The San Francisco Chronicle will stop using the name “Redskins” for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, managing editor Audrey Cooper confirmed to POLITICO.
“Words are powerful, and so is how we choose to use them,” Cooper said in an email. “Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs — and make no mistake, ‘redskin’ is a slur — except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it. For example, we will use the team name when referring to the controversy surrounding its use.”
Cooper said she doubts any regular reader of the Chronicle or website SFGate.com would have noticed the choice to use “Washington” instead of the team name, and that they are choosing to use another word that “accurately describes what we are writing about.”