DC Council Urges Redskins to Change Name
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — For the second time in its history, the D.C. Council has called on the Washington Redskins to change their name.
By a 10-0 vote, the council approved a resolution Tuesday urging the team to abandon the name, which some consider offensive to Native Americans. One member abstained, and two were absent.
The council has no power over the team, which plays its home games in Maryland and has its training facility in Virginia. It previously called for a name change in 2001.
The team pushed back this time, asking fans to contact the council to explain why they want to keep the name. A #RedskinsPride hashtag was popular on Twitter Tuesday. Some, however, used the hashtag to decry the name rather than support it.
President Barack Obama said recently that he would consider changing the name if he owned the team. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has called the name “a badge of honor” but said he respects the feelings of those who are offended.
Representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation issued a press release praising the D.C. Council for its continued support, immediately following the announcement that the resolution had passed.
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