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The Washington Redskins Deemed as one of the NFL’s most valuable franchises, the Washington Redskins are facing an uphill battle against the Native American community. Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins owner truly believes that there is nothing wrong with the name of his beloved franchise. As a young boy Dan’s love started off as a loyal fan, before transitioning into a sports business executive in the NFL. He would talk about how he and his dad would watch Redskins games in a grocery store, because they didn’t own a television. He would also talk about how he would stay up all night watching the Redskins, when he knew he had to be up early the next day for class. Dan’s love for the Redskins is genuine and loyal coming from a fan, and now as an NFL owner. However, in a world full of political correctness and diversification, Dan Snyder’s “Redskins” is an offensive racial slur directed towards the Native American people.
To Dan, the Redskins are “tradition” and isn’t seen by him as a racial slur. Other professional sports franchises such as the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians have also been victims of the same controversy. For the Native American community the teams don’t offend them; however it’s the names that do. The names that depict images of savage men who hunt for buffalo in the woods. A name that labels the people as wild and red skinned, that in fact makes the term “Redskin” a racial slur. This term alone stereotypes a group of people who came from an early struggle. For the Native American community it wasn’t only about the name, but it was about respect. Native Americans no longer wanted to be referenced as feather wearing buffalo hunters, but as people of society.
From my perspective, the Washington Redskins should change their name along with the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. No one ever wants to be a victim of a stereotype, or racial slur(s). In a society that is constantly changing and becoming much more diversified everyone

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