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Obama on 'Redskins' controversy: “Think about changing” the Redskins name.
The national debate over the nickname of Washington’s NFL team reached a new milestone: President Obama has weighed in.

In an interview with the AP on Friday, Obama said that if he owned the team, he would “think about changing” the nickname.

Per the AP, the President said:

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things.”

He added: “I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so.”

President Obama is the highest-profile critic to take on the name controversy. USA TODAY Sports’ Christine Brennan and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King have both taken a stand on the nickname by refusing to use the name in their work.

Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to soften his stance on the nickname, saying: I think what we have to do though is we have to listen. If one person’s offended, we have to listen.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, famously remarked: “We’ll never change the name.”

UPDATE (7:20 p.m. ET): The Redskins responded, citing poll data that their name has wide support and making a statement, including:

“”The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama’s hometown), the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group.”
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If the PC jerks in the US feel that the name of a pro sports team is "SO OFFENSIVE", then why aren't they up in arms about the "rebel" flag that is imbedded in one of the southern states flag.

You see they to try and get you focused on some trivial thing like this while they continue their assault on our country and the Constitution.

It is time we wake up and move to safe this country that we all fought for from total destruction.

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Vance: "Redskins" Name "Sucks" - 2/11 - Longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor Jim Vance went "nuclear" on the Redskins nickname on Friday's newscast. He said: "Back in the day, if you really wanted to insult a black man, attack a Jew, an Irishman, and probably start a fight, you threw out certain words. You know what they are. They were, and they are, pejoratives of the first order, the worst order, specifically intended to injure. In my view, 'Redskin' was and is in that same category. The name sucks. We need to get rid of it." More at washingtonpost.com...

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The Washington Redskins are under a lot of pressure to change their name, because many people find the word "Washington" to be offensive.
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I have the perfect name since we can't use "Redskins" because its offensive, lets change it to "Politicians". Lest we forget Dallas so to many native Americans, the word "Cowboy" might be offensive.
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Obama on 'Redskins' controversy: “Think about changing” the Redskins name. The national debate over the nickname of Washington’s NFL team reached a new milestone: President Obama has weighed in. In an interview with the AP on Friday, Obama said that if he owned the team, he would “think about changing” the nickname. Per the AP, the President said: “I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things.” He added: “I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so.” President Obama is the highest-profile critic to take on the name controversy. USA TODAY Sports’ Christine Brennan and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King have both taken a stand on the nickname by refusing to use the name in their work. Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to soften his stance on the nickname, saying: I think what we have to do though is we have to listen. If one person’s offended, we have to listen.” Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, famously remarked: “We’ll never change the name.” UPDATE (7:20 p.m. ET): The Redskins responded, citing poll data that their name has wide support and making a statement, including: “”The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama’s hometown), the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group.”
The world is way to sensitive, its just the name of a team, I could be offended on any name of a team if I really wanted to make it a issue, too many people just want reconition and are just out of control on the way they come across, Indian culture is amazing and I respect this, to me the teams with indian names show respect for there culture, and just my thought and another way to look at it. I am Irish , and Irish everyone would just get along and stop implying something that causes hate and negative things. Go Braves, Redskins and Blackhawks.
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Obama on 'Redskins' controversy: “Think about changing” the Redskins name. The national debate over the nickname of Washington’s NFL team reached a new milestone: President Obama has weighed in. In an interview with the AP on Friday, Obama said that if he owned the team, he would “think about changing” the nickname. Per the AP, the President said: “I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things.” He added: “I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so.” President Obama is the highest-profile critic to take on the name controversy. USA TODAY Sports’ Christine Brennan and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King have both taken a stand on the nickname by refusing to use the name in their work. Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to soften his stance on the nickname, saying: I think what we have to do though is we have to listen. If one person’s offended, we have to listen.” Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, famously remarked: “We’ll never change the name.” UPDATE (7:20 p.m. ET): The Redskins responded, citing poll data that their name has wide support and making a statement, including: “”The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama’s hometown), the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group.”
The world is way to sensitive, its just the name of a team, I could be offended on any name of a team if I really wanted to make it a issue, too many people just want reconition and are just out of control on the way they come across, Indian culture is amazing and I respect this, to me the teams with indian names show respect for there culture, and just my thought and another way to look at it. I am Irish , and Irish everyone would just get along and stop implying something that causes hate and negative things. Go Braves, Redskins and Blackhawks.

David, I agree with you. That's funny - Go Braves, Redskins, and Blackhawks!
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How many of you heard what several of the "WWII Codetalkers" said on the issue? They said that "Redskins" was a word of honor and courage. On a side note how many of you know the history of the "codetalkers"?
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How many of you heard what several of the "WWII Codetalkers" said on the issue? They said that "Redskins" was a word of honor and courage. On a side note how many of you know the history of the "codetalkers"?

I do. They made a movie of the book, I think? If anyone read the book, please review it in the book forum.
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