The discussion around the Washington Redskins has become a hot button topic of debate over the last week, with a strong push for a name change. It’s an issue that has gathered prominence over the past several years, but it is starting to gather significant traction that could finally see a complete overhaul taken. With that in mind, second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins may have put forth a fitting choice for its new team name.
Redskins contemplating name change
With the increased push for social change in the United States, it has once again seen the discussion circle back to the Redskins team name that has drawn ire over the years.
The negative connotation to the name has drawn a significant backlash from the Native American community. That has been met by a strong push back from team owner Dan Synder, who previously responded voicing no desire to change the team due to the franchise’s lengthy history behind that name.
However, the Redskins look to be back into a bit of a corner with FedEx, who holds the naming rights to the franchise’s stadium under a $205 million deal that extends through 2025, sent a request for the team to change their name. It has also seen sponsors, such as Nike and Pepsi, pressuring the organization to make that move.
That also saw Nike remove all the team gear from their online store on Thursday night. Meanwhile, commissioner Roger Goodell also chimed in stating on Friday that the NFL has continued to have discussions with Dan Snyder with the hope of making that change. It has placed increase pressure on Snyder to make the much-needed alteration finally.
Dwayne Haskins’ suggestion for new team name for Redskins
The conversation around the Redskins team name has pushed many suggestions for the new team if Dan Snyder were to elect to head that route.
Second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins appears to have a strong choice for the next nickname as he took to Twitter to suggest Red Tails. It’s a reference to a group of pilots that were better known as the Tuskegee airmen who were an all-black group fighter pilots that took participated in World War II.
They were the first African-American military aviators that dealt with the Jim Crow laws while the military was still operating as racially segregated. Over the years, they have been honored on numerous occasions that included garnering the Congressional Gold Medal. There is much history behind that name that would be fitting, especially with the franchise playing in the nation’s capital.
It’s one of many suggestions, but one with historical roots that could bring forth a significant push forward for the league to move past a racial-inspired team name that has needed removal.
Will the Redskins change their name?
The pressure is on Dan Snyder to make the change to this team’s name that has been held since George Preston Marshall made the move in 1933.
There is a clear racial and negative connotation to the team’s name that has drawn intense criticism from Native Americans over the years. It has been Snyder’s stronghold on keeping the name due to the team having it for nearly nine decades.
The line has been drawn with FedEx and Nike putting their financial ties with the team. That could be the ultimate card that pushes Snyder to decide to change the name finally. It’s entirely on his shoulders to head that route regardless of how much the league and criticism he faces.
There should be clarity on this front soon as Snyder makes a decision that will forever impact his team’s legacy.