Washington is removing George Preston Marshall from Ring of Fame

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Last week, his monument came down (awkwardly) at RFK Stadium and his name was removed from the lower bowl at FedEx Field. This week, former Washington owner George Preston Marshall is being even further expunged from any positions of honor or prestige with the franchise.

The team has confirmed to multiple reporters that Marshall will be removed from the franchise’s Ring of Fame. His name also will be removed from the “History Wall” outside the team’s locker room at their practice facility. The news was first reported by John Keim of ESPN.com.

Marshall notoriously refused to integrate his roster, eventually becoming the last NFL team to hire a black player after the Kennedy administration prevented the team from playing in its then-new stadium in D.C. until Marshall relented.

The question now becomes whether these steps are a precursor to changing the dictionary-defined racial slur that the team uses as its nickname, or whether current owner Daniel Snyder will believe that wiping Marshall out of the team’s history books will be enough of a gesture.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal (hardly a left-wing rag) quoted an unnamed league executive who said that a name change “needs to happen.” But the league continues to defer to Snyder, and Snyder continues to refuse to relent.

Here’s what Snyder needs to keep in mind, as he keeps his heels dug in: His current behavior has parallels to Marshall’s in the early 1960s, and to the extent Snyder’s team ever accomplishes anything that would potentially qualify him for placement in the Ring of Fame, Snyder’s current intransigence eventually will get him removed, too.

52 responses to “Washington is removing George Preston Marshall from Ring of Fame

  1. Let’s recall all of our history books. History is about to b rewritten. Even George Washington won’t be safe.

  2. I still cannot for the life of me understand HOW these ideals were EVER championed in the first place. Fairly sure our “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” was self explanatory

  3. Slowly but surely, the heat is turning up on a name change. It feels like there’s a article everyday talking about it’s time. The political climate is changing and with real leadership now at the top layers of the franchise who are now expressing their views and hopefully Snyder is listening. I think you are now seeing the steps being made to make it happen. HTTR!

  4. Fans have a stake in this too. Stop buying tickets, jerseys, etc. As long as dollars continue to roll (and they have, check the math), Snyder has no reason to change, and the legal right not to.

    Corporate boycotts & protests are all the rage, y’all, if you can find the time and the conscience.

  5. Good. I’m sure it’ll happen, but I cannot see how anyone can argue against this decision.

  6. So George Preston Marshall gets removed from the Ring of Fame? So what exactly will that accomplish? Will racism end because of this? Will racism end if they get rid of their team name? Will anybody’s life change?

  7. barnwhipple69 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 11:26 am
    So George Preston Marshall gets removed from the Ring of Fame? So what exactly will that accomplish? Will racism end because of this? Will racism end if they get rid of their team name? Will anybody’s life change?

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    I don’t believe anyone feels that this move will “end” racism. But why honor someone who championed segregation?

  8. The team should just let the fans vote on whether to keep the name…why is this so hard?

  9. barnwhipple69 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 11:26 am
    So George Preston Marshall gets removed from the Ring of Fame? So what exactly will that accomplish? Will racism end because of this? Will racism end if they get rid of their team name? Will anybody’s life change?

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    You are missing the broader point that an owner who had obvious issues with black people and resisted attempts to integrate the roster is not someone who should be honored or have his name on or in anything in the stadium. The Redskins were the LAST team to sign a black player because of his views…why would any black player want to see someone like that being honored at their home games. It’s about the country realizing how offensive it is to honor people who had racist views and openly embraced racist activities…

  10. “So George Preston Marshall gets removed from the Ring of Fame? So what exactly will that accomplish? Will racism end because of this? Will racism end if they get rid of their team name? Will anybody’s life change?”

    You really can’t see the larger purpose of recognizing that honoring avowed racists has a negative impact on black Americans? You can’t imagine what this change might mean to black players who sign with or are drafted by a franchise that had monuments all over the place to a man who refused to sign or draft a black athlete until the federal government stepped in? A man who said in his will that not a penny of his fortune was to be used in integrating schools?

    His granddaughter says she is happy the monument came down.

  11. I’m sure this was a gesture more than anything to distract from the team name debate. But that won’t be going away. Not in this current climate.

  12. You may be right about it being a racial slur, but I disagree with forcing a name change. It is a part of a long-established trademark, which the team has spent millions of dollars in graining into the National conscience (for better or worse). Fans have spent a ton of money on team items that use the name. I believe it should be protected under the First Amendment. Controlling speech = controlling thought, which is a very dangerous thing in a democracy. If you are offended, then don’t acknowledge the name or support the team (or the NFL if you feel that strongly). But it’s Dan Snyder’s team, and the First Amendment should protect his right to be as ignorant as he wants to be.

  13. stainlesssteel says:
    June 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I still cannot for the life of me understand HOW these ideals were EVER championed in the first place.

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    People will be asking in the future why guilt was placed on groups either by class or ethnicity rather than the individual.

  14. glac1 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    By hiding the facts we can change history….and learn from it… lol

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    I don’t think the move will hide the facts. If anything, I think it will do the exact opposite and get people to ask why was he removed and maybe understand the reasoning.

  15. I’m all for removing his statue & the wall of fame. I’m unsure how you scrub the guy who founded the team from the teams history.

  16. No person should be honored that thinks its Ok to deny another person an opportunity based on the color of his skin.

  17. Removing names and statues is a hollow gesture and easy to do. The fact is it doesn’t accomplish anything other than make a few people feel better for a short while. They admit this guy was a racist so they remove the name. And what does that actually change in 2020? Nothing.

  18. Snyder is so short sighted…if he is really all about the all mighty dollar, changing the name will have fans purchasing all new merchandise.

