Guess what’s gaining some momentum?
A debate that’s years in the making has made its first major splash in the political realm today. In a letter to team owner Daniel Snyder, 10 members of Congress asked the team to change it’s name because “the R-word” is offensive to Native Americans. The request came several weeks after Snyder told USA Today that he would never change the team’s name.
More from the AP:
The representatives said Tuesday that they’ve sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx, and the other 31 NFL franchises.
The letter to Snyder says that “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.”
Among the group sending the letters are the leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus, Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
The nickname is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.
I don’t expect much to get done on this though, much like everything else Congress decides to take up.