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Redskins' Snyder Solicits Support From Owners For Native American Foundation
Published March 26, 2014
CONTROVERSY QUELLED? A WASHINGTON POST editorial states no matter how much Snyder's foundation "accomplishes, it cannot make his team’s name any less offensive -- or negate the need to change it." If Snyder "has been really 'listening and learning,' as his letter stated, he will realize the only way to end the controversy about his team’s unacceptable name is to change it" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/26). In DC, Mike Wise writes under the header, "Latest Nickname Outreach Is A Step, But Without A Direction." Helping the "neediest in Indian Country is, on its face, a good thing." If only it "came with no strings attached." If only it "happened organically and not because of an owner’s desire to keep the name of his football team, to keep his heritage" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/26). USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell writes, "The establishment of a foundation feels more like damage control" (USA TODAY, 3/26). Clinical psychologist Michael Friedman said, "It is a false dichotomy to say Native Americans have to decide between either working on problems like poverty or being concerned about a dictionary-defined racial slur. By juxtaposing that [Snyder] seems to be trying to say that, you can't do both" (USA TODAY, 3/26). ESPN's Dan Le Batard said, "It's almost literally the least he could do" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN, 3/25). ESPN's Bomani Jones said of Snyder, "Most of the people who are oppoosed to the name of that franchise are a little bit too smart to fall for this con he's running." Jones, on Snyder's letter: "I notice he doesn't call them 'Redskins.' That seems pretty interesting considering it's supposed to be a term of endearment" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/25).