D.C. Councilman David Grosso thinks Redskins should change name to Redtails

Washington-Redskins-helmetThe Washington Redskins have had an increasing amount of controversy surrounding their name over the past several seasons. Many feel that the word “Redskins” is a racist term for Native Americans and should no longer be allowed in a professional sport. David Grosso, a City Council member in Washington, D.C., has proposed a solution.

“Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins,’” Grosso wrote in a resolution, via the Washington Post. “Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years. It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think its time we take a stand and change it.”

Grosso’s new name of choice? The Washington Redtails. The name would pay homage to the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, which was the aviation unit that broke the color barrier for US military pilots. And as an added bonus, Grosso noted that you could still keep the feather logo to represent a red-tailed hawk.

“You can still sing the song and everything,” he said, “Hail … to the …Redtails. You can still keep the feather.”

Any name change would take some getting used to, so it’s hard to tell if the Washington Redtails has a good ring to it and could catch on. Personally, I don’t think it’s horrible. That being said, Dan Snyder and company have given no indication that they are open to changing the name of the franchise. Unlike that National Basketball League team that changed its name almost instantly, I don’t see the Redskins budging any time soon.

H/T Pro Football Talk

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  • Krista Markline

    I’m truley stunned. Those of you who know me, know I am no football fan. There are people being blown up, loosing their houses, unemployed, killed by drunk drivers, terminally ill, going hungry etc etc and you are going to waste your time energy and resources on this….SHAME ON YOU. My favorite part is how he proposes to change it to Red Tail in HONOR…. let me stress that word again IN HONOR! of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American Air Force members who served during World War II. So you really need to get this….Redskins name is offensive but RedTail is an honor. It’s either one rule or the other. Maybe this man needs to look up the definition of integrity. You don’t get to make rules to suit your purpose. It’s either an Honor to be named by a football team or it isn’t. So what’s next the Raven’s, Cardinals and Falcons OMG we don’t want to offend the birds. The dolphins…all those poor little fish being offended. The Saints…now we are getting the Church involved. How about the cowboys are we going to upset them and have thousands of men on horseback picketting the White House. The entire idea is obscene!!! If this is the highest level of this mans ability to be in any sense of authority , he not only needs to be run out of Washington, he needs to be run out of the United States.

  • B8xpert

    RedTails. Really??? The name implies that they just got their ass kicked.

    Very few will ever make any connection to the “Tuskegee Airman”. Bad choice.

  • disqus_EiHXjlVN6G

    Guess who is suckin up to the current resident of the white house.