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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:19 pm | Updated: 10:34 pm, Tue Jun 24, 2014.

There has been a lot of debate recently as to whether the NFL’s Washington Redskins should change their name. Some say the name is racially insensitive, while others think the name should stay.

The Redskins recently lost their trademark protection from the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, leaving some to believe that this is the first step toward a name change — although team owner Daniel Snyder said he never wants the mascot to change, citing tradition.

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4 comments:

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:06 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 644

    Edmundo, Really, you have a face only a Mother cold love. Please please shrink you head shot.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 644

    Senor Non-Indian Tafoya, What poll would you be referring to? The one the NFL and Daniel Snyder constantly refer to? Have you ever heard the term internalized oppression? When did empathy become a poison apple for you Joseph? So do you go around calling the North American Indian people that you know, Hey Redskin! and a big appreciative smile beams across their face?
    You're views are sad at best, and in the near future, you will see you are on the wrong side of history. This has nada to do with the political correctness boogie monster hateful people fear.

     
  • paulweinbaum posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    paulweinbaum Posts: 5

    Nice article. Now that there is a lot of news about the in-your-face bigotry that is the bane of our national picture, we all should look at the heritage within our borders of New Mexico.
    More especially that of using public monies and public properties to display religious symbols that insult and marginalize citizens, while the status quo go gleefully about their evangelical ways.

     
  • Jospeh Tafoya posted at 6:35 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Jighead Posts: 75

    Mr. Carrillo, So according to you the name "Redskin" should be changed because someone you know finds it offensive? Well I can match yours with one of my own. I have worked with people of native American descent and many have proudly sported Washington "Redskin" tee shirts, jackets and the like, According some of the latest polls 8 out of 10 native Americans have no problem with the name. You have taken a bite from the poisoned apple and now political correctness will be who you are. According to history on the "Redskins" George Preston Marshall the owner of the team in 1932 , the name was changed to the "Redskins" to honor then-coach Lone Star Dietz, an American Sioux. So the name actually pays tribute to a great people.” I think you will find the free market will support the name stay the same as it should be.

     

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