As Americans take a good, hard look into our nation’s bloody, bruised path to our current state of affairs, there are some pieces of our modern society that no longer seem to fit…at least according to some.
First and foremost, we have witnessed a great many statues and monuments torn down or removed on account of the ideals of those that they portrayed or celebrated. The Confederacy was the primary target at first, and then Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Teddy Roosevelt joined the ranks.
On Monday, one of the NFL’s most controversial teams will make a major announcement that appears to be aimed at quelling the angst of social justice warriors everywhere.
The Washington Redskins will retire the team’s nickname on Monday, according to a report by Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.
Washington won’t announce its new name because trademark issues are still pending, but the “thorough review” of the name is officially over because the team wanted to “remove any doubts as to the future of the name,” Fischer reported, citing sources.
Big-name retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, as well as Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods, all removed Redskins merchandise from their websites last week. And last Thursday, FedEx — which holds the naming rights to the team’s Maryland stadium — formally requested a name change. FedEx CEO Fred Smith has an ownership stake in the team.
While a new name won’t be immediately announced, the two top contenders have thus far been the “Washington Warriors” or “Washington Red Tails”, in reference to a warplane once flown by the US military.