be very upset about the White House refusing to enforce laws congress earlier passed. It sets a bad precedent because it means later administrations will also feel free to ignore laws they find inconvenient.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    50 Senators Call on NFL to Change Redskins Name

    I call for the Senate to be ended.

    All 59 of these thought police have nothing better to do than tell everyone what’s offensive? How about all these senators demand Mexico release that Marine from a Mexican prison? Or, speak out about the VA hospitals of horror?… the IRS scandal.. the Benghazi cover-up… The rescuing of deserter Bowe Bergdahl?

    .No wonder vets are dying in VA hospitals when this is the priority of the Dem majority.

    My vote for Washington “Reds” still stands.

    Red like Van Jones or Fauxcahontas, with lettering on their helmets like this: “ШДSHIИGTФЙ ЯЗDS” with a photo of Che, Mao or Eric Holder.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      How about the “Washington Red Inks”?

  • Dr. Blooknok

    Its nice to know that 50 Senators took the time out of their useless life’s to ask that the Washington Redskins change their name , considering its been their name since 1932.
    So now the name is offensive ?

    • Sick of it

      Now the Senators are offensive.

  • Pelagian

    I hear that next football season the Washington Post will not refer to them as Redskins. …they will have some euphemism in place. smh

    • Pro_Whitey

      I like The Fightin’ Whities, except that with the average racial makeup of the team, that would just be ironic.

  • Dale McNamee

    John McCain should RESIGN ! I honor his service and suffering, but things and he have changed…

    • Sick of it

      Who knows how many men he left to rot in Southeast Asia. Not that he cares – Daddy got him special treatment.

      • bilderbuster

        To the other POWs McCain was known as “Songbird”.
        One of my favorite of the many McCain lies is his claim that the communists offered to release him but that he bravely and unselfishly denied the offer unless all the POWs were released and he wasn’t going to be used for propaganda.
        What a crock!
        Had the North Vietnamese wanted to score propaganda points by releasing McCain they would have put his sorry butt on an airplane to Paris or wherever whether little Johnny wanted to leave or not.
        His involvement in the fire on the USS Forrestal and his father’s order to ignore the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty are just a few of the interesting events in John McCain’s life that rival those of his late friend Ted Kennedy.

    • Bill Moore

      Hello,

      When McCain was released from his confinement, his fellow prisoners wanted him tried for treason. Apparently, John McCain sided with his North Vietnam keepers for better treatment, and his fellow prisoners were plenty pissed off.

      And then it all died down. Were the complainers “suicided” or did they just give up?

      Bill Moore

  • JDInSanD

    How many senators will call on the NFL to ensure that the players’ race reflects that of our diverse nation?

    • I read a goofy article a few days back that claimed that the NFL is the “last bastion of white male conservative America.”

      The NFL? The one that’s 66% black? Or are they talking about something else called NFL?

      • Dave West

        If the NFL is all we have left then we are really screwed!

      • bilderbuster

        That would have to depend on if you’re counting the many otherwise intelligent White fans who somehow become hypnotized and turn into screaming idiots at the sight of semi retarded Black men playing a child’s game as conservative.

      • Ringo Lennon

        The article sounded like being a white conservative is a bad thing as opposed to a diverse retarded PC liberal.

      • r j p

        And it has the Rooney Rule which essentially means the NFL interviews and gives preference to blacks that they can’t fire as quickly as a White coach.

  • 4321realist

    The country’s economic future is looking pretty shaky; Russia, China, Brazil, and India, are moving to their own currencies with the expressed purpose of ignoring the dollar as much as possible; Calif. is on the edge, as are Chicago and a number of other jurisdictions, with Detroit ready to totally collapse; turmoil in the Middle East is looking grimmer, plus about a dozen other serious concerns, and these mindless ding-a-lings are engrossed in social engineering.

    That sounds like business as usual.

    • The Economist just ran an article about how California is the place to be for new high tech businesses. In fact the vast majority of the companies in certain areas of interest to me have left Florida in the past 3 years and have moved to CA. So they must be doing something right for business?

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        Closer to China.

  • JDInSanD

    The term Aztec referred to the inhabitants of the mythical Aztlan. It was brought into usage by a European scholar who needed a term to describe the various groups of the Mexico City area. It would be the equivalent of us calling ourselves Atlanteans.

