EDITOR'S NOTE: President Obama has weighed in. The Oneida Nation is applying direct pressure to the NFL, including at an event at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton, to change the name of the Washington pro football franchise they view as a racist insult to Native Americans.
Here's Wonkblog's take, from earlier this year, on the economics of why team owner Daniel Snyder and the NFL might be reluctant to change the name--and our proposal on how they can do so without ruining the value of a storied franchise.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress struggled to develop a document that would provide the structure for the first government of the United States. On November 15, 1777 the representatives of the thirteen original colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation.
It provided structure for a loose association of independent states, enabling them to cooperate on specific matters while maintaining individual state sovereignty.
NEW YORK -- They're still drinking champagne over at NFL headquarters right now.
There's a behind the scenes event going on that would make a Presidential inauguration seem like a kid's birthday party.
The NFL won -- and won big!
In what can only be described as a startling turn of events, the NFL settled their negligence lawsuit with the 4500 former players for $765 million.
While the agreement has yet to be approved, it appears that, what everyone expected to be both protracted and costly for the league, ended suddenly and inexpensively.
NEW YORK -- Why are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West always so racially inflammatory when referring to the policies of President Obama?
Every comment they make seems to be hostile, disrespectful, and
Cornel West, who was alleged to be an intelligent
man, doesn’t seem to be able to open his mouth without alluding to
“Black puppets,” “House Negros,” or “the Obama’s plantation.”
They claim to want to be taken seriously, yet, they just can’t seem
to bring themselves to say, “MR. PRESIDENT, I think you’re making a
NEW YORK -- James Edwards 15, Chaney Luna 16 and Michael Jones 17.
The minute I saw the ages of the three young men who are accused of indiscriminately killing Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player, I cringed. I don’t know them; I don’t know their families and I cannot begin to understand the pain that they have caused.
What I do know is that they are teenage boys. Boys who, the next day, would have started a new school year.
Almost every day, a story emerges that makes me wonder what is happening with our boys in our homes, schools, cities and nation?
NEW YORK -- Here's an interesting thing that's happening in Texas, where they all like football a very great deal.
(The ammonium nitrate used in fertilizer was the weapon of choice for Timothy McVeigh when he blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, and it has a
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During the 50 anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom there was a lot of discussion about the “then” vs. “now”.
Has the “Dream” been realized? Are we in a post-racial America?
NEW YORK -- When CNN”s Don Lemon attempted to lay the problems of the black community at the feet of black boys with saggy pants, he was assailed by much of Black America, including this writer, for not grappling with the issues that buttress poverty in America.
After taking weeks to roil over the issues, thrashing about in his own mind, Lemon responded on Saturday night with predictable results. In Lemon’s crosshairs this time was hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, who wrote an open letter to Lemon.
NEW YORK -- We are, most of us, grieving Trayvon Martin's death, again, after this absurd jury verdict. A few weeks ago, I watched Anderson Cooper's 'Town Hall on Race and Justice in America'.
These discussions are interesting. There are, usually, a few thoughts that are heartfelt and impressionable. Charles Blow has been, particularly, moving.
A few days before, I told a friend that these discussions about 'race' keep black people situated in a 'victim' narrative.
NEW YORK -- As a person who understands black history, and the people who shaped it, you’d be hard pressed to ever find me bashing Harry Belafonte, even if he bashed me first.
Elders are allowed a great deal of latitude for suffering through midnight KKK patrols and scathing afternoon drenchings from police fire hoses.
Obviously, I am not Jay-Z. Jay-Z is a monolith of vanity.
He is a 43 year old man who, in his insulting track to Belafonte, referred to himself as a “youngin.” So it should come as no surprise that the Peter Pan of Hip-Hop would remain brattishly unapologetic when called to account for deliberately antagonizing a man who could have been his father, had Jay-Z been more fortunate.
FLORIDA -- What would the first Americans think of this whole Trayvon Martin case?
What Black people don’t know is killing them. America’s ugly secret is the big Black lie! Why does this keep happening to us?
This is what every Black person in America must be asking themselves... while they are feeling really unsafe from racially inspired attackers.
They are feeling unsafe especially from attackers - who during the attack - would kill you if you try to defend yourself.
