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Opinion: Democrats waste time battling team's racist mascot

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Writer doesn't think Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, and other Democrats should be fighting the Washington NFL team's racist mascot:
According to a recent Gallup poll, the economy is the number issue on the minds of Americans. Ninety one percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats say it is the most important issue facing the nation.

So how is Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 49 of his Democrat colleagues spending their time?

Writing to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell asking that the NFL pressure Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team.

According to Reid, the Redskins name is a “racial slur”, with his letter drawing a parallel to the recent incident of racially charged remarks made, in private, by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

The NBA is forcing Sterling to divest his ownership of the Clippers.

“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” wrote the Senators to Commissioner Goodell.

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