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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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steve    

Of course hes sayin that..hes a major liberal and its all about change..screw the dood and everything he stands for..which most that voted for him didnt even know

344 days ago
272.

Running Moon    

The Oneida are a federaloly recognised nation outside the perview of the US. They are the same as my own Cherokee nation. We are a foreign nation, not subject to the US Presidents rules.

The current administration has sought to infringe on our rights of seld determination, and the Oneidas among others are fighting them in court.

In 1992 the United States voluntarily ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, making the Covenant’s implementation in the United States a legally binding obligation of the government.

Article 1, paragraph 1: All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

The U.S. government affirms the right of Indigenous peoples to determine their own citizens as just one aspect of their right of self-determination.
This is the Cherokee argument for Obamka staying out of our business. I don't know how he can pretend to be in favor of American Indian rights when we are fighting him in court for them. He is a hipcrit and a racist himself. He should not be taken seriously.

344 days ago
273.

Running Moon    

The Oneida are a federally recognised nation outside the purview of the US presidency. The Oneidas are the same as my own Cherokee nation. We are a foreign nation, not subject to the US Presidents rules. We govern ourselves and respect the right of other US citizens to determine theitr own culture. In that vein, it makes no sense for the Oneida tribe to complain about what DCdoes, while fighting in court to continue to do what we want to do. Obama is our worst enemy in this fight.

The current Obama administration has sought to infringe on the American Indian nations rights of self determination, and the Oneidas among others are fighting them in court.

In 1992 the United States voluntarily ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, making the Covenant’s implementation in the United States a legally binding obligation of the Obama government. They are trying to cir***vent it, breaking yet another treaty.

Article 1, paragraph 1: All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

The U.S. government affirms the right of Indigenous peoples to determine their own citizens as just one aspect of their right of self-determination.
This is the Cherokee argument for Obama staying out of our American Indian business. I don't know how he can pretend to be in favor of American Indian rights when we are fighting him in court for our self determination. He is a hipocrit and a racist himself. He should not be taken seriously.

344 days ago
274.

Running Moon    

What is the Democratis majority doing?? The Govt is shut down and the Pres is going to parties and disrespecting Native Americans on national TV? He does not speak for Native Americans. We did not elect him. He is trying to pit us against the American people with his stupid jokes about changing the name of the Redskins foot ball team because of us. We don't care, the only ones who have threatened Native Americans in the last 5 years is the Obama administration. He doesn't care about us either, just trying to harm Native Americans again (sponsored legislation from 2008 to present removing our right of sovereignty, self and cultural determination ). He is trying to use us to inflames people to divert attention from all the mess he is making.

342 days ago
275.

brian    

how about we change the name to the Washington "Thieves" or the Washington "Idiots". That would be a perfect match since Washington is full of both.

342 days ago
276.

Jerry    

I heard today that the reason they want to change the name is because it offends Indians. If you change things just because it offends you then we should get a new PRESIDENT!!!

341 days ago
277.

1z6547    

The Washington Redskins should call themselves "The Washington Segregationists" led by Colonel Dan Snyder and their fans should sit in the stadium's wearing their jerseys and pointed Klu Klux Klan hats.

The founder of the Redskins, "George Preston Marshall, however, had a reputation as a racist. He was the last NFL owner who refused to sign black players — the federal government forced him to integrate in 1962 by threatening to cancel the lease on his stadium. When he died in 1969, his will created a Redskins Foundation but stipulated that it never support "the principle of racial integration in any form."

"And Dietz, the namesake Redskin, may not have even been a real Indian. Dietz served jail time for charges that he falsely registered for the draft as an Indian in order to avoid service. According to an investigation by the Indian Country Today newspaper, he stole the identity of a missing Oglala Sioux man."

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/08/4539516/just-how-many-indians-think-redskins.html#storylink=cpy

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The genocide of the Native Americans and calling them "Dirty Redskins" while the Americans freely massacred them using soldiers and the public is the worst thing this country has ever done.

340 days ago
278.

Gib    

Get rid of the controversy and let's play football. Change the teams name toRedNecks! Who is going to be offended now.

338 days ago
279.

Five5Sixer    

Actually, I find the entirety of the president's name offensive. The last name reminds of me of the World Trade Center disaster; the middle name reminds me of one of most horrific dictators of the 90s/early 2000s, and the first name reminds me of the demonic character in Mortal Kombat 2 of whom people's button mashing skills were incredibly abused upon..

I propose he change his name to Jerome Eugene Bronschweiger.

332 days ago
280.

Jo Ann Brooks    

If you are going to change the name of the Redskins football team because you believe it to be racial, then I suggest they change the name of the Whitehouse. That can also be interpreted as racial!

330 days ago
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