It was the usual compendium of honor and tradition, dubious polls, and "some of my best friends are Native." Here are a couple of representative paragraphs:
Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans
I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.
Dan Snyder Addresses Redskins Controversy in Letter
In his letter, Mr. Snyder made mention of his team's history. He opted to omit from his letter, however, that the original owner who gave the team its current name was an avowed segregationist. That suggests the team's name was deliberately designed to denigrate people of color. Unfortunately that ploy was successful. The marketing of this racial slur has had--and continues to have--very serious cultural, political, and public health consequences for my people and Native Americans everywhere.
It is clear from Mr. Snyder's letter that he does not understand those consequences. So in the spirit of the dialogue that Mr. Snyder says he is willing to engage in, we are inviting him to join the NFL delegation in its upcoming meeting at our Homelands. During his visit, we will organize a special meeting of Oneida Nation families where Mr. Snyder can personally explain to them why he believes they deserve to be called "redskins." He can then hear directly from them why that term is so painful.
Washington Redskins team name: Another letter, the same spirit
By Sally Jenkins
None of the offended people are particularly important to me because they aren’t members of my family. I don’t see how I am responsible for them or why I should care, and anyway, they seem to be doing all right.
In my experience, the worst thing you can do about a problem is pay attention to it.
I still remember the first time I went to a [Redskins] game. I was only six. I will never forget going through the tunnel into the stadium, and being struck by the enormity of all that licensing revenue opening up before me. When we scored a touchdown, and the crowd roared, I literally felt the thunder of all that cash.
When I think about the old-fashioned epithet my team is named after, I consider what it stands for. As some of you may know, it was given to us 81 years ago by an avowed segregationist who liked to play Plantation Owner and Pickaninny. He saw an opportunity to cash in on the public fascination with Indians, the popularity of dime-store pulp and westerns such as the 1932 film “Ride ’Em Cowboy.” It was all a marketing gimmick.
Some contradictory notions about what's happening within the NFL--from Commissioner Goodell saying Snyder will do the right thing to officials saying nothing's changed to owners admitting they've discussed the issue.
Asked whether ‘Redskins’ should go, Goodell says NFL must make sure it does ‘what’s right’
By Associated Press
Speaking at the conclusion of the league’s fall meetings Tuesday, the commissioner noted that he grew up in the Washington area rooting for the city’s football team and “by no means ... have I ever considered it derogatory as a fan, and I think that’s how Redskins fans would look at it.”
The topic was not part of the formal agenda for the meetings—Goodell said “there may have been discussions between some of the owners, but not on the floor”—and yet it was the subject of four of the first five questions posed at his news conference at a Washington hotel.
“Whenever you have a situation like this, you have to listen and recognize that some other people may have different perspectives, and clearly there are cases where that’s true here,” Goodell said. “And that’s what I’ve suggested and I’ve been open about—that we need to listen, carefully listen, and make sure we’re doing what’s right.”
Asked whether Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has vowed that he’ll never change the club’s name, has been listening, Goodell said: “I am confident that the Redskins are listening and I’m confident that they’re sensitive to their fans—to the views of people that are not only their fans but are not their fans.”
By Mark Maske
The likelihood of a change would increase, the person said, if the Redskins and the NFL were to feel economic pressure to take action and, at least for now, that isn’t the case, according to that person. The current feeling is that the Redskins would be likely to suffer economic harm if they make a name change, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.
Another person familiar with the league’s view on the matter also expressed the view that nothing had changed at this point and added that there is no current movement by the Redskins or the NFL toward a name change. That person added, however, that some within the league do wish the Redskins would be more receptive toward listening to opposing views on the matter and considering the concerns of those who express such opposing views.
League officials do appear intent upon listening to opposing views and giving opponents of the Redskins” name a chance to voice their concerns directly to the NFL.
By Mark Maske
“I don’t have any thoughts on it,” Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “It did not come up today.”
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said the matter was discussed during a dinner he had Monday night with the league’s lobbyists who are stationed in Washington.
“We had a long dinner last night discussing all issues and certainly that’s been one that’s been on the agenda,” Irsay said. “The president’s comments certainly—when the president speaks, it’s going to raise attention to any issue. But really at this point I don’t really have any comment on it right now. I think the first person to speak on that is going to have to be the commissioner at this point.”
Owner wants those opposed to ‘Redskins’ to ‘try to respect’ what it means to team, fans
Redskins lawyer says ‘put it in caps’ language will change
A Mysterious Defense of The Washington Redskins Name
Washington owner Dan Snyder has hired Lanny Davis, a veteran D.C. crisis manager, to vouch for the team's nickname. In an interview, Davis' logic falls short.
Dan Snyder to Native Americans: We're Cool, Right? Native Americans to Dan Snyder: [Redacted]
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