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Washington Redskins May Be Forced To Change Name If They Want A New Venue [POLL]

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The Washington Redskins again find themselves in a potential legal situation over their name but may be forced to change it if they want to move into a new stadium.

The Redskins, which started out in 1932 as the Boston Braves, have been talking about the franchise moving out of Maryland and into the D.C. district.  However, Mayor Vincent Gray would like the team to consider changing its name before any relocation discussion even takes place.  If you ask me, that’s a polite way of saying change your name or it will take a court order to get a new stadium.

Council member David Grosso, with support of two other council members, has already introduced a non-binding resolution ‘calling for the team to eliminate what he calls a derogatory, racist moniker.’   Grosso went on to say,

It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington and I think its time we take a stand and change it. The city’s name has been dishonored by its association with the Redskins moniker – D.C. Council Member David Grosso

In his resolution Grosso mentions a new name: the Redtails. And to be honest, a great name, for someone else. It does have honor and respect because it was the nickname for the Tuskeegee Airmen who were pilots that broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II.

Personally, I don’t see how the name of a team is derogatory in any way.  It has to be done on purpose and with hate, etc. ‘Intent.’ There isn’t a little kid out there anywhere that I know of that is asking questions about why his favorite team is named the ‘braves’ or ‘redskins’ or ‘pirates’ or ‘savages’ or, well you get it.

Can we please stop with the insane political nonsense and focus on something that will actually make a difference in the lives of the communities they serve.  Am I way off base and out of touch?  Please tell me if I am but I find this udder ridiculousness that some can’t see the difference in ‘derogatory’ term and usage.

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