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Dan Snyder Speaks Out

by Jerry Bader

The Washington Redskins owner released a letter today explaining his reasoning for not changing the team's name. I've said I can see where the name "Redskin" can be perceived as racist, but that it's never been used that way. He makes a number of critical points:

  • The Annenberg Public Policy Center polled nearly 1,000 self-identified Native Americans and found 90% did not find the name to be offensive
  • An April 2013 AP survey found 79% felt the team should not change its name
  • The inaugural 1932 Redskins team had four Native American players and a Native American head coach.
  • Snyder saying: "It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride and respect - the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.
Strong arguments indeed.