79% of Americans Favor Redskins Keeping Their Name according a AP poll but it doesn't matter, the PC police say change the name, it's offensive
It looks like Redskins owner is standing firm here. No change.
It's become quite clear that the politicians in Washington want the Redskins to change their name. President Obama said last October that he would think about changing the name if he owned the team, and two months ago, Harry Reid -- the Senate's majority leader -- predicted the team would alter their name within the next three years.
Now, the Senate is throwing some serious muscle behind the attempt to convince the team to change, as the NY Times reports that 50 senators have signed a letter to the NFL asking the league to do so.
“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” said the letter. "... “We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the N.B.A. did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports."
The letter, the Times writes, was circulated by Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell and was endorsed by Reid. The letter was not circulated among the Republicans.
Cantwell referred to the NBA's quick action against Clippers owner Donald Sterling after he was caught on audio tape using racial slurs and, soon after, was basically kicked out of the league.
All along, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has declared that he won't change the name. “The intent of the team's name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image,” the league said in a statement. “The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.”