Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ten members of Congress, including the leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus, sent a letter to the 32 NFL owners, the Commish, and the CEO of FedEx, urging Daniel Snyder to change the blatantly racist name of his team, since it's blatantly racist.
From the letter:
Native Americans throughout the country consider the R-word a racial, derogatory slur akin to the N-word among African Americans or the W-word among Latinos. Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw widespread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.
The letter goes on to state:
The current Chairman and Chief of the Penobscot Nation, Chief Kirk Francis, recently stated in a joint statement that the [R-word] is ‘not just a racial slur or a derogatory term,’ but a painful ‘reminder of one of the most gruesome acts of . . . ethnic cleansing ever committed against the Penobscot people.’ The hunting and killing of Penobscot Indians like animals, as declared by Chief Francis, was ‘a most despicable and disgraceful act of genocide'...
In this day and age, it is imperative that you uphold your moral responsibility to disavow the usage of racial slurs. The usage of the [R-word] is especially harmful to Native American youth, tending to lower their sense of dignity and self-esteem. It also diminishes feelings of community worth among the Native American tribes and dampens the aspirations of their people.
We look forward to working with you to find a solution to this important matter.
Snyder, since he's an a$$hole, has been quite resistant to calls for him to change the clearly racist name of his team, and the Ginger Hammer, since he doesn't think for himself, has supported the view of Snyder, one of his 32 bosses.
Of course, those who prefer to hold onto their outdated societal license to use racist terms just because they're experienced racists, will call this political correctness, and whine that Congress should have better things to do, but we applaud this letter and all that it stands for.
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