Over the last few months, the number of people calling for the Washington Redskins to change their name has increased. Unfortunately for these people, only one person’s opinion currently matters, and that is the opinion of team owner Dan Snyder.
Snyder has said numerous times that he has no plans to change “Redskins” to another nickname. However, many do not believe it is Snyder’s place to decide whether or not the name is offensive. Unfortunately for them, Snyder’s opinion is the only one that counts as he owns the team. The name Redskins has been around for many decades and it appears it will stay that way.
In Snyder’s defense, he has done some research and surveyed the views of some of America’s Native-American population. Out of 1,000 Native-Americans interviewed, 90% said they did not find the name Redskins offensive. But Washington Tight End Fred Davis said he could see how some Native-Americans were offended by Redskins.
In reality, the only people who truly can decide whether or not Redskins is an offensive racial slur is the Native-Americans themselves. It is not up to Dan Snyder, Fred Davis, or any other non-Native American person. However, when it comes to an actual name change, it does not matter what anyone thinks besides Snyder.
The call is Snyder’s, and he is most likely going to hold firm on his opinion. He says the name is not getting changed, so the name probably won’t be changed. There is no since in wasting valuable time trying to convince Snyder that the name is offensive. He has made up his mind, and he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. The Redskins are his team, his brand and he makes all final decisions.
In the future, it is a very real possibility that the Washington Redskins will no longer exist. They could be the Washington Senators, Washington Red Tails, or some other name people have been clamoring for. But now is the present, and these are the Washington Redskins. Everyone must accept that for the time being.