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Washington D.C. Mayor

'Redskins' Is RACIST

... It's Time for a Change

1/9/2013 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's damn time the Washington Redskins changed its racist name ... at least if the team ever plans to move inside D.C. city limits -- so says District mayor Vincent Gray.

Now that the Redskins are winning again, there's been a lot of talk about bringing the team back to D.C. -- instead of leaving them in nearby FedEx Field, located in Maryland.

But Mayor Gray has some conditions before the Redskins move a muscle -- claiming, “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about [changing the team name]."

Gray added, “I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made. There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”

FYI -- the federal government controls the land where a new Redskins stadium would be built in D.C. ... so it does have some say.

There's no question, the term "redskins" is flat-out racist ... but we still gotta ask ...

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Peter Popoff    

I'm Native American and from DC I've been saying this for ever since I was a lill kid when the natives danced at RFK I knew then the future for this name would be cursed. But find out for yourselves

563 days ago
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Tiffany    

Unless the real American Indians are upset about this, these stupid PC police need to cool their jets. So stupid to constantly claim this about a name. Most American Indians do not have a problem with this, they have a problem with the PC crowd constantly claiming racism about a name of a team and basically eliminating anything native american from our country. Perhaps the mayor can deal with the high crime in his city as opposed to something so frivolous and stupid.

563 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

TMZ says "there's no question; Redskins is racist" COME ON!! It's a freakin' team name. I know of no Indians (my husband and half his family) who ever thought about it!

563 days ago
79.

Just me    

Would we be having this discussion if they were called the Whiteskins?

563 days ago
80.

Mayu    

Football players are tough, they want to win, they want to prove themselves to be warriors, they want to take home the big prize. they're not going to choose a name that denigrates a race, nationality or creed. They are saying "We're strong like the Native Americans". Its more of a compliment than a racist insult.

563 days ago
81.

Macker1283    

Fed Ex field opened in 1997 and they are already looking to build a new stadium??

563 days ago
82.

Lindy    

Until red skins are actually playing on the team then YES change that rascist name!

563 days ago
83.

keilwerth29    

How about the Washington Drunken Casino Owners? Does that work?

563 days ago
84.

Scott Levy    

Sounds like another case of political correctness run amok.

563 days ago
85.

Gottalovem    

Hire about the DC Douchebags?

563 days ago
86.

Chris    

Stay in Maryland.

563 days ago
87.

Doc    

..... This question cycles every few years not just for the NFL but all teams with names referring to Native Americans... Some years ago, an interview with the head of the council that represents all tribes said Native Americans were NOT offended by these names & there was NO REASON to change them...

563 days ago
88.

piute    

I am a native american from central valley calf.Saying using the name Redskins is not Racist to me ,Being racist is somebody that puts down another race "TO ME",Mom always said it your tone of voice that make the differences and also the person that think racist has a problem already has nothing to do with "A NAME" but that persons way they were raised,
Might say like the way there counting your comment you either check "like or hate"Why would you HATE somebody's option on A name(tone of voice?) Like or dislike sounds more human wouldn't you say,

563 days ago
89.

MW2013    

Change the name to"Washington Negros" or "Washington Jews" or "Washington Redneck" and see if that is Offensive.

563 days ago
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MW2013    

Lets all use the N word to describe African Americans also. If only a few Natives find it offensive than its only there opinion that matters

563 days ago
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