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President Obama

Redskins Name is Offensive

... I'd Probably Change It

10/5/2013 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Congress might be shut down ... but President Barack Obama found time to dive into the debate over the Washington Redskins name -- telling a reporter he would "think about changing" the team name because it offends people.

The Prez was asked about the issues renewed controversy over the past few months ... and proclaimed nostalgia isn't a good enough reason to keep the name.

Saying if he were team owner ... there'd be serious discussion about changing it.

However, Barack doesn't think fans of the name are being racist -- they're just passionate for team history.

Obama joins a growing movement of people once again pushing for the change -- including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Name change or not ... the Redskins still suck this season.

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256.

Carl    

During a recent poll, 9 out of 10 Native Americans did not give one single solitary **** about the Redskins name.

318 days ago
257.

WRC3    

mind your own business and worry about getting the govt open and paying its employees!

318 days ago
258.

CRITICXTREME::    

More importantly of what is offensive is that black people are the only race to not get paid for the evil deeds of white folks. Japanese, Chinese, Jews and every other got damn race has gotten reparations accept the black race. Land stolen, false imprisionment, etc. For the Natives, just ripped off of everything.

Here's something else offensive - calling every black person African American when it is not true. Thinking that every black person has a Momma instead of a Mother. Thinking that that every black person came from the bottom when this is not correct.

Change the football name to the Washington Jews or the Washington Illuminati, Washington Heebs, Washington Half *****, Washington Ikey Mos or even the Washington Jewbaccas. And watch the uproar.

318 days ago
259.

younglady    

Maybe we should just clean house. Obviously govt shutdown is not #1 priority to the POTUS.

318 days ago
260.

LRo    

Well some could say the same thing about his name if you want to get technical. Hussein like Saddam + Obama like Osama = offensive. People just look for things to be offended about & would like to reinvent history.

318 days ago
261.

NOT ELMO    

ROMNEYSiA AKA "MR. 47%" iS A MULTi-MiLLiONAiRE AND HiS REPUBLiCLOWN FRiENDS iN CONGRE$$ ARE STiLL GETTiNG THEiR $2OO,OOO.OO A YEAR PAYCHECK$ SO THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE REST OF THE POOR AMERiCANS THAT DID NOT GET PAiD THiS WEEK AND NOW HAVE NO JOBS...

318 days ago
262.

NOT ELMO    

Who's to blame

Congress
64%
Prez O
36%

Total Votes: 113,304 *Poll Results

318 days ago
263.

strunz2318    

Don't you have better things to concern yourself with Mr. President? Who knew you were also part of the PC police?

317 days ago
264.

MjR    

Obama...More and more as time passes you are becoming more offensive! A football teams name is the least of DC's problems.

317 days ago
265.

Johnny J    

I find the name Hussein offensive !!!

317 days ago
266.

robbo    

Hey moron, why don't you shut your freakin' , dumbass, ignorant piehole.

317 days ago
267.

Lady Juliette    

Sir, and I use that term loosely, you have no business sticking your nose into what names the teams have in Football. Why don't you concentrate on getting the Government back to work instead wasting time what is politically correct for names of teams. No one is offended by the names and you just want to stir up a hornets nest with this. Get your act together!!!

317 days ago
268.

Stacey Loflin    

Seriously?.... Beyond the fact that your pat answer should have been "I have more pressing matters at the moment", I see that you're still on your apology tour and now will say I'm sorry. The Skins have been the Redskins forever. It's not derogatory and instead represents strength, unity, etc. I'm so disgusted that once again, you failed.

317 days ago
269.

1z6547    

The U.S. government stole Native American land out right and in later years when the government did make legal real estate transactions the government simply did not pay the Native Americans across the country for their land and cheated them out of their land, water and mineral rights. The government still owes tribes today for these lands. These real estate transactions are still legal in a court of law but since the government is the law of the land they refuse to pay up. The government took the Native Americans from their land illegally and placed them on uninhabitable reservations (concentration camps) where they were not allowed to leave and were guarded by military posts.

In the Northwest of America, right up until 1961 the government of America sterilized the Native American female infants at birth, so that they wouldn't multiply. When Native American women realized what was happening they refused to go to the hospitals where theses operations were being performed on their new born infants, and many of the women needlessly died in child birth.

