“BUT HOW, in these times, do you raise kids in the nation’s capital, ask them to look at the pain and the strife racial injustice has caused in their hometown and their home country, walk them through steps they can take to make things better, and then have them Hail to the Redskins on Sundays? It’s so incongruent it makes your head hurt.” So wrote Post sports columnist Barry Svrluga in calling on Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder to rename the team in light of the national reckoning over racial injustice that has been sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
Mr. Svrluga wasn’t alone. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) took to the radio to say that “it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people. . . . It deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team.” And, after the team participated in an effort this month to support Black Lives Matter by posting a black box on social media, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted: “Want to really stand for social justice? Change your name.”
Over the years, there have been many calls for the team to jettison its name because it is a slur that denigrates and disrespects Native Americans. Throughout, Mr. Snyder has been dismissive, if not downright contemptuous.