November 11, 2013

The Nov. 7 Style article “The legend of ‘Lone Star’ ” was fantastic. I find it fascinating that a major corporation such as the Washington Redskins (recently valued by Forbes at $1.7 billion) is named after a self-promoting carnival barker of a character who may not have been a Native American. And, my gosh, he coached the team for only two years. They’d just as well be called the Washington Zorns. 

Seems to me the thing that stoked this fire more than anything was owner Daniel Snyder’s line-in-the-sand pronouncement that he would NEVER change the name (he said we could use all caps). I love that he said that, because it means that the folks on the other side won’t quit until the name is changed.  

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I’m sure glad I have a front-row seat to the game.  

Alan Kelly, Rockville

In the year 2525, young Sarah asks, “Mommy, what are Redskins?”

“Well, they were a race of people who first inhabited our lands long, long ago.”

“What happened to them, Mommy?” 

“Well, the people who came here from Europe took over their lands and treated them unfairly, but eventually they were absorbed into our great melting pot of cultures, along with many other races and peoples.”

“Was that a good thing, Mommy?”

“Well, I think it was, because we now are all Americans living in a great nation of freedom for all.”

“Then, Mommy, why is the football team still called the Redskins?”

“It is in honor of and in remembrance of the great race of people whose land this once was.”

“Then I think that’s a good thing, too, Mommy.”

This conversation never takes place if the name “Redskins” is changed.    

John Kosko, Germantown