Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) are supporting a name change for the Washington Redskins.
At Tuesday's business meeting, Randall and Saines will be recommending the board send a letter encouraging Washington owner Dan Snyder to rename the NFL team.
The franchise, which practices and has its corporate headquarters in Ashburn, said on Friday it is undergoing a “thorough review.” The team plays its home games in Landover, Maryland.
The latest review comes in the wake of nationwide protests and rallies fighting against systemic racism and police brutality.
FedEx, the title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium, announced last week it wants the team to change its name. FedEx said in a statement on July 2, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“
The name "Redskin" has been commonly known as being offensive and insulting to Native Americans dating back to the mid-18th century.
"I am very happy that they're talking, which ... they have called a 'thorough review,'" Randall said. "I think it is appropriate to take the thorough review. I think the name is an inappropriate name, and I do not think that continuing to profit and benefit from the historical pain of all cultures is appropriate."
Randall said it's important for the board to weigh in on the issue considering Loudoun is home to the franchise's corporate headquarters. She said the board was notified on Monday about the intentions of her and Saines, and a draft of the letter was emailed Monday night.
Saines said he hopes owner Dan Snyder will change the name.
"As a lifelong fan and former season ticket holder, I pray Mr. Snyder does the right thing and changes the name," Saines said. "If he truly wants to honor Native Americans he would work with their communities to select a new name that is not derogatory."
Snyder, who has opposed the move in the past, has had ongoing discussions with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the subject, according to multiple news outlets.
Snyder said in a prepared statement last week, “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.”