Redskins Owner Won’t Bow to PC Pressure

Thank God for people like Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins. People who refuse to buckle under the pressure of manufactured controversy, which is exactly what this fuss about his team’s name is all about. Sunday, Snyder enjoyed watching his team alongside Navajo Nation president Ben Shelley in what some termed a thumb in the eye to those who have called for a name change.

It infuriates the liberals to see that all their whining has amounted to nothing. In the end, no one can force Snyder to change the team’s name. The NFL can block sales of the merchandise, the FCC can issue fines if broadcasters say the team name, but Snyder alone can decide whether or not he wants to bow to pressure. And thus far, he seems to fall firmly in the “over my dead body” camp.

Is he out on a limb? Is he a bigot? Are people arguing for the Redskins putting a stupid football team over the sensitivities of an entire race of people? This is what the left wants you to believe, and they’ve been remarkably effective at spreading the message.

What they miss, though – and you’ll notice this pattern comes up time and again when liberals decide it’s time to change American language – is that no football fan regards the team name or mascot as a slur against Indians (or Native Americans, to cite another instance of liberal name-swapping.) In fact, I would be surprised if anyone ever thought of actual Indians when talking about the team. This isn’t, after all, a name that just came out of nowhere this year. It’s been around since the 1920s! If someone were to say to you, “What do you think of the redskins?”, would it even occur to you – current controversies notwithstanding – that they might be talking about Native Americans?

President Obama, known for creating controversies where there are none, has even been quoted as saying, “I don’t think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense.” Of course there aren’t. Most Americans have only the highest regard for the people who inhabited this land before Europeans landed on its shores. Their story is a fascinating one, and we are only just beginning to uncover the depth of their history.

Look, if there really was evidence that Indians were upset by the name, that would be one thing. But this name swap has been generated by the same people who do it every time – a small population of liberals who live to be offended. A poll last year found that a startling 90 percent of Native Americans were just fine with the Washington team.

What these morons don’t get is that the name is a tribute to the great warriors of North America. No one would name their football team the Washington Weirdos or the Cleveland Sissies. Team names are chosen because they represent strength and honor. Those two concepts may be too foreign for liberals to understand.

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  1. Way to go, Mr Snyder. I back you 125%. This PC is BS!

    • If the Navajos are so offended why does Red Mesa high school on the Rez retain the name Redskins for their teams? My rooting for the Cardinals to defeat the Redskins had nothing to be about being
      offended even though I lived the DC area since 1959. You can take the boy out of the desert but you can’t take the desert out of this boy well maybe scruffy old man.

  2. Don’t like the name, don’t buy tickets to the games or team merchandise. That is all you need to do. Don’t ever try to force this PC crap on us!

    • And that goes for the announcers that said they won’t use that name while they are announcing their games.Fire those 2.

  3. Well written article.Hang in there redskins. If the American Indians dont have a problem with the name, why should anyone else.

  4. I like the name. However if you are forced to change I would suggest “The Washington Warriors”.

  5. Deborah Henderson

    IT is ok to disagree with anyone but the PC police are infringing on our Freedom of Speech. Disagreeing with someone and each side explaining their reasoning behind their belief, listened to with rational ears, can lead to a win, win for both sides. Kuddos to you Mr. Synder for standing up to the liberals that are our PC Police.

  6. Good for them.

  7. GOOD on you Mr. Snyder, keep fighting the good fight against the libtards!

  8. GOOD, kudos to Dan Snyder!!!

    Even though I’m not a fan of sports to begin with, liberals butting in where there is no problem and them making a problem is the height of douche behaviour.

    If, say an ENTIRE Indian Nation (like the Cherokee or the Sioux or the Seminole) had a problem, let THEM say something.

    Posting the entire article from the liberal rag, the Washington Post: Here lies the celebrated Lone Star Dietz — in a donated cemetery plot, aside a back road, under a drooping evergreen. A simple marker, paid for by friends, bears only one word that hints at his legend: “Coach.”

