Over the past few months, pressure has been mounting on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the football team, which many Native and non-Native Americans find offensive. Now the Federal Communications Commission is reviewing a petition to deem the term “Redskins” indecent and to yank the license of a radio station owned by Snyder for using it. 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he’s sympathetic to those who find the term offensive, but others question whether a ban would pass muster.


Dan Kennedy is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News' Under the Radar.

Justin Ellisis a journalist at the Nieman Lab.