WHEREAS, The term “r-dskins” has been associated with gruesome acts of genocide, is disparaging to those of Native American heritage, and is not befitting a professional football team with such a proud, honorable, and uplifting tradition, especially a team representing the nation’s capital and playing in Maryland, a State grounded in respect for the dignity of all individuals; and
WHEREAS, The unifying force of pride for our Washington, D.C., professional football team should not be undermined by the divisive nature of its name; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That, out of respect for the diverse heritage of this nation, the Washington metropolitan area, and the team’s passionate fans, the Maryland General Assembly urges the owners of the Washington, D.C., professional football franchise to change the name of the football team to a name that is not offensive to Native Americans or any other group;
The resolution did not make it out of the Rules Committee. But Rebrand WF will be working with sympathetic Maryland legislators to re-introduce this resolution during the next legsilative session. Please contact us through our webpage if you want to be part of this effort.