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Snyder Tells ‘Redskins’ Critics ‘We're Not an Issue’


Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington’s NFL team, made brief remarks to  an Associated Press reporter on Tuesday arguing that it’s time for people to “focus on reality” concerning Native American issues instead of criticizing the team’s nickname.

"We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality."

Snyder’s remarks came after his football team donated $100,000 to a high school athletic field in a Virginia suburb of D.C. The donation was based on a letter he wrote last month to announce his Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. "I wrote a letter to the fans and it speaks for itself," Snyder told reporters. "It tells you we did our homework, unlike a lot of people, and we understand the issues out there.”

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But many say that Snyder needs a serious dose of reality himself. In a statement, the National Congress of American Indians said, "Dan Snyder lives in a world where he can get his way throwing his money around. The reality is that he is stubbornly defending the use of a slur."

"Here's a reality check: The longer [Snyder] insists on slurring Native Americans, the more damage he will keep doing to Native American communities," Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative, said in a statement.

Snyder has insisted that he will never change the team’s' name, calling it a "badge of honor," and he did not respond to reporters’ questions that his new foundation is a way of throwing money around to silence his critics. Instead, he asserted that the foundation is on the right track. "I think it tells you that we did our homework — unlike a lot of people," he said.


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bullbear's picture
Submitted by bullbear on
Snyder might as well be saying "Hey Redskins! Here's a little money for your kids to go to college on. Now be quiet and take care of your other problems." Name calling is name calling. If you call someone a name and they don't like it and they ask you to stop it - what would a person with a conscience do? Native America is not even close to ceasing its desire and efforts to see the derogatory name buried. We have survived hundreds of years of murdering our women, children; discrimination; mistreatment; legal persecution and on and on. This is not about a name. Its about injustice to a race of people who have been here far longer than non-native ancestors.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
" . . . arguing that it’s time for people to “focus on reality” concerning Native American issues instead of criticizing the team’s nickname." ************************************************************************************ I've heard this somewhere before . . . Oh yeah, there have been some "Indians" around here who have said this. If I were stupid enough to be a conspiracy theorist, I would say that maybe these "Indians" are being paid off by Snyder. ****************************************************************************************** Certainly there are more important issues than the name of a racist football team, but this is a national issue that involves ALL OF US, not just the members of a certain tribe or rez. We can't expect respect unless we demand it! As I've said countless times, there is a reason you can't say NIG*ER, SP*C, CHIN*, W*P, KI*E, MIC* or FAGG*T in public; those groups voiced their disdain for the slurs. Their children don't have to see a racial slur aimed at them on Sunday afternoon TV. Our children do. THAT is why this is an important issue.

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Yes, as young adults, we are still trying to 'recover' from those winning years of the Washington Redskin organization and the Super Bowl wins of the 1980s (sarcasm). If not for the superbowl wins (as these bandwagoneers proclaim), maybe, possibly we would have been wouldn't have been 'hurt' as much. We may have made something more of our careers. The realities are quite obvious for us (families) to see and still live and work in living on the reservation today. Unlike, those loud voices pushing a NONISSUE who are likely to be tucked away safety in non-reservation towns and cities.