Lily’s Lens: Redskins need new name

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In the wake of the recent incidents in the NFL involving domestic violence and child abuse, it’s obvious that fans can have a big impact on how the league deals with certain situations.

Especially with the Ray Rice fiasco, many people have voiced their opinions on domestic violence and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s (original) lack of punishment. This, along with the surfacing of the second video, forced Goodell and the Ravens to take further disciplinary action.

I don’t have anything to new to say about Rice. But I do have something to say about an issue that has been put on the back burner because of the recent happenings in the NFL.

And there’s something the fans can do to help.

That would be the possible name change for the football team in Washington DC, the Redskins.

The team owner, Dan Snyder said, “The name really means honor, respect.” (ESPN) But that’s not true. The word redskin used to have a neutral connotation; it was used to describe the red paint some Native Americans would use on their bodies. Over time, it has become a negative, demeaning word.

If the name offends Native Americans, which it does, it should be changed. It’s that simple. We should honor and respect Native Americans, like Snyder said. The name definitely doesn’t do that.

But I don’t think the league should have the power to make Snyder change the name. It just doesn’t seem right for Goodell to be able to tell owners what to name their teams.

So, it’s up to the consumers, like they did in the Rice situation, to pressure Snyder to change the name.

Instead of making this a legal issue, let’s make it a financial one. If the fans show that they aren’t okay with the name, Snyder will have to change it. ”

Two commentators have decided not to say the name on TV and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled six trademarks related to the team, but the Redskins are appealing it. (CBS Sports)

Instead of making this a legal issue, let’s make it a financial one. If the fans show that they aren’t okay with the name, Snyder will have to change it. Because he has to keep the fans happy to make money, which is his ultimate goal.

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Lily’s Lens: Redskins need new name