    According to Wikipedia: “In 1810 Alexander von Humboldt originated the modern usage of “Aztec” as a collective term applied to all the people linked by trade, custom, religion, and language to the Mexica state and the Triple Alliance. In 1843, with the publication of the work of William H. Prescott, it was adopted by most of the world, including 19th century Mexican scholars who saw it as a way to distinguish present-day Mexicans from pre-conquest Mexicans. This usage has been the subject of debate in more recent years, but the term “Aztec” is still more common.”

    “The true origin of the Mexicas is uncertain. According to their legends, the Mexica tribe place of origin was Aztlán. It is generally thought that Aztlán was somewhere to the north of the Valley of Mexico; some experts have placed it as far north as the Southwestern United States.”

  • Malgus

    The country teeters on the brink of Economic Ragnarök, our borders are nonexistent, the FSA now outnumber the producers, Preezy thinks he’s an Emperor and just keeps making stuff up as he goes along, militarization of our police (which is just the DHS pre-positioning assets), the NSA spying on everyone, traitors and treason abounds…. and this is what the Senate is doing with their time?

    • SFLBIB

      The following is from Chapter 4: “Pathological Politics” from Beyond Politics, p.73, by William C. Mitchell of the University of Oregon & Randy T. Simmons of Utah State University:

      “…Because voters are rationally ignorant (the costs of gaining particular kinds of information are greater than the benefits since one vote is essentially meaningless), politicians must employ a language designed to evoke emotion – enough emotion to motivate the right people to turn out and vote. Thus, politicians rarely speak with precise meanings, marginal calculations, or logical reasoning; instead they manipulate effect, raw emotions, group identifications, and even hatred, envy, and threats. Because premature commitment to an issue can cause one to end up in a minority position, successful politicians equivocate, hint, exaggerate, procrastinate, ‘straddle fences,’ adopt code words, and speak in non-sequiturs. Understanding the politician is therefore extremely frustrating for those who value precise statements. But note that this problem is not the fault of the politician; it is rooted in the rational ignorance of voters, the distribution of conflicting sentiments among voters, and the nature of collective endeavor. What all this means is clear: Political communication is rarely conducive to rational or efficient allocation of scarce resources. This does not mean that the individual politicians are irrational in their choice of language and symbolic activities. Waving the flag and kissing babies are practiced because of their tactical value in an activity that is at once a rational game and a morality play; in that conjunction lies the endless fascination and frustration of politics.”

      What this means in this case is that forcing a team to change its name is an issue that a politician can get behind without losing many votes (if any). And since voters are rationally ignorant, few are smart enough to ask what you asked, i.e., why are they wasting their time?

      • Malgus

        Not bad. I shall have to put that book on my list of books to add to my library.

        I guess the short version of that would be that politics is Kabuki Theater, designed to elicit an emotional instead of rational response in the unwashed masses. An even shorter version would be “You just got played”.

        This is why I know I would not make a “good” politician. Too plain spoken. Was taught to say what you mean and mean what you say in the most blunt way possible. Wouldn’t make a good diplomat either, I suppose.

        But I wager it does make me a good man. And I’d rather be a good man than a good politician.

        • SFLBIB

          “I know I would not make a ‘good’ politician.”

          Nor would I.

  • OhWow

    I think they should change the name but after they change it, force EVERY reference to Indians to be totally removed from American history. Make them as if they never existed. That will marginalize them for good. They want to be picky about how they are portrayed? Ok, say goodbye to the last bit of relevance you had.

    • SFLBIB

      Many years ago, I read about an artist in the mid 19th century who set off to document how Indians lived before their culture died out. He wrote that they didn’t treat their women very well. He never saw a brave carry anything but his weapons.

      James A. Clifton documented similar observations in his book, The Invented Indian.

  • LHathaway

    How about fighting mighty whitey’s?

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    Keep the name the same, and change their mascot to a potato.

    Red skin potatoes…get it?

    Bill Moore

    • r j p

      That is classic.

    • SFLBIB

      The Fighting Spudniks.

    • Dale McNamee

      There are “redskin” peanuts too, aka “Spanish peanuts”…

    • Malgus

      Okay, that got me laughing… Mr. Moore, my hat is off to you. You have to be a special kind of psychotic to have thought of that..

      If I owned the Redskins, I would do that just to piss everyone off… Keep the name and change the mascot to a potato. 🙂 BAHH-HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Dave West

    How did this Redskins name controversy all the sudden just become an issue? We’ve had forty plus years of anti-whites calling the shots and libtards just now decided that Indians should be deeply offended by the name?

