The San Francisco Chronicle last week became the latest news organization to decide it will refer to Washington, D.C.'s NFL team in stories without using the team name.
"Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs ... except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it," she wrote in the email to Beaujon. "We are choosing to use another word that accurately describes what we are writing about."
The Salt Lake Tribune made the same choice in September before the NFL season started. Other publications, including the Kansas City Star, Slate and Mother Jones, also have opted not to use Washington's team name, and more certainly will follow.