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PETA is stepping up in the debate regarding the NFL's Washington Redskins name by offering up a suggestion for a new name.
With growing public outcry over the suggestion that "Redskins" degrading and offensive to American Indians, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have suggested the team keeps its name – and just change the logo.
PETA offers up changing the logo to a redskin potato.
"When you hear the word 'redskin,' what do you immediately think of?" wrote PETA's Alisa Mullins in a blog post. "Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato - except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we'd be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name)."
"By keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appealing logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example on and off the field, and that's no small potatoes."
Even media figures are jumping into the debate.
On Sunday sports announcer Bob Costas of NBC Sports took time during Sunday Night Football's halftime show to lend his views to the ongoing debate surround the Washington Redskins team name.
"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins' and how it truly differs from [other team nicknames based on Native American images]," Costas said. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] 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 is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent," Costas continued.