The Illinois Fighting Illini have dropped their Chief Illiniwek mascot, for example, and teams and organizations across the country have gradually moved away from most of the racially-driven, Native American monikers that were once used.
However, the most high-profile and most offensive nickname still competes on the national stage year in and year out in the Washington Redskins. Over the years, there have been efforts to get ownership to change the name, but to no avail.
David Grosso, a recently elected independent Washington D.C. Council member, is now spearheading the most recent effort to change the name, and apparently he has already garnered the support of at least two other members of the council.
Grosso is introducing a resolution that would force the team to make a switch.
“Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins,’ ” the resolution states, according to The Washington Post. “Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years.”
Unlike past efforts to get ownership to make a switch, Gross has already come up with a simple alternative to “Redskins” with “Redtails.” The name would pay homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots during World War II, according to CBS Sports.
For starters, it certainly doesn’t sound all that different.
“You can still sing the song and everything,” Grosso told the paper, before singing, “Hail . . . to the . . . Redtails.”
And, Grosso added: “You can still keep the feather.”
What remains to be seen is if owner Dan Snyder is paying attention.