In defense of sports name, the Washington Redskins

June 22, 2014 

I read the June 20 Opinion page column on the Washington Redskins. This fight for name change will probably continue long after we pass away; just ask Jack Kent Cooke.

I am a very proud born and raised Washingtonian along with being a great fan of the Washington Redskins, and I attended many of their games. Still remember those 50 yard seats.

This issue of changing their name is an old one. The former owner of the Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke, had a tenacity which was unbeatable of protecting what was his and that is including the name: Washington Redskins. Cooke built that team to what it is today.

The one word the Native Americans is using "disparaging." Let's do an analysis on the word "Disparaging."

I still have my oldest son's WR T-shirt when he was 1. How can anyone take the word "disparaging" and use it against the Washington Redskins. We are warriors and we are proud.

Jack Kent Cooke gave respect to the Native Americans, not take it away.

There is more to the issue of changing the name of the Washington Redskins than meets the eye. I don't think it is about the word "disparaging." I think it is about "$$$" signs.

Elizabeth M. Sullivan

East Manatee

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