What to call Washington's football team? Easy: The Potomacs [Letter]

June 27, 2014

It was ironic for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to use the term "Native Americans" recently when referring to descendants of the indigenous peoples who inhabited this continent before Europeans arrived ("Redskins name controversy heats up with federal cancellation of trademark," June 18).

Those native peoples would never call themselves "Americans." The name "Americus" (Latin for America) was heavily inked onto early maps of the "New World" in large part as a promotional advertisement for a European adventurer and explorer named Amerigo Vespucci.

A friend of mine suggested that the most fitting name for the Washington football franchise would be the one the area's indigenous people called themselves: The "Potomacs."

Washington, D.C., was built on a river that recalls the name of these native peoples. Why shouldn't the football team's name help us remember the proud warriors who called themselves Potomacs?

The Washington Potomacs. It has a nice ring to it.

Peter Schwab, Parkton

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