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Redskins Name Change: Washington DC Councilman Proposes 'Redtails' Instead

Image: Redskins Name Change: Washington DC Councilman Proposes 'Redtails' Instead Independent Washington, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:03 AM

By Newsmax Wires

A Washington, D.C., councilmember is calling for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their "racist and derogatory," name, according to the Associated Press.

Councilmember David Grosso, an at-large independent, said he plans to introduce a resolution addressing the matter because "it's time to make a change."

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Grosso says a majority of his fellow councilmembers have agreed to co-sponsor the nonbinding resolution.

The team's nickname has been the subject of renewed debate in recent months. A group of Native Americans has launched a new court battle to deny the team federal trademark protection, which would essentially force a name change.

Grosso's resolution suggests "Redtails" as a new nickname for the Redskins. The name would honor the Tuskegee Airmen and allow the team to maintain its fight song and color scheme with a few minor changes, he says.

Mayor Vincent Gray announced in January the Redskins should change their name for the same reason.

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