The football team leaves the Redskins name, accused of being racist

Washington (AFP) - After having resisted for a long time, the American football team in Washington announced on Monday the abandonment of its name from the Redskins, yielding to pressure from part of the public and its sponsors who criticized its connotation racist towards Native Americans.

"On July 3, we announced the start of an in-depth review of the name of the team," the French translation of which is "Peaux Rouges", a statement read.

"Today, we are announcing that we will abandon the name and logo of the Redskins after the end of this review," adds the statement, which ends a story that began in 1933 and punctuated by three titles (1982, 1987 and 1991).

It is a defeat for the owner of the team, Dan Snyder, long declared opponent to any change of name which, according to him, paid homage to the Indians of America.

Mr Snyder and coach Ron Rivera, who favored the change, "are working closely to develop a new name and a new visual approach," the statement continued, with the NFL championship scheduled to resume on September 10.

This decision was greeted by several officials or activists of the Amerindian cause, who for decades denounced this name and its logo, a Native American in profile flanked by two feathers, considered a "racist insult" by indigenous organizations.

"It's about time," New Mexico congresswoman Debra Haaland wrote on Twitter."It shouldn't take a big social movement and pressure from sponsors to make the right decision but I'm happy.let it happen, ”added the parliamentarian, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe.

"It's the end of a long and difficult journey," said Notah Begay, the only Native American to have participated in the American Professional Golf Tour (PGA) on Twitter.

Posted Date: 2020-07-27

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