Contact Us

Should The Washington Redskins Change Their Name?

This controversy is far from new but thanks to the Oneida Indians it has come to the forefront once again. The owners of the NFL teams are having their annual fall meeting in Washington, D.C. and one of the Oneida Indians leaders, Ray Halbritter is also there to protest the name, “Redskins.”

Getty Images

Halbrritter said, “Washington’s team name is a painful epitaph that was used against my people, Indian people, when we were held at gunpoint and thrown off our lands,” They are committed to getting the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, to reconsider his stand on the possible name change, in the past he has stated that they would NEVER change the name.

There are plenty of other major league sports teams with “Indian” related nicknames, like the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians but I believe with these teams one could argue it is out of respect for the character and strengths of the American Indian that these nicknames were chosen.

The representatives of the Oneida nation however feel that the term “Redskin” in itself was a derogatory term used against the Indians and is deemed offensive by definition in any dictionary. Even President Obama after being asked by a reporter said if it were him that owned the team he would consider a name change.

What do you think? Would everyone be OK with a team named the “Blackskins” or the “Yellowskins?”

More from WGNA

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wgna.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Today's Country - 107.7 WGNA quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on Today's Country - 107.7 WGNA quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!