Washington mayor in favor of Redskins name change

by Jan 15, 2013Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

Vincent C. Gray, mayor of Washington, D.C., recently commented that he is in favor of the Washington Redskins changing their name.

He told the Washington Post on Wednesday, Jan. 9, “I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team…and see if a change could be made.  There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) supports Mayor Gray’s remarks and said in a statement, “It’s time for the NFL and the Washington football team to join the 21st century and leave the mockery and racism of the past where it belongs, in the past.”

Many American Indians have opposed the Redskins name for years stating it is insensitive and racist.