Battle For Washington Redskins Name Change Heats Up
We've broached this subject on previous occasions, but it's time to open up this can of worms in western Colorado one more time as the battle for the Washington Redskins name change heats up.
The pressure continues to mount on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team mascot name to something less offensive, though he has remained adamant about leaving the name in tact.
One of the questions to come up recently was how the media would respond at this point, given the overly sensitive nature of our society.
Some prominent sportscasters have chosen sides, and they are lining up on both sides of the aisle.
According to a report on Yahoo, two of the most respected NFL commentators have said they plan to not use the term "redskins" in any broadcast they do. Phil Simms, who is the #1 analyst for CBS, and Tony Dungee, who appears on NBC's Sunday night football have both expressed their intent to avoid the team name.
Meanwhile, other network announcers said they will continue to use the term "redskins" as long as it remains the team name including Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason, Troy Aikman and Solomon Wilcots who was quoted as saying he will use
"Washington Redskins as long as that is what they are called. That's their official name and I used it last year, two years ago, 10 years ago."
The issue has become more and more divisive with the passage of time with people having strong opinions on both sides of the issue. Is the name offensive to Native Americans? Should it be? If the Redskins name has to change, should we eliminate all Indian mascot names?
There didn't seem to be any concern about the Redskins name 40 years ago when I started watching football, but times have changed considerably. I get that.
It just seems that we are always looking for something to be up in arms about, something to be angry about, always looking to take a side regardless of whether we actually have strong feelings about it.
Yes, maybe I would feel differently about it if I was a Native American. Maybe I would find it offensive, I really can't say for sure. I'm sure I would feel differently now if I felt that the Redskins' mascot was somehow intended to be disrespectful and disparaging in any way to American Indians.
For now, I remain on the side of those who support the name and choose to continue to use the name as long as it remains the official name of the professional football team in Washington, D.C.
Over the last 18 months or so, our polls have shown overwhelming support in western Colorado for the Redskins name. Is the tide turning? Take our poll and tell us what you think about the issue.