    • SFLBIB

      This rears its ugly head every five years or so. The earliest case I am aware of was when the Stanford Indians change to the Cardinal to avoid offending Indians. That was back in the ’60s if I recall correctly. I thought it was silly then, and still do. As far as I can tell, Indians are no better off, nor are cardinals worse off.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Sorry Redskins, the only sport I like watching is boxing. I don’t care about your name

  • Mike Lane

    Good. Now let’s rename the team the Visigoths, Spartans, or Saxons. Hell…. I’ll take Whiteskins. Fight’n Whitey worked.

    • r j p

      Rename them the Rednecks or Crackas.
      .
      John Elway said he would play baseball before he would play for Baltimore (the team that drafted him), and I was always a fan of his just for that.

      • He also graduated from Princeton, and spent his football earnings buying up car dealerships in Denver, which suggest he wasn’t a run-of-the mill idiot. He gets kudos for that, too.

        • Herman

          I think you meant Stanford.

  • Since there are 100 US Senators, the 50 figure does not even represent a majority, yet these crybabies think a non-government, privately-owned sports franchise needs to change its name because only half of our senators are pretending to feel “offended”?

    The woman who circulated this petition, Maria Cantwell is a known marriage wrecker: Ron Dotzauer in 2001 and John Harwood in 2010. She has not been chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs since February.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I live in Washington State—this is the first thing I’ve ever heard Maria Cantwell ever do since she was elected to Congress….as per this action, she is useless.

    Aren’t there MORE important issues facing our Nation than the name of a football team?

    What about getting to the bottom of Benghazi? Obama/Holder’s Gun Running in Mexico?

    • IA_Adam

      I’ve seen baked goods with a higher IQ than either of our Washington State senators.

    • SFLBIB

      Yes, just about every other issue is more important, but they require too much thinking. How much thinking goes behind being convinced you are oppressed because of some athletic team’s un-PC name?

  • IA_Adam

    We have utter fools running our federal government.

    • Dale McNamee

      And they are elected and re-elected by the moronic,disinterested,easily distracted,etc American voters…

      Passing intelligence and reading comprehension tests should be mandatory to have the right to vote…

      • IA_Adam

        No, they’re not elected by us. Who goes into office is predetermined inside the political parties. The elections process is heavily corrupted by news media interference, the courts, and zero voting integrity laws. That blaming the electorate nonsense is demonstrating itself to be a total canard. Look at what the administration is doing right now. They’re shipping in thousands of illegal aliens to the border cities, and then giving them tickets to towns all over the US where poorly written motor voter laws will guarantee that they will vote (multiple times in many cases) and guarantee democrat victories in places were the actual public is sick to death of the democrats.

        We are an oligarchy now with a completely fraudulent form of “democracy” in place.

        • Dale McNamee

          While that is true, as an election judge, I see plenty of individuals voting and I hold them responsible… They don’t have to listen to the media…

          As for “voting integrity laws”…Rotted judges strike down any attempt to bring integrity ( Photo ID, removing dead voters, voters who have moved,etc.) and they are appointed by the jerks that are elected…

  • model1911

    I would like to see Dan Snider sell the team to Donald Sterling just to see the libs heads explode.

    • r j p

      Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister) could be another possible owner.

  • WR_the_realist

    “Negro” didn’t use to be a racial slur, now it is one. I’m sure that when the team was named “Redskins” wasn’t a racial slur either. But now the senate has decided that it is. Apparently these clowns have nothing better to do.

  • sulbernick

    What next? The Patriots renamed the Internationalists? The Chiefs the Plebians? The Giants the Dwarfs? The Chargers the Queuers? The Vikings the Zulus? The Cardinals the Nuns? The Cowboys the Cowgirls? The Dolfins the Minnows? The Raiders the Charity-Givers? I could go on…

    • Kenner

      Please do. You’re on a roll.

  • none of your business

    While we’re at it,why don’t we change the name of every state,county, city, town, river and lake with an Indian name. Chicago, Winnetka, Ohio, Milwaukee, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee Mississippi,Missouri, the Dakotas, Minnesota and thousands of other places and things with Indian names.
    Indiana and Indianapolis are English names, but they are contain the racial slur Indian so change those names too.

    • Dale McNamee

      Pennsylvania has many “Indian” city and town names, too !

  • ElComadreja

    This is what they waste their time on when they should be roasting Obama over a pit of flame. These Senators are pure s**t.

  • randy harrison

    The government has no right to tell you what to name your own private property.
    Though they could be named the Washington Douchebags with Harry Reid’s face on the helmet

  • Lon “hit-man” Horiuchi

    Maybe they should fix their own house first. Whats with Apache and Chinook helicopters? know what i’m sayin