The Washington Redskins introduced Friday that they’d start “an intensive assessment of the group’s title.”
“In gentle of latest occasions round our nation and suggestions from our neighborhood, the Washington Redskins are saying the group will bear an intensive assessment of the group’s title,” it mentioned.
The temporary information launch included the phrase “redskins” seven occasions. The announcement was disclosed by ESPN, and got here someday after FedEx, the delivery large that has a $205 million naming rights deal for Washington’s house stadium, mentioned it had informed the group it wished the title to be modified.
In a statement on NFL.com, Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, mentioned the league was supportive of the transfer and had been discussing the title with the group’s proprietor, Dan Snyder, in latest weeks.
Snyder, who has resisted altering the title for years, mentioned the assessment would let the group get enter from all corners.
“This course of permits the group to take into consideration not solely the proud custom and historical past of the franchise but additionally enter from our alumni, the group, sponsors, the Nationwide Soccer League and the local people,” Snyder mentioned within the assertion.
The group’s coach, Ron Rivera, mentioned, “This concern is of non-public significance to me and I sit up for working carefully with Dan Snyder to ensure we proceed the mission of honoring and supporting Native Individuals and our army.”
No matter its conclusions, the assessment is a end result of years of protest and defiance over a nickname that many Native Individuals and different advocates for change think about deeply offensive.
A take a look at the historical past of the group and its title:
1769 The primary recognized use of the phrase “redskin,” within the papers of Sir William Johnson. The Oxford English Dictionary says the phrase is “continuously thought-about offensive.” Nicknames with Indian connotations date to the 1850s in American sports activities.
1932 The Nationwide Soccer League awards a franchise to Boston below an possession group that features George Preston Marshall. The group is dubbed the Braves, as a result of it performs at Braves Subject, house of baseball’s Boston Braves.
1933 For its second season, the group strikes to Fenway Park and modifications its nickname to the Redskins. Probably that is partially to reflect in the popularity of the 2 baseball groups on the town, the Braves and Pink Sox. For a recreation towards the Bears, Marshall tells his gamers to apply face paint.
1936 The Redskins qualify for the championship recreation, however Marshall, sad with the variety of followers at video games in Boston, strikes the sport to the Polo Grounds in New York (the Redskins lose). The following 12 months he strikes the group to Washington, the place they preserve the Redskins title.
1968 Actions start to re-examine and maybe change Indian-based nicknames for sports activities groups. Dartmouth college students ask to change its nickname from Indians. Dartmouth drops the title in 1974, and another faculties observe.
1991 The Atlanta Braves’ journey to the World Sequence and its followers use of a tomahawk chop gesture brings new attention and criticism to Indian-themed groups. The following 12 months, with the Redskins and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs below stress, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said: “Within the context of sports activities, these nicknames are extraordinarily optimistic. You consider nice gamers and nice rivalries.”
Clyde Bellecourt, a Chippewa who’s government director of the American Indian Motion, mentioned, “We’re attempting to persuade folks we’re human beings and never mascots.”
1997 Miami of Ohio modifications its nickname from Redskins to Redhawks.
1999 The US Patent and Trademark Workplace guidelines that the nickname “Redskins” is disparaging, and revokes the groups’ emblems. However in 2003, the ruling is overturned on appeal.
Additionally in 1999, Daniel Snyder buys the group. Like his predecessor, Jack Kent Cooke, he resists calls to vary the nickname, as do lots of the group’s followers.
2013 A symposium on the Smithsonian on racial stereotypes in sports activities is essential of the nickname, sparking one other spherical of scrutiny. The group defends itself in a series of articles on its web site, noting that “many highschool student-athletes have satisfaction in calling themselves Redskins.”
President Obama said, “I don’t know whether or not our attachment to a specific title ought to override the true authentic considerations that folks have about this stuff.”
However Commissioner Roger Goodell says the nickname is a “unifying pressure that stands for power, braveness, satisfaction and respect.”
2014 The Patent Workplace once more guidelines to cancel the Redskins’ trademark registrations. In 2017, the Supreme Court docket rules unanimously that the federal government could not deny a trademark for a probably offensive title.
Additionally in 2014, the editorial board of The Washington Post joins a number of different newspapers in deciding to not use the title Redskins, though the paper’s information pages proceed to make use of it. (The Portland Oregonian was one of many first to bar the title in 1991.)
2019 The Cleveland Indians of Main League Baseball drop their mascot Chief Wahoo, who has been criticized as a racist caricature, however preserve their nickname.
2020 A memorial to the previous proprietor Marshall is removed from in entrance of the group’s outdated house, RFK Stadium, by town of Washington.
Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned the Redskins nickname was “an impediment” to a brand new stadium for the group in Washington.
FedEx, the title sponsor of the group’s present stadium in Maryland, calls on the group to vary its title.