Hometown newspaper Washington Post weighs in on offensive name.
WASHINGTON — The hometown newspaper to Washington NFL football team weighed in on the controversial and offensive name of the team in an editorial announcement on Friday, August 22, 2014.
The announcement stated The Washington Post’s editorial staff will no longer use the “R-word” when referencing the name of the team.
While it serves the metropolitan area of the NFL team, the Washington Post is one of the most influential newspapers in America.
Part of the Washington Post’s editorial reads:
“…the fact remains: The word is insulting. You would not dream of calling anyone a “redskin” to his or her face. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter use it about a person, even within the privacy of your home.”
Much pressure has been put on team owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the team to no avail. He has proclaimed he will never change the name. Most American Indians across America oppose the usage of the derogatory term as the team’s name.
In response to The Washington Post’s editorial to boldly oppose the name of its hometown NFL team, National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who lead the Change the Mascot Campaign, stated:
“The Washington Post Editorial Page has made the appropriate and honorable decision to no longer use the name. When news organizations use this word in any context, they are endorsing it and legitimizing it by inherently promoting it as an acceptable term. It is not acceptable – it is a dictionary-defined racial slur that countless Native Americans, civil rights groups, religious groups and elected officials from across the country have said should be changed. For news organizations, there is no “objective” way for a media outlet to regularly promote this term without simultaneously endorsing it. Media outlets must decide which side they are on. Are they going to continue promoting a racial slur or are they going to stand on the right side of history? We hope they choose the latter by following the lead of The Washington Post and other publications that are no longer willing to tolerate this term.”
“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” states another portion of the editorial.