by Jason Butt
May 24, 02014
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen felt the need to respond to the 50 U.S. Senators that want the organization he works for to change their nickname.
While the politicians believe the name Redskins is offensive, Allen argued the opposite in this letter, explaining, in his opinion, that it's essentially a term of endearment.
He wrote that the term Redskin originated as a term of solidarity and that Native Americans designed the logo used today. He also touted the organization's Washington Redskins Original American Foundations and the work it does.
"It is our mission to help tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country, by providing resources and genuine opportunities to those in need," Allen said.
Regardless of the interpretation of the word when the nickname was decided and when the logo was designed, there are people in 2014 that are offended that a team would use a Native American as a mascot, as well as using a term that some view as pejorative. Regardless of any statistics used, there's a clear voice being heard on this issue.
That's something the organization should consider, instead of reacting on the defensive time and time again.
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