JOEL RICHARDSON / The Washington Post

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, shown here addressing a luncheon of the Redskins Leadership Council in August 2003, wants to take control of Six Flags Inc. Instead of buying it, he and Mark Shapiro are trying to persuade stockholders that they should be put in charge to turn around the company.

Poll

Should the NFL force team owner Dan Snyder to change the name of Washington’s mascot?

Leading Off: What a gift Snyder could give the NFL

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 - 9:52 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 - 9:45 am

We think of Dan Snyder today and offer the owner of Washington’s NFL franchise our best Christmas wishes and hope for these gifts to be bestowed upon him:

We wish for him the gift of discernment, so that he may understand why the current name of his team offends Native Americans and all who know that what people are called is a real part of how they are perceived.

Mr. Snyder has said he won’t be told what to do with his property, so we also want him to receive a calendar to help him realize this isn’t the 1850s or 1950s – or even 10 years ago. The country has changed.

Let’s add a dictionary, too, opened to the “R” chapter with the name appended to his team highlighted and the definition underlined. The important part is where it says that, as a description of a Native American, it is dated, offensive and insulting. Not to mention unnecessary.

And finally, for Mr. Snyder, a map with Washington, D.C., circled. Let him note the city is where freedom, liberty, equality and the other precepts we consider foundations of our country are said to reside. A name unarguably offensive to increasing numbers of Americans, beyond those it directly disparages, has less place there than anywhere.

Perhaps in return, Mr. Snyder could change that name, and in doing so give a gift that in its grace would be a near-perfect expression of what many believe Christmas to be.

– Brian Blomster

bblomster@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA doubleheader,

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ESPN : Today’s best games are Houston at San Antonio in the opener, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at the Warriors.


Today’s poll

Should the NFL force team owner Dan Snyder to change the name of Washington’s mascot ?

• Yes, it’s offensive to Native Americans

• No, the NFL has no right

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports


Tuesday’s poll results

Will you watch NBA games on Christmas ?

• Yes, once the gifts are opened, there’s not much to do: 46%

• No, it’s a day to spend with family and watch Christmas movies: 54%

Total votes: 109


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