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While I agree that more Americans need to be aware of the state of our nation’s reservations, I find Snyder’s attempt to shame those calling for name change deplorable and the idea of preserving Native American history through an NFL team tragic. To assert that the name is acceptable because of its lack of offense neglects the power of words and the power of stories. This claim silences the one story that really matters in this controversy–the systematic abuse, silencing, and mistreatment of Native Americans that persists to this day. "Redskins" and the Power of Privileged Words

When one of your teammates gets hurt from an accidental pitch—as in, everyone agrees that it was just a dumb if really unfortunate mistake, as in the case of Goldschmidt—this does not mean you get to hit someone on the opposing team as payback. This is not Qo’noS, the Klingon homeworld, where certain acts demand retaliation because a complex code of honor governs every interaction. On Earth, when someone drops a glass when he’s at your house, you don’t go over to his place and upend a coffee table. Accidents happen. Please remember that. Baseball Players: Please Stop Throwing Balls Really Fast at One Another

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