With the controversy regarding the name of the Washington Redskins gaining more steam than ever, the D.C. Council will revisit a resolution that it first passed 12 years ago.
Per the Associated Press, the Council will take up a resolution next week urging the Redskins to change their name.
A similar resolution was passed in 2001. The latest effort comes amid a widening debate regarding the name, with President Barack Obama weighing in, the San Francisco Chronicle abandoning the term, and the NFL meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the objections to the use of the term.
The D.C. Council has no authority over the team, since it plays in Landover, Maryland, practices in Ashburn, Virginia, and trains in Richmond.
Here’s an idea that actually make sense. (At least to me.) If the team has no connection to D.C. other than its name, why shouldn’t Washington officially disown the team that claims Washington as its home, if it won’t pick a nickname other than Redskins?
It’s a simple yet potent message: “We don’t want our city to be associated with that name. So if you’re going to keep using it, call yourselves the Landover Redskins or the Maryland Redskins or the Ashburn Redskins or the Richmond Redskins or the Virginia Redskins or anything but the Washington Redskins.”