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The debate over Washington getting its football team renamed is back atop the ledger.
Possibly shrouded by the NBA Finals - with the 'Lebron on the brink' narratives running rampant - the Patriots' signing of Tebow, a viable basebrawl including some former greats and even the precipice of an Original Six Stanley Cup Finals, the coverage of a letter Roger Goodell wrote to Congress defending the Redskins nickname got surprisingly little coverage.
That tide seems to be turning today as I awakened to this on Grantland.
You have made it crystal clear that you believe there is nothing wrong with the name of our region's beloved franchise and probably perceive Webster's dictionary to have some politically correct, liberal agenda when it defines redskin as "usually offensive." You've never commented on its past use in this country as a term of derision, humiliation, and violence. Why bother getting hung up on history? After all, as a wise man once said, that's why pencils have erasers.
From the moment Dan Snyder threw down the verbal gauntlet of 'YOU CAN USE CAPS,' we should've known that was harbinger for a name change was growing closer. Those words were the galvanizing force behind the surely impending movement of growing support AGAINST the R word. When someone most people dislike says something with such vigor, adversaries to that person typically begin to mount.
But Goodell with such stern, and some could say ignorant, words for a governing body, and in response to Congress and in defense of Snyder's defiant attitude hit me as jarring and surprising. Yes, I realize Goodell works for Snyder and the other owners, but to say the Redskins name has had a positive meaning since its transition from the Braves (they just can't win can they) - as he does in his correspondence - in this current climate comes off as short sighted. A trait I don't expect from Goodell with the way he has ruled over the NFL. As I read through Goodell's letter, I just keep wanting to remind him, after almost each statement, times have change, times have changed, times have changed and he can't speak for EVERYONE, under which those potentially being offended reside.
But, perhaps Goodell is just trying to shield Snyder from the arrows (sorry?).
The story did make it to PTI last night where the topic was thoughtfully debated. Not to lambaste Kornheiser or Wilbon, but I felt a personal moment of reckoning after their sixty-plus seconds of banter where they'd just reminded and thoroughly reinforced to me that the name is an N word.
When the bell rang, I thought 'wow, they just used a racial slur repeatedly.' Not that I was criticizing the hosts, but I finally felt the seriousness of just how wrong using that word is to describe a team's nickname.
Just last month I was open to arguments with a lean towards, it's probably wrong, and it's going to change...maybe not sooner, but probably not much later either.
Between Snyder's recent incendiary tone and Goodell's inelegant support of the inhumane (counter to his player safety crusade), I believe we're as close to sooner as we've ever been when it comes to Washington's football team being rechristened.