After years of debate between Native American tribes, executives, and sports fans, the Washington Redskins have officially announced its controversial name and logo will be retired and a new set of designs for the football team are in the works — the aim is to honor the United States military and Native Americans.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” according to the press release.
The Navajo Nation said the old logo was “racist” and “disparaging” and they welcomed the change.
“For generations, this team name and logo has misrepresented the true history and events that define the term ‘redskins,” the Navajo Nation said.
While giving no details of the new name, Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera said in a July 4 interview that he is hoping to honor the United States military in the new name, while being respectful to Native Americans.
Rivera is the son of a veteran and grew up traveling to different military bases around the world.
Some proposed names on Twitter and other sites are the Washington Warriors, the Washington Code Talkers, and the Washington Red Tails.
The Code Talkers proposal is from the Navajo Nation and honors Navajo bilingual speakers who served in World War Two in the Pacific theatre. Their ability to serve as communication assets for the US helped ensure a victory against Japan.
The Red Tails proposal honors the Tuskegee Airmen from World War Two — the first African American and Caribbean military aviators in the US military. The planes of the airmen had red tails, giving them the nickname.
Online betting and reports show Red Tails as the leading contender to replace the now-former controversial Native American name.
The announcement is expected in the coming days.
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