By Ken Reed

On Tuesday, Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder basically said his team’s nickname isn’t a real issue. Snyder told reporters, “we understand the issues out there, and we’re not an issue,” adding “the real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it’s time that people focus on reality.”

Oneida Nation head, Ray Halbritter, gave a powerful response:

“If Dan Snyder thinks it is acceptable for a billionaire to market, promote and profit off a dictionary defined racial slur, then he’s living in an alternative universe,” said Halbritter.

“If he wants to focus on reality, here’s a reality check: the longer he insists on slurring Native Americans, the more damage he will keep doing to Native American communities, and the more he will become synonymous with infamous segregationist George Preston Marshall, who originally gave the team this offensive name.”

Some things just can’t be said any better.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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