The Washington Football Team is the new name of the old Redskins. On Monday, the Washington Redskins announced that they will be retiring their nickname. Also, logo after completing a thorough review that began on July 3.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name. Also logo upon completion of this review,” the team said in a statement.
“Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name. Plus design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise. Inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.” What will it be?
The team had resisted changing its nickname for years. With owner Dan Snyder telling USA Today in 2013 to “put it in all caps” that he would never make such a move. Never say never.
Washington Football Team Name & Logo News
However, Snyder and the team were under more pressure to change Washington’s nickname. This after the protests against social injustice began following the May death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Familiar?
“The NFL and Dan Snyder have finally made the right call. Change the Mascot commends them for it,” Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative and head of the Change the Mascot campaign, said in a statement Monday. “This is a good decision. For the country — not just Native peoples — since it closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward Native Americans. Other people of color. Future generations of Native youth will no longer be subjected to this offensive and harmful slur every Sunday during football season.
“We have made clear from the start that this movement was never about political correctness, but seeking to prevent unnecessary harm to our youth, since we know from social scientists the many harmful effects this mascot has had on Native Americans’ self-image. Today marks the start of a new chapter for the NFL and the Washington franchise, beginning a new legacy that can be more inclusive for fans of all backgrounds.”