Washington D.C. councilman David Grosso plans to present a resolution requesting the Washington Redskins to change its name to the Washington Redtails citing the Redskins name is derogatory and racist.
“Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins,’ ” the resolution states. “Because it is well-known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years.”
The Washington Post reports that Grosso has the support of two other council members and also the mayor who said earlier this year that he would like to see the name changed.
Grosso said a change to Redtails would be relatively easy allowing fans to keep the same fight song and feather, and also honor the Tuskegee airmen who were US military pioneers who broke the pilot color barrier in World War II.
This is not the first time we’ve heard the argument that the Redskins name is offensive, but it is one of the first times someone has presented a somewhat descent alternative. I personally, as someone with Native American ancestors, am not offended by the name. I would urge council members to focus on issues that may be of more importance in the District of Columbia like creating jobs that would help with violence, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. I’m sure their constituents would be much more appreciative of that initiative.