“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the statement said.
”… We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.”
We’ll see how this goes. In 2013, Dan Snyder said the team would “never” change its name.
In related news, the Cleveland Indians have also announced they’re looking into changing their name. Over the past few years, they’ve eliminated the Chief Wahoo logo in the lead up to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, but the team nickname has remained.
Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night that they will review their long-debated nickname, which has been in place for 105 years.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement that came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced a similar move. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.”
All of this comes with the newly added pressure to eliminate racially insensitive material across many mediums in the US. I grew up a Braves fan as a kid. I remember my father, who was part Oglala Lakota, questioning the used of the Braves name back in the early 1990’s. I remember reading the article which suggested many alternative names, one of those being the Atlanta Kings to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This at a time when I went to my first game there in 1990, they had this as one of three mascots at the time.
Over the past year, the team has stated they would eliminate the Tomahawk Chop chant and have changed their social media hashtag from “#ChopOn” to “#ForTheA”. This is also as Atlanta is due to host the MLB All-Star Game in 2021.
I’m curious to see how far this ball rolls down the road.