Md. School Bans Apparel With Washington, DC, Football Team’s Insensitive Name and Logo

A Washington, D.C., NFL team helmet sits on the field prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
A Washington, D.C., NFL team helmet sits on the field prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

One Bethesda, Md., school is taking a stand against the Washington, D.C., NFL team’s racist name and has banned all children from preschool to eighth grade from wearing apparel with the team’s logo and name on it.

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“The term ‘redskin’ is a racial slur. Its use, whether intentional or not, can be deeply insulting and offensive,” the head of the Green Acres School, Neal Brown, wrote in a letter viewed by Yahoo! Sports.

“It is a term that demeans a group of people. Similarly, the team’s logo also can reasonably be viewed as racially demeaning. At best, the image is an ethnic stereotype that promotes cultural misunderstanding; at worst, it is intensely derogatory,” he wrote.

The independent school is about 25 miles north of the FedEx stadium, where Washington plays its home games, and is the first in the area to ban students from wearing the apparel.

Brown’s letter noted that the issue was first raised by third-grade students, because third-grade students have a pretty good moral compass, during a class session on Native Americans. The issue was raised again during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration as students in the third and sixth grades discussed sports team logos. Yahoo! notes that the school discussed the issue and decided to ban clothing that depicts racially insensitive images like those of Washington’s team.

“According to the Green Acres website, it was the first racially integrated school in Montgomery County, Md., founded in 1934 ‘by parents who wanted to develop in their children a love of learning, a strong sense of intrinsic motivation, and a deep commitment to social justice,’” Yahoo! reports.

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KC Complains A Lot

At some point in my life I became a Redskins fan, and I’ve been trying to reconcile the racist team name with my inability to divorce myself emotionally from the team basically the whole time.

I’ll scream until I’m blue in the face that the name needs to change, but I’ll still probably be watching on Sundays. I’m part of the problem.

Just as frustrating is the amount of black fans who refuse to think the name is racist. They’ll fight tooth and nail about whether or not the name is offensive, in ways that are too close to the same arguments wypipo make about the n-word.