D.C. City Council to tackle pressing Washington problem: Getting the Redskins to change their name

posted at 6:41 pm on April 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

In fairness, thanks to you and your tax dollars, the city’s doing well enough these days that its government can afford to waste time on self-congratulatory concern-trolling of a local sports team. I wonder what they’ll do if Hillary gets elected in 2016 and the big-government gravy train keeps on rolling. Frankly, it’s long past time that the “Washington Capitals” became the “Washington Socialists.”

At the very least, the local hoops team should complete its transformation from the Bullets to the Wizards to, at long last, the Background Checks.

Council member David Grosso, an independent elected last year, said he plans to pursue his non-binding resolution because the current name is “a derogatory, racist name.”…

According to Grosso’s resolution, which he plans to formally introduce in a few weeks, the 13-member council would declare that “District residents and their elected representatives should not tolerate commercial or other use of derogatory terminology relating to any people’s racial identity, or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington.”

“Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins,’ ” the resolution states. “Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years.”…

In his resolution, Grosso urges the the team to change its name to the Washington Redtails, noting that that was the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen.

I can’t prove that this tweet is any way related to the above, but it’s … interesting timing:

Even in WaPo’s online poll, at last check 55 percent were in favor of keeping the name, although that may reflect opinion among the readership of sites linking to their article today more so than the Post’s own readership. Anyway, tell the truth: 90 percent of the pushback against changing the “Redskins” name is resistance to political correctness generally, not a special defense of this particular nickname, right? Yeah, yeah, they’re a “storied franchise,” there’s lots of tradition, etc, but no one thinks “Blackskins” or “Brownskins” would fly if someone tried that today. St. John’s University changed their name from the “Redmen” to the “Red Storm” in the mid-90s to avoid offending Native Americans, even though (as I recall) “Redmen” initially came from the color of their uniforms, not from a racial slur. The ‘Skins are going to change their name eventually for the same reason. If they’re holding out now, it’s mainly because, I think, they don’t want to be pressured into making the switch. They’ll do it on their own terms, when they’re ready.

Update: Let the left-wing pants-wetting over RGIII’s tweet begin!


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Maybe Jason Collins should sign with the Redskins. /

22044 on April 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I am in love with RGIII.

CW on April 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

They don’t play in Washington. They should change the name to the Maryland Redskins.

alanstern on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Thank GAWD the Anacostia area has been cleaned up (or something).

SouthernGent on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

My high school mascot was an Indian. Despite the school now being mostly ‘minority’…the mascot is STILL an Indian.
Ha.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Powhatans are the local Native Tribe, ask them or pay them for the use of a name.

tim c on April 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

They’ll do it on their own terms, when they’re ready.

If you’re doing something because someone else is making you do it, it’s not “on your own terms”.

jnelchef on April 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Foreskins.

Better to represent the people living there now.

TexAz on April 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

How about Washington Rainbows. “The Fabulous Rainbows” could be their nickname.

Fenris on April 30, 2013 at 6:58 PM

They should be called the Washington Scalpers.

It would also explain what goes on in the parking lots. :-)

Stoic Patriot on April 30, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I kinda like the Washington Blue Ducks, after the vicious Indian in Lonesome Dove.

Or, more politically correct, the Washington Spenders.

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Washington Jellyfish

SouthernGent on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

As a lifelong D.C. native and die-hard Redskins fan, I DON’T want the name to change.

We “allowed” them to change the name of the Bullets a few years back. They made a HORRIBLE substitution (does ANYONE like the name “the Wizards”?).

They shouldn’t get the chance again.

Vyce on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

St. John’s University changed their name from the “Redmen” to the “Red Storm” in the mid-90s to avoid offending Native Americans, even though (as I recall) “Redmen” initially came from the color of their uniforms, not from a racial slur.

There are two high schools in South Dakota whose teams are the Redmen, and the Indians, respectively.

Wethal on April 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

My high school mascot was an Indian. Despite the school now being mostly ‘minority’…the mascot is STILL an Indian.
Ha.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Mine too: The Braves. The mascot/logo was this big overmuscled cartoony indian with a tomahawk in a loincloth. Still have a t-shirt. A high schooler would get arrested for wearing it today.

Fenris on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

My high school mascot was an Indian. Despite the school now being mostly ‘minority’…the mascot is STILL an Indian.
Ha.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Our kids’ high school still does. It is awesome. Such pride.

CW on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Traditionally, sports teams include in their names the town in which they are located.

