'Redskins' takes a beating at symposium on mascots

    2013-02-07 12:54

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.