WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins began a "thorough review" of their nickname Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a "dictionary-defined racial slur".
So what changed on a topic where Native American protesters, the White House and the United Nations Human Rights Council found only deaf ears? In a statement released Friday, July 3, 2020, the team says it has been talking to the National Football League for weeks about the subject.
Pressure for Snyder to change the name has been at an all-time high in the weeks following the killing of George Floyd in police custody. So, too, was Nike, which pulled all Redskins merchandise from its website on Thursday night.
The announcement comes just days after shareholders from companies such as Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to sever ties with Washington unless they change their name, making a Washington Redskins name change more likely (maybe).
The team's name allegedly perpetuating a racist stereotype of Native Americans has always been controversial as the 21st century woke revolution simmered under the surface of the nation's culture wars in recent years.
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On Monday he hinted a that that measure might be in the future for more counties in the state. Those counties were placed on the state's new County Watchlist for more than three weeks.
The team has used the name since 1933. FedEx is believed to be the first to take action. Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
With Washington yet again under fire, Twitter had a lot to say about the team's name and the decisions of Nike and FedEx. Rivera, who is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and now is the only Hispanic head coach in the National Football League, added that he'd work closely with Snyder during the process.
Snyder purchased the franchise and its current stadium in 1999.
That "community" no doubt includes thousands of fans - but it also includes FedEx, which on Thursday confirmed to AdWeek that it wanted the name changed. Washington D.C.'s mayor said last month it was time for a nickname change. A monument to him was also removed from the RFK Stadium site.
The team offered no formal timeline for completion of its process and made no guarantee of any action being taken.