Unfortunately for “Redskins” fans, the president of the Washington Commanders’ club has publicly stated his opposition to reviving the historic moniker for the city of Washington, DC’s National Football League team.
Team president Jason Wright reportedly told a local radio station on Wednesday that the team’s name will not be changed back to the Redskins, despite a petition started by the non-profit Native American Guardians Association (NAGA.)
In 2020, after 90 years of being known as the Redskins, the team will officially adopt its new moniker. More than 130,000 people signed the petition in less than three months.
NAGA also wrote a letter to the team, in which it addressed the “cancel culture” that exists against Native Americans and the erasure of the role that Native Americans played in American history, such as advising the Founding Fathers on the Constitution.
The Washington football team has had strong ties to the local Native American community ever since it was founded in 1933 under the name Boston Redskins. The NAGA letter specifically addressed this issue.
They wrote that they were writing to formally request that the team (i) return to the name “The Redskins,” which honors America’s first people, and (ii) use its storied name and legacy to inspire Americans to learn about, rather than forget, the contributions of America’s indigenous peoples to the establishment of the United States of America.
The group has also been charged with allegedly acting as a cover for another agenda, that they aren’t a real group.
When speaking to Fox News, NAGA president and co-founder Eunice Davidson stated, “they want to call us fake and they’ve done it before.”
Because of this, they make it a point to keep the story of Native American culture and heritage down and wipe out the history.
She said it’s unjust and discriminatory to treat only one culture in this manner.