Monday, February 10, 2014

Congress pressuring 'Redskins" to change name

CONGRESS PRESSURING REDSKINS TO CHANGE NAME - Luke Johnson: "Two lawmakers sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Monday asking the league to push for a name change to the Washington Redskins because it is a slur to Native Americans. 'The National Football League can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,' wrote Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the Native American Caucus, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. The lawmakers then targeted the league's tax exempt status. 'The National Football League is on the wrong side of history,' they wrote. 'It is not appropriate for this multibillion dollar 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization to perpetuate and profit from the continued degradation of tribes and Indian people. It is time for the National Football League to formally support and push for a name change for the Washington football team.' Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced bills to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status, but neither has cited the name of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's football team as a reason. The NFL has called itself 'a trade association promoting interests of its 32 member clubs' in tax filings. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Huffington Post in an email that the league would respond. 'After we have had an opportunity to review the letter, we will respond to it in an appropriate manner,' he said. President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have all said that the team should at least think about changing its name." [HuffPost]

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