What President Obama Thinks Of Washington Redskins Name Change [VIDEO]
The buzz about the Washington Redskins vs. Native Americans has been going on for some months now. The movement to have the team's name changed has been led by Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation.
Are some people being insensitive? Or maybe some people are being too sensitive? What do you think?
People get pretty attached to team names and mascots, President Obama thinks.
I don't think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense. I've got to say that 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.
He went on:
But I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team, and rightly so – even though they've been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think – all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things.
I do not know if our attachment to a particular name should ring true the legitimate concerns that people have about these things.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also said that it may be time for the Redskins to change their name. What do you think?