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But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and 48 fellow Democrats in the U.S. Senate have more pressing matters to attend to, such as urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the team name of the Washington Redskins.
Hoping to take advantage of the NBA’s ban for life of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making disparaging comments about blacks, the senators signed on to a letter that said the Redskins name is a racial slur, according to The Washington Post.
The letter did not use the term “Redskins” — to prove the Democrats are not racists and bigots, no doubt.
The letter read, in part:
“Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team…
“Every Sunday during football season, the Washington, D.C. football team mocks their culture. The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur.”
Not content with just putting his name alongside his colleagues, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent his own letter, saying he does not believe the continued use of the Redskin name “is appropriate in this day and age,” the Post reported.
Florida being home to the 2013 BCS football national champion Florida State Seminoles, of course.
Democrat senators not signing the letter included Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
According to the Post, no Republicans were asked to participate.
Team owner Dan Snyder has been resistant to changing the team’s name and noted in an earlier letter ran in the Post that 90 percent of Native Americans did not find the team name to be offensive, and only 1.1 percent of respondents to an Associated Press survey in April 2013 believed the team should change its name.
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