Philadelphia Eagles guard Allen Barbre doesn’t call Sunday’s opponent by name.
"I call them Pigskins,'' Barbre told NJ.com.
The push to officially change the name of Washington’s NFL franchise has been led by more than 30 Native American organizations along with civil rights activists and politicians who feel “Redskins” is a racist and dehumanizing term. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has pushed back against those efforts, even doing so in court after the team’s trademark was canceled by the Patent and Trademark Office in 2014.
For Barbre, the name is personal. He told the website that his great-great-grandfather was a Chief of the Tunica-Biloxi Native American tribe and his grandfather still lives on the Louisiana reservation.
"It's probably offensive to some people, and I can see why,'' Barbre told NJ.com. "It's certainly a derogatory term from back in the day, but I never put a lot into it.
"As a matter of fact, though, I just don't say it. I don't use the word.''
Barbre said he hasn’t discussed the Redskins’ name with family members and there's more than just what a team calls themselves that irks him.
"There really isn't a lot of respect for Native Americans,'' Barbre said. "I'm talking about the country as a whole. Native American history, I mean, there's no month celebrated, there's not even a day. We have Columbus Day, but there's nothing to do with Native Americans. I feel there's no respect given there.''
Barbre said he “never thought about” not signing with the Redskins if the opportunity comes later in his career. It certainly didn’t stop Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who signed a multiyear deal in the offseason.
"Redskins is not offensive to me,” Norman told USA TODAY Sports in August. “I'm part Native American on both my mom's and my dad's side. It's kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins."
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