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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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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