He Thinks He Can Swoop Down in His Private Jet and Buy Off Native Americans Offended by His Team’s Name
Most of the future is difficult to predict, get 10% of one’s forecasts correct and one is hailed a visionary. But some things in the future can be predicted with relative certainty. At some time the professional team in Washington D. C. will drop its racially charged name that offends Native Americans and others, just as
have done. It is only a matter of time,
and reaching the limit of insentivity and stubbornness of the team’s owner. Stanford University
That owner, Dan Snyder made billions in the private sector, although given his subsequent actions in owning the
Washington team it is hard to see that he
has enough managerial skills to successfully operate a hot dog stand. Mr. Snyder is a man who believes things can
be accomplished solely with money, and has used his to obtain over the hill
players whose salaries and skills are greatly inflated, and to obtain celebrity
coaches. The result - Washington will finish a dismal season near
the bottom of the league, again, and not
have its high draft choice which it traded away.
As far as the controversy over the name of the team, Mr. Snyder apparently thinks by showing up at a few Reservations in his sleek, expensive private jet he can somehow bond with the poverty stricken areas.
Hope arrived in a private jet. By the time the aircraft with the
Redskins’ Indian-head logo on its tail landed in New
Mexico, the tribal council of the of Zuni was ready to greet its
prominent visitor. Pueblo
Daniel Snyder, the owner of one of the NFL’s most profitable football franchises, had asked to see firsthand the struggles of the tribe living amid red-hued mesas. To do that, he needed to see this: A cracked indoor swimming pool that had teemed with children and the elderly before it was condemned about three years ago. A swath of reservation land that had been set aside for hotels and restaurants that were never built because the funding didn’t match the dream. A wellness center where a Zumba class was about to start — one way the community is fighting an alarming diabetes rate.
Yep, drop in to a low income area in a private jet, that will show the folks how much you understand their plight. And drop in to a Native American communit with an offensive symbol of them on the plans, that will show the folks how much you understand their plight. As for the problem with the team name, Mr. Snyder obviously feels he can buy a solution, just as he thinks the solution to every problem is to buy off the people.
The team could soon make a financial gesture to address some of these problems, including selling popcorn from a
tribe at the games. The move,
like the name debate itself, promises to draw praise and criticism from the
community that has the most at stake: Native Americans. South Dakota
Now obviously the huge socio-economic problems of the Native American communities take precedence over the controversy of the name of the
Washington franchise in
the NFL. This story though is not about
that, it is about the ignorance and arrogance and hostility of a man who cannot
understand why his money cannot buy success and acquiescence to his desire to
Yeah, sell popcorn made by Native Americans at the game, that will solve everything.