Since the Redskins moved out of DC…and over to Maryland, let them take the name of the town were they are now located.

Savage Redskins…sounds pretty good.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Washington Jellyfish

SouthernGent on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Wouldn’t work. Box Jellies are small yet deadly.
How about Washington Sea Slugs.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

There are two high schools in South Dakota whose teams are the Redmen, and the Indians, respectively.

Wethal on April 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

University of North Dakota (UND) has had some problems with the NCAA over their nickname “The Fighting Souix.”

I believe they are usually in the top 10 in apparel sales in the NCAA due to their hockey team so changing the name would hurt them.

tetriskid on April 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

CW on April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The PC crowd would’ve had a field day w/ Spawn’s HS team… The Rebels

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

My high school mascot was an Indian. Despite the school now being mostly ‘minority’…the mascot is STILL an Indian.
Ha.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Our high school mascot was the Rebels (as in the nickname for Confederate soldiers) and, like your HS, it’s mostly black today yet the name proudly lives on, despite numerous attempts to change it by a few busy bodies! The kids keep fighting any change in the name.

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Well if its DC then what about these names? They seem to fit the city and its culture…

Washington Bureaucrats

Lying Slutdogs

Progressives

America haters

Teaters

Rulers

Palpatines Guard

Overlords

Debtors

Sequesters

Chinese Pawns

Jihad lovers

Redcoats

The loathed

Tax and Spenders

The Lets Movers

Media faves

And finally……the Washington Cowboy Scalpers?

What about those? Any others?

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Perhaps, I betray my age, but I recall a nifty little ditty from my childhood:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”

I am not a huge any kind of pro sports guy, but ever since I was little, I have been a Redskins fan. Grew up in the Sonny Jurgensen era, always a Dallas Cowboy rivalry, and the last 15 or so years the fans have been “wandering in the wilderness”, waiting for a revival.

It annoys the crap out of me that a whiny, snively little girly-man could gin up such a vague perception of outrage and insult, and worse, that ANYONE would even bother to give him the time of day.

Redskins…Redskins…REDSKINS! See, I said it again, you little snot!!

grumpy_old_soldier on April 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Mascot for Spawn’s school looked like a malevolent Col. Sanders.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

My was the Warriors.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The Metrosexuals.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

tetriskid on April 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

But the ND Sioux tribes apparently don’t mind the name, as they think it honors their warrior past.

Wethal on April 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Porkmeisters

Obvious mascot: a pig

Wethal on April 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Considering the D.C. illegitimacy rate, how about the Washington Foreskins? Supporters (pun intended) can dress up in giant glans costumes.

MaiDee on April 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

(does ANYONE like the name “the Wizards”?).

Vyce on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Robert Byrd approved.

How about The Washington Gheys? They could have rainbow colored uniforms, which would be fabulous!

rbj on April 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The Redskins should announce that they are moving the team to another city where their name will not be a problem. That would bring this push for name change to a screeching halt.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Maybe they could change their name to the Benghazis. Or the Fast and Furious.

VorDaj on April 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

@coldwarrior:

If we need a Murriland sobriquet, how ’bout “Suicidal Drivers”?

High School: Rutland High School Red Raiders
College: Colgate University Red Raiders

I see no need to change.

CaptainNed on April 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Mascot for Spawn’s school looked like a malevolent Col. Sanders.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Ours Rebel was copied from the hit TV show by the same name, but I like the thought of a malevolent Col. Sanders.

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Maybe they could change their name to Flash Mob.

VorDaj on April 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

The Washington Trayvons?

VorDaj on April 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Why isn’t anyone offended by the Minnesota Vikings?

From what I understand, those guys killed, raped, and pillage there way across Europe.

Captain Kirock on April 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Well, since The Washington Misogynistic Homophobic Racist White Men Responsible For All Evil In The World doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, maybe we should go in a different direction:

The Washington Waffles

trubble on April 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

The Washington Pigs?

VorDaj on April 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The Hypocriticals.

The Sanctimonials.

The Mendacities.

Suggested mascot: Obama, who else?

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I love RGIII! And if DC doesn’t want the Redskins, Maryland and Virginia would be glad to have them. Their stadium is in Maryland and they are building their new training facility in Virginia, anyway.

fight like a girl on April 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The Washington Delawares?

oldroy on April 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM

does ANYONE like the name “the Wizards”?

When critics blamed the Washington Bullets basketball team for having a name that connoted violence, somebody suggested the team could fix the problem by changing the name to Landover Bullets.

