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Harry Reid Tells Redskins to Change Their Name
The Senate majority leader says Dan Snyder is “shortsighted” for ignoring calls to change the team’s name. By Benjamin Freed
Football critic Harry Reid. Photograph via Senate Democrats.
Comments () | Published December 19, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the latest government official to weigh in on the name of the Washington NFL team, and he’s not a fan.

“I think [Dan] Snyder is so shortsighted on this,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told The Hill.

As if getting hammered on the gridiron every week wasn’t bad enough, Washington has been dogged all year by the ongoing controversy over its nickname, which most dictionaries define as derogatory or a racial slur. While the Oneida Indian Nation of New York State has waged a season-long publicity campaign against the team’s name, the franchise has also been criticized by numerous politicians as high up as President Obama.

But unlike Obama, who said in October that if he had Snyder’s job, he would have to “think about” changing the team’s name, Reid’s take is far more cutting.

We live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people,” Reid told The Hill. “And that’s what that is. I mean, you can’t have the Washington Blackskins. I think it’s so shortsighted.”

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  • Lisa

    Dan is the opposite of short-sighted; he knows this is just a knee-jerk PC 'sensitivity' that will pass. He will lose much more than he will gain if he changes the name and he knows that.

  • wigglwagon

    They want people to stop referring to anyone by their ethic background so we should do away with all those things like reservations. They should not be singled out as different from anyone else. There is no reason for them to have different laws from the rest of Americans.

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