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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.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 12:48 pm

    I like the lone comment from Emily's 2017 post. It still applies. Though that was in regards to the Supreme Court article it still applies to this current lunacy. 
    "I think the powers-that-be would do better if they worked on stopping hate first and then hate speech will take care of itself."

    [I forgot to post the quote]

  •  Gammelmann's picture
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 12:44 pm

    There doesn't appear to be a "native Ameican" face inthe picture.

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 12:49 pm

    Yes. I notced that as well. A curiousity.

    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 04:01 pm

    What's also interesting is the conflicting findings from a "survey" and a "study":

    When a 2016 Washington Post poll found nine in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the name, [owner Dan] Snyder said the team, fans and community believe it “represents honor, respect and pride.”

    A peer-reviewed UC Berkeley study co-authored by [University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of psychology Arianne] Eason and University of Michigan diversity of social transformation professor of psychology Stephanie Fryberg that was released earlier this year revealed 49% of the 1,000 Native Americans surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the name was offensive. That number goes up to 67% among those who strongly identify as Native.

    (I'm not into sports, but if there's to be a name change, I'd vote for Warriors.)

  • RC
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 05:26 pm

    I am offended at the words, “Native American”.  They are not “native” to this land.  Then, when they include the word, “American” they are creating an offence to those of their tribes who live in Canada or Mexico. The archeological evidence places “this people group” coming over from northern Asia.  How about a new group name that is more accurate, “Early Migrants to North America”.  Sorry, I don’t have the time, energy or desire to start protesting to get this change made, just making a point.  There are way too many thin skinned people feeling offended with things that is not meant as an offence.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 07:16 pm

    Technically, the "Native Americans" did not go thru legal immigration when they crossed over from Siberia. So perhaps the correct name is "Illegal Immigrants."  

    Or, if you share the Mormon belief that "Native Americans" are actually descendants of some of the missing tribes of Israel, perhaps the correct name is "North and South American Tribes of Jews."  

    And by the way, I understand "Mormons" is now considered offensive.  So above, delete "Mormon " and insert "Latter Day Saints."

    Also, I think now some people object to the name "Jews."  So delete "Jews" above and insert "Descendants of Jacob Grandson of Abraham."

    I also think we need another look at "White People."  Almost none of us are white. I am sort of pale pinkish beige. Others are various shades but only albinos are actually white. Same for "Black People."  I don't recall ever seeing anyone I would call true black in color.  

    So if your thing is having something to take offense from, you're probably covered.

    Or perhaps it would be better if I shut up and go away!  Heheh  

  •  Varenikje's picture
    Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 08:52 am

    Or some years ago, I recall a shirt depicting "The Fighting White-ees"  which that never became a thing. Snort! 

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 05:08 pm

    With so many people ignoring the NFL over other issues, who would notice if the Redskins changed their name?