DC Council Member to Urge Redskins to Change Name to 'Redtails'

A Washington, D.C. Council member is preparing to introduce a non-binding resolution that will call on the Washington Redskins football team to change its name to the Washington "Redtails."

David Grosso, an independent who was elected last year, said the current team name is “a derogatory, racist name.”

“It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think it's time we take a stand and change it,” Grosso said.

According to the Washington Post, the resolution has at least two other co-sponsors and would declare that “District residents and their elected representatives should not tolerate commercial or other use of derogatory terminology relating to any people’s racial identity, or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington.”

The resolution will also urge the team to change its name to the Washington Redtails, which, as the Post notes, was the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering aviation unit that broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II."

“You can still sing the song and everything,” Grasso said. "You can still keep the feather.


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