    Finally, we have found him, the Washington Redskins’ namesake. Dietz coached the inaugural Boston Redskins team 80 years ago, before it moved to Washington. He was a Sioux Indian, and the team was named in his honor, “out of respect for Native American heritage and tradition.”

    That is what the team’s attorneys have said, anyway, in court filings battling an effort by Native Americans to cancel the Redskins trademark as disparaging — a campaign more than two decades old. Now the objections to the name are reaching an unprecedented volume, including Tuesday’sD.C. Council vote condemning the team name as “racist and derogatory.”

    In the midst of this criticism, team owner Dan Snyder wrote a letter to
    season-ticket holders last month in which he mentioned the team’s former Native American head coach and called the name “a badge of honor.”

    But what if Coach Lone Star Dietz wasn’t an Indian?

    That’s what some critics of the team’s name and some historians say. They call him an impostor, citing accounts that Dietz was a German American from Wisconsin who wanted to play football as an Indian to cash in on the fame accorded athletes such as Jim Thorpe, his good friend. Dietz also served jail time for dodging the draft during World War I because he falsely registered as an Indian.

    On the other side, those who hold fast to Lone Star’s native heritage point out that he often spoke of being born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota to an Oglala Sioux mother and a German father. He played on the famed Carlisle Indian Industrial School team, married a notable Indian artist and embraced the culture at a time of rampant prejudice against Native Americans.

    In a 1912 literary magazine, he was quoted at length in a discussion of the cultural significance of Indian dress. He complained about traditions being defiled — such as, he said, “the grotesque use of colored chicken feathers upon the heads of women.”

    “The costumes are generally even more ridiculous than the disorderly hopping and whooping,” he said. “The Indian has been pictured too much as a thing of the white man’s imagination.”

    The Indian that Dietz presented — whose legacy is celebrated with Indian-head logos on all manner of merchandise — may well have been a thing of a white man’s imagination too. His own.

    “The lies kept changing as needed,” says Linda M. Waggoner, an independent historian who has published articles debunking several of Dietz’s claims. As for the Redskins’ assertions about honoring Dietz?

    “Phony baloney,” she says.

    A half-century after his death, it seems that no one has decisively pinned down the heritage of William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz. This makes the Redskins’ flat-out assertions that the First Coach was an Indian even more problematic for some.

    “The whole notion of playing Indian matters to me in part because when non-Indian people misappropriate Native American culture, they use all the old tropes,” says Phil Glover, a member of the Paiute tribe and plaintiff in the current trademark suit. “They are all rooted in the idea of the noble savage or the warrior fighting the lost cause.”

    “He is still probably the most controversial coach the game has ever had,” says Tom Benjey, who authored a biography supportive of Dietz’s claims. “He’s been dead since 1964 and he’s still controversial.”

    Dietz’s centrality to the name debate makes a fitting epitaph. He always was a great PR man — for himself.

    Coaching around the country in the first half of the 20th century, mainly at colleges, Lone Star exploited his persona in such a way to suggest that he was a new sort of Indian, comfortable in the white world but reverential of his heritage.

    He carried with him a trunk of press clippings. In some photos, Lone Star would solemnly pose in feathered headdresses and buckskins. He smoked the peace pipe.

    But Coach Dietz also savored fine cigars, and at games he strutted in top hat and tails, carrying a cane.

    A reporter once asked: Don’t you mind if people stare?

    The coach is said to have quoted Lillian Russell, an actress of the day: “I don’t care what they say about me, just so they say something.”

    Dietz spun stories all his life about being born on the Pine Ridge reservation to a mother named Julia One Star and a German father, a railroad surveyor who had joined the Sioux to avoid capture and death at the hands of a war party.

    In fact, William Henry Dietz was born in 1884 in the village of Rice Lake, Wis., to white parents, according to his birth certificate and census records. And he would later put down Rice Lake as his birthplace on his marriage certificate (although he also listed Julia One Star as his mother).

