Dan Snyder Addresses Redskins Controversy in Letter

ICTMN Staff
10/9/13

The Washington Redskins' owner, Dan Snyder, has to this point been pretty clear in his responses to those urging him to change his team's name: It will, he has said, NEVER happen.

But now he's reaching out to fans -- well, season ticket holders, at least -- and stating his case in more human terms.

 "I was born a fan of the Washington Redskins," he wrote in a letter that season ticket holders began receiving today. "I still remember my first Redskins game. Most people do. I was only six, but I remember coming through the tunnel into the stands at RFK with my father, and immediately being struck by the enormity of the stadium and the passion of the fans all around me."

It's a more sympathetic tone from Snyder, but does tone matter at this point? Twice, he says he is listening to those arguing for a change -- but gives no indication that he's considering change. Snyder cites a poll by Annenberg of self-identified Indians that many debate observers have criticized, and he also cites the anecdotal evidence of an article in which Virginia Indians said they were Redskins fans. Snyder also says that the logo on the Redskins' helmets was designed with input from the Red Cloud Athletic Fund, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

"We cannot ignore our 81 year history," Snyder says in conclusion, "or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans [who are against a name change] throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name 'Redskins' continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come. We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage."

To read the full text of the letter, see "Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans" at WashingtonPost.com.

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F.R.  Jerz's picture
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Submitted by F.R. Jerz on
You, Dan Snyder, are an insensitive goof. We're trying to heal racism, not perpetuate it.

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Submitted by F.R. Jerz on
You, Dan Snyder, are an insensitive goof. We're trying to heal racism, not perpetuate it.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Bravo

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Submitted by Marcle Parrie on
You are an idiot, we(Native Americans) do not care for the name due to the fact that you and many others have used this phrase as others have used the "N" word in reference to blacks! Now do you get it?

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Submitted by perkins on
what does the term "Redskins" represent for the team? where did this name come from? From what I understand, it does not at all represent Native Americans in a good way. If you have memories of going to a game and have nothing to do with the true meaning of what a "Redskin", then change the name. This is demeaning to me and all other Native Americans...let's change it to "whiteskins"!! or "whiteman"...let's see how that effects your view of how this comment can turn into an offensive name!

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Submitted by Paul Pike on
With all due respect, I understand the idea of a long and cherished heritage. The "Red Skins" name was born at a time when Native Americans were depicted in movies and society as a race of people who were not even seen as human. We hoped we would have grown from those days. Apparently NOT. If a team were to start today under the name "The Washington Pale Faces", I really don't think it would be accepted. WHY?? What is the difference? I think the difference is in dollars and cents. I think this team owner still thinks that Native Americans are less than human. How disrespectful!!

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Submitted by john a. on
just the mere reference to our skin color,is a remark that implies a reference to our race....and why should a people be the object of being a mascot .....for someone??....being an American Indian,I feel offense that we are redskins and this is to honor us?If so that be the main reason,why not for a season make a change to blackskins.Give honor to the blackskins......

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Submitted by john a. on
just the mere reference to our skin color,is a remark that implies a reference to our race....and why should a people be the object of being a mascot .....for someone??....being an American Indian,I feel offense that we are redskins and this is to honor us?If so that be the main reason,why not for a season make a change to blackskins.Give honor to the blackskins......

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Get over yourselves.. the team will still be "The Team", but with a different name.. or is it ONLY the name.. that people are cheering for... that's a rather hollow thing.. isn't it compared to ..like say, people. Teams have been bought, sold, and moved ..so have players, so since no team is really any local boys,.. what does it matter. Mr. Snyder does not want to change it,.. that is his prerogative. And it is the prerogative of some of the team's fans to think that is a rather narrow minded view regarding respect to Native Americans/ First Peoples. America, however has throughout it's history, had some insensitive people, or groups of people who kept using those bigoted names, that many thought offensive. The name WILL change ..someday, just like he use of all those other bigoted names in history did. Mr. Snyder will be remember not as the one who did change the name, that, it seems will go to another,.. no, he will be remember as the one who was asked to, by those it rightly offends.. and didn't... Great legacy... ( said a tad sarcastically ) .. just saying.

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Submitted by Cuetlachcuicatl on
"After 81 years, the team name 'Redskins' continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come." We were here longer than 81 years. The term holds meaning/memories of all that for us too. "We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage." Same with us, we owe it to our descendents and our ancestors to protect OUR heritage and cultural image.

