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Jewish Advocacy Group Speaks Out Against Racist Name of D.C.’s NFL Team

One of the oldest and most respected Jewish advocacy organizations in the U.S. has come out against the name of Washington, D.C.’s NFL team.

The American Jewish Committee told Washington Jewish Week, that ‘Redskins’ is a demeaning term and that it must be changed.

In the article, which was written just days before the Super Bowl, Richard Foltin, director of national and legislative affairs for the American Jewish Committee, said “there has to be a better way” for Dan Snyder to brand his team’s name.

Richard Foltin, American Jewish Committee

Richard Foltin, American Jewish Committee

“Whatever the reasons why the name was adopted, clearly it’s time to recognize that the name … is a demeaning term, and clearly there’s a better way to name the organization than in a way that’s going to be offensive to any group of people,” Foltin told Washington Jewish Week.

The article references Oneida Indian Nation, CEO and Representative, Ray Halbritter’s op-ed that was published in the Washington Post in December 2013 and an ESPN opinion piece by Rick Reilly. 

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Steve Rabinowitz, president of Rabinowitz Communications, a D.C.-based communications firm, is quoted in the article arguing that the team will “eventually have to change it” because it will continue to be a PR disaster. He also told the paper that “it’s only a matter of time” before they do so.

“All of these things build,” Rabinowitz said, referring to the many state leaders, journalists and other advocates who have come out against the name. “Unless you see something bad coming, and you’re smart enough to nip it in the bud — all things like this are just going to get worse.”

Rabinowitz also said that Snyder is worried about alienating fans and losing merchandise opportunities, and it would be a “disaster” if there were a team called “The Brooklyn Hebrews.”

“How the hell is that [name] possible in this day and age?” Rabinowitz said in the article.


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