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Stacey Brooks

Hail to the Redskins!

In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III prepares to put on his helmet before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md. President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans. Obama, in an interview on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, said team names like the Redskins offend "a sizable group of people." He said that while fans get attached to the nicknames, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

There is a growing movement to change the Washington Redskins' name because it is offensive to some Native Americans. The President even weighed in on the controversy this week saying if he was the owner of the Washington Redskins, and he knew the name was "offending a sizable group of people," then he would "think about changing it."

Some politicians have called for a name change, including U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who said the league and team are "promoting a racial slur." Sports columnist Peter King, along with several other football writers, have decided to avoid using the "Redskins" name altogether, and this week opponents of the name held a protest outside the NFL's fall meetings in the nation's capital.

Maybe it's just me, but I think changing the name of the Washington Redskins is misguided and unnecessary. What about the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves? Are we going to change their names as well?

Pittsburgh has the Pirates. Don't pirates hijack ships and attack people? I guess we should throw their name out too!

Various people have argued if a segment of Native Americans feel it's a derogatory name then why use it?

I say use it because the name "Washington Redskins" is 80 years old -- it has history, legacy and tradition. Plus, I think many would agree that Redskins fans sing "Hail to the Redskins" every Sunday as an expression of honor, not disparagement.

With the controversy making headlines again, the NFL has agreed to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the issue next month. Oneida representative Ray Halbritter said: "It is hypocritical to say you're America's pastime but not represent the ideals of America."

With all due respect Mr. Halbritter, I think you're fighting a losing battle. The name change is ultimately up to Redskins owner Dan Snyder who has repeatedly said changing the name is NEVER going to happen.

I don't think it should happen, but that's just me.

About the Author


Stacey hosts KTAR's entertainment reports weekday mornings on Arizona's Morning News. You can also hear her bright-hearted female perspective on the air as she "fills-in" on various talk shows on KTAR. She is the host of a weekly video feature on KTAR.com called, Short Takes, and writes a pop culture blog for the website as well. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern. She has been a Radio Host and TV Contributor in the Valley for more than a decade, and was named Best Voice on Radio by Phoenix Magazine. A multi-faceted host, Stacey describes herself as a news and entertainment junkie and someone who is passionate about pop culture. As the co-host of annual Radiothons, Stacey has helped to raise millions of dollars for Phoenix Children's Hospital. When she's not on-the-air, Stacey loves to hike, travel and spend time with her husband, Todd, and toy poodle, Skyler.

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