Change the name of the Washington professional football team

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Josh Silver
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The name of the Washington professional football team is a dictionary defined racial slur. We ask Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, to change the name now. 

According to the Oxford Dictionary, “R-dskin, like the related terms red man and Red Indian, is now dated or offensive.”

George Preston Marshall (GPM), the first owner of the team, was an unrepentant bigot whose name for the team had nothing to do with honoring Native Americans but everything to do with pandering to the prejudices of a white fan base. He coined the name in the 1930s and was the last owner to integrate his team in 1962.

Native Americans have made it clear that the name of the professional Washington football team is derogatory and demeaning to them. Native Americans have engaged in a variety of lawsuits and protests to change the name of the Washington professional football team.

More than 2,000 high schools have shed racist mascots and logos; 28 of them have eliminated the name R-skin.

The American Psychological Association says stereotypical mascots harm the education of Native American and non-Native American children. 

The National Congress of American Indians, United Nations Special Rapporteur on rights of indigenous peoples, the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Religious Action Center, and the United Church of Christ have all called on football team to change the name!