Lately the Washington Redskins have been facing a lot of pressure to change their name. The fact is though, that they absolutely do not have to change their name. No matter how personally offended some Native Americans may feel, it is something that does not and should not have to be changed. The Washington Redskins have been proudly displaying their name and logo since 1937 and will continue to do so. Our nation’s history began with the Native Americans and the Washington Redskins is a football team dedicated to honoring their heritage. It has been proven that most Native Americans do not find the name offense at all and are actually in favor of the team’s name, “According to the Redskins, the team has already received many emails from those of Native American descent stating their support of the team’s name. The Redskins also have presented a 2004 survey that found that over 90 percent of Native Americans were not offended by the name” (Parini). As time continues, I feel more people look for things to complain about which is why this whole controversy has come back into the public eye. A very small group of people decided they found the name Redskins offensive and wanted it to be changed, but the fact is that the term “Redskin” has never been proven as a racial slur used against Indians back in colonial times. I personally feel these people are just looking for something to complain about and looking for a way to get publicity, “The hurt feelings of a small amount of individuals should not take priority over a large majority who see it otherwise. As stated previously, there are many individuals of Native American descent who do not see the name as offensive but rather as a tribute” (Parini).
When it comes down to it, the Washington Redskins exemplify what it means to be a true all-American football team. They have been battered and bruised, yet continue to fight game after game, season after season. The Redskins have the same fighting spirit as our Native American ancestors who helped America to become what it is today. I say let us keep the good ole’ American battle between the Cowboys and Indians going on. Hail to the Redskins and may they forever fight on.
Parini, Jason. “Despite Calls from Congress, ‘Skins Shouldn’t Change Name.”Bleacher Report. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 02 July 2014.