  19. Many Presidents had slaves. Get get their likenesses off our money and wipe them from history too. Or we can realize that historical times were different and we can learn from it, prevent it from happening again.

  20. The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

  21. People probably knew George was a racist 5 years, why wasn’t it an issue 5 years ago? Why wasn’t it an issue last year 9r 4 months ago?

  22. It’s nice to know that I live in the most morally perfect time frame in human history that no one ever does wrong. So enlightened! These people will all end up eating their own.

  23. Good on the Redskins for correcting things.

    This is NOT changing history. It is finally recognizing what really happened back then.

  24. I love how people assume the name Redskins is Racist. I’d like to meet one person who’s ever heard it used that way. The owner said the context of the name. We’re not in kindergarten. End of story.

  25. pedersonisbetterthanmcvay says:
    June 24, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    You may be right about it being a racial slur, but I disagree with forcing a name change. It is a part of a long-established trademark, which the team has spent millions of dollars in graining into the National conscience (for better or worse). Fans have spent a ton of money on team items that use the name. I believe it should be protected under the First Amendment. Controlling speech = controlling thought, which is a very dangerous thing in a democracy. If you are offended, then don’t acknowledge the name or support the team (or the NFL if you feel that strongly). But it’s Dan Snyder’s team, and the First Amendment should protect his right to be as ignorant as he wants to be.

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    First amendment only protects you from the government homeboy. And the government won’t be the ones who eventually force a name change. That will be the other owners.

  26. barnwhipple69 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    People probably knew George was a racist 5 years, why wasn’t it an issue 5 years ago? Why wasn’t it an issue last year 9r 4 months ago?

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    That is a fair point but isn’t doing the right thing late better than never doing the right thing?

  27. So Snyder doesn’t lose value defending his current trademark, how about we let him replace it by bringing back the Washington Bullets? Dang, that city has a habit of bad names!

  28. 302EaglesFan says:

    June 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I love how people assume the name Redskins is Racist. I’d like to meet one person who’s ever heard it used that way. The owner said the context of the name. We’re not in kindergarten. End of story

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    Nobody assumes the name is racist, it is racist.

  29. “But why honor someone who championed segregation?” Because they didn’t erect a statue of him because of his stance on segregation. Why honor any man? Who inevitably has faults, demons, has made mistakes at some point, or lived in an entirely different time altogether.

  30. barnwhipple69 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 11:26 am
    So George Preston Marshall gets removed from the Ring of Fame? So what exactly will that accomplish? Will racism end because of this? Will racism end if they get rid of their team name? Will anybody’s life change?
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    Will racism end…no. Will it end if they get rid of the team name…no. It is 2020. Honoring men like this who were hate filled racist bigots shouldn’t be accepted. It doesn’t end racism but it is called respecting others.

  31. Anyone who doesn’t think “redskin” is a racial slur, go on a reservation and start flinging the word around. Got the guts to do that? Yeah. Didn’t think so.

  32. So keep the word in the books, doesn’t need to be removed from anything in the past, but for right now and forever, change the name!

  33. This wasn’t an issue 3 or 4 months ago or even 6 weeks ago Nobody cared. Everyone knew what kind of guy George was for years. Now all of the sudden people are outraged. All of the sudden, it’s a problem. This is why people get annoyed with political correctness, because it’s phony. Very phony.

  34. ghostlight13 says:
    June 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm
    I’m all for removing his statue & the wall of fame. I’m unsure how you scrub the guy who founded the team from the teams history.

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    The thing is, your not removing him from the team history, he will always exist in the annals of team history. He simply won’t be given the credit for anything. If someone asks a question or does research on him they will learn why he was discredited. That’s how progress works.

    Covering up the sins of those who have accomplished great things is no longer acceptable.

  35. Do achieve Ring of Fame/Honor status, wouldn’t Snyder have had to do something at least relevant to even be considered important enough to be added before even be eventually removed?

  36. The name and plaque should stay, there should be an asterisk and second plaque describing the time, and events of integration. It should be there as a reminder, so that we learn & never repeat past mistakes. Erasing it is dumb, it sets the stage for new forms of discrimination.

  37. I understand removing his name from the Ring of Fame, but from the History Wall? You can’t rewrite history.

  38. As we look back and retroactively punish everyone’s history based on today’s values, we then need to do this to everyone. If we don’t then we’re a mob of hypocrites. Yes, Marshall resisted integration, because he didn’t want to change, but he did. Did he belittle and continue those views with black players? I don’t know, that isn’t part of the narrative. We have to be careful. Everyone had views that weren’t appropriate and changed. Everyone makes mistakes and pays for them. Now we’re wanting to punish people for what they did, regardless if they changed for the better. Sounds like if you ever make a mistake, you’ll never be forgiven. Make a mistake and that’s the only thing people will ever judge you by. Show me a perfect person who has never made a mistake in their life. There isn’t. We all make mistakes. Those that stand by that they don’t make mistakes, just made their first mistake. Be careful. You may feel empowered now running the judgement gaunlet, but a day will come when you have to run the gaunlet for your mistakes too, regardless of what you did to make amends for your mistake. Learn tolerance and patience. Change comes when people talk as people and not angry mobs hollering back and forth. When was the last time you had someone in your face hollering and you stopped to think about it and tell them their idea was good? Never! How do I know. Reading responses like these with the eye for an eye mentality. If someone ever hurts my family they better find a very good place to hide because I will find them, not their family, not their race, not their sex. Their family isn’t responsible for their actions, their race isn’t responsible for their actions, their sex isn’t responsible for their actions. Only the person that did it is responsible for their actions. We need to stop holding everyone of a race or gender responsible for what ignorant ones do of that race and sex. Punish the ones that do it, not the entire race or sex. Until we reach this milestone, this will always be a topic.

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