Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname
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Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained steam this year as prominent national sportswriters Peter King and Bill Simmons have begun boycotting mentioning "Redskins" in their columns and protesters have started calling for the name to be changed outside Washington's games.
Here's Kluwe's rant, which also included a dig at the NFL for the recent $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement:
The league recently just settled a lawsuit so they wouldn't have to reveal they knew they were lying about the dangers of concussions.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 20, 2013
A current team name is a derogatory racial slur. I'd say a raised middle finger is the least objectionable thing of that lot.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 20, 2013
Redskins owner Daniel Synder said earlier this year that "We will never change the name of the team," and NFL Commish Roger Goodell has indicated he isn't inclined to force a renaming.
The amount of white people lecturing me on what is and isn't a racial slur would be hilarious if it wasn't so awful.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 20, 2013
Nonetheless, in June, a group of Congress members led by Rep. Betty McCollum (she's co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus) wrote a letter to Synder urging him to reconsider.
"Native Americans throughout the country consider the term 'redskin' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos," McCollum and her colleagues wrote. "Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL's fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington's NFL team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans."
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