Fox’s trivializing, dismissive take on the offensive Redskins name
Happy Columbus Day, America. We couldn't have picked a better time to celebrate the "discovery" of our great nation than in the midst of a debate over how we've appropriated its native culture.
The question of whether the time has come to abandon the embarrassingly dated, racially offensive name of the Washington Redskins has come up again and again in recent years. But this season, the conversation has become strenuously vocal -- especially since the team owner Daniel Snyder grandly proclaimed earlier this year, "We will never change the name of the team. As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season…. We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps." In a letter to Snyder and to NFL commissioner Roger Godel last May, ten members of Congress urged the team to change the name, calling it "a derogatory slur."