RENAME THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS ― DIGNITY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

RENAME THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS ― DIGNITY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

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Nia Change-Maker started this petition to Dan Snyder (Owner of the Washington Redskins)

I wrote this letter when I was in 7th grade, after learning about the plight of Native Americans.  It was not required, but I felt strongly about this issue, as I still do. My teacher promised to send the letter, but I never heard back from the organization.  Now we can put our voices together!!  PLEASE SUGGEST A NAME TO REPLACE REDSKINS IN YOUR COMMENT.  You may select from my list above or come up with your own.

Dear Mr. Dan Snyder,

“Redskins”, as used to refer to Native Americans, is an insult.  Now that we are more enlightened in 2018, why do we still hold on to demoralizing names after so many centuries?  We don’t have to and YOU have the power to change this, and most importantly the moral duty to seize this opportunity, using your platform as a team owner, to play fair. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, redskin is usually an offensive noun that means American Indian.  Native Americans are not redskins, Native Americans are the proud indigenous people of U.S.A. and they shouldn’t have to be insulted in their very own land. The Europeans killed most of the natives, pushed them off of their very own land, do we have to add insult to injury?  For both you and I to be proud of calling ourselves American, we must treat the Native Americans with dignity.  It’s the least we can do to give back what was taken from them. 

Some might say that switching a team name or mascot could cost millions of dollars.  Yet, according to Forbes, your team’s revenue is over 300 million dollars every year.  Changing a team name would definitely cost less than a fraction of that amount in dignity. To further reduce cost, I would like to respectfully volunteer my time, to assist in the renaming process. I have already begun brainstorming alternate team names as depicted in the attached table.

Again, just as football is played on an even field, that enables all players to perform at their best, all Americans should exist and thrive on this great land without being adversely labeled.  I sincerely hope you will empathize with our fellow citizens and immediately discontinue the use of the term "Redskins" for and within your organization.  Let's find a different noun that's not offensive, but is rather dignified.

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