Washington, Jul 13.- The Washington Redskins football team announced Monday that it will change its name, which has offensive connotations for the indigenous community, after the wave of protests in the country against the racism of the last months.
The club announced that it will also modify its logo and historical image, which until now was the head of an Indian man with several feathers hanging from his hair, referring to Native Americans.
It is not yet clear what the next name will be for the team, which won the franchise in 1933, when it was based in Boston.
The move announced by the team’s management to the National Football League (NFL) came two weeks after several of its sponsors, such as the multinational messaging company FedEx, the sports brand Nike, the company of Pepsi drinks and Bank of America bank, among others, pressured the club to change the name.
The club argued that owner Dan Snyder and coach Ron Rivera are working together to develop a new name and image for the club, which should be made public in the coming weeks.
“We are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that enhances the position of our proud and rich tradition franchise and inspires our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years,” he noted.
This amendment was a long-standing request by advocates of the rights of the Native American community, although the latest wave of protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) police. revived this claim, which even some days became a national trend on social networks.
In an interview with the ‘Washington Post’ on July 4, Independence Day in the United States, Coach Rivera assured that he and Snyder, the owner, had devised two names that they really liked, but he did not reveal them and explained They will consult with Native American organizations before going public.