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Letter: Double racist standard

So Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, has been reprimanded for his racist views and rightly so. His attitudes are unacceptable.

Meanwhile, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins refuses to change the name of his team. Numerous Native American groups, including the Oneida Nation, have objected to the use of that name because “redskin” is a racial slur and is even defined as such in the dictionary. Snyder seems to be proud of the name despite all the evidence that it is offensive to Native Americans. Throwing a few charitable donations to impoverished Native Americans does nothing to change his racism.

Why is he allowed to get away with this racial insensitivity which is just as serious as Sterling’s? What if his team had a name that was a derogatory word for African-Americans?

LINDA DUMELIN WILLIAMS

Chichester

Are people really this petty that they think that a team called the "Redskins" is "racist". The constant barrage of people "personally" offended is offensive in itself. The adults have to resort to petty bickering over a name or what another person thinks. Honestly, many things people do offend me. But as grown ups, we take on battles that are worth fighting and in a mature fashion, dismiss those things that don't have an immediate impact on our lives in general. I am offended that I am called a WASP. I am offended that Elizabeth Warren claimed to be a native American based on the cheekbones of her grandmother and then received special treatment for that...then only to have her identity as a Native American changed. I am offended that many qualified and talented students are passed over so that colleges can admit a minority just because of the color of their skin and the same people tell us that no one should be judged by the color of their skin....yes I am offended by hypocrites. But guess what? That is life. This situation with the "Redskins" is petty and immature.

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