The Jan. 12 editorial “Come back to the District” offered good reasons for the Washington football team, with a new name, to return to its former home “where RFK Stadium sits.”
Team owner Dan Snyder, apparently looking beyond FedEx Field and responding to opposition to the current team name, may have already begun disassociating his team from that name.
Regardless, it’s unlikely that Mr. Snyder will actually change the name anytime soon if he believes proffering a name change might help him negotiate greater concessions from the District, Maryland and Virginia.
An exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations,” clearly shows how the original Americans became an abused minority and provides historic context for the widespread use of the term “redskins” as an ethnic slur.
Any caring, thinking person who takes a close look at that exhibit would likely conclude that use of that word, especially as the name of a sports team representing the nation’s capital, is no longer acceptable regardless of where — and when — the team plays.
Doug Widener, Gainesville
The Washington football team will play a game in London in October. Rebrand Washington Football wrote to the United Kingdom’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). We asked the department if the British government would refrain from using the name of the team when advertising its games in London. Despite setting priorities such as “creating a fairer and more equal society, including opening up marriage to same-sex couples,” DCMS supports the “stance of the NFL in this matter.”
Sadly, DCMS is out of step with the U.S. government, which will not allow Mr. Snyder to lease the land beneath RFK Stadium until the name is changed. So it is fine for the team to play in London but not in the U.S. capital because of its use of a damaging name.
Josh Silver, Bethesda
The writer is co-founder of
Rebrand Washington Football.