A non-voting congressman from the American Samoa on Wednesday told Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, to change the name of his NFL franchise.
“The term ‘redskin’ is a racist, demeaning, derogatory [term] and offensive to Native Americans,” Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat, said on the House floor. “But I stand today, once again, to make this appeal to Mr. Snyder.”
Mr. Faleomavaega compared Mr. Snyder’s potential decision to that of former Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who in 1995 opted to change the team’s name from the “Bullets” out of concern for its violent connotations.
The city of Washington suffered from a high homicide rate in the early 1990s, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin prompted Mr. Pollin to act, Mr. Faleomavaega said.
The delegate noted the name-change “did not happen overnight,” nor was everyone happy about it.
“But Mr. Pollin knew it was the right thing to do, and he did it successfully,” he said.