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DC Council passes resolution asking Redskins to change name

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Councilman Marion Barry calls the Redskins name 'despicable.' (USATSI)

The D.C. Council passed a resolution Tuesday asking the Washington Redskins to change its name because it's considered a racial slur for Native Americans.

Ten of the 11 council members present voted in favor of the resolution. Two other members, Vincent Orange and Marion Barry, did not attend the meeting. But Barry, the former D.C. mayor, made it clear prior to the vote that the team name was unacceptable.

“It's a very serious resolution,” he told MyFoxDC.com. “Many of us for some time thought it was despicable that you would have some team called the Redskins. It's an affront to the Native Americans. It's an affront to all Americans -- it ought to be.”

And Barry told NBC Washington, “I love the Redskins. I was pushing for them [Sunday], but this is too serious. Snyder ought to be ashamed of himself.”

This isn't a new issue for Barry; in 2009, he called the team's name "degrading and disrespectful."

Councilman David Grasso, who proposed the resolution, said Tuesday (via the Washington Post) that the idea that the "Redskins" name serves to honor Native Americans “is akin to saying to the Native American people ... your pain has less worth than our football memories.”

The resolution -- titled the "Sense of the Council to Rename the Washington National Football League Team Resolution of 2013" -- is a symbolic measure whose primary purpose was to rebuke Washington's football team. Still, the Redskins lobbied (and failed) against the resolution.

Back in May, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said "We'll never change the [team] name. It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps."

 
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