Ten members of Congress recently sent Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder a letter, urging him to change the name of the team, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, congressman for the American Samoa.
American Samoa? Come on, that’s barely a Congressman. Who else you got?
Joining Faleomavaega in the effort were fellow representatives and co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota) as well as Raul M. Grijalva (Arizona), Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Michael M. Honda (California), Donna M. Christensen (Virginia Islands), Zoe Lofgren and Barbara Lee (both of California) and Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District.
OK, a few of them can can actually vote. I’m not sure about these Virginia Islands, though. Maybe I could just buy them, raze them and use it as leverage against regular Virginia to get us some tax breaks. But like Bruce Allen said, this is a non-issue. It’s just some letter sent to one guy. And what about the 98% of Congress that didn’t send me a letter?
The representatives sent similar letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and FedEx President and CEO Frederick Smith, and the owners of the NFL’s 31 other franchises.
Good luck, but us owners stick together, and Fred Smith isn’t about to roll over. He once Stallworth’d a guy AND Kennedy’d another. How are they going to get a guy like that to turn over?
In the letter, the representatives argued “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.
Wait, what’s the W-word? CONSUELA, WHAT’S THIS W-WORD I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO CALL YOU? Wetback? That’s what they’re talking about? CONSUELA, WOULD YOU NOT BE HONORED IF I USED THAT WORD AS A NICKNAME FOR MY FOOTBALL TEAM?