The debate over whether the term “Redskin” should be used as the name for a football team rages on. In the latest chapter, owner Daniel Snyder– who has proven himself to be quite the bullshitter when it comes to giving solid reasoning for naming his team after a racial slur — explains to ESPN what a “Redskin” is, when asked point blank.
Snyder spoke to ESPN’s John Barr for a piece that will air in full next month. Via the ESPN article:
“A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning.
“And, and, it, it’s a positive. Taken out of context, you can take things out of context all over the place. But in this particular case, it is what it is. It’s very obvious.”
If the full interview is anything like this little clip, it will be better to skip it entirely. Snyder’s insistence on refusing to recognize that “Redskin” is more than just a name for a football team is almost as disrespectful as the name itself. Can we please not pretend like the Native American with the big red face and feathers in his hair on the side of your helmet is anything but, you know, a Native American? Get a grip, dude, or at least own up to your bigotry. Nobody is fooled.