October 28, 2014; Washington Post
Dan Snyder might be well advised to listen to people in the know, take stock of their message, and accede to changing the racially insensitive name of his Washington, D.C. National Football League (NFL) franchise.
The latest group to take the field against the Washington Snyders is the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. Over the weekend, NCLR’s board of directors unanimously voted to ask Snyder to change the team’s name.
“Our brothers and sisters in the Native American community have been clear and consistent in their call to change both terms and images that they consider demeaning. As an organization committed to fairness and equality for all, NCLR fully supports these efforts,” La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguía said in a statement. “The Latino community well understands that words matter and that they can denigrate, disparage and dehumanize. We should treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve.”