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'Redskins Pride Caucus' Enters Slur Controversy

Three Virginia legislators hope to represent the interests of professional football fans and challenge the authority of the U.S. Congress with the announcement of the "Redskins Pride Caucus," Monday.

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A bipartisan group of Virginia state legislators called the "Redskins Pride Caucus" (RPC) aims to combat congressional involvement in the Redskins franchise.

State Sen. Chap Peterson, D-Fairfax City; Delegate Jackson Miller, R-Manassas; and Delegate David Ramadan, R-Loudoun announced the formation of the RPC Monday, June 23. The group intends to represent the interests of professional football fans across the Commonwealth.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office revoked the Washington Redskins trademark registration June 18, saying “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.

Native American groups have lobbied members of congress and the general public to call for a name change. Team owner Daniel Snyder has adamantly claimed the team's 81-year-old name and logo are intended to honor Native Americans, citing evidence that most Native Americans do not find the term offensive, according to the Washington Post.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. of the United States Congress have since urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League in a letter to "take a formal position in support of a name change," the Washington Post reports. 

What do you think of the Washington Redskins name controversy? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

The RPC's founding principles are as follows, according to a press release:
  1. "Providing a voice for Redskins fans and season ticket holders."
  2. "Supporting the Redskins franchise, a Virginia-based business that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable revenue for schools, roads, public safety and other important public services in the Commonwealth."
  3. "Opposing inappropriate involvement of the United States Congress in issues surrounding the Redskins franchise and its supporters."
  4. "Supporting commercial freedom in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rights of businesses to their own brands and intellectual property.
The RPC will formally announce the group a news conference this afternoon in the House Briefing-Media Room of the General Assembly Building. The meeting is open to the public.
Alicia Knight June 26, 2014 at 08:45 PM
That's right Tee - Snyder can keep the damn name -- but don't expect the government to enforce exclusive use of it. Nor should he expect the government to grant him exclusive rights to team ownership. That's like the government saying there can be only one burger joint or only one department store. Snyder can keep his team and we can let another team in without a racist name. Put the stadium in DC proper. Those of us who don't care to associate with Snyder's bigoted name can buy tickets to the new team. Free market solution. Snyder keeps his crappy team with crappy name -- the rest of us get a new team to root for.
Bob June 26, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Until this socialist left winged propaganda started the word Redskins meant football player.
Kitty June 29, 2014 at 07:02 AM
Government needs to take care of government and leave sports out of it. I am a direct decedent of Pocahontas and think the name Redskins is fine. I agree with the RPC. Why look a gift horse in the mouth. This team brings millions into Virginia each year. Maybe they should remove the name "Washington". Who wants to be associated with what is going on up there now.
John Lovaas June 29, 2014 at 07:04 AM
It is sad that a sports team which for many years was a source fun and even a unifiying pride in the Washington metro region has become a new battleground for disagreement and division among us. A sign of the times.
Marie July 04, 2014 at 10:13 AM
I'm glad these legislatures are doing this.

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