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Dear member of the county council:
It is our understanding that County Executive Marc Elrich will be introducing a resolution asking Mr. Snyder to change the name of the professional Washington football team. The name of the team is a dictionary defined racial slur that perpetuates stereotypes and demeans Native Americans.
In 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) passed a resolution calling for the immediate retirement of Native American mascots in schools and athletics in part because the APA determined that such mascots were detrimental to the learning environment of both non-Native and Native youth. Over 2,000 high schools have dropped Native American names and mascots and 28 have dropped the name R-skins.
In 2013, the District of Columbia Council passed a resolution asking Mr. Snyder to change the name of the team. The Arlington County Board followed in 2015.
If Montgomery County also adopts a resolution, local governments would be sending a strong signal to Mr. Snyder that it is time to change the name. A resolution would also serve as a valuable educational tool, increasing awareness in Montgomery County about the harms caused by the name and logo of the football team.
Please pass a resolution asking Mr. Snyder to change the name of his team.