Henry Waxman calls for hearing on ‘derogatory’ Redskins name

Henry Waxman calls for hearing on ‘derogatory’ Redskins name

[Ed. – A select committee is needed.]

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) called Friday for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the Washington Redskins’ NFL team name.

Waxman, the Democrats’ ranking member on the committee, called for the hearing in a letter to the panel chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

Waxman described the team’s name as “derogatory” and compared it to recent controversial remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The difference, Waxman said, is that while Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA, Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been defended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“In the case of the Washington football team, the offensive conduct is public, not private. But it is being condoned and defended by National Football League,” he said.

The Redskins’ name is condemned by some Native American groups as racist and offensive.

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