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‘Go Redhawks’ campaign protests outside FedEx Field for Redskins name change

Organizers for “Go Redhawks” protested outside FedEx Field on Sunday to drive their message home. (ABC7)

A website boasting an alleged name change for the Washington Redskins turned out to be a hoax earlier this week but had real impact. Organizers for “Go Redhawks” protested outside FedEx Field on Sunday to drive their message home.

“A name change for the Washington football team would be easy popular, powerful,” said Rebecca Nagle, an organizer for the Go Redhawks movement. “We got over half a million hits on the website, which is 5 times as many people that fit in FedEx Field.”

The protest brought out supporters like Yohance Maqubela, son of late human rights icon Dick Gregory.

“Even if it weren't a racial slur, where would people of conscience allow a team to be named after a race? Where would we allow a team in Baltimore to be named the Baltimore Blackmen or the Atlanta Asians?” Maqubela said.

Coming off the heels of a powerful social media movement, organizers said this time, a change could really happen.

“It's not over and really the NFL and team are behind the times in 2017 to still be promoting racism with their mascot,” Nagle said.

Some fans agree they'd like to see the team score with a different name and purpose.

“I want to be treated like a first-class citizen, so I expect everyone to be treated like a first-class citizen,” longtime Washington fan Tim Bostick said.

Said fan Carissa Harold, “It's so easy to change the name so why not?"

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