Todd Starnes, the best-selling author and host of the “Todd Starnes Show” took issue with reports that the Washington Redskins franchise is conducting an internal review on whether to change the team’s name to keep up with woke culture.
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“The NFL needs to explain which part of the team name is offensive,” he said. “Is it Washington or Redskins?”
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He said, “I recommend they rename the team the D.C. Snowflakes.”
Daniel Snyder, the team’s owner, has indicated in the past that he was in favor of keeping the name, but on Friday he seemed to be open to the change.
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“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” he said.
Some of the names that seem to be gaining traction on social media are Washington Warriors, Red Hawks or Renegades.
But even the new list of names is stirring controversy. One twitter user wrote, “Changing the name from Washington Redskins to Washington Warriors so they can keep all the Native American imagery is missing the whole point. It’s like going from Racist to Diet Racist.”
The Huffington Post, in 2014, said the term “Diet Racism” is when ‘people who think they’re past racism say totally racist things.”
Much has changed in society over the past few weeks of unrest, but according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post back in 2016, nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended with the team’s name.
“More than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name,” the paper reported.
For the past few years, calls for the team to change its name have grown louder and it seems—judging by the way corporations are buying into wokeness—the opportunity to change the name will never be better.
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The NFL—which was ensnared in the Colin Kaepernick controversy—has been doing its best to prove it is not racist. The league announced it would spend $250 million over 10 years to “combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans,” according to a report.
The league just announced this week that it will play what is known as the black national anthem before every Week 1 game, according to ESPN. It is unclear if fans would be expected to stand at attention during the singing of “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing.”
The sports network also reports that the league is considering a plan to add the names of victims of police brutality to the uniforms of players “through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys.”