Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Washington Redskins may have to change 'racist' team name

A D.C. councilmember plans to propose a resolution that would force the NFL team to change its name. And he has a suggestion in mind.

The Washington Redskins will soon be no more, if a Washington councilmember has his way.
The Washington Post reported that D.C. City Councilmember David Grosso is planning to introduce a resolution that asks the NFL team to change its controversial name.
Grosso called the name racist, according to the Post.
In 2009, a group of Native Americans sued to have the Redskins' name changed, but the Supreme Court refused to take up the case, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
The name has been a topic of renewed debate in the past few months. The Post reported that a group of Native Americans is renewing the court battle to force the name to change.
Grosso's potential resolution offers an alternative: the Washington Redtails.
Grosso believes the change from Redskins to Redtails would be an easy transition to make, the Times reported. The term Redtails honors the Tuskgee Airmen, fits with the Redskins' current fight song and would allow the team to keep its color scheme mostly intact. The Redtail is also a type of hawk native to the D.C. area.
United Press International reported that the Redskins' general manager, Bruce Allen, said there is nothing offensive about the name Redskins.
According to UPI, Grosso currently has the support of eight of the council's 13 members. If proposed and passed, the measure would force the team to stop using the name Redskins and ban its use in future trademarks.
Such a name change would not be a first for a Washington, D.C., professional team. The NBA's Washington Wizards changed their name from the Washington Bullets in 1997.
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