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Petition statement to be delivered to National Football League, Roger Goodell, Commissioner, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Keep the Washington Redskins Name

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Keep the Washington Redskins Name

To be delivered to National Football League, Roger Goodell, Commissioner, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Petition Statement

Washington Redskins fans, including many Native Americans, are strongly against the name change. The name is not meant to be offensive. The name Redskins represents positive meanings of honor, strength, pride and respect. In 1933, George Preston Marshall, the owner of the team, which was then located in Boston, renamed the team the Boston Redskins in honor of his head coach, William "Lone Star" Dietz, an American Indian. This was done to honor Native Americans not offend them.

As Washington Redskins fans and supporters, we do not agree with the consideration of changing the name of the team.

As Washington Redskins fans and supporters we also honor the history of all Native Americans across our country.

There are currently 3,664 signatures. NEW goal - We need 4,000 signatures!

Petition Background

In the USA there are 2 million Native Americans enrolled in 566 federally recognized tribes, plus another 3.2 million who tell the Census they are Native American. In the only recent poll to ask native people about the subject, 90 percent of respondents did not consider the term "Redskins" offensive or racist.

Is something still "racist" even if most of the people involved don't agree? Do we simply allow journalists, the President and a few congressmen determine what is and what is not offensive and racist?


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