The Redskins are dealing with strong protests and political pressure from those who want the team name change
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Washington Redskins will face the Cleveland Browns Monday night.
The Redskins are also facing similar issues as another Cleveland team -- the Cleveland Indians.
The Redskins are dealing with strong protests and political pressure from those who want the team name changed.
There are some common issues shared with Cleveland and national critics hoping the Indians will retire Chief Wahoo.
The Redskins name is a bigger hot-button issue than the profile symbol of a Native American that appears on team helmets.
Critics say it's racially offensive and derives from a disparaging term used by bounty hunters collecting money for killing Native Americans.
President Barack Obama said he'd "consider" changing the name.
A group of Senators has called on both team owner Daniels Snyder and the NFL to retire the Redskins name.
Senator Harry Reid said, "The NFL has sat on its hands while an entire population has been denigrated."
But NFL owner Roger Goodell has said, "This is the name of a football team, a team that has had the name for 80 years and has presented the name in a way that has honored Native Americans.
Team Owner Daniel Snyder has vowed he will "never " change the name.
Snyder contends most Native Americans are not offended by the name. He has set up a foundation to help Native Americans deal with social and economic issues
A U.S. Patent hearing board has revoked the Redskins' trademark protection.
The team has sued, preparing to re-fight the same legal battle.
Lawyer Terry Gilbert , who works with the anti-Wahoo group People Not Mascots, said "When you watch the Redskins-Browns game tonight, think about the name Redskins and what it connotes."
Both the Redskins' and Indians' surveys show a majority of their fans support familiar names and symbols.
But protests and actions will continue in both Washington and Cleveland.
In Washington, one protester said, " I don't think Mr. Snyder knows the meaning of the word 'Never.' "
In Cleveland, anti-Wahoo spokesman Robert Roche promised a multi-billion dollar lawsuit would be filed against the Indians in July.
That has not happened.
Gilbert says the issue is terribly complex and a volunteer legal team is reviewing legal options and strategies.
"It takes a while to change the conscience of a culture. We are putting our hope in the younger generation to see this is wrong, " he said.
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