The Washington Redskins have announced they’ll be changing their name after nearly a century under their current moniker – and after caving to pressure from vocal opponents who claim the current name is “racist.”
The Redskins, which have resisted calls to change the team's longstanding name in the past, finally announced Monday in a statement that they’ll be moving forward with finding a new name and mascot.
"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement.
"Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years."
Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative and head of the Change the Mascot campaign, said in a statement that the push to change the Redskins’ name and mascot “was never about political correctness, but seeking to prevent unnecessary harm to our youth,” per ESPN.
"This is a good decision for the country -- not just Native peoples -- since it closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward Native Americans and other people of color. Future generations of Native youth will no longer be subjected to this offensive and harmful slur every Sunday during football season.
The move comes as groups from just about every faction of society, from bands and sports teams to realtors and food companies, have caved to social pressure and stripped their image of anything – even innocuous words and images – that could be construed as a nod to racism or slavery.