Recently, 49 Senators -- all Democrats -- signed a letter that was sent to the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging that the Washington Redskins football team change its name. Not one Republican was even asked to sign that letter. Thus, making it seem that "only" the Democrats are concerned that the name "Redskins" is is considered demeaning to Native Americans.
This change-the-Redskins-name demand has been around for years; but, only now, when it appears that the control of the Senate may shift over to the Republicans in the Fall, are the Senate Democrats suddenly concerned over Capitol Hill's local football team's name. I guess, along with the war on women, we are now somehow to believe that Republicans are also at war with Native Americans.
Somebody ought to tell these Senators that most people don't consider the name to be a slur and don't think it should be changed. Further, some tribes, themselves, call their football teams "Redskins." A Navajo reservation high school in Arizona proudly wears this jersey when on the football field:
Redskins say name 'respectful,' suggest Senate Dems don't have all the facts: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/05/24/redskins-president-calls-team-name-respectful-after-senators-urge-change/?intcmp=latestnews
How Many Native Americans Think ‘Redskins’ is a Slur?: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/
Red Mesa High School: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Mesa_High_School