Sunday, January 13, 2013
Washington mayor calls for city's Redskins team to change their name as it's offensive to Native Americans
Mayor trying to upend a Supreme Court decision
The mayor of Washington D.C. is demanding that the city’s major football team, the Washington Redskins, change its name as it is offensive to Native Americans.
Mayor Vincent Gray said if the team wants to move from its current playing field outside the capital inside the borders of the District of Columbia they need to consider a new moniker.
The word ‘redskin’ is considered a racial slur against Native Americans and the name has seen the football team face decades of legal battles.
A legal case against the club’s name was filed in 1992 by a group of Native Americans headed by Dr Susan Shown Harjo, founder of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Although lower courts held up that the word ‘redskin’ was an offensive term towards Native Americans the case was thrown out by the Supreme court in 2009.
‘The term ‘redskins’ is the most vile and offensive term used to describe Native Americans,’ Dr Harjo told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 2011.
SCOTUS threw out the case because the name was of long standing. The Redskins orginally got that name in honor of their head coach, William "Lone Star" Dietz, a Native American.