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Opinion by Lisa Bratton
July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m. CDT
Lisa Bratton, an assistant professor of history at Tuskegee University, was a historian for the National Park Service’s Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.
In a potentially watershed moment when this nation — perhaps unwillingly — seems prepared to revisit its racial outlook, an overdue name change could play an important role. It offers a chance to not only erase a prominent symbol of white racism but also replace it with an icon of African American heroism.
The football team in our nation’s capital should change its name to the Washington Red Tails.
The change would honor the famed Tuskegee Airmen, members of the segregated military during World War II who were nicknamed the “Red Tails” because of the distinctive crimson color painted on the tails of their aircraft.
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