    Dietz’s father, W.W. Dietz, was the county sheriff. Both Dietz and his wife, Leanna, were of German heritage.

    Townsfolk considered Lone Star’s claims to be “quite a joke,” as an investigative report in the draft-evasion case put it. “He was born here and has no Indian blood in him,” one of Leanna’s sisters said.

    According to newspaper accounts at the time and his own court testimony, he finished schooling in Rice Lake — where the dark-haired Dietz later said classmates mocked him for looking like an Indian — and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1902-03. He studied art and played football. He stood just under 6 feet tall and was solidly built, about 175 pounds.

    He made money selling cartoons to newspapers and also produced finely detailed line illustrations. He landed work as an artist at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, assigned to the Indian Educational Exhibit.

    That summer, a brief article in The Washington Post ran under the headline “Striking Things Seen at the World’s Fair.” These wonders included “live beavers from Canada,” “one of the largest oranges ever grown” and “a life-size representation of a Sioux brave on the warpath, worked in different grains.”

    “William Dietz, a full-blooded Sioux, is the artist,” The Post reported.

    At the fair, Dietz got to know Indians and absorb their culture. There, he later said, he discovered more about his roots at Pine Ridge, including having a sister named Sally Eagle Horse and an uncle named One Star who supposedly bestowed the name Lone Star upon his nephew.

    Dietz’s claims about his Sioux origins were accepted and repeated for decades by researchers and credulous reporters.

    I was one of them. Ninety years after The Post first took note of Dietz and his artistry at the 1904 World’s Fair, I wrote about him. “His father was German, his mother Sioux,” I said in a story about how the Redskins got their name.

    At the time, my understanding of Dietz’s heritage was based on the available scholarship and a number of interviews. Indians I talked to did not raise questions about his self-proclaimed Sioux identity.

    But years later, research by Waggoner and Benjey brought to light substantial new evidence about Dietz’s past. Waggoner found holes in his origin story while researching a book on Dietz’s first wife, the Winnebago Indian artist Angel De Cora. Benjey, who lives near Carlisle, became fascinated by Dietz and self-published the book “Keep A-Goin’,” which largely celebrates Dietz’s accomplishments.

    The new material doesn’t just burnish the legend of Lone Star Dietz. It also exhumes a scandalous chapter of the storied coach’s career.

    The most reliable narrative of Dietz’s life can be derived from his football career, and that really starts in south-central Pennsylvania at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School — a federal facility that was part of the government’s push to “civilize” the Indian by vanquishing Indian culture and reeducating the race.

    When Dietz, then 23, enrolled in the school in 1907 he represented himself as one-quarter Sioux. (He said his mother Julia One Star was half-Indian.) Eventually he became a football team standout, playing with Thorpe under the coaching of another legend: Glenn “Pop” Warner.

    Indian impostors were not unheard-of at Carlisle, particularly once it gained renown as a football school, according to Sally Jenkins, a Post sports columnist whose book “The Real All Americans” focused on the school’s glory years. “It was a destination for financially strapped but ambitious kids looking for a free education and a path to a job,” she says.

    In 1912 coach Warner took on Dietz as an assistant. Warner would become Dietz’s longtime supporter, recommending him for jobs at the high and low points of his peripatetic career.

    Nearly as important as any gridiron victories, Dietz’s artistic pursuits also flourished and he became an assistant instructor at the Carlisle school. He married De Cora, his teacher, who was 14 years his elder.

    “William is becoming famous,” reported the Carlisle Sentinel newspaper. “He teaches at the school and is a good specimen of the educated Red Man.”

    In 1915, Lone Star left Carlisle for his first coaching job — at State College of Washington, a small agricultural school in Pullman, Wash., that is now Washington State University. He found instant success.

    Dietz’s team went undefeated and ended up at the Tournament of Roses, on New Year’s Day 1916, to represent the West against Rhode Island’s Brown University.

