Bernie Sanders doesn’t think the Washington Redskins need to continue to use the racist and culturally insensitive name, “Redskins.”
The Democratic presidential candidate gave a speech at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona on Thursday night. He focused on the “appalling levels of inequality and systematic injustice” that Native Americans deal with on a daily basis. While tackling issues such as brutal arrests and and immigration laws, Bernie called out the team that has been widely criticized already for using a racial slur for Native American people as their football team’s name.
“Washington has a very good football team but it doesn’t have to be called the Redskins,” Sanders said.
Sanders obviously isn’t a football fan because even the truest Washington fan wouldn’t call them “very good.” The team went 9 – 7 last season.
Many public people have taken a stance against the name. The television show “South Park” spent an entire episode making fun of the team for the continuous use.
Sanders takes a much different stance than the top Republican candidate, Donald Trump. The frontrunner voiced his support for the name in October of last year.
“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump told the NY Times.
Trump doesn’t think the term “Redskin” is a slur. Rather, he views those who have a problem with the name as proponents of “unnecessary political correctness.”
“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” Trump said. “They think it’s a positive.”
The Change the Mascot campaign released a statement opposing Trump’s comments immediately following his remarks:
“It is hardly surprising that a candidate who labeled Mexican immigrants rapists and calls women ‘pigs’ now says he wants the NFL to continue slurring Native Americans. Donald Trump joins some of the NFL’s ignoble fraternity of billionaires who sit in their office suites and owners boxes happily spending their fortunes denigrating people of color.”
Hilary Clinton also supports a name change.