Within the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the following protests over racial injustice all through the USA and world wide, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Put up wrote that the Washington Redskins ought to change the group’s title, both willingly or per the route of the NFL.
Nationwide Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp went one step additional and requested that gamers threaten a boycott by way of a bit revealed by Washingtonian on Friday:
The racial slur can now not be eliminated by the complicit, detached, tone-deaf possession of the franchise, as a result of the stain they’ve mounted onto their very own title and enterprises is now everlasting.
It’s an insult that may now not be retracted, a sin that may now not be erased.
Because it’s too late to present the group title up, it’s time for it to be taken. It’s time for the gamers to tear down that title prefer it was a statue of a Accomplice normal of their locker room.
I’m calling for members of the NFL franchise in Washington, DC, to rise to the event and develop into heroes. All I ask is that you simply state the unequivocal ethical fact: simply as you’d by no means play for the Washington [insert any other racial slur], you’ll now not play for any group branded with a racial slur towards Native People.
So long as that group title stands, gamers of conscience ought to sit at residence slightly than put on the NFL equal of the Accomplice flag.
Following Floyd’s demise, NASCAR banned Accomplice flags from all occasions after Bubba Wallace, the one full-time black driver on the Cup Sequence, publicly demanded that the group take such a severe stance towards racist symbols.
Elsewhere, Clemson eliminated John C. Calhoun’s title from its honors faculty due to his racist and pro-slavery beliefs. The College of Florida eradicated the “Gator Bait” chant from band performances due to its hyperlinks to racist imagery.
Redskins proprietor Dan Snyder has repeatedly stated he’ll by no means change the title of his franchise.