Please understand that it is important that Snyder and other members of the wealthy classes of the U.S. get a better understanding of the horrendous conditions experienced by Native Americans. It would be especially useful for Snyder and his colleagues to study a little history to gain an appreciation of the genocide and marginalization experienced by Native Americans. But it is also important that Snyder, et.al. understand that the problem is not one that exists only in the past; there are continuing violations of the humanity of Native Americans. The exposure to and repetition of racist insults against Native Americans is illustrative of this pattern of continuing violations.
So, after another losing season perhaps Snyder, et.al. might consider that this may be the time for a really big change. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Snyder, et.al. to begin to face the ramifications of a history of very real and criminal actions perpetrated against a very real portion of humanity.
Until this happens, I hope that the Washington football team keeps losing.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.