The D.C. Council strongly supported a resolution Tuesday calling on the Washington Redskins to ditch their controversial name, fueling the fire for one of Capitol Hillís foremost opponents of the name.
In the minutes preceding the 10-0-1 vote, from which two councilmembers abstained, Rep. Betty McCollum launched a tirade against the name on her Twitter account.
ďThe word Red****s is a racial slur. It is offensive/demeaning to Native Americans and all Americans alike. #changethename,Ē the Minnesota Democrat tweeted.
The fight to rebrand the local football team comes to McCollumís home turf on Thursday, when the Minnesota Vikings meet the Washington Redskins at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.
McCollum has announced her intent to join members of the American Indian Movement to protest the arrival of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who has said he has no intention to change the teamís name.
Snyder frames the issue as a matter of tradition and history for the 81-year-old team.
In advance of the game, McCollum has issued a letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, local political leaders and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority asking that use of the Redskins logo be limited, despite potentially conflicting contractual obligations with the NFL. Snyder and the NFL have a right to free speech, she writes, ďbut the people of Minnesota do not have an obligation to open the doors of our public sports facility and allow for a for-profit entity to display and promote their racial slur.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.