    Washington State won, 14-0, and in Pullman hundreds of students and businessmen marched through town. They donned Indian costumes and hoisted a large sign: “Lone Star! Lone Star! . . . How we love you! Oh, you Sioux!”

    Dietz stayed in Pullman until 1918, when the United States was embroiled in the war in Europe. His wife never left the East, and he divorced her on grounds of abandonment. She died the next year in the great flu epidemic.

    Dietz, meanwhile, was trying to break into the movie business as an actor and producer. He said the movies portrayed Indians only as murderous savages, never focusing on “his poetry, romance, religion and the human side.”

    He also was coaching a football squad of U.S. Marines at Mare Island, Calif., and later said he was prepared to join the Corps and deploy with the team if necessary. Yet he filed a draft form seeking exemption as a noncitizen Indian. It reached the attention of the press.

    In the charged, patriotic environment, newspapers started raising questions about whether the beloved coach was a “slacker,” the term of the day for draft dodger. Dietz proclaimed it a frame-up.

    Federal agents began investigating, and he was indicted in early 1919. The scandal reverberated nationally. The government built a strong case, but Dietz — known for pulling surprise plays on the field — had some in store.

    Before his trial, Dietz returned to Wisconsin and spent a few months with his mother and grandmother. (His father was dead.) The Bureau of Investigation — a precursor of the FBI — dispatched an agent to interview all three. The visit is recounted in reports, now publicly available, that were filed by the investigators.

    “Is this lady your real mother?” the agent, Charles Rukes, asked Dietz, indicating Leanna Lewis. (She had since remarried.)

    “I always considered her my mother, but she’s not my real mother,” Dietz replied.

    “Is Mr. Dietz your son?” Rukes asked Lewis.

    “He certainly must be; I raised him,” she answered.

    During the conversation, Lewis “wept bitterly,” the agent said. The grandmother also cried, and tears came to Dietz’s eyes, too.

    They attributed their tears, the agent wrote, to a “certain secret which would be humiliating to the whole family if disclosed.”

    Before Rukes left, Dietz presented the agent with a gift: a photograph of Lone Star in Indian dress, representing “The Great Spirit.”

    In June 1919, according to newspaper accounts, the Spokane federal courthouse overflowed with reporters and spectators as the prosecution set out to prove that William Henry Dietz was “a white person born in Barron County, Wisconsin,” and a citizen of the United States who qualified for service. It called witnesses from the Pine Ridge reservation who said there was a real One Star — as the name Lone Star also can be translated — but it wasn’t Dietz.

    His name was James One Star. He had attended the Carlisle school, but several years before Dietz. Then he disappeared. In letters to Sally Eagle Horse, James’s sister, Dietz attempted to convince Sally that he was her long-lost brother James. But Dietz never visited her on the reservation.

    On the trial’s first day, when Eagle Horse saw Dietz, she declared he could not be her brother — he looked nothing like James One Star.

    Testifying in his own defense, Dietz talked about the night he lurked outside his parents’ bedroom door as a boy and heard them talking about his Indian blood. He said his father later confirmed he was Sioux and told him his true name was Lone Star.

    But the star defense witness was Dietz’s mother.

    Leanna Lewis testified tearfully that she did deliver a child on Aug. 17, 1884, the day Dietz used as his date of birth. But it was stillborn.

    Hoping to comfort his devastated wife, W.W. Dietz offered to bring her “another child,” she said, to replace the one that died. Her husband confessed that he had taken an Indian mistress and they’d just had an infant boy, she said.

    “I felt that the child would be a bond between us,” Lewis said, “and consented.”

    W.W. Dietz went off to fetch the baby and returned after “four or five days,” she said. No visitors were admitted until he returned.

    Two neighbors rebutted her account, one saying she had visited the mother and infant the day after delivery, to bring baby clothes. Another said she visited two or three days later and saw mother and child.

    And the local newspaper carried an item saying that the day after the birth of his son, W.W. Dietz was spotted handing out cigars at his home.

