You'd never know Washington, D.C., was the capital of political correctness based on the name of its NFL team, the Washington Redskins.
The name has long been the subject of controversy, with many saying it's offensive and racist toward Native Americans and should be changed.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a member of the Chickasaw Nation, said recently the team should change its name, but he said he would take no action and leave it up to the owner, Daniel Snyder, Roll Call reports.
"Come on. This is the 21st century. This is the capital of political correctness on the planet," Cole told Roll Call. "It is very, very, very offensive. This isn't like warriors or chiefs. It's not a term of respect, and it's needlessly offensive to a large part of our population. They just don't happen to live around Washington, D.C."
Others lament that the team's name is too deeply a part of Washington tradition and history. Generations have heard the team's fight song, "Hail to the Redskins," and collected merchandise bearing the name. In 1992, a group of Native Americans filed a lawsuit against the brand, saying it was offensive. It was dismissed in 2009, when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, according to the Associated Press.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was asked at the annual state-of-the-league press conference Friday about whether the team should change its name, indicated it's unlikely any time soon, NBC reports. "I think [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder and the organization have made it very clear that they're proud of that heritage and that name, and I believe fans are, too," Goodell said.
Via Roll Call and NBC and the Associated Press