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Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Redskins to Change


An overwhelming majority of Democrats have said that the Redskins should change their name: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, 49 US Senators and President Obama included. Now, add to the list U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Holder was asked if the name should change.

“I’m going to speak very personally now,” Holder said. “The name ought to be changed. It’s an offensive name. The Redskins, that organization is a great one. It’s a team with a storied history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C., and in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that from my perspective that is so obviously right.”

RELATED: There's a 'Redskins Pride' Caucus in the Virginia Legislature. What?

Despite the growing opposition to the name, one group of ‘Redskins’ fans recently pushed back on the name change. Some Virginia legislators have created a “Redskins Pride Caucus,” and say that the name should not be changed because to them, it’s about “community unity,” rather than anything offensive.


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Sammy7's picture
Submitted by Sammy7 on
A Redskin is the bloody scalp of an Indian for which the American Colonists paid a bounty. How is this about "community unity'? Sometimes it's hard to accept that we are connected to these people!

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Submitted by curtj on
The name Redskins comes from the color of the scalps of the Native men, women, children and infants the state and federal governments paid a bounty on to ensure their deaths by thieves and murderers. To get rid of the Natives, to make sure that the illegal European immigrants had the resources and lands, the Natives were given smallpox infected blankets, their food sources were slaughtered like the Natives. The policies of colonialism are still practiced today by America Britain and the rest of the European countries, as they were done centuries ago. Now its for the profit for foreign based and owned conglomerates who depend on stolen resources and lands for their profits and don't care how many innocents die in order to get it. As you notice, the same policies of genocide against my people are resulting in terrorist attacks against America. What kind of human beings depend on stolen resources and lands and don't care how many people die in order to profit. Leeches? Parasites?

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Submitted by bullbear on
The moral majority is building momentum and no Redsk*ns Pride Caucus, Virginia legislators or other utterly ridiculous group of FANATICS will change what Americans know is just and befitting. Thank you Honorable Holder, Sonny Sixkiller and Whoopi Goldberg for standing and being counted. Keep 'em coming !

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Submitted by Flower on
bullbear, so Whoopi Goldberg too? I missed that one and was waiting to see if any celebrity would ever speak up. It's a disgrace how the larger public opinion doesn't see or refuses to see a problem from our perspective and bashes anyone who doesn't agree with them. I'm praying for the change.