Reid: Redskins Name 'A Tradition of Racism'

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | May 1, 2014 | 11:53 AM EDT

On the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the name of the Washington Redskins claiming, “A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.”

Reid focused his aim on the owner of the Redskins, Daniel Snyder, “It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition. Tradition, that’s what he says in refusing to change the name of the team.”

“Madam President, tradition? What tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake,” Reid continued.

Reid lauded the NBA’s decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling over his comments about African-Americans, but criticized the NFL for letting the use of the name Redskins continue.

“I wonder today, Madam President, how the leadership of the National Football League, the NFL – that money making machine – I wonder if they’ve taken notice of the NBA’s decisive action,” Reid said.

“How long will the NFL continue to do nothing – zero – as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans.”

Reid said that since Snyder fails to show leadership on the issue, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should ban the Redskins name from the league.

“I say to commissioner Roger Goodell remove this hateful term from your league's vocabulary and rid the league of racism and bigotry,” Reid said.

Eric Scheiner
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