Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is continuing his fight to resist changing the teams’ nickname. In an interview on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Snyder spoke about why not changing the team name is important to him, and when asked what the word Redskin really means, Snyder stated:
This interview will no doubt be criticized by opponents of the name just like every other statement that Snyder makes on the issue. But even with that criticism, Snyder has shown no inclination to make a change. A who’s who of politicians from president Barack Obama, to Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and other have spoken out against the name. But Snyder will not budge.
“A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride, hopefully winning, and it’s a positive. Taken out of context, you can take things out of context all over the place. But in this particular case it is what it is, it’s very obvious“
And I think the more pressure that politicians put on Snyder to change the name, the more he will resist changing it. I think Snyder should have changed the name because it’s become a huge distraction to the team. But I also admire Snyder’s resolve in sticking to his guns, and not relenting to the pressure of political correctness.
I’ve stated before that you don’t name your team after something you don’t admire. You name your team after something you want to emulate. The Redskins don’t use the name as a racial slur. Racial slurs are used to insult someone, to demean them. You don’t say “Hail” to a to a word you would use as a slur.
It is possible for a word to have more than one meaning. To some people the name Redskin is disparaging and offensive, and is a racial slur. But to Dan Snyder and much of the teams’ fan base the word Redskin means honor, respect, and football. HTTR