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Richmond Free Press banishes 'Redskins' from its pages

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The publisher of the Richmond Free Press says the paper will no longer use the name Redskins. Instead, it will call them Washington's professional football team.

"We decided that because it is an insulting name, it is an outrageous name and as a city we should not become acclimated to the outrageous," said editor Raymond Boone. He also called the name of the team racist and un-American.

The ongoing controversy has divided some Redskins fans.

"It's been the name for a long time. There is no need to change it now," said Wes Vanable, a self-described die-hard 'Skins fan. 

"It's kind of fifty-fifty. I can see it from the ethical side but I also see it from Dan Snyder's side" said Ronnie Henderson.

Snyder, the team's owner, has vowed to keep the nickname and referred to it as a "badge of honor."

However, the Oneida Indian Nation has protested the name and President Barack Obama has also said he would think about changing the name, if he were the owner.

Raymond Boone says the goal of the the Richmond Free Press has always been to pioneer. He says he hopes others will follow his lead and stand up against the name Redskins. 

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