The May 24 Sports article “Redskins continue to defend name ” included the following quote from the team: “Our use of ‘Redskins’ as the name of our football team for more than 81 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans.”
Isn’t it interesting that the team should claim that its name demonstrates such great respect and reverence for this specific group of people, only to use “Native Americans” when it otherwise refers to them? If the R-word is indeed respectful and reverential, why does the team not use it in news releases and when speaking about Native Americans?
Perhaps team officials recognize that their preferred name offends others.
Anthony Sanchez, Fredericksburg
I wonder if Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and General Manager Bruce Allen and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell address Native Americans in person as “our honorable redskin friends.” When handing out tablet computers to Native American children, does Mr. Snyder tell them that being called a “redskin” is something they should be proud of, that having their heritage serve a sports brand worth millions to Mr. Snyder and his partners has “deep and purposeful meaning”?
I don’t expect those gentlemen to admit the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their arguments; there is just too much money involved. But for the rest of us, this argument that a group of wealthy, white sports executives are honest arbiters of how Native Americans should feel is a charade.
William Ade, Burke