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  •  I was appalled by Goodell trying to spin a racist (1+ / 0-)
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    term into something noble.

    "The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context"?!? WHAT other context? It's a disparaging term whether it's applied to a person or a football team. There are NO positive meanings of the term, and never have been. Your paraphrasing was close; what I think he said was that the origin of the name was OK because we were all racists then. WTF?

    Then there's this from the letter:

    "As you correctly recognize, the issues raised with respect to the Washington Redskins name are complex, and we respect that reasonable people may view it differently, particularly over time. … The National Football League takes seriously its responsibility to exemplify the values of diversity and inclusion that make our country great."
    No, it doesn't. Celebrating a racist slur isn't taking "its responsibility to exemplify the values of diversity and inclusion that make our country great" seriously. It's spitting in the face of diversity.

    I realize that Goodell works for the owners, including Snyder, but he should be ashamed of trying to gloss over this perpetuation of a racist stereotype.

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