Emperor Norton on April 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Go with the D.C. Marxists and all they’d have to do is replace the indian head with Lenin or Che Guevera. Or if the want to get more creative, they could become the Washington Spenders and go with a dollar sign (rendered in red, obviously).

Blacklake on April 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The Washington Crooks or the Maryland… Crooks. MD is just as bad.

Crooks, Thieves, Liars, Jerks, Slick Willies, Scumbags, Hatemongers, Class Warriors, Harbingers, etc.

Just name them for a local casino. Treat team names like they do ballparks. Sponsor them.

tuffy on April 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

All good ones.

How about the Washington…..

Trannies

Tranny lovers

Tweeters

Traitors

The Illegals

Gunrunners

Stalinists

Beijing Boobies

Gangstas

The Beyonces

Infidels

Any others?

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Washington Crooks

gregbert on April 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

This kind of thing irritates the hell out of me. Anyone offended by the mascot needs to just get over it.

On the plus side, I’m liking RGIII more and more.

changer1701 on April 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Nannystaters.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

. . . . . . . Any others?

PappyD61 on April 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

.
The Anti-Christs ?

listens2glenn on April 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

“District residents and their elected representatives should not tolerate commercial or other use of derogatory terminology relating to any people’s racial identity, or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington.”

How about “The Washington Putzes”?

In reference to the DC City Council, which obviously has way too much free time on it’s hands.

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Washington Momzers. * ‘Momzer’ is Yiddish for b8stard.*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

All Army helicopters are named after Indian tribes.Let’s start a movement to change them.An Apache gunship could be renamed Wussy or something.

docflash on April 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness. – RGIII

+ 1,000,000

fight like a girl on April 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

If the redskins cowtow to these sob’s, I’ll never watch another game!

Delsa on April 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The Redskins practice facilities are in Virginia. They play in a stadium in Maryland. Who the hell cares what the District government has to say?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I think, they don’t want to be pressured into making the switch. They’ll do it on their own terms, when they’re ready.

So you are essentially saying that the Washington Redskins should change their name? Eff you!

You really don’t understand life in America outside of Manhattan, do you? How sad for you.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

The Thinskins.

nico on April 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

All Army helicopters are named after Indian tribes.Let’s start a movement to change them.An Apache gunship could be renamed Wussy or something.

docflash on April 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Except one (Cobra). They didn’t want to offend the Indians by naming the first pure gunship after a tribe. However, a Indian group later asked the Army why they stopped naming helicopters after Indian Tribes. No one had even bothered to ask the Indians.

I only know this because I asked the question while I was in AH-1S Cobra school many moons ago.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

This kind of thing irritates the hell out of me. Anyone offended by the mascot needs to just get over it.

changer1701 on April 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I said the same thing when the Washington Bullets (formerly the Baltimore Bullets) became the Washington Wizards because too many Washingtonians were being killed by guns.

The name change did not reduce the number of deaths in the district.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I said the same thing when the Washington Bullets (formerly the Baltimore Bullets) became the Washington Wizards because too many Washingtonians were being killed by guns.

The name change did not reduce the number of deaths in the district.Happy Nomad on April 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

The sad part is, some idiot liberal thought it would.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

As a kid…watching the Mojave do its stuff was pretty awesome.

BTW…quick quiz…what tribe was the Huey named?

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

We should just let Fauxahontas decide, don’t you think?

TXUS on April 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Washington Thieves.

john1schn on April 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

As a kid…watching the Mojave do its stuff was pretty awesome.

BTW…quick quiz…what tribe was the Huey named?

coldwarrior on April 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Iroquois.

Alabama Infidel on April 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Dances with Lobbyists

Laura in Maryland on April 30, 2013 at 8:44 PM

White Devils

Dependacrats

Abortionists

Eugenicists

Social Engineers

Socialists

Communists

Lenninites

Maoists

Private Dancers

Shruggers (team motto: What difference does it make?)

Cafeteria Constitutionalists

Sexters

Greenpeacers

Red Guard

Endangered Species

Somnambulists

Hetero-Numismatists (ie, lovers of others’ money)

Freedomphobes

Dictators

Circle Jerks

Superbutch Lezzies

Imperialist Dogs

Guilty Whites

Oligarchs

Elitists

Phoner-Baloneys

Banana Republicans

Plantation Masters

And finally…

The Washington Monstrous D!ckheads.

StubbleSpark on April 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Will the Indianapolis Colts be forced to change their team name to the Red-person-apolis Colts?