    Amid the welter of conflicting testimony, the judge said the case boiled down to whether Dietz believed he was an Indian. If so, then he had answered the questions on the draft form in good faith and should be acquitted. If deceitful, then guilty.

    The jury was hung. The government re-indicted Dietz, who pleaded no contest. He said he could not afford to call witnesses in his defense. He was convicted of filing a false declaration and sentenced to light punishment: 30 days in the county jail.

    His reputation suffered somewhat, but he never lacked for coaching work over the next 27 years. His two .500 seasons with the Boston Redskins were his only stints in professional football.

    As for the origin of the Redskins’ name, the team’s story has not wavered: Team owner George Preston Marshall, a Washington laundry magnate who bought the Boston Braves football team, wanted to distinguish that young club from the baseball Braves and chose the name Redskins to honor the head coach, Dietz.

    Dietz had recruited several Indian players to the team. Snyder, in his letter to fans last month, said the Redskins name honored not just Dietz, but those men as well.

    Their hiring completed the Indian motif cultivated by Marshall, who was as great a showman as Dietz. Some players wore red war paint. The team owner was known as “the Big Chief.” He liked to appear in huge feathered headdresses.

    It has become harder to find living connections to Dietz. One is Barry Zientek, a retired manufacturing manager who lives just outside Reading, a faded industrial city in southeastern Pennsylvania.

    “All I know is that he sure told me he was an American Indian, and he was darn proud of it,” says Zientek, 61. He never played football for Dietz — he wasn’t yet born when the coach retired — but Dietz was a regular visitor in the Zientek household in the 1950s and ’60s.

    The aging football icon came to Reading for his last coaching job: He spent six years at Albright College, a small Methodist school, before World War II shut down the football program.

    Eventually, Dietz slipped into poverty. He and his second wife, Doris, a former society editor, lived in public housing. They came every week for dinner at the invitation of Barry’s parents. Barry’s father, Leon, a physician, provided free medical care to Dietz.

    To Barry, who was 12 or 13 at the time, the man he called Coach was a physically imposing figure who also possessed mythic stature. Like many kids of the era, Barry grew up on TV Westerns.

    “Wow,” he recalls thinking, “a real American Indian.”

    Barry wondered what life was like in those days. “We were very poor and hungry a lot,” Dietz said about his days on the reservation.

    Zientek lives in a comfortable suburban split-level home. On this day, he has propped a treasured possession against a couch for me to see: a large self-portrait of Lone Star Dietz in tribal dress, boldly painted with accents in primary colors.

    His mother, who executed Doris Dietz’s estate, received the oil painting as a gift and it has been passed down.

    He turns the canvas over. On the back, Dietz had written the title in flowing script: “The Warrior.”

    Then Barry Zientek mentions something about the Coach he hadn’t said before: “He was very proud that the Redskins were named after him.”

    And looking at that painting of the warrior — which captures Lone Star Dietz exactly as he saw himself — something occurs to Barry.

    “How about the Washington Warriors? That’d be pretty cool, huh?”

  9. Don’t change the name! This PC schette needs to stop. Stopping might begin here. Tell the librats to “Stuff it”….
    Semper Fi

  10. PCers are really just miserable pushy dolts wishing misery and mayhem on others. It’s time to tell them to shove off. “Build a bridge and get over it.” If it’s not a name of a NFL team,it will be a hotdog looking like a male part and consider it offensive to dogs. Really, they are to be pitied and laughed at a lot.

  11. Martha Murray Dyer

    I am so proud of this man. My husband is part “redskin” and loves the name and the team,

  12. The only ones that say they are offended are the trouble makers like Jackson and Sharpton. Most Indians feel it is a privilege to be associated with them.

  13. Good for the REDSINS owner. Hang on a little longer, maybe we can those that play with their own ding-a-lings out of office.

  14. You don’t hear anyone complaining that the Cleveland MLB team is not called the Cleveland Native Americans, as the term Indian is also derogatory. Get a life your liberal, whining a**holes
    and try to change anything that the POS in the white house has screwed up. Which would be EVERYTHING he has had a hand in.
    Could there possibly be a bigger bunch of pussies than liberals ?

