Last week, the Daily 49er’s Shane Newell wrote an op-ed that said, “at the end of the day, the Redskins name is just a name.” While at one point I shared that same sentiment, I don’t believe a group of individuals should be cast in such a horrible light given the derogatory remark.
The history between the United States and Native Americans is dark and bloody, and despite the ever-growing movement about changing the name, Redskins owner Dan Snyder is the only person with the power to put it into action.
Oftentimes the argument is made that if the Redskins changed their name, other professional teams like the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Blackhawks would need to do the same. However, those names don’t carry the same derogatory context that the Redskins does.
Newell’s column also brought up a 2004 poll in which 90 percent of Native Americans didn’t express frustration with the name. But the 10 percent of the population feeling frustrated is 10 percent more than there should be.