Original posting 7-3-2020 :
FedEx, a key corporate sponsor for the Washington Redskins, has asked the NFL franchise to change its name after being pressured by a group of investment firms who argued it is racist, the company said Thursday.
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The Washington Redskins are under more pressure than ever to change their name. Having been a point of contention for a long time now with groups who feel the term “redskin” is an offensive racial slur toward the Native American population, the topic has reached its boiling point in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police Officer.
Subsequent protests have fueled changes that include the city removing the statue of George Preston Marshall, the founder of the organization and a staunch opponent of desegregation, from outside of RFK Stadium; in a move praised by Marshall’s own granddaughter, Jordan Wright.
“I was glad to see it come down,” said Wright, via the Washington Post. “It’s past time to see it go.”
Current team owner Dan Snyder went a step further in agreeing to remove Marshall’s name from all official team material and from its Ring of Honor, but Snyder has thus far stood firm on his position of not changing the team’s name. He may not have a choice any longer, however, that is if he wants to relocate the team to the land where RFK Stadium currently sits.
That sizable parcel of real estate is owned by the federal government, 190 acres in all, and several elected officials have now served up an ultimatum that requires Snyder either change the team’s name or find a new landing spot for relocation. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the District of Columbia’s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives, is one voice leading the charge.
The Washington Redskins announced Monday they will change their team name and logo after about 87 years of using it, in the wake of corporate and public pressure to ditch the moniker over racial connotations.
The Redskins did not announce a new name.
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.
“Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”