Then to add insult to injury, even if the attacker is arrested, they get off scott free.
MARYLAND -- I want to preface this article by telling you that I believe that every man’s life is significant regardless of his ethnic background. I am sharing my personal view as a Black male and do not claim to be a representative for all Black males.
I provide this disclaimer up-front because I want this article to be read with a non-judgmental and empathic heart. I encourage individuals to seek to understand the Black male’s mind-set and plight before providing commentary or passing judgment.
CHICAGO -- I can’t understand why young black people can’t go out and have a good time without someone getting into a fight.
I don’t understand this
anymore than I understand why, when faced with this volatile situation,
some police officers think it is OK to start indiscriminately whupping
That appears to be what
happened one night last month in Bloomington, when 18-year-old Gabriella
Calhoun allegedly got her teeth knocked out by a Bloomington police
Calhoun is an honors student who started college a year early.
NEW YORK -- Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitolto protest the grotesque damage
that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring
for the least fortunate.
Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the
“Moral Monday” demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps
on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the
week may not be enough to contain the outrage.
In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans
took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the
first time since Reconstruction.
NORTH CAROLINA -- Mr. President, I don't needyour words
the sounds of clicking doors when you walked by cars or white women
clutching their purses on an elevator to validate the Black community's
charge that the United States is a bastion of racism.
See, you might
fool some of our people with your personal stories but I see clearly
through your ploy and slick words.
The only reason you spoke up at all
is to help your friendsAl Sharpton, Jay Z and Beyonce
Black rage in the street in check and anyone else who would join us in
righteous outrage seeking retribution.
NEW YORK -- When Trayvon Benjamin Martin was shot by a bullet through his heart,
his dead body laid in the wet grass for over two and a half hours.
Covered by a yellow tarp, the lifeless body of this teenage boy was
comforted by nothing but his torn hoodie that had ripped apart by the
heat of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Just six houses away from where
he was staying, he never made it home that night.
Checked into the
morgue as a "John Doe," the Sanford Police Department didn't think
Trayvon belonged in the neighborhood either, as not a single door was
knocked upon asking if anyone knew this child.
NEW YORK -- As a way of deflecting
attention away from Trayvon Martin’s k!lling, members of the right
wing, as well as the Black Redeeming Class–those blacks who feel it is
the job of all blacks to be redeem themselves in the eyes of
whites–began injecting black-on-black crime into the conversation.
Their premise: Blacks have no
right to draw attention to Trayvon Martin’s death so long as
black-on-black crime is ongoing.
Funny thing is, even though these
whites and Black Redeemers believe that blacks should refrain from
criticizing George Zimmerman until the black-on-black crime problem is
solved, I’ve never heard a black person advocate suspending judgement
after a black person has k!
HOUSTON -- As I sit down to write this column, I’m filled with sadness,
frustration and anger. The jury of six women finding George Zimmerman
not guilty of 2 Degree Murder and Manslaughter feels like such a miscarriage of justice.
I didn’t just feel like Trayvon Martin died all over again, but it
also felt like my faith in the American justice system had died, as
well. It’s a system where young, black males enter with one strike against
them. You’re presumed guilty before innocent.
I know from personal
NEW YORK -- I
want to express my extreme disappointment in the recent verdict reached
in the case of Trayvon Martin.
Most of us know that there is no
logical reason that any court, other than a racist one, would conclude
that George Zimmerman was not guilty.
This case tore into my heart
primarily because I have heard stories of hundreds of other Trayvons
who've died since this case began, and it sickens me that a black man's
life is worth less than that of a dog.
Remember: Michael Vick went to prison for killing dogs, Zimmerman was
let free after killing a black man.
CALIFORNIA -- On Monday, July 1, 2013, CNN aired the special program "N-word vs 'Cracker’: Which Is Worse?" hosted and moderated by Don Lemon.
The segment stemmed from the George Zimmerman trial, coming as a result of the prosecution’s star witness’ claim that the late Mr. Trayvon Martin told her a "creepy ass 'cracker’" was following him just moments before his life was unrightfully taken.
The defense attorney deftly took what Trayvon Martin was purportedly to have called Zimmerman - a "creepy ass cracker" - and successfully turned it into reverse racism.