    • Someone wrote, several months back a list of names that could be offensive to someone. guess what, no names for teams. On my father’s side I have a long heritage to Vikings, on Mother’s side. Patriots as a lot of relatives fought in Rev. war, were Minutemen, PC people and those transported Native Americans ( form Canadian tribes) just STFU and let me enjoy the game. HAIL TO THE REDSKIN!!!

    • It’s this a trick question?

    • short answer: nope

  15. I agree with Dan Snyder. PC police move on there is nothing to see here!!!

  16. Good for you, Mr. Snyder. You are to be commended for your stand against PC and all the garbage that goes with it! God bless the Redskins!

  17. LAst Sunday, Snyder had the head of the Navajo ‘s and his wife in the box with him and they had Redskin caps on. No for a little history, back in the days, before Oklahoma was a state, there was the “Trail of tears” a doctor from Iowa, who worked wit Indians at Tama, left his family and traveled to Oklahoma to aid and care for the “Red men” Now how do I know this? That doctor was my great grandfather, he also was a Territorial legislature, later a state Senator, he went to care for the “red Men” and wrote so in his notes. I happened to get his medical satchel for my dolls clothes, as a kid and found the note, little did my mother or I realize what they would mean today, neither did my step-father who threw all of it away

  18. Of course he can do whatever he wants with the name, but those who operate the franchise (the NFL) can pressure him however they wish also. That’s America. I am glad to see that admin didn’t hype the fact that Navajo leader Ben Shelly took in the game with the owner though. His own people voted him out of office for his views and his corruption. The guy is a bum.

  19. Let’s all understand that Liberalism is Insanity. Liberals want good people to adopt to their insanity attitude and motive. But we’ll stand firm for being good and straight people. I salute and support the owner of the Redskins Football team. I think Christians should start naming their newly-born kids to: Jesus, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, Timothy, Philemon, James, Peter, Jude, David, Nehemiah, Job, Esther, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Hosiah, Jonah, Micah, Zechariah, Mary, Magdalene, —all biblical names.

  20. Why would Indians be ashamed of having something named after them? It’s a honor. I grew up in Atlanta when the Braves mascot was the real, live Indian Chief “Nocahoma”. I always asked my parents to get our seats near second base by his TP. As a child, that was the attraction that made me want to go to the game.

    I’d like to see a lot of fans to show up in Indian war outfits ready to go after these liberals who have enslaved the Indians.

  21. I stand with Dan…..enough is enough….

  22. ***Change the name to the Washington Foreskins in honor of all the dickheads in Washington, D.C.

    • Now that’s funny!!! I laughed my butt off when I read your post because of a bit George Carlin did back in the 70’s regarding pro team names. Thanks for the chuckle!!!!

    • The team should drop the name Washington as it is offensive to more people. From now on the team should be known as the Redskins.

  23. The team was named in honor of an American Indian who worked for them, they
    have done nothing to dishonor him, his memory nor his heritage. What the POS
    in the White House and others have done is to dishonor the American Indian
    Nations further. The White House and other idiots who think they are Politically
    Correct do not have a clue as to what they are saying or doing nor how much
    their actions dishonor all Americans. They are just playing a suck up game to
    make people think they are “smart (asses)”.

  24. From those I have talked to who are football fans, and all are in agreement,.. that the name Redskin honors the native Americans by using them as their totem signifying bravery and skill. Nobody names their team after someone or something they DON’T admire and respect do they? Otherwise we would have to have seen names like The Brooklyn Sissies, or The Cleveland Weaklings.

    Native Americans have long called non-Native people ‘pale faces’, ‘white men’, and some less salutatory names like fat men or greedy men.

    My father and his family was from Sicily and people used to call to call him Guinea, Wop, and Dago. His reply was always “Just don’t call me Irish, my ancestors could read, write, and ruled the world when the Irish were still living in trees and painting themselves blue”.
    That used to really piss off my Irish mother.

