A Native American organization isn’t interested in the hurt feelings of liberals and Democrats who claim that the old NFL team name “Washington Redskins” was ‘offensive.’ They want the team’s name changed back because they see the move as “erasing” another Native American influence on our culture.
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Native American Guardian’s Association Founder & President Eunice Davidson sent a demand letter to Washington “Commanders” ownership formally requesting the team change their name back
“We are passionate supporters of the Washington Redskins and its rich history. We write to you today as a collective voice, urging you to reconsider the recent name change from the Redskins to the Commanders,” the group said, noting that the petition has more than 72,000 signatures.
“We believe that restoring the original name, the Redskins, is the right decision for the team, its loyal fanbase, and the legacy it represents.
“The name “Redskins” carries deep cultural, historical, and emotional significance, honoring the bravery, resilience, and warrior spirit associated with Native American culture. It was never intended as a derogatory or offensive term but as a symbol of respect and admiration.
“Changing the name abruptly disregards the positive legacy that the Redskins name has built over the years and disorients the passionate fans who have invested their emotions, time, and unwavering support in the team.
“We acknowledge the concerns surrounding cultural sensitivity and the need to foster inclusivity. However, we firmly believe that there are alternative ways to honor and respect Native American heritage without erasing it.
“By reclaiming the Redskins name, we have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, educational initiatives, and collaborations with Native American communities.
“Together, we can promote cultural appreciation, address misconceptions, and work towards a more inclusive society.
“The name “Commanders” fails to capture the essence, tradition, and historical weight associated with the Redskins. It lacks the uniqueness, emotional connection, and pride that our team’s original name embodies.
“The change to “Commanders” dilutes our team’s identity and weakens the connection with its devoted fanbase.
“By restoring the Redskins name, we reinstate a symbol of unity, strength, and shared identity that has inspired generations of fans.
“We recognize that change is sometimes necessary and beneficial. However, in this case, the name change has caused division among supporters, tarnishing the team’s legacy and distancing it from its roots.
“As fans, we seek unity, respect, and inclusivity. We believe that the name Redskins can be a catalyst for positive change, fostering understanding and appreciation for Native American heritage through community outreach, education, and collaboration.
“Thank you for your time and consideration.
“We eagerly await your positive response and remain dedicated to supporting our team, the Washington Redskins,” the group said.