WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Council is set to debate a resolution calling on the Washington Redskins to change their name and the team is asking its fans to fight back.
The council passed a similar resolution in 2001. The new one comes amid a national debate about the name, which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans. President Barack Obama recently said he would “think about changing” the name if he owned the team.
When it was introduced, the resolution suggested the nickname “Redtails” in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, but that language was taken out.
The council will consider the resolution at its legislative meeting Tuesday. A majority of the 13 councilmembers have signaled their support, so its approval appears to be a formality.
The Redskins are urging fans to contact councilmembers to voice their displeasure over the proposed change according to The Washington Post. The team has also started a hashtag campaign on Twitter where social media members can share what “#RedskinsPride” means to them.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder recently sent a letter to season ticket holders and others on the franchise’s email list restating his position that the name will not be changed.
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