Samoan Delegate Calls Redskins Name 'Racist' on House Floor


“Mr. Speaker, it's time the National Football League and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, face the reality that the continued use of the word ‘Redskin' is unacceptable."

Those were the words from Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, the non-voting delegate from American Samoa, as he spoke on the House floor while criticizing the Washington Redskins name. Faleomavaega went on to say, "It is a racist, derogatory term and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native American community has spent millions of dollars over the past two decades trying earnestly to fight the racism that is perpetuated by this slur. The fact that the NFL and commissioner Goodell continue to deny this is a shameful treatment of the mistreatment of Native Americans for so many years. It is quite obvious that once the American public understands why ‘Redskins' is so offensive, it will know that the word should never be used again."

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