DC Council to Vote on Redskins Name Change

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, speaks at a press conference after meeting with senior officials of the NFL about changing the name of the Washington Redskins.

The 13-member D.C. Council will vote today on a resolution calling for the Washington Redskins to change the team name as, "the right and prudent thing to do," the Washington Post reports.

While the ruling would have no legal weight in forcing team owner Daniel Synder to change the team name, it does send another blow to his weakening position to keep the controversial moniker that many find to be racist.


In recent months, those in favor of the name change have seen celebrities, legislators and even President Obama come out in favor of their position.

Last month, Snyder, who has been the only quasi-celebrity in the keep-the-name camp, released a letter stating he had no intention of changing the name that figured so prominently in his childhood memories.

“That tradition—the song, the cheer—it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation,” he wrote and the Post reports.

While it is largely believed that the D.C. Council will vote in favor of a name change, Washington Redskins management, who have framed the argument around team pride and legacy, encouraged fans to call their lawmakers and share what "#RedskinsPride means" to them.


The Redskins team said in a statement that it "wanted to give our fans an opportunity to voice their opinion," the Post reports.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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