The Washington Redskins are changing their name because of its negative connotations, a friend posted on Facebook.
Apparently, the National Football League team will drop the “Washington” and be known simply as the Redskins.
But seriously, folks, check out this Washington Post lede:
Eleven days before the United Church of Christ will vote on a resolution calling for its 22,000 members to boycott the Washington Redskins, a team official called a top minister and asked him to speak to three Native Americans who support the controversial name.
Does anything about that opening sentence strike you as a little off? How about the 22,000 members? I mean, I knew that mainline denominations had shrunk in recent decades, but the last time I checked, the United Church of Christ had almost 1 million members across the U.S.
Alas, since the Post functions often as a national newspaper, I assumed that the figure related to the national denomination. Wrong.