The Washington Americans

19 June 2014 » Football, Politics

This week presented yet another opportunity to suggest a proposal to rename the Washington Redskins to something less controversial. As I see it, the “Washington Americans” makes the most sense.

It removes a racial slur from the name, expands the appeal of the team to represent the capital city (as a kid, I thought the team hailed from Washington state), and it requires little – if any – change to the existing uniform and logo.

I’m not sure if I’m the first one who came up with the idea, but I’ve sent messages via the redskins.com feedback form a couple of times over the past 10 years.

December 2005

Greetings,

Congrats on the win today, and good luck next week at Seattle.

I just wanted to share my thoughts on your team name. I enjoy the history of the team, and the logo and colors. However, every time I hear the word “redskin,” I cringe (and it’s not just because I’m a New York Giants fan :).

My suggestion is to seize the opportunity and rename the team the Washington Americans. You would honor both native-American heritage, and unify that with your home in the nation’s capital.

Just a suggestion. And again, good luck… Unless you face the Giants in the NFC Championship. :)

December 2009

Greetings,

I wrote a similar note about four years ago through redskins.com, and after watching the prime time Sunday night game last night, I thought I’d write again.

I wanted to share my thoughts on your team name. I enjoy the history of the team, and the logo and colors. However, every time I hear the word “redskin,” I cringe (and it’s not just because I’m a New York Giants fan :).

My suggestion is to seize an opportunity and rename the team the Washington *Americans* without a change to logo or team colors. You’d continue to recognize native-American heritage and team history yet also strengthen the team’s association with your home in the nation’s capital.

Furthermore, by using the name “Americans” by itself, without any hyphenated prefix suggesting exclusion or exception such as “Native-,” makes a statement that all US football fans are united as a single nation with a common history.

Of course, this is just my suggestion. But, in what’s looking to be an off season full of change, I think you have a golden opportunity to break with a negative aspect of the past and look to a greater future of the franchise here.

If you could float the idea by Daniel Snyder I’d very much appreciate it.

I’ve also shared the idea a couple of times on Twitter to a positive reception.

Putting aside whoever it was that first came up with the suggestion to rename the team to the Americans, it’s at least a positive starting point to find common ground in this controversy.

It addresses the most offensive part of the name, reduces the cost of change to logo and uniform, and it expands representation of the city and the sport of American Football during this dreadful onslaught of World Cup “football.” :)