    But we finally started to eat well when my Sicilian grandmother taught her how to cook.
    No more ‘boil and broil’. No more boiled potatoes, cabbage, and a beer.

  25. Good, I support him not to give in to irrational bullying..

  26. It appears the Liberal PC Police are finding it difficult to find a Cause about which to get excited. So many other Legitimate Causes. … just saying.

  27. Proud US vet/American

    “Political Correctness” is plain and simply killing America! The Progressive lefty’s need to GET OVER IT! There are many more things affecting our country more than this ridiculous attempt at “Political subversion” from the Progressives. If you don’t like the name, root for another team, don’t ruin it for others who don’t have the same injured image as you do. Here are some things Progressive’s should really be worrying about.
    #1-America’s economy
    #2-Ebola crisis
    #3-Obama’s attempt at destroying our country
    #4-Ferguson, Mo. riots
    #5- Attack on our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights

    And these are just a sample of the real crises hurting American’s

  28. where’s the “i like the he** out of this” button?

  29. ALL THIS CONTROVERSY STEMS FROM OUR CURRENT LEADERSHIP. THE Dear Leader who promised to bring us and all races together has failed. DEMS are in a panic all across the Nation. Everything OBAMA touches fails miserably. DEM candidates won’t even admit to voting for him now, and run away when asked. Well that goes to show everyone about their (DEMS) character and agenda. They’re Cowards and vote for whatever OBAMA wants when given their marching orders from their Messiah. Good enough for the majority of Americans to vote these evil, God hating Morons out of office.

  30. Bruce Alan Bradshaw

    He should do what the University of Utah does for their Ute name and mascot, give scholarships to Native American youth. Otherwise, this PC crap will spread to every other team honoring Native Americans.

  31. My Washington Redskin hat off to you Mr. Snyder. Don’t let this PC crap get to you.

  32. Good for Dan Synder – Tell these idiots to get a life That goes for The big Crook Harry Reid – Dan shloukld put an investigator on Harry Reid’s government skeletons and see who needs to be changed out.

  33. Football teams are basically private company’s and the government has no right to tell them the name they can operate under. If the government thinks that is okay, I think “We the People” have the right to name the president and I think his new name should be Long Arm Abuser”!

  34. Snyder should float the Washington Weirdos, ” in honor ” of the “leadership” inhabiting the swamp! Maybe that’d sufficiently distress them to shut up about the current and long past name over which the native peoples have expressed no discernible distress!

  35. God bless you. There is no reason and the NFL does not have the right to force you to change your name.

  36. The Liberals can start their own football team, they could call it, Our Team, no logo’s, no colors, no numbers, totally neutral. PC Would Be Their Team.

  37. What do these Politically Correct Idiots want ? The Team to be called the WASHINGTON LIBERAL IDIOTS ?. How does that sound ? Bet the Liberal Idiots would holler about it being racist toward them.!!

  38. As a legal Indian I would be flattered if someone wanted to name his football team after my tribe. Tell the “politically correct” to go to Hell.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” and get sharp.

  39. Instead of policing our football language, how about they police our borders, or the Benghazi incident, fast and furious, or the audit of the Fed, or the language of the Constitution, like Shall Not be Infringed, or the limited powers of the President, and the Federal govt.? These things would actually be for the betterment of the country..

  40. I’m 1/4 Native American , I don’t know what tribe , but I am proud to be American Indian. God bless the Red Skins !

  41. The Indian people should like the name, every time the reds win a game, they can yell we beat the white eyes again.

  42. The Washington Redskins forever.

  43. What’s next the Chicago Blackhawks? Or the Micah wolverines against animals rights? Oh no i don’t like the New York Yankees because I’m a Confederate and that offends me too! They screwed the Indians a long time ago give it up! Sick to your guns don’t bend..

