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Rich white guy sees nothing offensive about the name Redskins

Bruce Allen sees nothing offensive about the name Redskins

As the Washington Redskins continue to come under criticism for a team name that is considered by many to be offensive, it is unsurprising that the teams general manager sees nothing offensive about it.

Redskins G.M. Bruce Allen said today that the team is not considering changing its name.

Im proud to be the general manager of the Washington Redskins, Allen said. We represent an iconic sports franchise thats 81 years old, that involves millions of fans worldwide, that has thousands of alumni. Its ludicrous to think in any way that were trying to upset anybody. . . . Theres nothing that we feel that is offensive, and were proud of our history. To suggest that players and coaches and fans are thinking any other way, it doesnt make sense.

When Allen says the team is not trying to upset anybody, hes surely right: Players, coaches, team officials and fans arent actively hoping to offend Native Americans when they sing Hail to the Redskins and put on their Redskins clothing.

But just because Allen doesnt find the name offensive, that doesnt change the fact that others do. The National Congress of American Indians released a statement last month calling upon the team to change its name.

Its time for the NFL and the Washington football team to join the 21st century and leave the mockery and racism of the past where it belongs, in the past, the statement said.

For more on this story visit: Michael David Smith, NBC Pro Football Talk


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