Six years ago, the New York Daily News made the decision, when covering the National Football franchise in Washington, D.C., to dispense using its official nickname, noting that while “enormously popular and deeply ingrained in sporting culture,” the moniker “is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes.”

After decades of defiantly rejecting calls to change the name, the team’s principal owner Dan Snyder on Monday finally came to his senses.

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