Calling a team the “Redskins” is offensive to Native Americans, period. President Barack Obama seems to agree after noting in a recent interview that the Washington Redskins should think about changing their name when considering how many people are offended by its use.
Obama told the Associated Press:
“…People get pretty attached to team names, mascots. I don’t think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense. I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.
“But I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team, and rightly so — even though they’ve been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think — all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things.”
Before you get into a huff about why is Obama talking about football and not world policy or the government shutdown, he did. Read the full interview here.
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