WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent interview with the NFL commissioner on a Washington-area radio station has once again reignited the debate of whether the Redskins should change their name.
The Redskins have had their name since 1937. But, as many have pointed out in recent years, social sensibilities have changed. “Redskin” was once used as a racial slang for Native Americans, but is now considered an offensive term.
Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, recently declared that he would never change the team’s name, in spite of the controversy surrounding the term.
Roger Goodell was being interviewed on 106.7 The Fan when he was asked about the continuing issues surrounding the Redskin’s name. Goodell said, “So I know the team name is part of their history and tradition, and that’s something that’s important to the Redskins fans. And I think what we have to do though is we have to listen. If one person’s offended, we have to listen. And ultimately, it is Dan’s decision.”
What do you think? Should tradition prevail, or should racial sensibilities be taken into account?