*What’s in a name? According to President Barack Obama, a growing number of supporters and Native Americans in general, a whole lot.
Why? Because he says the current name offends “a sizable group of people.”
At the Oneida Indian Nation’s Change the Mascot symposium on November 5, the Washington D.C. City Council supported this stance when they joined a growing number of supporters who want the capital’s NFL team to approve a resolution to change the team’s name .
Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) first introduced the name-change resolution in May; and the council overwhelmingly made their voice clear that “Redskins” is not an appropriate name for a modern-day football team.
“Native Americans throughout the country consider the term ‘redskin’ a racially derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African-Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos,” Grosso said in a speech. “Enough is enough.”
And as previously noted, this perspective has gained momentum as ten out of the 13 council members voted “Yes” in favor of the measure, while two were absent during the vote, according to CNN. One council member, Yvette Alexander, voted present. No one voted against the measure.
A spokesperson for the Oneida Indian Nation calls this development a “huge shift” towards growing support for a name change.
“At this point, you have civil rights organizations, religious leaders, Native American governments and groups, members of Congress from both parties and even the President who has come out and said that this offensive, racial slur should be retired as the name for the Washington football team,” the spokesperson told NewsOne. “The action taken by the D.C. Council is an important statement and they are really adding their voices to a growing chorus who is insisting that this name be changed.”
Read more about this still developing issue here.