Harry Reid says NFL should urge Snyder to change his team's name

Harry Reid to Roger Goodell: 'Follow the NBA's Example'

ICTMN Staff
5/1/14

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke frankly on the Senate floor Wednesday after the NBA made its decision to issue a lifetime ban against Donald Sterling for his racist comments. Reid insisted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could learn something from Adam Silver of the NBA by urging Dan Snyder to change his team’s name.

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“It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition,” Reid said from the  Tradition? That’s what he says in refusing to change the name of the team. Madame President, tradition – what tradition? The tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake. Mr. Snyder knows that in sports the only tradition that matters is winning. So I urge Daniel Snyder to do what’s morally right and remove this degrading term from the league by changing his team’s name.”

“But since Snyder fails to show any leadership, the National Football League should take an assist from the NBA and pick up the slack. It would be a slam-dunk, Madame President! For far too long the NFL has been sitting on its hands, doing nothing while an entire population of Americans has been denigrated. So I say to Commissioner Roger Goodell – I believe Roger Goodell is a good man, but it’s time for this good man to act. Remove this hateful term from your league’s vocabulary. Follow the NBA’s example and rid the league of bigotry and racism. Your fans will support it.”

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I am still a bit puzzled by all the focus on the Washington Redskins. Is that better then KC Chiefs......Cleveland Indians,....Atlanta Braves, ......Chicago Blackhawks, etc, etc,..., is it the fact that 'Redskins' is inherently a derogatory term? That we use to describe ourselves....often. If that is it, then I must too agree a bit with Mr. Synder......I don't see that term being any different than the others listed. If we are fighting the demeaning use of the terms, then they all should be equally 'wrong' in the aspect they are being used. Is the Vancouver Canucks much better? At what point does it become 'Political Correctness' ...... which is foul language in and of itself to me! I have mixed feelings on this entire issue. This to me is not a black and white clear cut issue. Why also is it that the NBA is one of the few professional sports leagues that doesn't have any 'poor choices' in names and/or mascots?

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So, now members of the government are stepping forward in support of changing the name of Snyder's team. It's only a matter of time before rabid Conservatives start blaming Obama.

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TO STEVEF: YES! Redskins IS worse than the Chiefs, the Indians, the Braves or the Blackhawks; none of those are racial slurs. I have no stake in the Vancouver Canucks, and while "Cannuck" might be a derogatory term for Canadian, I don't think that Canadians in general suffered a near genocide from land-grabbing invaders that would make this an insensitive issue. If Canadians are offended they might try protesting too. This issue has NOTHING to do with "political correctness." It has EVERYTHING to do with respecting other cultures and treating ethnicity with honor and respect. Here is why the team's name should be changed: __________________________________________________________ Racism and Mental Health Racial slurs, which are a particularly aggressive form of racial discrimination, can lead to anxiety, depression and increased stress. A minority who works in an environment where racial insults are a regular part of life will experience a damaging cumulative effect over time, which can lead to chronic stress. Racism and Physical Health According to one study, the stress resulting from racial slurs and other forms of discrimination builds up over time and can actually lead to heart disease. This Health Journal sponsored study focused on black women who listed racism as a stressor in their lives. The study showed that these women were more likely to develop plaque in the carotid arteries, an early sign of heart disease. Connecting racism and stress is significant since in general, blacks have a greater incidence of dying from heart disease, hypertension or stroke than any other racial group, regardless of income. ___________________________________________________________ This is the recommendation for handling racism in schools (oddly sports-sponsored racism is ignored): How to Deal with Racial Slurs In a school room context, teachers and administrators should have zero tolerance for racism and instead do their best to create a climate that celebrates diversity. If a student feels he is a victim of racial bullying, he should report the problem to a teacher immediately. The same should apply in a workplace, with bosses and supervisors giving racism no leeway. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8440387_effects-racial-slurs.html#ixzz30rQ6y9s8
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