The Washington Redskins will be no more.
“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.”
A “thorough review” of the Redskins name was launched on July 3.
Despite Dan Snyder being strongly opposed to the notion of a name change for years, outside voices have mounted to deafening levels as of late. Major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Target have all removed Redskins merchandise from their online stores as of last week.
Snyder wasn’t the only one who had objections, it seems.
The Washington Redskins Indian chief logo was designed by Native American Walter “Blackie” Wetzel in 1971.
⁰Wetzel’s son Lance said in an interview, “Everyone was pretty upset (about the change),” Wetzel’s son Lance said in an interview. “Everyone understood the name change we were all on board with that. Once they weren’t going to use the logo, it was hard. It takes away from the Native Americans. When I see that logo, I take pride in it. You look at the depiction of the Redskins logo and it’s of a true Native American. I always felt it was representing my people. That’s not gone” Wetzel continues, “The Native Americans were forgotten people. That logo, lets people know these people exist.”
This is slightly reminiscent of the statement made by Larnell Evans Sr., great-grandson of Anna Short Harrington, the wonderful woman who played Aunt Jemima, in concern to her image being removed from maple syrup bottles after it was deemed racist by some.
“This is an injustice for me and my family. This is part of my history,” Evans said. “The racism they talk about, using images from slavery, that comes from the other side – white people. This company profits off images of our slavery. And their answer is to erase my great-grandmother’s history.”
A new name has yet to be revealed.