Obama: Washington Redskins Owners Should Consider Name Change

After years of controversy, President Barack Obama recommended that the Washington Redskins rethink their name, despite the team's storied history

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The sports-fan in chief is calling an audible.

After years of controversy that their name is offensive to Native Americans, President Barack Obama recommended that the Washington Redskins rethink their name, despite the team’s storied history.

“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.,” Obama told the Associated Press’ Julie Pace on Friday.

In May, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked whether Obama was in favor of changing the name, but Earnest said he had not discussed the issue with the president.

From the interview:

You know, Julie, obviously, people get pretty attached to team names, mascots. I don’t think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense. I’ve got to say that 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.

But I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team, and rightly so — even though they’ve been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think — all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things.

Obama also floated the idea that he may want to own a sports team after leaving the White House.

Maybe after I leave the presidency. (Laughter.) I think it would be a lot of fun. Although, I’d probably play — I’d probably look at a basketball team before I looked at a football team. I know more about basketball than I do about football.

[AP]

25 comments
DavidRock
DavidRock

I would like to see that Washington Redskins changing name.

Tequawitha
Tequawitha

Simple! What does the American Indian want the team to do? Well, do what they ask~~for once in this American history.~Aho

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

In a time of heightened sensitivity over stereotypes, years of ethnic and racial labeling have  largely been erased from advertising.

During the post-war years when it seemed the only risk of offending others was if we suffered the unforgivable shame of halitosis, a series of ads ran that would not only raise a politically correct eyebrow today, its offensive nature could very well spark angry, violent protestations. Take a look http://wp.me/p2qifI-1GA
 

RohintonIrani
RohintonIrani

Well Mr.President I appreciate your Concern....and your Right,It is Offensive !


But Mr.President....here's something even MORE Offensive when it comes to the Original People THIS COUNTRY BELONGS To ?

Question : How MANY TREATIES did the U.S. Goverment HONOR, when it came to The Native American Indians,since we started GENOCIDING them for the past 200 Years !

Answer ? : ZERO !....Let me Repeat that : ZERO !

Discursions
Discursions

I'd like to see Mr Obama change his name to Nosey McPivot

aztecian
aztecian

it is racial denigration and reflects a past when the whiteman slaughtered everyone and everything around him.  the use of this racial team name should be outlawed.  it just should be.  how would people feel if a team used the n-word for name or how about the "honkeys"?  there is no difference.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

Sure change it to the washington blow hards in honor of the big mouth do nothings in DC. Or Obama can suggest the wasington blackskins. 

manlyman
manlyman

Noone was offended until the politically correct liberals told them to be.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian well the washington honkey's would not work there are not enough white's in washington proper and or on the team to warrant that.

manlyman
manlyman

Compelling asstician. Not.

JoAnnePSparrow
JoAnnePSparrow

@Openminded1 ah! you just proved to be an angry old white man who isn't getting any and a bonafide racist idiot! Or just a 13yr old messing with smart adults

JoAnnePSparrow
JoAnnePSparrow

@manlyman It's insulting to American Indians, simple to change and it could be a fun PR event for the team franchise, which in turn would make the Indians happy and generate a lot of money-what is your problem with this??

Openminded1
Openminded1

@JoAnnePSparrow @Openminded1 Ah Joanne reference to the first part of your racist post, I am neither angry, or white i am old if you consider 63 old. Far from an idiot little girl and i think a 13 year old just might have a higher IQ the you may have. You are new on here and out of your league you should move onto something more your speed and intellect , like watching porno or cartoons. I know your type you love black men and have a need to defend us, well it is not needed we have more white women then we can handle even at my age.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 I thought from people like you ,that blacks can not be racist, especially when it come to one of there alleged own. how could I be a racist against another black? What I am is not racist sonny, I am what you call a realist.