Congress to Snyder: 'Redskins' is like N-word
Several members of Congress have sent a letter to Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, telling him that when he promises never to change the name of his team, hes promising to keep using a racial slur.
In the letter, Snyder is told that the word Redskins is deeply offensive to many American Indians, and that he has a moral obligation to change the name. The letter is signed by the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), as well as Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbias delegate in Congress.
Native Americans throughout the country consider the R-word a racial, derogatory slur akin to the N-word among African Americans or the W-word among Latinos, the letter states. Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw widespread disapproval among the NFLs fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washingtons NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.