So many people want the name of the Washington Redskins to change. The name is seen by many as a derogatory word for Native Americans. It was back in January when Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray said it should be discussed. He seemingly connected a name change with being allowed to build a new stadium within city limits.
Then Washington, D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was planning to propose a resolution for a name change, even offering the Washington Redtails as an alternative. His big selling point? You wouldn’t have to change the fight song. “You can still sing the song and everything,” he explained singing, “Hail … to the … Redtails.”
Now, Congress is pitching in their two cents. All it took was the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, saying the name would never change as long as he is in charge. Ten members of Congress replied with letters, urging a change in name. According to the Washington Post, the letters were sent to Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, FedEx (who sponsors the team) and the others teams in the league.
In the letter, the members of Congress compare the team name to other racial slurs, writing, “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.” They also point out how the word is harmful to Native American youth, as it lowers their dignity and self-esteem.
The Redskins have yet to comment on the letter. So what do you think? Should the Redskins change their name, or is Congress being overly sensitive to a non-issue? Vote below: