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Long before the parking lots filled up for the Washington Redskins' loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, a small rally took place overlooking FedEx Field featuring several minority groups from Prince George's County. The demonstrators had one simple request: change the team's name.
At the rally, Zorayda Moreira-Smith from CASA De Maryland said that the team's name is a slur born from genocide, and urged all fans regardless of their race to call for it to be changed.
"What if their name was the Washington Spics? What if their name was the Washington Wetbacks? What if their name was the Washington Coons? What if their name was the Washington Crackers? That would not be OK. That would cause a riot," she said.
Matthew Fogg, the vice-president of the local chapter of Blacks In Government, took it a step further. He said he wants the Redskins to lose every game until they change the name. Fogg said that he also wants President Obama to get more involved in the dispute.
"We asked the president to ban all Redskins paraphernalia on all federal property," he said. "Right now I know of several Native American employees of the government thinking of filing an EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity] complaint because of how it affects them when they come to work and see it. So, we have liability issues here."
Fogg said the group has not yet received a response.
Earlier this year, Obama did say he would consider changing the name if he were the owner of the team. But the man who actually is, Dan Snyder, says he never will.