Some Washington D.C. politicians wouldn’t mind seeing the Redskins relocate back in D.C. from Landover, Maryland, where their stadium currently resides.
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray would like to at least talk about the Redskins changing their name if they do have a desire to play in his city again.
As Courtland Milloy reminded Washington Post readers today, the Redskins moniker has been under fire for decades for being, plainly, a racial slur. The team, under the ownership of both Jack Kent Cooke and Daniel M. Snyder, has resisted making a change.
“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” he said after a news conference, “and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue.”
Gray noted that many sports team — including the Washington Bullets — have discarded offensive names and/or mascots.
“I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made,” he said. “There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”
Mayor Gray won’t say that he wouldn’t allow the Redskins to relocate to his city if they didn’t change their name, because let’s face it, it would only help bring in money for the city.
I understand the tradition, but I agree that the name is offensive and needs to change.