The controversy over the Washington Redskins has been an ongoing problem for the NFL and football fans. For years, protests have been held to encourage the team to change the name to something less offensive. Under President Obama, the controversy heated up even more. Obama casually mentioned he would change the name if he had the power to do so. Shortly thereafter, a federal court ruled that the name was offensive, and it could not be trademarked. In turn, this was effectively challenged after lawyers for the team were able to show how far more offensive racial and sexual terms receive trademark protection. Needless to say, this simply continued to increase the amount of controversy surrounding the name.
Thankfully, some additional data might be able to help put this controversy to rest. The Washington Post just shared a poll to show the number of Native Americans who are truly offended by the name. There results of the poll were overwhelming. 9 out of 10 Native Americans were not offended by the football team using the name Redskins. This survey consisted of 504 Native Americans located in every state. Interestingly, 7 out of 10 Native American respondents even said they didn’t find the term disrespectful to Indians. Also, 8 out of 10 Native Americans said they would not mind being directly called the term by a non-native.
Daniel Synder, the team owner, was pleased with the news. He quickly used the results of the poll to gain additional support for the team. Synder hopes to build a new stadium for his team sometime soon, and the controversy surrounding the name has made that difficult.
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