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Should the Washington Redskins change their team name?

Over the years, there has been more and more calls to the NFL and the Washington Redskins organization about the offensive name “Redskins” for the Washington team mascot.

Even President Barack Obama has voiced his opinion on the subject.

In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century
In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century

There is a growing push, led by a number of American Indian tribes, to CHANGE THE MASCOT.

Indian tribes aside, their wish is getting more and more backing with each passing year.  Currently, there are hundreds of political, religious leaders, press pundits, and more backers to this request of the NFL, including

  • both the Senate Majority Leader and House Minority Leader
  • the Mayor of Washington DC
  • the obvious supporters of Rev Jesse Jackson and Rev Al Sharpton (who, oddly enough, is listed on the site as “television talk show host)
  • Chris Collinsworth, former NFL player
  • Ralph Nadar
  • Reporters from the USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NYTimes, ESPN, Chicago Tribune

Web Watch wouldn’t be surprised if the Redskins name gets changed soon.  It definitely is keeping Washington from ever getting awarded hosting of an upcoming Super Bowl, in our opinion.


What about you?  it’s inevitable that the name change will happen.  So, what should the name be changed to?