So, you can see why America who monetarily benefited from the genocide of the Native Americans, would feel ashamed. Then again some don't. The U.S. government's mistake was they didn't kill all the Native Americans they left some alive and times have changed. The Native American tribes and nations have slowly been reconstructing their cultures and some nations never lost their languages. The Native Americans have been residing in America for 15,000 - 17,000 years and very well may be here long after the Europeans are gone.

The U.S. government has declared if a Native American tribe is less than 300 people that they are not Native American anymore even if they are 100% Native American blood and can prove it, you can not erase a race of people. The reason the government did that is too lessen the numbers of voices of the Native Americans. Mr. Government you can not erase a race of people!

What I've said here is just a drop in the bucket of the atrocities committed against the Native American people it's not even the tip of the iceberg.

One Note: The Native American people and the Mexicans do not share the same DNA. They are a separate and different race of people from each other.

317 days ago
270.

1z6547    

Why not call the Redskin team the "Black Skins" that would be more appropriate don't you think, go ahead and just see how that goes over. Or maybe call them Muslim Skins. If they were called the "Yellowskins" or Jewskins the name wouldn't last a day.

This is just another example of the unfair and unjust treatment of the Native Americans in the United States. The reason America resist recognizing any concerns or complaints from the Native American people is that they feel guilty about murdering them and stealing their land and benefiting from it. Americans don't like feeling guilty about it and they do not want anyone to know what they have done.

The Native Americans are people with feelings and they have children with feelings and they are hurt by rude remarks, comments and gestures just like anyone else and they don't like being called Savages, Red Skins, Squaws...

America feels ashamed that's why they condemn, ridicule and silence the Native Americans so that the world does not find out how horrible they treated the Native Americans and how they killed the Native American people for fun and sport, and how they stole their land, water and mineral rights. How they were unchecked and they raped and tortured Native American women and children for decades. How they genocide the Native American nations from New York to California relentlessly.

American movie producers villainized Native Americans in Hollywood movies and stereotyped them in negative ways to make the public be prejudice against the Native American people. They coined the phrase "The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian" out of the mouth of their Hollywood sweetheart John Wayne.

The prejudice was to the point where as if the Native Americans did complain about anything, it fell on unjust deaf ears. All because it kept an evil man's conscious calm while he destroyed a nation of people and that he could with a clear mind continue to kill, exploit and steal from Native Americans and then go to church on Sunday and forgive himself.

There are less than 1 million Native Americans alive today and when the Europeans arrived in America there were said to be a population of 40 million Native Americans living in North America at that time.

The Native Americans are the most hated race in America they experience the most prejudice because the government and Hollywood has taught America to hate them.

The U.S. government stole Native American land out right and in later years when the government did make legal real estate transactions the government simply did not pay the Native Americans across the country for their land and cheated them out of their land, water and mineral rights. The government still owes tribes today for these lands. These real estate transactions are still legal in a court of law but since the government is the law of the land they refuse to pay up. The government took the Native Americans from their land illegally and placed them on uninhabitable reservations (concentration camps) where they were not allowed to leave and were guarded by military posts.

In the Northwest of America, right up until 1961 the government of America sterilized the Native American female infants at birth, so that they wouldn't multiply. When Native American women realized what was happening they refused to go to the hospitals where theses operations were being performed on their new born infants, and many of the women needlessly died in child birth.

So, you can see why America who monetarily benefited from the genocide of the Native Americans, would feel ashamed. Then again some don't. The U.S. government's mistake was they didn't kill all the Native Americans they left some alive and times have changed. The Native American tribes and nations have slowly been reconstructing their cultures and some nations never lost their languages. The Native Americans have been residing in America for 15,000 - 17,000 years and very well may be here long after the Europeans are gone.

The U.S. government has declared if a Native American tribe is less than 300 people that they are not Native American anymore even if they are 100% Native American blood and can prove it, you can not erase a race of people. The reason the government did that is too lessen the numbers of voices of the Native Americans. Mr. Government you can not erase a race of people!

What I've said here is just a drop in the bucket of the atrocities committed against the Native American people it's not even the tip of the iceberg.

One Note: The Native American people and the Mexicans do not share the same DNA. They are a separate and different race of people from each other.

317 days ago
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