State lawmakers create “Redskins Pride Caucus” to defend Washington Redskins name

RICHMOND, Va. – Three Virginia lawmakers have formed the “Redskins Pride Caucus” in an effort to help Washington Redskins keep the nickname some people deem offensive.

One of the caucus’ stated goals is to prevent the U.S. Congress from forcing change upon the NFL team.

State Senator Chap Petersen (D- FAIRFAX), Delegate Jackson Miller (R – MANASSAS) and Delegate David Ramadan (R – LOUDON) called a 3:30 p.m. press conference to discuss the newly formed, bipartisan group.

Earlier Monday the Redskins Pride Caucus, or RPC,  announced its founding principles:

  1. Providing a voice for Redskins fans and season tickets holders.
  2. Supporting the Redskins franchise, a Virginia-based business that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable revenue for schools, roads, public safety and other important public services in the Commonwealth.
  3. Opposing the inappropriate involvement of the United States Congress in issues surrounding the Redskins franchise and its supporters.
  4. Supporting commercial freedom in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rights of businesses to their own brands and intellectual property.

While Washington is in the team name and the team plays home football games in Maryland, the Washington Redskins are headquartered in Northern Virginia and recently moved training camp to Richmond.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

In a statement put out by the team, its trademark attorney said he believed this decision, like the previous one, would be overturned.

“We’ve seen this story before,” attorney Bob Raskopf, said. “And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo.”

He said the team would appeal.

In October 2013, President Obama said he would be open to changing the name if he owned the team.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he said.

“It truly is political correctness on steroids,” Delegate Miller told those gathered Monday.

In attendance at the press conference were members of the Washington Redskins PR team.

“This is a movement created by a rich member of the Uintah tribe up in connecticut who is funding it and promoting it,” Miller added.

Senator Petersen, who fought against offensive language in Virginia textbooks last session, told those gathered he was not being hypocritical for standing by the current name.

“I think native Americans call themselves Redskins,” Petersen said.

Senator Louise Lucas, whose nephew is DeAngelo Hall, rejected that African Africans should somehow be compelled to sympathize with the critics.

“None of us feel there is any racism and we love the name,” Lucas said.

While a majority of Redskins fans support the name according to a Washington Post poll, some — like Genada Davis – say enough is enough and says a name change is in order.

“I can definitely understand why it would be offensive,” Davis, an African American woman, said.

“I would still route for them if they change their name,” Davis added.

33 comments

  • joanna

    Amazing! Out can come together on this matter, but cannot come together on matters that affect people’s lives! Just amazing!

  • Daniel Beasley

    The lawyer’s will try to copyright words before long so they can sue you if you speak.

  • Becky

    The new Democratic Exclusive Special Interest of the Day to Forward the Agenda to divide, conquer, cause disharmony, chaos, turmoil, and conflict Domestically as well as World Wide. The ceremonious use and abuse
    of power, office, departments and agencies, taxes, solely for Democratic Dictates. This isn’t about Indians
    or they would have been offended a long ago and they would have Stood Up to speak for themselves instead of cowering behind abusive Party of MEEEEEEE Only.

  • Wow

    WHAT??? Excuse you! The name redskins poses the Natives a strong and worthy race, not as dogs! Things should just stay the same and people should just chill woth the lawsuits.

  • Wow

    This has happened before and will wear off. It happenned to the Clevland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and probably more that I haven’t heard. People need to chill with the lawsuits. “White power” since when is this about whites???

  • Leonard Love

    The name was chosen to represent the bravery and fierce fighting abilities of Native Americans. I have very high respect for them. Why the controversy?

    • vexmachine

      Perhaps because they chose to honor people by using a slur.

      If they wanted to honor them why go with “Redskins” ?

  • azteca710

    Unless any commenting here are Native American… how can you possibly speak on whether it’s offensive or not?? Proving what Native American people have always known since European settlers came to this continent…. GREED COMPELS YOUR EVERY ACTION & REACTION

    • namparoger

      You are quite right azteca. Why else would the tribes want access to the Redskins patent and trademark rights, so that no one else may be able to use logos such as indian heads, spears, and names such as redskins, braves chiefs except the tribes themselves. The bottom line is greed.

      • azteca710

        Oh yeah!! That’s the plot…. Tribes want to own the trademark of the nfl team for money!!! How blind of me not to see that obvious scheme!! lol

  • athynz

    Because it has nothing to do with white power. It’s PC run amok and used as a disgusting political tool and too many people are buying into the BS. Fact – The term Redskin was coined and used by Native Americans. Fact – 90% of Native Americans are not opposed to the term. Fact – the team name was chosen to honor the first coach of the Redskins who was a full blooded Native American. Fact – this current bout was instigated by libpro congressmen who are trying to defect attention for the failures of themselves and their boss. But don’t take my word for any of this – use Google or Bing and find this out for yourself.

    • chonahnie

      How is it a fact that 90% of Native Americans even took such a poll? You are ignoring the fact that hundreds of thousands of Native Americans lack internet access let alone running water and electricity! And they sure as hell didnt go door to door asking Native American families if the term redskin is offensive. I am full bloodied Native American from the Hopi tribe so I believe I have a say in all of this. Go visit a reservation once in awhile. Call the people there redskins and see what happens to you. And if this is really meant to honor Native Americans this is one of the poorest ways of doing it. If you really want to honor us, advocate for a name change and get your lousy US government to honor hundreds of broken treaties it has made with our tribes.

      • athynz

        Perhaps I should have written 90% of Native Americans polled.

        http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/Downloads/Political_Communication/NAES/2004_03_redskins_09-24_pr.pdf

        Here’s the issue I have with this whole thing – that it’s being used as a disgusting political tactic. If the majority of Native Americans are offended by the name and want it changed I’m all for it. From everything I’ve read that is not the case here. I’m curious as to how a term that Native Americans used for themselves came to be a derogatory term – as you are a full blooded Native American from the Hopi Tribe can you shed some light on this for me? It’s not a dig – I seriously want to understand how this occurred.

      • azteca710

        I would really like to know where your “facts” on Native American opinion and history are found @ATHYNZ because it certainly is not based on information from actual Native Americans

      • Chris

        Oh yeah we came up with the term because every tribe’s native language is English! Seriously? ! Do you really believe we came up with that term? To my understanding no Native American introduces themselves as a “redskin”. People introduce themselves by what tribe they are from and what clan or band they are. Most Native Americans don’t even want to be labeled as Native Americans, they want to be called by their respective tribal names. When people ask me what I am I don’t say Native American, I say Hopi. Like I said before go onto a reservation and learn these things for yourself. You won’t here any of us call each other a “redskin” I’ll tell you that.

      • azteca710

        @ATHYNZ your responses are ignorant and senseless. But go ahead and have the last word to feel validated

  • Charlie Mankin

    Man they have my vote! Amen for common sense and to H*** with liberal left agenda! HTTR!!!!!!!

  • Robbie

    My man Santana Moss was asked about this topic and WTVR had the video of it but took it down. I enjoyed his college educated opinion on the matter. Really an eye opener.

  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    I don’t see the big deal, it’s a sports team. A bunch of people are saying they’re offended by the name and have a legitimate reason. Just change it and move on. It’s not like they’re asking you to make marijuana more illegal or something….

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