Sports journalists are taught to keep their opinions to themselves, and just be the messengers of information. But I'm very proud of Bob Costas of NBC Sunday Night Football. Recently, he went on television and said that the Washington Redskins team name is a slur and an insult.
I don't understand why it's so hard to change the name of a team out of respect for Native Americans. The term "Redskins" is demeaning, derogatory, and just wrong. Does anyone think the word brings happy memories to the minds of any Native Americans?
Change the Name is a campaign going on to encourage the owners of the Washington Redskins to consider making a change. Many of the Native Americans who participated in this video say they are "not a caricature or a mascot."