Daniel Snyder vindicated? Well, sort of.

Daniel Snyder, owner Washington Redskins
Sep 14, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

It was hinted at, even suggested that Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins was somehow vindicated in the ‘Redskins‘ name saga. After a week of media shaming, it is more reasonable to say that zero winners emerge after the latest poll from the Washington Post.

Except, maybe one.

A week ago I offered a lengthy complaint against the World Wide Leader in Sports, ESPN, for their on-air shaming of the Washington Redskins and their owner Daniel Snyder. In my opinion, and inspiration for the piece, I suggest that the poll offered overwhelming clarity on an issue that to date only offered one side of a story.

However, the aftermath did just the opposite.

A minority of Native Americans found fault with what is a very compelling and reasonable poll. Based on those results, it suggests that at the very least, those of us who are not Native Americans should take a cue from those whom it was assumed would be most offended, and seek some perspective.

That perspective?

That the name ‘Redskins’ is not something that is of a significant concern to those polled.

However, in this media culture, perspective is in short supply.

Enter Daniel Snyder, who despite wide ridicule, stood by his proclamation that he would not change the name of his Washington football team.

Snyder is not necessarily a victor in this debate, but as this past week has shown, short of him, who is?

That said, Daniel Snyder is an unwitting recipient of some good news unexpected.

Who’d of thought 90% – NINETY PERCENT, would find agreement with Snyder on this subject?


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But on this, he does.

As obviously revolting as it is to a very liberal, left leaning media hungry for a victory on this topic, the rebuke was loud and definitive.

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But it is a subject best relegated to the principal’s it most affects – or doesn’t. And shame on an overbearing media who insists on interjecting itself into a discussion it is desperate to provide influence on.

I’m no fan of Daniel Snyder. But here he can, and should reclaim some semblance of affirmation that this poll is no outlier.

At the very least, of the things that concern 90% of Native Americans, the name ‘Redskins’ doesn’t resonate as something racist or debilitating as the minority opinion, OR the media would suggest.

Lastly, and in their own words via this poll, those same American are willing to talk about a name that a vast majority of American, AND the media, should take caution in offering an unwanted opinion on.

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  • vol2007

    The issue here is that we are supposed to be a Democracy. And in a Democracy the majority rules. Except in the case of a ridiculous thing called PC. The idea that 10% of self-serving people should dictate to the rest of us is more like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany, Nowadays we’re told what we can say, what we can do and next it will be what we can think.

  • Anthony Brown

    “Who’d of thought 90% – NINETY PERCENT, would find agreement with Snyder on this subject?”

    I thought as much since every poll in existence consistently showed that a super-majority of sports fans, including Native American Redskins fans, neither found offense nor supported a forced name change. As you pointed out, an overbearing media that failed to present a balanced story never bothered to say this.

    The real tragedy? Native Americans face a situation as grim as the social justice leaders of the NCAi says it is. Nobody talks about it unless it involves the name of an NFL team. Media coverage is by sports writers — SPORTS WRITERS. (phfft!)

    Native Americans citizens are descendants of people defeated in America’s 19th-century war of conquest. They were confined to what was then politely called “reservations.” Today, we might relabel them internment centers or even concentration camps. Why are they still there trapped in many cases in extreme poverty? But we can erase all that by removing all Native-themed sports team names from American consciousness. Right? You know, pretty much like how Native Americans have always been treated.

    I don’t know that Daniel Snyder won. I am certain we all lose when the topic is framed the way it has been.