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Protesters at Lambeau Field push for change to Redskins' name

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) -

The Green Bay Packers home opener carried some controversy with it.

People gathered outside Lambeau Field to protest the name of the Packers opponent, the Washington Redskins. They say the name is racist.

About two dozen people stood outside the stadium in the rain starting around 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

"I'll stand in the rain any day for, to get people to realize that we have a big issue here," said Hugh Danforth of Oneida.

The name "redskins" has been part of the team for 80 years. But protesters say tradition isn't a good enough reason to keep the name.

"We're teaching racism to so many people," said Katherine Kerscher of Green Bay. "Little kids are coming here and learning that it's OK to use the word 'redskin', and it's not."

"If some people aren't receiving respect and also being hurt by it, even when they don't know it, it's time to change," said Barb Miller of Menomonie.

The Redskins' owner has said the team's name will never change, although the NFL commissioner recently said perhaps it's time to listen to these concerns about it.

Newsline 9 talked to some Washington fans on the field Sunday. They stand by the name and say they were offended by some of the signs they saw at the protest.

The group outside Lambeau Field obviously disagrees with that.

"It's still a racist term," said Kerscher. "You're using the word 'redskins.'"

An organizer told Newsline 9 similar protests are planned across the country as the Redskins continue their season.

A Packers spokesman said the team has no comment, but that the organization did set up an area specifically for the group to protest.

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