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'Redskins' takes a beating at symposium on mascots

Thursday - 2/7/2013, 1:54pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins are taking a beating at the Smithsonian.

The team's nickname _ deemed by many as an offensive term toward Native Americans _ was a prime topic of discussion at a daylong symposium Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Washington, D.C., native and University of North Florida professor E. Newton Jackson got a round of applause from the packed auditorium when he said he stopped using the nickname decades ago.

Other nicknames and mascots also came under scrutiny, including a red-skinned image named "Mr. Yakoo" used by a high school in Massachusetts.

No one from the audience defended the Redskins name during the morning session. Organizers say the team did not respond to an invitation to participate.


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