Redskins bullied on multiple fronts to change name

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

U.S. Capitol 1As leftists demand that America change its lexicon and destroy historical monuments, claiming after decades and even centuries that they are racially offensive, the NFL’s Washington Redskins team is being pressured to change its name by politicians, entertainers, sponsors … and now the District of Columbia.

Since 1933, the football team has gone by the name Redskins with little fanfare, complete with a logo of a Native American on its helmet decals, but in the wake of a white Minneapolis cop being charged with the murder of the unarmed African American George Floyd, a revived push by leftist activists has been launched to remove the team’s name.

UPDATE (July 6, 2020): The Washington Times reports that the three minority owners of the Washington Redskins are looking to sell their stake in the franchise amid the turmoil surrounding the team’s name, according to multiple reports.

Minority owners Fred Smith, Robert Rothman and Dwight Scur own 40% percent of the Redskins, and have hired an investment banking firm to facilitate a sell. The Washington Post reported the trio wants out because they are "not happy being a partner" of owner Dan Snyder. The news follows what has been a tumultuous week for the franchise as Washington announced Friday it would conduct a "thorough review" of its name — paving the way for a change.

Change your name … or else

As the Redskins are looking for a new state-of-the-art stadium – having played for 20 years at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, which is in great need of renovation – District of Columbia officials are indicating that a new gridiron is only in the future if the team changes its name.

“There is no viable path – locally or federally – for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio declared, according to The Washington Post.

But all bullying to change the Redskins’ name has been overtly resisted for decades by Dan Snyder, who took ownership of the team more than 20 years ago – but the pressure is now intensifying as nonvoting Democratic D.C. delegate to the House of Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton implies he is condoning racism by keeping the name.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” Norton demanded, according to the Western Journal. “He has got a problem he can’t get around – and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the House Natural Resources Committee chairman – whose group oversees the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior – heads the agency that owns the property housing their former home, RFK Stadium, where the Redskins would like to see their new stadium built.

“The time [for the name] has ended,” Grijalva asserted to The Post. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”

Firebrand Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) – who was severely criticized for inciting racial tensions when insisting U.S.-Mexico border detention centers were synonymous to deadly Jewish concentration camps – has also voiced her disapproval of the Redskins’ name, saying if the team really supports the call for social justice, it must change its name.

Nike and FedEx and Pepsi, oh my …

Redskins sponsors are also demanding a team name change.

“FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo each received letters signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion asking the three companies to disassociate from the Redskins unless they change their controversial nickname,” Breitbart News reported.

They claim that the name symbolizes racism.

“The NFL’s Washington, D.C., team still uses a racist name as its mascot,” the letter states, according to Breitbart. “Redskins remains a de-humanizing word characterizing people by skin color and a racial slur with hateful connotations. Virtually every major national American Indian organization has denounced use of Indian and Native related images, names and symbols disparaging or offending American Indian peoples, with over 2,000 academic institutions eliminating ‘Indian’ sports references.”

But a Washington Post poll taken a few years back debunks such a claim.

“It’s worth noting that despite all of this hand-wringing from the upper echelons of government, a 2016 Post poll found that 9 out of 10 Native Americans took no offense at the Redskins moniker,” the Western Journal noted.

Now, FedEx, which paid $205 million for naming rights of the Redskin’s stadium from 1998 to 2025 – is attempting to use its money to make the team give into its demands, as the corporation’s CEO and president, Frederick Smith holds a minority stake in the team.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx stated statement Thursday, according to ESPN and ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C.

Nike – who paid former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $30 million for its ad campaign after his anti-cop protests that included kneeling during the National Anthem – is again getting into the business of using its product and financial influence to propagate political activism by pressuring the Redskins into a name change.

“Nike also appeared to remove Redskins gear from its website, [as] merchandise disappeared one day after a group of 87 investment firms sent letters to three of the Redskins’ prominent corporate sponsors,” Breitbart pointed out.

Hypocrisy unveiled

Far-left actress Alyssa Milano is also calling the Redskins to shed their name, saying in a tweet that “this cause is close to my heart” while calling “Redskins” a derogatory term. She is calling her 3.7 million followers to sign a petition for banks, advertisers, media outlets and sports broadcasters to refuse the Redskins their services without a name change.

“We must end racism in its entirety,” Milano insisted, according to a separate Breitbart report. “Allowing the NFL to continue to use the Redskins name is destructive to Native communities and cannot be tolerated any longer. Change the name Redskins.”

However, Milano can be found in photo spreads donning Redskins gear in an advertising campaign.

“Oddly enough, a few years ago, Milano lent her name to ‘Touch by Alyssa Milano’ – a collection of sportswear items including photos of the actress wearing several different Washington Redskins shirts,” Breitbart added. “In fact, in February, the Pacific Standard published an article pleading for Milano to stop selling ‘racist clothes.’”

But she now claims that she has tried to get out of that deal to save face.

“I have asked them to stop producing merchandise for that team (don’t even want to write the word) numerous times, and they have said that contractually they can’t pick and choose which teams under their contract with the NFL they produce merchandise for,” Milano told AdWeek. “I was told I’d be in a breach of contract with the manufacturing company. I am against the use of disparaging names and imagery in sports. Full stop. Sports teams and leagues need to stand up to racism.”

7/6/2020 - Sidebar added.


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