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A New Bill In California Will Force Public Schools & Their Sports Teams To Drop The Redskins Moniker

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This was a long time coming!

According to California lawmakers, public schools will be forced to ban naming sports teams The Redskins and teams already using the moniker must eventually phase it out.

[ Related: Washington Redskins' Name Deemed Offensive, Could Become The Washington Bravehearts? ]

Over the past few decades, the term "Redskins" has become extremely outdated and offensive to many, including those who don't belong to a Native American community.

Beginning January 1, the California Racial Mascots Act will give schools until 2019 to change their team names and to discontinue uniforms that bear the offensive term.

Obviously, the move has divided the state and not everyone is a supporter of the bill.

Those who DO support the measure explained:

"There is obviously a lack of respect when we allow teams to brand themselves with racial slurs. The R-word was once used to describe Native American scalps sold for bounty, and in today's society it has become widely recognized as a racial slur."

Sounds sensible to us, especially since the bill will provide schools a generous amount of time to figure out alternatives.

So, what do YOU think of the bill?

[Image via AP Images.]

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