WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For 87 years, NFL team Washington Redskins has maintained its name and logo, but finally decided to change due to recent calls.
- Navajo Nation President said the change of name was primarily because of the team name’s racist implication.
- Top retailer has also taken down Redskin merchandise from their websites amidst the call for change over racial discrimination.
On Monday, the Washington Redskins proclaimed that it is to replace its team logo and name for the first time in 87 years following public and corporate pressure to drop the brand because of its discriminatory implications.
Through a statement on July 13, the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez explained that the Redskins’ change of name and logo would be a momentous day for all native people worldwide. He noted that the move was initiated by the rising calls for reform and advocacy by Indigenous groups and individuals like Amanda Blackhorse.
The NFL Washington-based team decided to replace it due to the name’s apparent racist connotation.
In the statement, Nez also urges the NFL Washington to consider honoring the First Americans in the country and changing the name to ”Code Talkers” to give tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers and other ethnic groups that helped winning World War II by utilizing their sacred language.
He also believed the move would pave the way for rebuilding the team’s reputation and correcting Indigenous peoples’ place in history.
The new team name is yet to be announced by the Washington organization.
The franchise faced repeated criticism because of the term Redskins in the last few weeks, with FedEx making the change of name request public. The logistics corporation gave the team until the end of the 2020 season to revise its name; otherwise, it would pull down signage off the stadium.
Big retailers, including Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Nike has omitted Redskins merchandise from their online store since last week.
During the same period, ESPN reported the organization had decided to get rid of the Native American images from its logo design.
The recent public scrutiny over the team’s name was part of the nationwide call to end racial discrimination following the death of George Floyd while under arrest by Minneapolis cops on May 25.
Along with the revision, the team is also looking forward to constructing a new stadium within the D.C. city boundaries.
Nez wrote on the statement that reviewing for the change of name has commenced, and the team wanted to keep its fans, community, and sponsors informed during the process. He also assured the stakeholders that owner Dan Snyder and coach Ron Rivera are to work closely to come up with a logo and name that will elevate the football community for the decades to come.
Source: New York Post