For those who do not know, the football team from Washington D.C. possesses a nickname that comes from an offensive and racially derogatory term given to Native Americans centuries ago. A name so offensive and hateful I refuse to use it in this article, I refuse to inform one more person on the terminology of hate. So what is in that name, it’s just a football team? In that name is centuries of hate, violence, and persecution from ugly chapters of history that we cannot seem to close. In that name is generations of pain and suffering. In that name is a word trying to deprive a human of their very humanity, to treat a people as though they were less human than a privileged few or a more trivial brand of humanity.
There is no logical reason a racist term should be used to for a football team. There is no financial reason to alienate millions of possible fans and hurt millions of people. There is no moral reason an ethnocentric and detestable nickname should be used in twenty-first century America. So to the NFL, you provide assistance to players suffering from substance abuse, raise money for breast cancer, and honour legends that surpass football; now is the time you raise the banner of human dignity. In the name of all that is good change the name of the Washington D.C. Football Team.