After Retiring Its Racist Name, D.C. Football Team Announces Temporary Moniker
July 24, 2020
After decades of controversy, Washington D.C.’s football team is set to retire its name and mascot. Native American activists, among other critics, have long advocated for the removal of the name, which is considered by many, including the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian, to be a deeply offensive racial slur. The team, formerly known as the Washington Redskins, will keep its new name under wraps until trademark issues are resolved, reports Ben Fischer for Sports Business Daily.
Owner Daniel Snyder announced the change amid mounting pressure from sponsors and Native American rights groups. In recent months, protests against systemic racism and police brutality have swept the nation, sparked in large part by the May killing of George Floyd. The NFL team is one of many institutions now publicly reckoning with their part in perpetuating racism.