Redskins Fiasco

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29419164/native-american-groups-ask-nfl-force-washington-redskins-change-name

EDIT: idk why the pic won't upload

In light of all the recent movements fighting for social justice and the silent war against racial inequality, one headline even peaks the curiosity of the sports world. Established in 1932, the Washington Redskins always find themselves being a topic of conversation in the NFL; these discussions usually end up being about how bad they are, but in more recent years, the focus has turned to their controversial franchise name. With lots of changes arriving in America aiming to be more inclusive and help reduce discrimination, some have been putting pressure on the NFL to force the Redskins to rebrand their image and team name. More recently, Native American group leaders themselves have chimed in as well. Efforts in the past have been proven unsuccessful, but team sponsors and websites responsible for merchandise have begun to cut ties with the franchise, putting their foot on the gas. (Money talks.) Being such a minority in the United States, it is important to include the indigenous population in society, however labeling them as "redskins" is very discriminatory and leaves an aftertaste of oppression and mockery, seeing as it is being profited by the "white man" in a white-owned franchise. Whether or not this change comes to fruition (and in the event that it does, what it is changed to), has the potential to be a big step forward for the indigenous community and the rest of America, proving that voices (eventually) are in fact heard, empowering the minorities of our western world.



Comments

arek p. July 7, 2020, 3:33 AM

it wouldn't let me publish an image lol

Stephen Mandi July 7, 2020, 4:55 PM

The term redskins is outdated and offensive, and steps should be taken to make changes, especially on such a huge platform.

Aysha Ali July 8, 2020, 8:15 PM

Very insightful analysis! Thank you so much for sharing. This issue definitely needs more public awareness and a change needs to be made.

Larrie-Anne Reano July 8, 2020, 10:26 PM

I first heard about this controversial in one of my classes. It was discussed that the initial intention was pure. They wanted to represent the first nation into a bigger picture. But, it is sad to see that it turned out as an exploitation over the years. Instead of empowering them, this act makes them feel helpless as well discriminated.

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