The controversy continues around the Washington Redskins and their team name, with many wanting it removed or simply not said at all. Now the University of Minnesota is now working with the Vikings to keep the Redskins’ name from being used when the two teams play in November at the college. It is a very strong stand, but there’s good reason for it. [photo: George Rose/Getty]
The name violates school policies on equity and diversity–or at least it does according to university president Eric Kaler. Washington owner Dan Snyder feels the Redskins’ name is a term of honor and respect. This is an issue where neither side is going to compromise on either. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Vikings never use the word Redskins at all during that regular season game.
At one point or another, Snyder is going to need to decide once and all what the final decision will be on the name. The public pressure is mounting but he is adamant that he isn’t changing the name. If more NFL teams won’t use the Redskins name during games, he may not have any choice sooner than later about keeping it.