Two weeks after Dan Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, said he will never change the team's name as long as he owns the franchise, 10 members of
"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," the letter said.
"Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL's fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington's NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans."
"In this day and age, it is imperative that you uphold your moral responsibility to disavow the usage of racial slurs. The usage of the "R-word" is especially harmful to Native American youth, tending to lower their sense of dignity and self-esteem. It also diminishes feelings of community worth among the Native American tribes and dampens the aspirations of their people."
There has been no reaction from the Redskins or any of the other people to receive the letter. On May 1, a similar proposal was made by D.C. Councilman David Grosso, asking the team to change its name to Redtails to honor the
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