The New Yorker attacks the Redskins’ name in their December cover


A certain N.F.L. football team has swept headlines across the country over the past year–and not for winning the Super Bowl. The US and Patent Trademark Office, NPR, The Washington Post, and the D.C. Congressional Delegate have all voiced their dissent against the Washington Redskins’ more-than-a-little bigoted name.

If massive opposition from the media and the government is not enough to change the fixed mind of Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder, maybe America will go back to its roots and find harmony at Thanksgiving dinner. Or at least, a painting of one.

The New Yorker has not formally taken a position on the Redskins’ name. Their cover for the December 1 issue of a Thanksgiving dinner, however, holds a bit of a stronger message than “pass the turkey”.

Designed by artist Bruce McCall, the cover depicts a modern Thanksgiving with traditional Native Americans standing solemnly among loud and joyous Pilgrims wearing Washington Redskins jerseys over traditional black and white Puritan attire, holding beers in their hands, as they watch a football game.

“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff,” said McCall. “So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.” Despite the controversy, Redskins owner Dan Snyder says that he will never change the name of the franchise because is it a “badge of honor”.

How many articles, lawsuits, protests and satirical paintings will it take for Snyder to change the name of the N.F.L. travesty? The world may never know.

Photo: The New Yorker

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