Updated: August 14, 2014

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter

The Washington Football Club will begin the 2014 season with the same name it has for 81 years. The players, the workers at FedEx Field, and political officials have not joined the movement to change the name.
Even the National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell has not made a definite statement either for or against the name.
Because of the definition the name should be changed but owner Dan Snyder does not see it that manner and with each passing day, Snyder digs his heels in deeper in defense of the name. He is beginning to sound and act like the first owner of the Boston Braves Football Club-(Washington). George Preston Marshall changed the name in 1933 to The Boston Redskins to honor one of his player, Lone Star Dietz. When Marshall moved the team to Washington he also took the nickname to our nation’s capitol.
We would like to ask Mr. Dan Snyder if he has ever known or heard two Native Americans calling each other this awful name. I THINK NOT. 
This is the short term definition of the name
noun Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive.
a North American Indian.

Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, and Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative, issued a joint statement after Snyder’s radio appearance.ProudToBe
“He doesn’t understand a simple fact: No matter how much of his fortune he spends trying to convince the world that slurring people of color is acceptable, it is not,” the statement said. “The more he clings to this racist epithet, the more he walks in the footsteps of his predecessor, the segregationist George Preston Marshall, who originally gave the team this hideous name.”
Dan Snyder owner of the Washington Football Club opened his mouth again on August 5, 2014 and stuck his foot in it on ESPN Sports Center. Mr. Snyder just does not get it … The more he talks about it the more he sounds like the former owner of the Washington Football Club George Preston Marshall. Mr. Marshall gave the team this awful name in honor of a player. Snyder stated on the show “Outside The Lines” which will air on Sept 2, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time on ESPN2.
A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride.  Hopefully winning. And, and, it, it’s a positive. Taken out of context, you can take things out of context all over the place. But in this particular case, it is what it is. It’s very obvious”.
If you notice in this statement he did not state that the nick name had any human aspects. He did not state how this name affects the Native American community.
He later states:-
 “And I’d like them to understand, as I think most do, that the name really means honor and respect. We sing Hail to the Redskins. We don’t say hurt anybody. We sing ‘Hail to the Redskins, Braves on the warpath, Fight for old DC.’ We only sing it when we score touchdowns. That’s the problem, because last season we didn’t sing it quite enough as we would have liked to.”
Mr. Snyder thinks the firestorm will be over once the season starts but its only beginning. Mr. Snyder thinks that he can drag this out in the courts for years and years, maybe it will. The first legal blow came this year with the cancellation of the trademark rights to the R-Word.
 This has become my mission to end this name and the Cleveland Indian logo will be next on the list. The harder you fight the harder Native Americans will fight back. Do the Right Thing, Join the right side of history, END THE NAME GAME…
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at
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