Washington Post editorial board will no longer use the Redskins’ name
On August 22, the Washington Post‘s editorial board decided to stop using “Redskins” to describe D.C.’s friendly, more-than-a-little-racist neighborhood football team and joined a growing chorus of dissenting voices in the media and government about the controversial name.
“We don’t believe that fans who are attached to the name have racist feeling or intent, any more than does Mr. Snyder,” the board wrote as part of its justification. “But the fact remains: The word is insulting. You would not dream of calling anyone a ‘redskin’ to his or her face. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter use it about a person, even within the privacy of your home.”
The editorial board had, as early as March, 1992, advocated for the team to change its identity and made a clear stance against the name, which it believes to perpetuate an offensive and embarrassing stereotype of Native Americans.
Vox has observed, in the past few months, that more and more organizations and public individuals have spoken out on the football team’s use of the ‘Redskins’ name.
In June this year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found the name “Redskins” to be a racial slur and cancelled the team’s trademark registration for that name.
On August 14, however, the team filed an appeal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the decision. “By canceling valuable, decades-old registrations, the Board improperly penalized the Washington Redskins based on the content of the team’s speech in violation of the First Amendment,” it said.
Only time will tell, it seems, if team owner Daniel Snyder will cave into growing public pressure against the name.
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