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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Washington Redskins helmets lay on the ground during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Free Press is dropping the Redskins nickname for the Washington NFL team from its pages, calling it racist.

In an editorial Thursday, the weekly primarily aimed at the city’s African-American community called the name insulting to Native Americans and divisive.

The team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, has vowed to keep the nickname. He has called the nickname a “badge of honor.”

The Oneida Indian Nation has protested the name.

President Barack Obama has also said he would think about changing the name if he owned the team.

The Free Press editorial said it was “expunging” the Redskins name from its news and editorial columns.

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