Change the Mascot movement praises FedEx for asking Washington to change name

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FexEx, whose name is on the Washington stadium and whose founder owns part of the team, has asked the team to change its name. The movement that has been trying to change the name for years has applauded the development.

“Change the Mascot praises FedEx and fully supports its historic request for Washington’s NFL team to stop using the R-word racial slur as its name and mascot,” Change the Mascot leader Ray Halbritter said in a statement. “FedEx is rising to the moment and doing the decent thing by challenging the team to stop disparaging and denigrating people of color by maintaining a team name that is an offensive racist epithet.

“In the past, the team has absurdly claimed that it will not stop slurring people of color because it is a matter of ‘tradition.’ However, that tradition includes a harmful term that dehumanizes Native peoples. The team’s founder George Preston Marshall was an avowed segregationist. Now that memorials to him are being removed, there can be no further justification to clinging to this hateful relic.

“The time to change the name is now, and we urge NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Dan Snyder to recognize this seminal moment in American history, do the right and decent thing, and finally change the name.”

The ball is in Snyder’s court, now that Smith’s company has spoken out. But Snyder has remained out of view and silent on the issue, ever since Snyder declared seven years ago, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

The reality is that time is ticking toward never o’clock, and FedEx’s statement from Thursday moved the hands faster in that direction than any other development ever has.

26 responses to “Change the Mascot movement praises FedEx for asking Washington to change name

  1. What a joke this is how many times are we going to talk about the Redskins being asked to change there name. Just let it Go

  2. As a 61 year old white male that was raised in a racist household, I am proud to be woke.

  3. The Vikings could really make the ultimate statement and say they will be changing their name to the n-word unless Washington changes it’s name. That would be bigger than kneeling for the anthem in the city that brought this to the front of the line.

  4. For the minority out there who I’m sure will be mad, angry, pissed off, and uncomfortable if the Washington franchise actually does the right thing, good.

    Then you will know how the majority of us feel right now every time, we see or hear the word.

    Change and growth aren’t always easy or comfortable.

  5. This just in from the Onion-Bee; Foxes for Guarding Henhouses Coalition approves a fox’s plan to guard a hen house.

    Simply amazing.

  6. I am curious. If one focuses just on the Native American on the helmet is that also considered objectionable? I find it dignified. What about keeping the helmet image as is, and calling the team the Washington Tribe?

  7. Change the mascot movement. Change the names movement. Change the statues movement. Change the anthem movement. Excuse me I need to do a bowel movement which will end up in the same place as the NFL.

  8. People defending the “Redskin” name are blinded by the fact that since it’s been there all along, it somehow makes it not a racial slur. and if you aren’t sure if it is, then answer if under any circumstance you would name any kind of expansion or even minor league baseball team the “Redskins”? If the answer is no, then you are fully realizing from an objective eye, the name is no good. Just think about that…

  9. What about universities? Michigan States mascot is the Spartans. Named after the Greek City state of Sparta. The Spartans owned slaves collectively. The slave class to the entire Spartan society were called the Helots. MSU takes public money and names its sports teams after a slave-owning society. Where is the outrage?

  10. If Washington is forced to change the name then Dallas NEEDS to leave the NFC East and replace them with Carolina. Why should the Washington (whatever) be facing Dallas?? With the Cowboys vs Indian rivalry DEAD, that makes Dallas’ purpose in the NFC East dead (they are south, not East)

  11. If Washington is forced to change the name then Dallas NEEDS to leave the NFC East and replace them with Carolina. Why should the Washington (whatever) be facing Dallas?? With the Cowboys vs Indian rivalry DEAD, that makes Dallas’ purpose in the NFC East dead (they are south, not East)

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    Really? Cowboys and Indians? LOL…Geez…Speaking of which, the team from Cleveland has the 2nd pick and will be on the clock as soon as Washington chooses. KC has the 3rd pick.
    It’s the world we live in.

    Dallas should not be in the NFC East. The Saints and Cowboys would be a great rivalry. Dallas to the South, and Tampa to the East. I know Carolina and Atlanta seem more logical but they are true southern teams. Tampa is full of people from the Northeast.

    Colts to the North. Ravens to the East and Dolphins to the South. I realize Miami is the same situation as Tampa (sort of). But it is an easy fit.

    Rivalries are between fans. Players play for everyone and most not for long and all that. So new traditions. Dallas in the East has been stupid since Dallas became Dallas.

  12. Wonder which team will be next on Change the Names hit list by being offensive to some group ???
    -Irish @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    -Native Americans @ KC Chiefs, FSU Seminoles, ATL Braves , Chi Blackhawks
    -Brown people of color @ Cleveland Browns
    -Catholics @ NO Saints , SD Padres
    -Scottish & Irish @ Boston Celtics

  13. There are no political-free sports anymore. Hire kaep, change the Redskin name, on and on… any chance we can just play football?! This year, 2020 will be the year sports started going away. People are done.

  14. The only way out for Snyder is sell the team at this point. He will be losing Billions a year.
    He could have been proactive and made Billions more. How this guy became a Billionaire is a mystery to me but some just got lucky in the gene pool.

  15. bching4215 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 9:46 pm
    For the minority out there who I’m sure will be mad, angry, pissed off, and uncomfortable if the Washington franchise actually does the right thing, good.

    Then you will know how the majority of us feel right now every time, we see or hear the word.

    Change and growth aren’t always easy or comfortable.
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    Some people think America is the most “equal” country in the world. Some people think we need to go further with the fight for equality. And some people just want to get even. Apparently you are one that just wants to get even. Equality is cool, but what really gets you pumped is sticking it to the man, making them suffer. I guess you are entitled to that opinion. Weird but this is America and you have that right. So good luck with that

  16. golions1 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 11:05 pm
    What about universities? Michigan States mascot is the Spartans. Named after the Greek City state of Sparta. The Spartans owned slaves collectively. The slave class to the entire Spartan society were called the Helots. MSU takes public money and names its sports teams after a slave-owning society. Where is the outrage?
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    There is a very simple and key difference between the two. SPARTANS NO LONGER EXIST!!!!! Native Americans aren’t some mythological beings like elves, they are functioning members of American society. It’s also why Vikings who raped and pillaged are also not under scrutiny.

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