October 6, 2013
Obama, continuing his crusade to sooth the hurt feelings of all of the poor and oppressed peoples who he does not decide to bomb into oblivion, stated that if he owned the Washington Redskins football franchise, he would ‘consider changing the name,’ as it maybe hurts the feelings of the dwindling population of American Indians, who have red skin.
Perhaps we should change the name to the ‘Washington Creepy-ass Crackas,’ Obama? Would this satisfy you, oh you our mighty Mulatto master?
From the Washington Post:
President Obama became the latest, and most high-profile, figure to weigh in against the Washington Redskins’ name, saying he would consider changing it because it offends many Native Americans.
“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press published Saturday.
It was the first time Obama, a big sports fan who roots for teams from his native Chicago, had been asked his opinion publicly on the controversy surrounding the name of Washington’s professional football franchise.
Team owner Daniel Snyder has said he will not change the name of the team, which has been called the Redskins since George Preston Marshall owned the franchise in Boston in 1933. Marshall moved the team to Washington in 1937, and it has since become one of the National Football League’s most profitable franchises.
“We at the Redskins respect everyone,” Lanny J. Davis, the attorney for the Redskins, said in a statement in response to Obama’s comments. “But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama’s home town), we love our team and its name and, like those fans, we do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group. The name ‘Washington Redskins’ is 81 years old — it’s our history and legacy and tradition. We Redskins fans sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ every Sunday as a word of honor, not disparagement.”