This private company has not only a known history of racism: the Redskins was the last NFL team to hire Black players.
The name Redskins represents a mockery of the peoples who endured the biggest genocide and displacement in human history.
Redskins is a pejorative and racist nickname that offends Native peoples of the Americas, including all our communities from Alaska to Chile, not just in the United States.
I know, it will be very difficult to change this insulting name. The main reason why is because the profits gained by the registered-brand Redskins, which generates millions of dollars for its corrupted owner.
But it's important that people do not forget. The brainwashing of the masses contribute to repeat the same atrocities, because we forget. Just take a look at the current ongoing wars in the world.
Perhaps some people in the Washington, DC, area might not care about changing this name -even when they agree it is racist- because it's okay as long as "their race" is not affected. Some of them might think racism only affects African descendants, ignoring how we Native peoples face open discrimination even today.
However, I'm completely sure that someone in the future will take care of this shameful stupidity. We just need to keep reminding people. Probably the next generation will be more conscious and will look with embarrassment at how we allowed this public display of racism today.
It seems that for the current generation, money and self indulging entertainment has more power and importance than humanity and social collective justice.
Those who support the racist name Redskin are either completely blind and ignorant of the history of this nation, that was built on a genocide, robbery, slavery and racist oppression. Or they actually celebrate that legacy by making fun of our peoples. Either way, it's wrong and hateful.
That is why the racist name Redskins should be changed.
Here are some suggestions:
A racist slave owner, George Washington conducted a genocidal war against indigenous peoples of the land where a city in his name lays today.
It's said that Mao Tse-Tung policies killed over 77 million people in China.
In only 3 years, Barack Obama has incarcerated and deported over 1.2 million people, including pregnant women and children, most of whom are Native peoples.
If you don't like these options and I hope you do not, here are 19 other names that can be used by the football team of Washington, DC.