Redskins or Redtails? DC Councilmember Wants Washington Redskins To Consider Name Change

11:03 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. That's kind of how the push to change the name of the Washington Redskins has been. And now, there's a new fight.

Brand-new D.C. Council member David Grosso is pushing for a resolution, "The reality is that our name, our city, the first President of the United States, that's attached to this name that is seen as racist and derogatory by a large chunk of our population."

If you're a world-weary Washingtonian, this story may give you a case of déjà-vu.

But, if you're Robert Holden, Deputy Director of the National Congress of American Indians, it's a huge deal, "I can't seem to fathom why they are in favor of continuing this name that is just as disgraceful, to us, particularly in a majority/minority town. Some of that is education, some of that is upbringing, and some of that is just not wanting to understand."

What's different about this fight is that Grosso's tossing out a new name: Redtails.

"I think it would be interesting and a real testament not just to the Tuskogee airmen which was the Redtails and that was their nickname, but also the red-tailed hawks are a big deal in D.C. and in the area," he said.

To lifelong fan Erica Gilliam of Southeast D.C., who wears her pride on her head, she says nothing will change her passion, "I'm still gonna rep them and love em."

If the resolution passes,and Grosso says he's got the majority of the Council on his side, it's not binding. A name change is ultimately up to the team, and the NFL.

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