I had been hearing that the controversy over the Redskins name change has been surfacing at a new time high this year. There have been multiple interviews conducted and many campaigns designed to inform the public why this name needs to be changed. The issue had always been seeping through conversations year after year, but no action had been taken in changing it. During this time, we need to make a decision and officially change the NFL name.
The Oneida Indian Nation is the main advocate group trying to change the name. They have been heated that this issue has been looked over repeatedly. Even though they are not local Washingtonians, they are directly impacted by this racial slur. They have a reservation located in central New York. This is where they had devised the campaign, “Change the Mascot.”
Adults teach their children that it’s not nice to call other children mean names. If a child does call another child a bad name, they are taught to apologize. In the same idea, adults abstain from calling each other harsh offensive names. But when it comes to Americans realizing that they have named a football team using an offensive name, they do not correct their mistake and make the situation right.
Why is it taking more than eight decades for people to understand that it is not right to name a football team that offends a specific group of people?
[Team owner Dan] Snyder released a letter where the tone suggested that there was not going to be any name change.
I feel that as an American we are too stubborn to realize when we have wrongfully, not intentionally, hurt someone and do not take responsibility for our actions.
As adults, we have to honestly resort back to childhood teachings and set the example for the next generation that we should still not call people names that hurt their feelings. It’s behavior that still needs to be pushed upon later on in age apparently because some adults still cannot grasp the concept.
Is this honestly how we are going to set the example for generations to come?
At the end of the day, it is a moral dilemma that Snyder is faced with, and hopefully the next owner of the Washington Redskins will not have to deal with the issue because the name would already have been changed.
We already have so many issues dealing with other countries, and having to extend an argument such as a name change should not be something that divides our nation.
Anna Higgins, Brentwood