Slate Magazine refuses to use the name Redskins

Slate Magazine will no longer refer to the Washington, DC area NFL franchise by the name “Redskins.”

According to the Washington Times, the online magazine has decided not to use the word Redskins anymore and will instead refer to them as that team from Washington.

The new policy adopted by the magazine was explained in Thursday’s post:

“This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins. For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians.”

Slate, a site owned by the Washington Post, is the newest media outlet making a push for the NFL team to change its name. Most recently the Washington City Paper, several writers from the Buffalo News and the Philadelphia Daily News have all decided not to reference the name Redskins.

Former Washington Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green have also opined that the team should consider a name change. In addition, members of Congress sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter urging a name change.

But whether or not to change the storied franchise’s name is up to the team’s owner Daniel Snyder, who told USA Today, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”




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