No more “Hail to the Redskins”
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/13/20, 12:14 pm
Despite years of saying he would never change the team’s name, increasing corporate pressure finally pushed majority owner Daniel Snyder to seek a new moniker for Washington, D.C.’s NFL franchise. The team announced on Monday it is dropping the 87-year-old name “Redskins” and the Indian head logo, which many saw as a slur against Native Americans.
What will the new name be? It’s unclear how long it will take team officials to rebrand the team. Leading contenders, according to various media outlets, include Redtails and Warriors. Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks have indicated they don’t plan to change their names.
Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Emily Belz’s report on a 2017 Supreme Court case that protected disparaging trademarks like the “Redskins.”
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Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.