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Update: This event has been canceled.
It’s hard not to groan when the actual name of our city’s football team is used. While City Paper readers recently voted to rechristen the team the Washington Pigskins, the Smithsonian is taking a long-winded approach, going with “the Washington, D.C. professional football organization” at today’s symposium. “Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports” plans to, of course, include a discussion of our football team’s name and logo, but organizers hope to take the conversation beyond that, delving into everything from the NCAA’s policy against “hostile and abusive” names, to the persistence of those names, to the psychology behind sports stereotypes. Sponsoring organization the National Museum of the American Indian hopes to show attendees why so many team names are problematic, but also how they’re rooted in an ugly, violent, and still-open chapter in history with which American sports organizations seem all too cozy.
The forum runs from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. nmai.si.edu.