LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Redskins name meant to honor history

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It would be helpful to understand why our great football team was named Redskins. The team came to Washington from Boston, a city known for its colonists’ resistance to the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townsend Act of 1767 and the Tea Act of 1773, demanded by King George III and the British Parliament.

The Boston colonists had had enough — they were being denied their rights as Englishmen. To show their opposition, a group of young colonists dressed as Indians and threw a delivery of tea from England into the harbor. This spurred the colonists to action against the Crown and resulted in the start of the Revolutionary War.

Our football team was named for these young men because the name stood for honor and bravery. No racial slur was ever intended. Washington kept the name and what it stands for. The cry of the colonists was “No taxation without representation.” What could be more appropriate for Washington today?

BARBARA FRAILEY

Laytonsville

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