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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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106.

ERP    

This is a moot point and the mayor just wants to make some news. The Redskins are not moving anywhere. The owner also owns the stadium and Maryland would give them a very sweet deal to stay.

596 days ago
107.

Caterina    

Um...maybe he should talk to some Native Americans to see if THEY are offended. I think you'll be surprised to see that a lot of Native Americans don't care. In fact, I have a friend that is Cherokee & she's a HUGE Redskins fan...so...yeah....

596 days ago
108.

R    

If the word "black" is okay in the context it is used all over then so should "redskins" be.

596 days ago
109.

tmz posters dont know sh1t    

white folks don't want red man to change...why am I not surprised at you people?? lol

596 days ago
110.

Normanisthatu    

You are an idiot, and a racist.

596 days ago
111.

viktor    

So, maybe they should change it to the Washington Redtapes...
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596 days ago
112.

Capshun    

Change it to "Native Americans". That sounds ferocious as they battle for a bid to the Super Bowl.

596 days ago
113.

SayWhat?    

So stupid. With all the millions of Redskin FANS, whom are PROUD of their team and their players, why would anyone even think the term Redskin has a negative connotation in this regard? We are PROUD to be Redskin FANS. Get it yet?

596 days ago
114.

Capshun    

Change it to 'Native Americans'; that sounds fierce when fighting to make it to the Super Bowl. Shouldn't we change the name of the offensive "European poor" Buccaneers (Tampa Bay) to Tampa Bay Caucasians (or would the left be happy calling them the Florida Crackers?

596 days ago
115.

BigBullyOrg    

I am from the DMV and I am proud Washington Redskins Fan. I moved to Phoenix, AZ home to over 100 differant Native American Tribes complete with reservations and I learned that their favorite NFL Team is the Washington Redskins. If you change the name it will be ironic that the people you changed it for would no longer be fans.

596 days ago
116.

DaveT    

Isn't calling your team the Redskins the same thing as saying: "We admire the bravery of the Indian warriors and want to show the same strength and valor as they did"....?
I'm confused, where's my magic 8 ball....

596 days ago
117.

Bill W    

It should be changed. If there was a team called the spearchuckers, jigaboos, chinks, gooks, dotheads, ***gots or ******s everyone would be in an uproar.

596 days ago
118.

Wrestlingmark00    

Crime, public services ,schools but this guy has time to change a nfl team's name. The redskins bring the its revenue jackass!

596 days ago
119.

Hello!    

DC Metro area are diehard 'skins fans, and to change the name now is ridiculous! The Redskins are a part of history. And, in today's time no one uses the word "Redskins" in a racial context so to call it politically incorrect or racist is extreme. If the name was truly racist then the word would've been banned just like other racial slurs. Time to vote for a new Mayor! He must be a Cowboys fan! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!

596 days ago
120.

Throwback kid    

How come people aren't offended about Notre Dame being the Fighting Irish? that could be an offensive name to Irish Americans? Oh yea, they are white, you can say anything you want about them, just don't offend a minority. In the new America you can say anything you want about white people

596 days ago
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