Growing up in D.C., I played on a Pee-Wee football team coached by Mom and Dad. We got to choose our team name, mascot and uniform. In the shadow of RFK stadium we were the Dallas Cowboys complete with homemade blue stars on the helmets.
Yet, I find a strange allegiance growing to quarterback RG III and particularly to owner Dan Snyder who has defiantly told the world he will “never change the name” of his team despite criticism from President Obama. But he should reconsider.
The name is an embarrassment that associates his team with what is worst about America. He should embrace all Americans and, in so doing, could unseat the Cowboys as America’s team. He should drop the name “Washington” and be known simply as “The Redskins.”
Further irony: If any groups in America today are subject to ridicule and unfair stereotyping, it isn’t Native Americans. It’s southerners, people from rural areas, gun-owners and males. But you don’t hear us demanding Jerry Jones change the mascot of his team.
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