City Desk

Vote: Rename the Team!

Football is not exactly a democratic sport. The coaches tend to call the plays, the players merely execute them. And for fans, things are even worse; here in D.C., of course, we've long been familiar with the tendency of NFL owners to operate as if they have all the power.

But now you've got a chance to have a say. Washington City Paper is unilaterally renaming the local NFL team to avoid using its racist nickname any longer. Last week, we solicited your suggestions, and this week, you can vote on the new name. Whichever one wins, that'll be how City Paper refers to the team from now on, in print and online.

First, one note: Many of you suggested the team should be known as the Washington Warriors. We like that idea, but the trademark is already owned by team owner Dan Snyder, and we figured one legal battle with him was enough, so we didn't include that as one of your options.

Pick your favorite new name below:

Washington Pigskins (nickname: The Hogs)

Washington Pigskins

Washington Washingtons

Washington Washingtons

Washington Monuments

Washington Half-Smokes

Washington Bammas

Washington Bammas

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  • Joseph Blackfoot

    Lynn, this is preposterous.

    What about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish? Or the Minnesota Vikings? Im of Cherokee/Irish/Nordic decent, and I don't take offense to the insinuations that Irish people are all short leprechauns that like to fight, or that Vikings were barbarian hordes(which they were not).

    You are insulting them by coddling them. They are a strong, proud people. You make them sound like they can't take sports teams being named after them, like their feelings will be hurt and they will hate themselves. You are going way too far.

    Be proud of your heritage! Be proud if people name a team after you! If you are native, be proud, because the term "Redskins", although archaic, has been re-appropriated and is not intended any offense, it has taken a whole new meaning of its own.

    Words only have as much power as people give them, and you are giving them way too much power. You need a new hobby, leave ours alone.

  • http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com Lynn Salt

    Joseph. Please consider watching the documentary REEL INJUN and A GOOD DAY TO DIE. Please open your mind and heart to learning more about how many more Native people think about this issue than the ones you have decided are "okay" with being used as team "mascots". By the way, there are many Irish people who have contacted us on our FB page to let us know they are offended by the stereotype you have just described and being used as a football team "mascot" too. Honestly have heard nothing from the Vikings, and because you are of Nordic descent and the only person who ever brought the Vikings up in this regard, I honor and respect your position on their behalf. Please consider honoring and respecting that ALL Native Americans are not "okay" with being considered and thought of as "mascots" because no matter how many people want us to believe it is an "honor we should be proud of" many of us find it to be totally "insulting". We are grateful to all who understand and are standing up with us on this issue. Words are powerful and fighting for our dignity and rights is not a "game" or a "hobby"... In Spirit. LS

  • http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com Lynn Salt

    For those who wish to learn more about the perspective of Dennis Banks, Ojibwa Nation AIM Leader and co-Founder of the American Indian Movement, please read his book OJIBWA WARRIOR and/or visit our website for our documentary film "A GOOD DAY TO DIE" http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com and/or watch our trailer for the film on the link provided below. We are grateful for your interest and support for our feelings about being "used" as sports team mascots. In Spirit. LS
    Trailer for documentary about the rise of the American Indian Movement, "A Good Day To Die": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ijanExWgIg

  • http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com Lynn Salt

    ONE OF OUR AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT LEADERS, RUSSELL MEANS, LAKOTA NATION IS BEGINNING HIS JOURNEY TO THE SPIRIT WORLD. PLEASE HONOR HIM. THANK YOU. In Spirit. Lynn Salt
    http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/russell-means-is-near-death-in-south-dakota.html

  • Ryan

    Lynn, you sound like one of the Native American activists referenced in my comment above - claiming to represent the thoughts, opinions and interests of Native Americans, all the while the vast majority of those you "represent" simply don't agree or don't care. You speak as if you're the only one who's done research on the subject, and you are grossly misinformed. It is a subject that has been discussed MANY times in my community (as mentioned before, the local school's nickname is the Redskins). As such, much research has been done by myself and others in the community. The Sports Illustrated poll I mentioned above was just one piece of evidence. You can continue to cite documentaries made by Native American activists such as yourself, and I'm sure they are sad, moving, and play to the emotions of the viewer. But once the FACTS are presented, it becomes increasingly clear that most Native Americans simply are NOT offended by the use of Redskins (or similar names) as a mascot. Repeating a falsehood over and over again does not make it a truth.

  • http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com Lynn Salt

    Ryan. The TRUTH of this issue will rise on it's own. My words are only my words as your words are only your words. The words you use to describe the documentaries you have "not" seen are "false" because you are again speaking without real "facts" to back up what you are saying... A GOOD DAY TO DIE is not "sad" "moving" and "play to the emotions of the viewer"... REEL INJUN is not "sad" "moving" and "play to the emotions of the viewer"... those are your words based on what? You assume a lot. What if you are wrong? Is that possible? To me you have just proven that you base your information on your personal prejudices against "activist" filmmakers and films made to help people understand our history and to help others understand how unconscious and conscious use of NDN people as Sports "mascots" and Halloween "costumes" feel. I am expressing my honest feelings about how I feel here. You are telling people that I am speaking falsehoods and they you are telling the truth. I will ask the people reading our posts here to decide for themselves. I ask you and others who agree with your position here to please consider voicing your opinions on this subject on November 1st, 2012 to the National Museum of the American Indian (not really an activist group, just one that is trying to opening educate people) LS
    TOPIC WILL BE "RACIST STEREOTYPES IN AMERICAN SPORTS"
    "This event at the NMAI on November 1st will be live broadcast online:
    Here is the live online link: http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts "
    Join the conversation next Thursday, Nov. 1 and help us spread the word! #RacistSportsLogos

  • http://www.agooddaytodiefilm.com Lynn Salt

    Ryan. I ask you and others who agree with your position here to please consider voicing your opinions on this subject on November 1st, 2012 to the National Museum of the American Indian (not really an activist group, just one that is trying to opening educate people) Thank you. In Spirit. LS
    TOPIC WILL BE "RACIST STEREOTYPES IN AMERICAN SPORTS"
    "This event at the NMAI on November 1st will be live broadcast online:
    Here is the live online link: http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts "
    Join the conversation next Thursday, Nov. 1 and help us spread the word! #RacistSportsLogos

  • Darrell A West

    I like the name The Warthog

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