Taking a break from his Koch binge, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today and cited the NBA’s recent ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and said the Washington Redskins should change their name and end their “tradition of racism.”
“How long will the NFL continue to do nothing, zero, as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?” the Nevada Democrat asked. “It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition. Tradition, that’s what he says, in refusing to change the name of the team. Madam President, tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.”
“It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try to hide behind tradition. Tradition? That’s what he says in refusing to change the name of the team,” Reid said. “Tradition? What tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake. Mr. Snyder knows that in sports the only tradition that matters is winning, so I urge Daniel Snyder to do what’s morally right and remove this degrading term from the league by changing his team’s name,” Reid continued.
Last May, ten members of Congress wrote letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx, and the other 31 NFL franchises urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name “Washington Redskins” offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.
Snyder has vowed that he will never change the Redskins’ name.
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