Ignoring the team’s lobbying effort (there was one?), the D.C. City Council has passed a resolution urging the Washington Redskins to change their name.
Via the City Paper, 10 of 11 Council members present voted in favor of the resolution, with one abstaining. Two other members, Vincent Orange and Marion Berry, did not attend the meeting.
Council member David Grosso, who proposed the resolution, said, “This is now a movement.”
It’s too late for the Redskins to pretend it isn’t, given that the Redskins tried to persuade fans to lobby members of D.C. City Council to vote against the resolution.
“With its vote today, the D.C. City Council has placed itself firmly on the side of those who believe there should be no place for institutionalized racism within the National Football League,” Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter said in a release. “This City Council resolution is yet another call for Washington’s team owner to do the right thing by halting the callous use of the R-word and moving the team in a positive direction away from its past legacy of racial bigotry.”
The city has no power to force a change, but it provides the latest example of the coalescing opposition to the team’s name.