In this cultural moment, where the racist origins of even things like objectivity and sleep are finally coming to bear, naming or renaming a sports team is a hazardous pursuit that must be handled with the utmost care. Obviously the professional football team in Washington had to get rid of their “Redskins” name, as it was deeply offensive to white liberals and a few Native Americans. But the fear was always that they’d end up with a new name more dehumanizing than the old. It looks as though that nightmare scenario is now a reality.
ESPN reports that the team formerly called the Redskins will, at least for the 2020 season, officially call itself The Washington Football Team. Their logo is just a red background with yellow letters that say “The Washington Football Team, Est. 1932.”
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