By Rob Capriccioso
This morning, the program featured an interview with Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, parent company of Indian Country Today Media Network, shot on the tribe’s homelands in central New York at the Shako:wi Cultural Center.
“Any other group or ethnic group would not tolerate this kind of language being used about them that’s so denigrating and dehumanizing,” Halbritter said on the program.
During a brief round-table after Halbritter’s comments, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) argued that the name should be changed. Fudge is part of a growing group of U.S. Congress members who are urging team owner Daniel Snyder to change the name.
Stephanopoulos: Bigger problem might be 'Washington,' not 'Redskins'
By Jennifer Epstein
"My big objection is they lose," Roberts, a Redskins season ticketholder, said during a discussion of the team's name Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
More seriously, though, she added: "We wouldn't call a team the Yellowskins or the Brownskins. It would be absolutely unacceptable. And if people who are Native American are offended by it, we should pay attention to that.”
The debate over the team's name--controversial because of its reference to Native Americans in a way that seems insensitive to some--heated up this week after President Barack Obama said he'd "think about" changing the NFL team's name if he were its owner, given the widespread objections to it.
Soledad O'Brien, the former TV anchor, said that someone walking into a bar "would find that people have strong opinions about it” and that "the people who are offended are offended." Even if that's not a majority of Americans or Native Americans, "I think that matters," she said.
NFL reiterates “respect” for opposition to Redskins name
By Mike Florio
“We respect that people have differing views,” the league tells PFT via statement in response to Saturday’s events. “It is important that we listen to all perspectives.”