According to the Washington Post, D.C Council member David Grossi is ready to make the Redskins change their name to the Redtails.
Council member David Grosso, an independent elected last year, said he plans to pursue his non-binding resolution because the current name is “a derogatory, racist name.”
“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,” Grosso said.
Grosso is circulating his circulation to other council members to try to get co-sponsors. So far, he said, council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) have agreed to sign on to it.
Grossi plans on introducing his resolution soon.
According to Grosso’s resolution, which he plans to formally introduce in a few weeks, the 13-member council 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.”
“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.”
Grossi believes Redtails is the perfect name for the Redskins.
In his resolution, Grosso urges the the team to change its name to the Washington Redtails, noting that that was the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen.
Grosso said a change to the Redtails would be a relatively seamless transition.
“You can still sing the song and everything,” said Grosso, before singing, “Hail … to the … Redtails.”
Just as importantly, Grosso said, “you can still keep the feather.”
While I’m all for the Redskins changing their name because I do feel like it’s racist, the only reason they don’t want to is because of how much money they would lose. The Redskins have such a rich history and changing their name now would only hurt them.