The Washington Redkins announced Friday the team is undergoing internal deliberations over a potential name change as the National Football League (NFL) pivots to appease woke activists in a never-ending effort to achieve “social justice.”
“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name,” the team said in a statement. “This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having in the league in recent weeks.”
Potentially big news: The #Redskins have been having internal discussions about their team name and now will conduct a formal, thorough review. Full statement, including quotes from owner Dan Snyder, on a possible name change: pic.twitter.com/49mpesZGs9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 3, 2020
The team’s name allegedly perpetuating a racist stereotype of Native Americans has long been controversial as the 21st century woke revolution simmered under the surface of the nation’s culture wars in recent years. Now, as statues of even George Washington fall, so too are the names of franchises mobs have long considered problematic.
According to ESPN, Nike removed redskins merchandise from its online store by Thursday night, and FedEx, whose name is on the team’s stadium also requested a name change. An Ohio high school also announced this week it would no longer use the mascot “Redskins.”
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Redskins Owner Dan Snyder said Friday.
Others have criticized the name change as another form of disservice to honoring native Americans.
“Breaking the connection between Washington, DC’s football team and its American Indian imagery can be just one more form of cultural erasure for a group of people who should ultimately be more prominently featured in the American experience,” wrote RedKyle Smith for HogsHaven.
Engagement on the subject of the Redskins’ team name and its associated imagery requires a recognition of where concerns about them come from as well as the franchise’s legitimately checkered racial history… Some (on both sides of the issue) would argue that the best outcome is for the team to divest itself from its American Indian association altogether. I disagree, as that simply results in one less opportunity for awareness building and American Indian community benefit.
The move comes as the NFL changes its tone on anti-American protests at its events, declaring last month that it now encouraged players to kneel during the national anthem. The football league also said this week it would be adding the black national anthem to its regular programming having it played before each game in addition to the Star Spangled Banner.
The NFL has not said whether national anthems celebrating other minorities would be included in the regular pre-game schedules