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By Dean Michaels
Now that the National Basketball Association has banned
Sterling is getting punished for insults that he uttered in private.
Old protests over the team's name emerged again a year ago when 10 members of the
Snyder memorably rebuffed mounting pressure with a resounding declaration that he would "NEVER," all caps, change the team's name.
But now that Sterling has made himself so embarrassing that even his fellow team owners are hard pressed to defend him, Senate Majority Leader
Reid, a Nevada Democrat who says his state has 22 tribes, argued in a
"How long will the
Good question. It's not like a name change can't be done, as
Aside from scattered objections from some critics who complained that the name reminded them of Ku Klux Klan (you can't please everybody), the
Emotions do run high over such issues. It took some 25 years of arguments before
That's the question at heart in the new name dispute. Who gets respect?
African-Americans and our allies can celebrate the swift, strong and decisive response by the
The same would be true in the
Yet that, in effect, is the signal that the
Still, I am optimistic that "Redskins" and similar vulgarities are on their way out. It is only a matter of how long public attitudes and generational viewpoints change to where even Snyder's players, fans or fellow
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