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NFL Continues To Defend Redskins Name In Meeting With Oneida Indian Nation
Published October 31, 2013
ANY IMMEDIATE IMPACT? Washington Post columnist Mike Wise said even if the NFL "had to be embarrassed to open their doors" to meet with the Oneida Nation, it still is a "pretty historical moment." But Wise said he believed Snyder "genuinely has fond affinity for this name" of Redskins. ESPN's Andrew Brandt said the way the name is likely to be changed is not by "external pressure" but "internal pressure on Dan Snyder from the commissioner, from his fellow owners" ("OTL," ESPN, 10/30).
NEWSPAPER DROPS USAGE: S.F. Chronicle Managing Editor Audrey Cooper wrote in an e-mail that the newspaper "will stop using the name 'Redskins.'" Cooper wrote, "Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs -- and make no mistake, 'redskin' is a slur -- except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it. For example, we will use the team name when referring to the controversy surrounding its use." The K.C. Star and Slate.com have previously announced that they would stop using the term Redskins (POLITICO.com, 10/30). Psychologist Michael Friedman, who authored the Oneidas' report, said that 28 U.S. high schools "have dropped Redskins as a nickname" in the past 25 years (ESPN.com, 10/30).