The president of the Washington Redskins stood firm defending the football team’s name in a letter sent to the Senate on Friday.
Bruce Allen addressed the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Reid and 48fellow Democrats wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging him to force the Redskins to change the name, according to the Washington Post.
“Our use of ‘Redskins’ as the name of our football team for more than 81 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans,” Allen wrote.
Allen said that Reid may not have all the “pertinent facts” about the history of the team.
“The Washington Redskins are one of the NFL’s flagship franchises,” he wrote. “We have played in 11 NFL Championship games and have won five World Championships. With over 81 years of tradition created by thousands of alumni and millions of fans, the Redskins team name continues to carry a deep and purposeful meaning.”
The name “originated as a Native American expression of solidarity,” Allen wrote, adding that the team’s logo “was designed by Native Americans.”
Read Allen’s letter here.
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