"In the latest challenge to the Washington Redskins' name, District [of Columbia] lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to call on the team to change it, saying it is widely recognized as 'racist and derogatory,'" Mike DeBonis and Aaron C. Davis reported Tuesday for the Washington Post.
"'Enough is enough — the name must go,' said David Grosso (I-At Large), who first introduced the name-change resolution in May.
"The version of the 'Sense of the Council to Rename the Washington National Football League Team Resolution of 2013' approved by the council was worded less strongly than the original, which called the team name 'insulting and debasing.' But Grosso pulled few punches in comments on the council dais.
"The notion that the 'Redskins' name should be kept as a symbol of the team's heritage, he said, 'is akin to saying to the Native American people . . . . your pain has less worth than our football memories.' . . . "
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