“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade asked Monday why Native Americans are suddenly offended by the name of the Washington D.C. NFL Team the “Redskins."
The east division team has been playing as the Redskins since 1933. Team owner Dan Snyder adamantly refuses to drop the name.
Even President Barack Obama said last week that he would “think about changing” the name of the Redskins if he owned the team.
Sunday the Redskins played the Dallas Cowboys. During halftime, NBC announcer Bob Costas made the argument for changing the name, which he said is a “slur.”
“Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group,” Costas explained. “When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.”
Fox News co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Brian Kilmeade agreed Monday that their aren’t enough Native Americans in existence to take the ethnic group into consideration.
Doocy believed changing the name would require a "sizeable group of people" being offended. He cited a statement by Redskins attorney Lanny Davis claiming that only five percent of fans disliked the name and only 10 percent of Native Americans were offended.
“Here’s my question, they’ve been the Redskins for 81 years, why is everyone offended now?” Kilmeade asked.
The team has been the Redskins for 80 years. They were originally named the Boston Braves when they played at Braves Field in Massachusetts in 1932. In 1933, the team moved to Fenway Park and was renamed “Redskins.” The team relocated to D.C. in 1937.
Hasselbeck asked why Costas is suddenly offended.
“Over 30 years in the business, has he spoken up and said anything before last night?” she asked.
“I just don’t agree with him here,” Kilmeade said of Costas. “If you did this in 1977 when he broke in, when he was in the ABA calling play-by-play — ‘By the way, I’m offended by the Redskins’ — then I agree.”
“For those Native Americans, if you feel that way, why now?” he continued. “And I think it’s also important to pick out the name of the song that they sing at Washington: ‘Hail To The Redskins!’”
Hasselbeck recalled singing the song at Redskins’ games and said “I felt nothing but honor in the stadium being there in the moment.”