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Redskins' name is 'racist,' councilmember says

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(AP/ABC7) - The debate over whether to change the Washington Redskins team name is heating up.

Later Wednesday, a D.C. councilmember plans to introduce a resolution that calls on the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Councilmember David Grosso, an at-large independent, says the name is "racist and derogatory," adding "it's time to make a change."

Grosso said a majority of his fellow councilmembers have agreed to co-sponsor the nonbinding resolution.

The team's nickname has been the subject of renewed debate in recent months. A group of Native Americans has launched a new court battle to deny the team federal trademark protection, which would essentially force a name change.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III seemingly weighed in on the debate with this tweet:

He later tweeted:

Griffin didn't clarify whether the tweets were directly related to calls for his team to change their name, but fans are reacting.

"Why would you change the name. I don't see any reason to do it," said D.C. resident Alan Jones

District resident Derrick Coney countered, "If it was offensive to my people, I would have a problem with it, so I don't see a problem with changing the name...I don't think this city is going to love this team any less with a different name."

Grosso agrees. His resolution suggests "Redtails" as a new nickname. He says it would honor the Tuskegee Airmen and allow the team to maintain its fight song and color scheme with a few minor changes.

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