A Simple Yet Strong Solution To Washington Redskins Name Controversy

May 30, 2014 3:10 PM
A Simple Yet Strong Solution To Washington Redskins Name Controversy
" BOSTON (CBS) — When half of the United States Senate writes a letter urging your football team to change its name, you’ve got yourself a situation. So make no mistake about it: The Washington Redskins have themselves a situation.

The push to change the team’s name continues to gain steam. President Barack Obama has spoken on the matter, and now the movement for change has the backing of 50 members of the United States Senate.

“It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team,” the Senators wrote in an open letter to Roger Goodell, using the NBA’s Donald Sterling situation as a springboard for change in the NFL. “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 [in the NBA] while endorsing slurs against Native Americans?”

The letter was circulated by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week, and Redskins team president Bruce Allen responded to Reid directly, saying the team name is not offensive "

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