WASHINGTON -- The Washington City Paper is going after the Redskins again.
The weekly newspaper announced Thursday that, henceforth, it will refer to the local NFL team as the Pigskins "instead of the name the team prefers, which is a pejorative term for Native Americans."
Pigskins - which is supposed to be a reference to the "Hogs," Washington's famed offensive line during the first Joe Gibbs era - was chosen by the Paper with assistance of a reader poll.
It's been little more than a year since Dan Snyder dropped a $1 million defamation lawsuit against the Paper after it published "The Cranky Redskins Fans' Guide to Dan Snyder," which painted a less-than-glowing picture of the Redskins owner.
Though Snyder has done enough things over the years to draw the ire of the team's fans, the Paper may be the one receiving blowback on this one. The nickname Redskins is clearly a flashpoint for many Native Americans who consider it blatantly racist, and whether the team should alter the name has been a controversial point of debate in the courts of law and public opinion over the years.
However the Paper's approach could be interpreted as making light of the issue rather than seriously addressing it. The Kansas City Star, for instance, adheres to a policy of omitting the word Redskins from its NFL stories, which seems a more appropriate way to keep a serious issue at the forefront.