Major Retailers Pull Washington Redskins Merchandise

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2020

The president tweeted: "They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct". On Friday, the Redskins announced they are conducting an internal review of the team's nickname, considered by many to be racist towards Native Americans.

An investor letter to FedEx said "Redskins" is a "de-humanizing word characterizing people by skin color and a racial slur with hateful connotations", adding that "virtually every major national American Indian organization has denounced use of Indian and Native related images, names and symbols disparaging or offending American Indian peoples, with over 2,000 academic institutions eliminating "Indian" sports references".

The Washington Post reports retail giants Walmart and Target have stopped selling Redskins merchandise.

Snyder had been steadfast against changing the name on several occasions since buying the team in 1999.

Many brands and companies have been removing offensive names and imagery from the companies, and now after some pushback, the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering changing the name of their team after years of backlash.

The team also hopes to build a new stadium and return inside Washington, D.C.'s city limits - but city leaders there say they are already seeking a name change as a condition of any stadium deal.

President Donald Trump has criticised two USA sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality. The sudden flood of sponsors coming out against the name prompted the organizational review announced Friday.

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May sparked protests and a nationwide debate on racism.

Earlier this month, 87 investment firms and shareholders wrote to FedEx, along with fellow Redskins' sponsors Nike and PepsiCo, calling on the firms to sever ties with the team, according to trade publication AdWeek. "There's really no excuse now for this Washington team and for the National Football League to do the right thing".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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