  44. If the Washington Redskins have to change their name then these teams should follow suit: Cleveland Browns, (Brown what?), New Orleans saints, New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys

  45. hang in there. You are doing the right thing and no doubt the majority of America backs you. the thing about liberals are, in a heated debate they would call you a redneck in a heart beat once you got them mad. I have seen it a thousand times. You read it in these response everyday. Someone doesn’t agree with what someone says and calls them a racist whitey. Gee I’m glad we don’t have a monopoly on racism. REDSKINS, REDSKINS, REDSKINS, REDSKINS gee that sounds much better than R-WORDS, R-WORDS….

  46. Makes one wonder why someone has to stir things up, making mountains out of molehills. All my Apache friends think think this whole thing is a bunch of bull. They don’t have a problem with the team’s name. Need to just leave well enough alone. I do not blame the owner for standing on his convictions.

  47. Good for Dan Snyder. I only hope he sticks to his guns and doesn’t back down like so many supposed conservatives have done in recent years. Also, as a Cardinals fan I wonder when the bird watchers of America are going to start ranting and raving about my team’s name.

  48. I love the Washington Redskins and have deep respect and regard for all native Americans. My ancestors were not only from Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands, but do I get offended when the Vikings use that name? Hmmm, no, no I do not. So stop playing the name game thing and let us just focus on the sport.

  49. Finally, some one with some balls!! (no pun intended) Maybe should rename this current administration the Washington Dip-sh-ts!

  50. Hang in there Mr Snyder we are with you and will continue to support the SKINS.

  51. The hell with the Left and the rest of you cry babies. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a 1st amendment right to express yourself. That is what America is all about, so Pllllease stop the cry baby crap! go get a life some where else!!

  52. Great article. Liberals are idiots and have nothing useful to do.

  53. I suspect that if a team were named the White Skins, there would be people marching for equal rights for Redskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins and no telling what all. Most of us admire American Indians and their heritage. When I was a kid I wanted to be the guy that played the Indian when we played Cowboys and Indians.

  54. I tried to tweet this article and it won’t let me. Someone else please retweet if possible. Hooray for freedom of expression and free speech! The politically correct don’t even understand the meaning of Freedom!

  55. The PC pressure exerted by disgusting liberals are making a lot of fuss over a nonsense issue. The owner has the right to call HIS TEAM whatever they would go back to their whales and little tadpoles they rave about. And our society has indeed become faulty, putting it with a gentle word, rather than a harsher one. I am sometimes tempted to use harsher language when referring to the misfits of society and their foolish topics. Sure, whales should be preserved, and tigers, and trees, and tadpoles, but their are some more important lives around us, namely HUMANS!. I love animals and fish and tigers(At a distance!), but I will not jeopardize the existence of human beings who, in my opinion, are far more valuable than the lesser forms of life. The sanctity of life first of all refers to human life, and while are forms of life have their place in creation, our God, Jehovah God, the all-supreme being, has decreed that human life is the top of the chain of the varieties of life. It seems as if what MIGHT HAVE been a good thought, the liberals have taken it much too far to keep it sensible. If they like their way of life, let them take a Pacific Island and develop it as they would have it. I simply cannot understand, and certainly not tolerate their misguided ideas. I am a praying man who lives in submission to my Lord God Jesus and all ideas must pass His rules and guidelines. I am not perfect in doing so, but the aim of my life is to obey and plese Him.

  56. I am part Cherokee Indian, a large part, and I have no negative feelings about the use of the name “Redskins” to identify their football team and many fans. In fact, I wouldn’t mind at all if they call them Cherokee Redskins. I don’t consider the word to be a racist name against the football team. Those people need to get a life.

  57. in 1955, Jay Silverheels (Tonto) and 6 Native American tribal Reps dedicated our school the “BRAVES”
    40 years later, the ACLU and UTLA (Tracher’s Union) had our name changed … for NO reason !!!!!
    Lawsuit brought by a LIB (not even a Native American)…because he drove by the school on his way to work, and
    “Felt” it “might” offend someone ………….

  58. “Washington Weirdos” – I like that!

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