Rich H on April 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Maybe we should change Washington DC to something else. DC indicates straight current and nothing is straight in Washington.

banzaibob on April 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

the Skins don’t need a new name, they need a couple of Ghey players to placate their ghey masters. Goodell et al. Change their unis to pink. Group hugs at half time.

james23 on April 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Maybe we should change Washington DC to something else. DC indicates straight current and nothing is straight in Washington.

Washington PC?

Rich H on April 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Sigh. I suppose that some day the Womyn’s Studies Majors Feminazis at the University of Alabama will force my beloved Crimson Tide to change their hurtful and misogynistic name…

Dukeboy01 on April 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

FYI, the thing with North Dakota already happened.
Right now, the are actually mascot-less. Simply “North Dakota”.

For Washington, gimme back my Bullets.

Or else…

Circle Jerks
Caucasians
Murderers
Megalomaniacs
Narcissists
All Blacks
Union
Cherries
Shills
Handouts
Weasels

connertown on April 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

The Washington Super Nannies?

Since they are raising such a big stink, let’s try The Colonic Vapors

JohnFLob on April 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I am not a huge any kind of pro sports guy, but ever since I was little, I have been a Redskins fan. Grew up in the Sonny Jurgensen era, always a Dallas Cowboy rivalry, and the last 15 or so years the fans have been “wandering in the wilderness”, waiting for a revival.

It annoys the crap out of me that a whiny, snively little girly-man could gin up such a vague perception of outrage and insult, and worse, that ANYONE would even bother to give him the time of day.

Redskins…Redskins…REDSKINS! See, I said it again, you little snot!!

grumpy_old_soldier on April 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

And have you noticed that is usually when the Redskins are doing well that the name change crap comes up?

HTTR! ( HAIL TO THE REDSKINS )

fight like a girl on April 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Here’s my list of 20+ other hateful sports team names. So much hate in the world… thank god we have politicians to make things better for us.

TheLoudTalker on April 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Just change the team logo and mascot to a redskin potato and move on.

Nomas on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM

The Washington Suicidal Trillion Deficits. It’s kind of long and doesn’t roll off the tongue really well, so Washington STD’s it is.

The mascot possibilities are endless.

MrKleenexMuscles on April 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

In all seriousness, how about the “The Washington Cavalry”?

I think “Gary Owen” would make a fine fight song.

kd6rxl on May 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Well, BOO-FREAKIN’-HOO! Cry me a river with some of those Injun tears from that old PSA.

I don’t think that American Indians themselves could care less; this is just more of the same feel-good liberal bullspit that has turned us into a nation of pansies with no backbone and who are oversensitive to the point that it is embarrassing.

If this is all these lawmakers have to do, they need to get a real job.

hillbillyjim on May 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Washington Leeches.

Ward Cleaver on May 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Well, BOO-FREAKIN’-HOO! Cry me a river with some of those Injun tears from that old PSA.

I don’t think that American Indians themselves could care less; this is just more of the same feel-good liberal bullspit that has turned us into a nation of pansies with no backbone and who are oversensitive to the point that it is embarrassing.

If this is all these lawmakers have to do, they need to get a real job.

hillbillyjim on May 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Ironically, that “Injun” was actually an Italian. Yup.

Iron Eyes Cody, or Espera Oscar de Corti

Ward Cleaver on May 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

connertown on April 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Weasels sounds good. Covers both parties.

Ward Cleaver on May 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Washington C*cksuckers

spinach.chin on May 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Isn’t it easiest to just drop the last bit? It seems more appropriate, too.

Washington Reds

GWB on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The mascot possibilities are endless.

MrKleenexMuscles on April 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Hand-me-down costumes from the Code Pink gals, too!

GWB on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

If the feckless DC council is successful in forcing them to change their names, I predict a number of pro sports team names will also fall.

New England Patriots: Offensive to the majority in New England who hate the U.S.

Cleveland Browns: Racially insensitive

Kansas City Chiefs/Cleveland Indians: All references to Native Americans must be eradicated

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Total identity crisis there

Atlanta Braves: Should be renamed the Atlanta Inbreds to better reflect their fanbase

Chicago Blackhawks: Clearly a derogatory term

RandallinHerndon on May 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

…or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington.”

Are you kidding me? Everything about that city dishonors the name Washington, as in its namesake, President George Washington. If they pass that legislation, disbanding and levelling that entire city would be the only way to prevent dishonoring the Washington name.

Big John on May 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM