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Washington Post to stop using 'Redskins' as name of team in editorials

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) — The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the "Redskins" on its editorial page.

The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says "unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too."

In an editorial explaining the decision, the board said, “… while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves.”

The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use "Redskins" in the news and sports sections.

The board noted that it has been speaking out against the Redskins name since 1992. Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said the announcement was therefore "no surprise" to the team.

The Post board also cited a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/mike-carey-longtime-nfl-referee-avoided-washingtons-games-because-of-the-name/2014/08/20/d6dae602-27b2-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html">Mike Wise commentary about an NFL referee who asked the league to quit assigning him to Washington games, a request the league complied with beginning in 2006.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” said Mike Carey, who was the first African American to officiate in a Super Bowl and was named as one of the best referees in the league in an ESPN poll of coaches. Carey retired after 19 years as a referee.

Several major newspapers have stopped using the name altogether. CBS lead analyst Phil Simms said this week he will likely avoid the name when he announces a Washington game this season.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, claiming it honors Native Americans.

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