The Washington Professional Football team and the offensive name for the squad have been a point of contention for critics and the team’s bull-headed owner, Dan Snyder. Today, perhaps relenting to the mounting pressure felt nationwide to recognize racism as an actual problem, the team announced it will retire its racist team name and will work on producing a new logo as well.
The announcement was made via the team’s social media accounts and widely picked up by a variety of sports outlets locally in Washington and abroad.
From the Washington Professional Football team’s homepage:
On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Washington Football Team name and logo upon completion of this review.
The statement goes on to add that Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera will work closely together on crafting a new logo and team name.
Some observers believe that Snyder went forward with the move after various sponsors pulled their financial support from the team, along with the still-mounting Black Lives Matter movement shouting down systemic racism and oppression.
Across social media, and most especially Twitter, the reaction to the Washington Professional Football team’s retirement of the racist logo and team name has been frenzied as expected given the massive fanbase of the squad.
We’ve got those reactions listed out below.
If I had to wager on it, I’d say going to be the Washington Warriors and they’re going use the spear logo pic.twitter.com/KXKtMhMLNv— Frankie Beverly Uncle Headass (@frazierapproves) July 13, 2020
I’m predicting it will be the Washington Warriors.— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) July 13, 2020
I’m really pulling for the Washington Redtails but I don’t ever pull for the Washington team in the NFC East sooooo...
Washington football team is no longer called #Redskins. Will it be a bit weird for my team to have a new nickname? Yes. ￼I grew up with them all of my life & they are the most successful franchise of my childhood. ￼But nickname is derogatory & should have been changed years ago pic.twitter.com/h8RlphLnSY— Brian Sinkoff (@BrianSinkoff) July 13, 2020
A whole lot of angry football fans are going to forget they care about “free speech” and throw a major tantrum because the Washington Redskins are finally changing their racist name and logo. 😂— Elle Woods-Core & the Delta Nuniverse Facebook (@ElleWoodsCore) July 13, 2020
“It’s not even that offensive, quit complaining” pic.twitter.com/elk3bHJ6bw— ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔦𝔰 🅴 (@NYChungus) July 13, 2020
What if the redskins changed their name to the Dallas Cowboys.— that’s enough, eli (@jazz_inmypants) July 13, 2020
The Washington Dallas Cowboys.
Goodbye Washington "REDSKINS!!!" pic.twitter.com/VbEQDNWjz0— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) July 13, 2020
Today is expected to be an historic day in Washington.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) July 13, 2020
Everybody will remember July 13th, 2020.
According to multiple reports, its the day “Redskins” is no more.