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.