The Redskins team name is going to continue to draw criticism. After all, we are in a time where everything it nitpicked to death. While I certainly do not condone racism, the Redskins team name was not intended to be derogatory by any means. Why would a team represent themselves in such a way? Roger Goodell responded that the Redskins name is a "unifying force for strength, courage, pride and respect" when sent a letter a year ago by ten of these same senators.
According to a story ESPN ran last year on this topic, four out of five Americans don't think the Redskins should change their name. Overall, only 11 percent thought the Redskins should change their name.
The Redskins team name has been around for a long time. It wasn't meant as disrespect then and it isn't meant as disrespect now.