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Submitted by Lloyd E. Elling on
In 1779, George Washington instructed Major General John Sullivan to attack Iroquois people. Washington stated, "lay waste all the settlements around...that the country may not be merely overrun, but destroyed". In the course of the carnage and annihilation of Indian people, Washington also instructed his general not "listen to any overture of peace before the total ruin of their settlements is effected". (Stannard, David E. AMERICAN HOLOCAUST. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. pp. 118-121.) In 1783, Washington's anti-Indian sentiments were apparent in his comparisons of Indians with wolves: "Both being beast of prey, tho' they differ in shape", he said. George Washington's policies of extermination were realized in his troop’s behaviors following a defeat. Troops would skin the bodies of Iroquois "from the hips downward to make boot tops or leggings". Indians who survived the attacks later re-named the nation's first president as "Town Destroyer". Approximately 28 of 30 Seneca towns had been destroyed within a five year period. President George Washington was a slave owner. President George Washington was a "White Supremacist" and so were the majority of colonist to invade the American Continent. They saw the first people as less than human and brutally killed hundred's of thousands of the first people...BLOOD was spilled non-stop. GW is just one of endless "white skinned" colonist who spilled the blood of the first people without hesitation. The Washington Football Team should represent the Germanic Tribal People of Europe (WHITE SKINS) and their descendants who knew exceptionally well how to brutally kill. Make sure this mascot has his hands covered with BLOOD.

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Submitted by Arthur Medicine... on
Apparently Kaplan University Leaders are not very educated in History,otherwise they would not be supporting the redskins. This is to you uneducated assholes! Redskin is not the color of our skin nor is it from people putting on red ochre. It is the dried Bloody red side of our Elders, Warriors, Women and Children's scalps that people collected for bounty.How can you support something so bad? I supposed you support Hitler in his cause killing the Jews too! OH WHAT AN HONOR FROM SUCH IGNORANT PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WELL EDUCATED!

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Submitted by Ron "Who Dat" on
It's 8 minutes of "Ball in Play" action interspersed between 3 hours of Merchandising (Beer, Pick-up trucks ,male enhancement , etc.) ,It's like watching a chess game or paint dry. Try this @ home ; set recording device (for Home enjoyment only) to record / pause ,then when the ball is kicked ! Hit record ,then when the whistle blows ,pause it then when it's snapped ,record and pause @ the whistle...do the whole game that way ,then hit re-play and watch the funniest 8 minute football game you'll ever see...I call it the NFL's little secret in your face.

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Submitted by Shadow Standing on
I am a 60 year old native american from Oklahoma and I have been living the DC area for the last 12 years. As a child in the 50's and 60's a very ignorant time to be anything but white. My mother was a half breed. She worked in a local cafe. My father was a korean war vet who could not eat in the cafe my mother worked. We had to eat food she brought out the back door. I am not a weekend Indian, I do not need to wear beads, bones, feathers, stand around looking stoic or sound like a John Wayne Indian. I am 100%, dark brown skin and ponytail (visual Identifier). I do not speak for my tribe, or my clan. In growing up I have heard these names used on me, against me and in passing. 1. Dirty Indian, 2. Drunken Indian, 3. Squaw, 4. Squaw man, 5. Lazy Indian stigmatized as one who will not show up to work after a pay day weekend, 6. Chief, 7.Prairie nigger. In my life time, I have never been called a Redskin. As a people we do not use these names on each other. When my family wants to forget something or someone. We do not speak of them or it again. As a generous people lets give them one more thing. I give you my piece of the stigma that some find so painful. Take it and redefine it. Make it yours and make it something to be proud of! The only reason that I am not a fan is because of the daily painful news from the over paid debutantes and the excuses. That is why I am a Steelers Fan!

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Submitted by Anonymous on
This clown still doesn't get it! It's not about enjoying football or the team, it's about being degrading and culturally insensitive to people who should never have to suffer another attack by this country ever. His comments are the most selfish and most self-centered I have ever encountered.

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Submitted by Brandon Outlaw on
Dan Snyder football is a game NOT someones culture stop trying to come off as a person of substance and tell the truth you feel. you who have $$ and can make the rules even on STOLEN LAND making 100% profit off my people image even after we saved your people from dyeing when your got off the boat don't forget your people ate each other to survive. to me that's a savage. oh BTW your team Sucks GO BEARS...

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Submitted by sam lobalbo on
This rant from the ignorant owner just confirms how big a jerk you have to be to have the money to own a NFL team. Stuff your team history where the sun don't shine and do the right thing you insensitive cretin.
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