Despite opposition from various groups, including some members of the U.S. Congress, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in May that “We will never change the name of the team.” On Wednesday, Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, the non-voting delegate from American Samoa, took to the House floor to denounce the Redskins name (via the Washington Post).
“Mr. Speaker, it’s time the National Football League and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, face the reality that the continued use of the word ‘Redskin’ is unacceptable,” Faleomavaega said. “It is a racist, derogatory term and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native American community has spent millions of dollars over the past two decades trying earnestly to fight the racism that is perpetuated by this slur.
“The fact that the NFL and Commissioner Goodell continue to deny this is a shameful treatment of the mistreatment of Native Americans for so many years. It is quite obvious that once the American public understands why ‘Redskins’ is so offensive, it will know that the word should never be used again.”
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