I say this as a man who grew up in DC and a die hard fan of the team. The name is embarrassing and offensive. I don't want to hear this "tradition" garbage. Tradition has its place, but if it is used as a defense of backwards practices then it should not hold up.
On the positive side, I think DC has a cool opportunity to change the name and align he team colors to the red, white and blue of the other three major sports teams in the city.