Dear Mr. Snyder,

Shakespeare in a play once wrote " What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".

Names mean many things to many people. A name that you can trust, a name that is important for it describes and represents who we are. Yet, a John Kennedy, a Martin Luther King, a Barack Obama, or a Dan Snyder, did not attain fame due to their names, but only due to the greatness that they possessed.

This why I am writing to you, to let you know that I and others can understand how strongly you feel about the name, but we also understand that what one sees in a name, another may view it totally differently.

To a great grandchild who family fought on the southern side of the Civil War, the Confederate flag may seem very honorable. Yet, for one who family fought and died on the other side, or who descendants were slaves, we must realize that this flag to them does not represent the same thing.

I can understand with you being White and Jewish that the name REDSKIN or the N-WORD is not offensive to you. Many people like you did not see anything wrong with segregation, Jim Crow, or even Slavery because it did not affect them.

What I am trying to say to you is simply this. What a wise Native American once said, you may have known me for many years, but you can never know me unless you have walked a mile in my moccasins. As black people today would say, it is a black thing, you would not understand. The truth is, if you are not Black or Native American, then you do not understand. Cause to understand how I feel or how things upset me, you can only do that if you are me.

As we grow older, we must realize that in time all things change. There was a time when you could call a Black man the N-word and all he could do was to bow down and say Yes Sir! The question that we must sit down and ask ourselves is simply this, is it worth all the controversy and future controversy not to make a change that we all know will someday eventually come.

Do we not already have enough to separate us in this country, questionable police shootings of unarmed Black men, Jewish and Black churches being attacked. People shooting up malls, concerts and even schools due to outright hatred and racism. Shooting people in the streets simply because they do not want them in this country. I am sure just like you who see nothing wrong with your views on this name. They probably see nothing wrong with their actions as well.

Therefore, I ask you to be a trailblazer and instead of condoning this racism, be the one to finally put an end to it. One who set aside his own opinion for the betterment of the team and the NFL. Who decided to change the name not only for the good of all sports, but for the good of all of America?

REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term refer to a North American Indian.
N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.

REDSKIN- just like deerskin, rabbit skin, etc. Native Americans were lynched and skin like animals. They hung their bodies up in trees to try to scare Native Americans off their lands. The same way they lynched and cut off Black’s genitals to scare them. I hope that you and the fans of this team will agree that it is time to change that name.

In closing my friend, let me just say. Would a rose not smell just as sweet, if it was to be called another name?

Gregory St. James Mundy

Comments (2)
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I agree!


What a respectful, thoughtful message. Through all the hate and anger in this world, your voice and others like yours have, for what it's worth, made a huge impression upon me and the impact has made me question how I want to focus my efforts going forward. I don't consider myself privileged or entitled only in the sense of my upbringing. I was raised by parents who instilled in me strong values and humility. But...being part of a white culture race has undoubtedly afforded me advantages.

I've thought long and hard about the disparities and racial injustices more than I ever have in my life and it hit me like a ton of bricks - I realized that my race is built on lies, oppression, and worse. So I am struggling to come to terms with a history that I cannot change. And the only conclusion I've reached so far is to offer my full support and join the fight with your community however I can.

Thank you for sharing this message.