You’d think with all the madness in America–from the thousands of illegal immigrant children being subsidized by taxpayers from California to Massachusetts, to the still-terrible medical treatment being offered to veterans at VA facilities across the country–that a Democratic senator would have better things to do than threaten to strip away the nonprofit status of a privately run institution.
And, unfortunately, that’s exactly what Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is doing.
At a press conference Tuesday, Cantwell said the Redskins changing their name is “about right and wrong.”
“The NFL needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century,” she said.
Cantwell announced to the crowd of Native American interest groups that she plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status for its “refusal to address the name of the Washington Redskins,” the Washington Post reports.
In June, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins’ trademarks, ruling them “disparaging to Native Americans.”
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has vowed that he will never change his team’s name. Snyder has, instead, urged his opponents to focus their energy on the more substantive cultural issues facing Native American communities.
“No one ever talks about what’s happening on reservations, the fact that they have such high unemployment rates, health care issues, education issues, environmental issues, lack of water, lack of electricity,” Snyder said.
Senator Cantwell and all those opposing the Redskins should devote energy to improving the standard of living on Native American reservations, instead of engaging in the futile pursuit to see the team’s name changed.
But that would make, well, too much sense.
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