"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. Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins.’ Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years."
A non-binding resolution by Washington D.C. Council member David Grosso • Arguing in favor of changing the name of the Washington D.C. NFL team, from the “Redskins,” to a less offensive one (Grosso himself suggests Redtails, a reference to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, which is undeniably pretty catchy). The controversy over the team’s name is not especially new, but as years continue to slide by, it is undeniably startling to see a professional sports team bearing such an overt racial slur as its name, as well as its merchandising brand. One person not so down for a change? Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who tweeted his displeasure at the discussion: “In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”
For all my love for Washington, this has been a sore point for quite a while. I am surrounded by fans flabbergasted at the idea of making a switch and completely turning a blind eye to the heinous appropriation of the term. I bleed burgundy and gold and that’s not going to change, but the name should. Even the argument of “it’s only a matter of time,” doesn’t sit well with me, why should we allow this to continue while acknowledging the inevitability of a change? I have great love and appreciation for so much of what RG3 is, hope, talent, promise, maturity, but this disappoints me, because he had a golden opportunity. He has the undying and crazed ardor of all of Washington and he could have promoted a valuable change, instead I heard a shutting of the door that had been squeaking open.