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Question Of The Day: Should The Washington Redskins Change Their Name?

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The Washington Redskins have been around for over 80 years. Their fans are loyal but some, including President Obama, think it might be the right thing to do to change the team name.In a recent interview with the Associated Press, President Obama suggested there are legitimate concerns with the Washington Redskins’ name. Adding if he were the team owner, he’d consider changing the name.

In the Associated Press interview, President Obama said, ‘If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.’

The Washington Redskins’ lawyer, Lanny J. Davis, responded to the President’s comments with this statement:

‘We at the Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks we love our team and its name and, like those fans, we do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group. The name ‘Washington Redskins’ is 81 years old, it’s our history and legacy and tradition. We Redskins fans sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ every Sunday as a word of honor, not disparagement.’

What’s your opinion on the Washington Redskins changing or keeping their name?

 

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