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Hail to the... Redtails?
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) is advocating for the region's popular professional football franchise to change its name from the "Washington Redskins" to the "Washington Redtails." Grosso calls the team's existing name "racist and derogatory," and that "it's time to make a change."
The team's name 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. Earlier this year, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray briefly said that the team would have to consider a name change if it were to relocate to the District, though he later walked back those comments. In March, a group of congressional legislators—including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)—introduced legislation that would deny the team trademark protection for its name, though the measure isn't likely to move forward.
As for the "Redtails," Grosso says the new 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 a majority of his fellow council members have agreed to co-sponsor the nonbinding resolution pushing for the change.