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Daily News will no longer refer to Washington football team as ‘Redskins’

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The Washington Redskins name has stirred much controversy. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins name has stirred much controversy. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York Daily News announced Wednesday evening that it will no longer refer to the Washington professional football team as “Redskins.”

In an article published on their website, the Daily News said they are omitting “Redskins” from their sports coverage because the word is considered a slur by many Native Americans.

“No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind,” the Daily News said in its statement.

Similarly, the news outlet will no longer use the football team’s logo of a feathered Native American. Instead, an image with the team’s maroon and yellow colors will be used to indicate the Washington team.

Whether or not to change the team’s name has made several headlines in recent months.

In June, the U.S. Patent Office ruled the team’s federal trademarks must be canceled because the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans.”

President Obama chimed in October 2013 and said “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” according to an Associated Press report.

An ESPN poll published Sept. 2 said “Nearly three-fourths of Americans favor letting the Washington Redskins keep their nickname, but the percentage who think it should be changed has tripled in the past two decades.”

In response to recent poll numbers, the Daily News said in its statement “Movement is headed in the right direction and we’re proud to be part of the trend.”

4 comments

  • Joe Anello

    political correctness has gotten ridiculous. The world is falling apart and we worry about this. I bet if we called them the Washington pinkskins it would be ok, welllll maayabe not!!!!!!!!

  • BMurdoch

    I petition the Daily News to remove the word News from their title, as they no longer seem to report on any news of real importance and would rather waste their time with sensationalistic hatchet jobs. It is an insult to actual news organizations who try and report on news that affects the public good.

  • Gregory St. James Mundy

    An open letter to Dan Snyder…..

    Dear Mr. Snyder,

    Shakespeare in a play once wrote ” What’s in a name? that which
    we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet”.

    Names mean many things to many people. A name that you can trust, a name
    that stands for something that everyone recognize, a name that stands for
    something more than just a few simple letters. A name that wholly represent
    the true meaning of what something means to you. I feel, as you, that
    names are very important. Yet, I must ask you , is it truly the name
    that makes a man, or the man who makes the name. Is it the uniform that
    a soldier wears into battle that decides if he will be victorious or is
    it the soldier in that uniform who will decide defeat or victory.

    A name is important for it describes and represents who we are.
    Yet, a John Kennedy, a Martin Luther King, a Christopher Columbus, or a
    Dan Snyder, did not attain fame due to their names, but only due to the
    greatness that they possessed.

    This why I am writing to you, to let you know that I and others
    can understand how strongly you feel about the name, but we also understand
    that what one sees in a name, another may view it totally differently.
    To a great grandchild who family fought on the southern side of the Civil
    War, the Confederate flag may seems very honorable. Yet, for one who family
    fought and died on the other side, or who descendants were slaves, we
    must realize that this flag to them does not represent the same thing.

    You may honestly believe that people are not offended, yet I say to
    you, if that was so, then why are we having all of this controversy. As
    hard as it may be to believe, there were some slave owners, like Thomas
    Jefferson, who thought that their slaves didn’t mind slavery even when
    Frederick Douglas and other Anti-Slavery abolitionists spoke out against it.
    There was a time in this country when some of us saw nothing wrong with
    Jim Crow and if we had taken a poll back in 1950, due to fear and discrimination,
    I am sure that it may of shown that black people too wanted segregation,
    sitting on the back of the bus, not being allowed to drink from water fountains
    or go to separate but not equal schools.

    What I am trying to say to you is simply this. What a wise Native
    American once said, you may have known me for many years, but you can
    never know me unless you have walked a mile in my moccasins. As black
    people today would say, it’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand.
    The truth is, if you are not Black or Native American, then you don’t
    understand. Cause to understand how I feel or how things upset me, you
    can only do that if you are me.

    Does a father’s love for his daughter changes once she is married
    and acquire a different last name. Is she still not his daughter
    that he will love, protect and provide for the rest of his life.
    What I am trying to say to you is that a name is not important, it is the
    person, or persons, or team that we love that matters, not what the name
    may be. After marriage does not the blood of her father still flow
    through her veins, or the DNA and family habitual traits not still resides
    in her, just as it did before she changed her last name?

    As we grow older, we must realize that in time all things changes.
    That which was once young will become old. That which was once strong will
    in time become weaker. The star that shines so bright will one day flicker
    out. Sometimes things change for good, other times for bad, but nothing
    ever remains the same.

    The question that we must sit down and ask ourselves is simply this,
    is it worth all the controversy and future controversy not to make a
    change that we all know will some day eventually come. I know that you
    are a good soul and would not intentionally harm another, but yet sometimes
    we may find ourselves offending someone even when we do not mean to. I ask,
    why take the chance, even if you believe that most people think the name is
    all right, what about the ones who are offended by it.

    Do we not already have enough to separate us in the country,
    questionable police shootings which people feel is racist related, Travon
    Martin, black having a higher arrest and sentencing in the country due to
    racism. Why can’t we work together to erase racism in this country then
    to have those few look at this as another racist attack against an
    innocent small minority.

    There is an old saying that people always talking about the bad,
    but what about the good? If a man saves ten lives, but then take one,
    he will be remmembered not for the the ten good things he did, but only
    for the one bad thing. Bill Clinton served eight years for this country,
    but whenever you hear his name, what comes to your mind is not all the
    good he did, but the wrong he did with Monica Lewinsky. No one ever
    talks about the wonderful things that Nixon did, they only remember
    Watergate whenever his name is spoken.

    You my friend, have done too much to let anything as simple as
    this to place a mark upon your biography after acheiving so much.
    Accomplishments for yourself and for so many others. Starting with
    your college express airline business, wall board advertising, investment
    marketing, youngest CEO on NYSE, communication business, the list goes
    on and on.

    A person like you have accomplished too much to allow a bad mark to be
    place upon such a stellar career. You have achieved too much to allow
    anything like this taint your good name. This is why I ask you to be a
    trailblazer and add another star in your biography as being the owner
    who set aside his own opinion and stood up and for the betterment for
    the team and the NFL, who decided to change the name not only for the good of
    all sports, but for the good of America.

    In closing my friend, let me just say. Would a rose not smell
    just as sweet, if it was to be called another name?

    Sincerely

    Gregory St.James Mundy

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