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Loudoun supervisors passionately defend Redskins

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Nov. 6 supporting the Washington Redskins’ freedom to decide their name. The Redskins’ practice facility and headquarters, pictured here in 2007, is located in Ashburn. Times-Mirror File Photo
Loudoun's Board of Supervisors took an unwavering stand Wednesday night defending the Washington Redskins management’s decision thus far not to heed the calls demanding the team change its name. The board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution supporting the professional football franchise's freedom to decide its name.

The term redskins is deemed a racial epithet by many people within and outside the Native American community, and the controversy surrounding the name has steadily heightened in recent months.

The Washington football team's practice facility and headquarters is in Ashburn in eastern Loudoun County. In early 2012, the supervisors signed off on a deal to spend $2 million – $500,000 annually for four years – to showcase the county through various avenues with the Redskins.

Board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) said he's "kind of had enough" with "some elitist news organizations."

"It will be up to the decision of the Washington Redskins what they want to do. But I'm just kind of thoroughly disgusted [with] what is going on,” said York, who recently participated in an online debate with U.S. News and World Report.

In October, NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas provided one of the most public condemnations of the team's name during halftime of a Sunday Night Football broadcast featuring Washington and Dallas.

" ... think about the term ‘Redskins' and how it truly differs from all the others," Costas said. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term."

“It's an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent," Costas added.

Loudoun supervisors Wednesday were intent on defending the Loudoun County business and the free market system.

Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) said the controversy is "political correctness run amok," rehashing a phrase from Costas.

“Some people will say, 'why is this our business?'” said Buona. “My first question is why is it the D.C.'s City Council business? The Washington Redskins do not play in Washington, they play in Maryland. The Washington Redskins are not headquartered in D.C. They're headquartered in Loudoun County, Virginia. It's our business … The resolution says the Redskins have the right to weigh customer input. Loudoun County is a customer of the Washington Redskins. We have a financial deal in place with the Redskins.”

Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) quoted the first phrase of the Republican Party creed to validate her stance.

“We believe that the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice," Volpe said, reading the creed. "… I don't need some House of Representatives non-voting member in D.C. trying to dictate to a privately-owned business headquartered in our county what their name should be.

“Where does it stop?” Volpe added. “What if somebody doesn't like Telos, or somebody doesn't like Sprint … Fighting Irish, thank you very much.”

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“Ask Not How To Be Historically Ignorant Sycophants;
Pass An Unnecessary TaxPayer Funded Resolution -
And Prove That You Are!”

That money should have been allocated for something else in loudoun county and not wasted on an NFL team that makes billions. Poor leadship at all levels of govt. Willing to spend our hard earned tax dollars.

If the team were known as the Washington Pointless-Bloviators I’m sure our BOS would find that hits a little closer to home and they’d probably go the other way on a resolution…

Other than the existence of the facility, which is hopefully paying the full tax burden and not some reduced “friends of York” rate, the people of Loudoun get nothing for that $2M.  Plus, as Spark pointed out, they don’t need Loudoun County’s help promoting the team.  That is like suggesting Apple needs Scott York’s help to promote a product.  The Redskins/NFL have professional marketing plans and dedicated teams of professionals.  The Loudoun BoS is amateur hour.

I don’t know if York was angling for some free tickets, or maybe an invite up to Danny’s house, but he certainly doesn’t have the taxpayer in mind with any of this. 

If you want to be a “Redskins” fan, then go buy some jerseys and show up places wearing them.  There is no need for our government to formally endorse the name.

@Skid Row - Yes, the HQ is in Loudoun.  Big deal.  Do tour buses go by this building like it’s some sort of mecca ?  Hardly.  And the training camp is in Richmond.  The BOS wasted 2 million dollars of our taxes on this organization to promote it.  I hardly think the Redskins need any more promotion, do you ?  Now they’re publicly defending their name -why ?  So they can ultimately end up looking like a bunch of good ole boys, unable to change with a changing perspective of what is appropriate and what is not ?

Public schools prohibit kids from wearing clothes with racist language.  Are Washington Football frachise jerseys prohibited in schools or is this an exception to the rule because money trumps principle.

It is their purview because the team’s HQ is in Loudoun County. It is a gesture of support to the team. No different than the radical DC council voting to oppose the Redskins. I guess it’s because DC is pissed nobody wants to put a dime into that liberal city with its high taxes and unpredictable wage policies that recently tried to extort money out of Walmart.

I could care less either way what the Redskins name is.  But, I find it puzzling that our leaders of our local government think it is their purview to get involved in the debate.  This is a social issue, not an economic issue.  If York has “kind of had enough” of the debate, perhaps he should abstain from making any comments about it and looking like a rufus in the process.

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