Andre Holland wore his Redskins hat, ear muffs and key chain to the National Museum of the American Indian. When the sessions ended, the 20-year-old student had removed the hat and disavowed
the nickname of his lifelong favorite NFL team, having been persuaded that it's as racist
as the worst names he might be called as an African-American.
"I really don't feel right wearing this stuff now," Holland said. "And now I can't even say `HTTR'—which is `Hail to the Redskins'—because that's chanting something racist.
I'm going to be a fan of Washington—a `Washington football team.' Not the `Washington Redskins."'
Holland was convinced
He was one of the few in the partisan crowd who showed up liking the name. As he listened, he started tweeting—and he said the feedback he got opened his eyes
Near the end of the final session, Holland went to the microphone and compared Redskins to the n-word
, then turned around and gave a hug to the Native American standing next in line.
day for me," Holland said.