Regarding the June 14 news article “With visit, Obama reaches out to Native Americans ”:
The Post noted, “The president met with Redskin children ahead of the tribe’s annual Flag Day powwow,” adding, “Many tribal leaders say Obama has done more in six years for Redskins than all of his predecessors combined,” and “Obama is the first president to visit Redskin land since Bill Clinton in 1999.”
No, The Post didn’t, in fact, use the word “Redskin” in any of the above instances, or anywhere in the article. Instead it used “Native American” throughout. Any objective person cannot dispute how cringe-worthy the article would have been otherwise.
The same approach should apply to all of The Post’s sections, including Sports.
Larry Rigg, Arlington
On several occasions The Post’s editorial board has commendably called on Dan Snyder to change his football team’s blatantly racist name — most recently on March 26 [“A limit to his charity”]. And some of The Post’s more justice-conscious sports columnists have refused to use the offensive term. So it is perplexing to me that The Post continues to use the name in its sports reporting and even on its front page.
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declared what any semi-reflective person already knew: The team’s nickname is offensive and disparaging [“Opponents of Redskins’ name land a punch,” front page]. It’s way past time for The Post to stop printing this racist term. As Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Start bending, Washington Post.
William Mark Habeeb, Arlington