For a few years, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared to be doing the right thing. She would not use the name of the Washington football team. She wore team apparel without the name and the stereotypical logo. But shortly before Labor Day, she reached out to the team, said she wanted them back in DC, and started using their name. Why? It seems the almighty dollar can answer that question. She is quoted as saying, "In the world of capital, you invest in the arts. You invest in the restaurants and a great nightlife scene and walkable, livable communities — and also in sport.” Yet, it is unclear whether sports stadiums really pay for themselves, particularly football stadiums that host so few games a year. More importantly, a dictionary defined racial slur perpetuates racism and damaging stereotypes. We thank DC Councilmember David Grosso who said in response to the Mayor's efforts, “I am disappointed to hear that Mayor Bowser is trying to bring the NFL’s Washington Football Team back into the District of Columbia. Though I have been a lifetime fan of the team, I continue to be frustrated and offended by the team’s name and oppose any efforts for them to play in our city.” Thank you Councilmember! Isn't it as simple as that?
Josh Silver is one of the founders of RWF and is a life time fan that wants the name changed!