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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is considering a petition that would define the word “redskin” as a racial slur, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week.

If the rule is approved, the agency could issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term — including references to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Variety reported.

In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC “will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly.”

The idea of punishing stations for using the word came from a petition filed by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf earlier this month, according to  Variety. Banzhaf is challenging the license of team owner Dan Snyder’s WWXX-FM radio station, and contends that the word is an “offensive demeaning racial swear word.” The FCC does has authority to sanction stations for indecent or obscene content.

Last year, former FCC chairman Reed Hundt, along with other communications executives, sent a letter to Snyder urging him to change the team’s name. They argued that, while broadcasters would never think of using other racial epithets, they routinely use the name of the Washington football team.



  • MrEddd

    I guess we will have to have a new description when whitey gets sunburned. When will this stupidity end?

  • reformedii

    My grandmother was 100% born on a reservation, Chickasaw, so I guess I might have a RELEVANT word about this stupidity.

    The real haters of Native Americans have tried to destroy our culture every since WE MET YOU AT THE BEACH! My grandmother was a Redskin, my MOM had NO SHAME in any way from being an American Indian, and I have taught my children to be proud of being a little over [some from their mothers side] 12.5% REDSKIN! You whites are such foolish cowardly, whining, people.

    You don’t name “something” after someone you hate! How simple can it be? You call something a knight, or brave, or redskin, [ESPECIALLY something you want to ALSO be a WINNER !!] OUT OF RESPECT and ADMIRATION of their QUALITIES! How stupid are those who want to destroy any mention of AMERICAN INDIANS !

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