Native Advocacy Group's Redskins Name-Change Prank Fooled Tons Of People

Native Advocacy Group's Redskins Name-Change Prank Fooled Tons Of People

Native Advocacy Group's Redskins Name-Change Prank Fooled Tons Of People

After decades of team owner Dan Snyder refusing to change the name of the Washington football team, Native advocates took to the internet to do it for him. But for now, the team will keep the name they've had since the franchise first came to Washington. "The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that for the future".

Each said the team name would be switched to Redhawks starting in the 2018 season.

One such website that hoaxed the team was called washingtonredhawks.com and it features a similar logo to the Redskins, but with a red hawk surrounded by a gold logo instead of the Redskins' actual logo.

In the immediate aftermath of this event, the Washington Redskins released the following statement from their official Twitter account to ensure that people were aware that their name hadn't changed.

Native Advocacy Group's Redskins Name-Change Prank Fooled Tons Of People
Native Advocacy Group's Redskins Name-Change Prank Fooled Tons Of People

The Washington Redskins would like everyone to know that they will not be changing their name next season. Although activists throughout the world have successfully been able to change the name of hundreds of racially charged Indigenous names, major league teams like The Cleaveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins (among others) have all continued use their contested names. "Just four letters! Certainly the harm that the mascot does to Native Americans outweighs the very, very minor changes the franchise would need to make". Nagle told us her group employed the faux announcement after "every possible tactic" - including litigation, petitions, and protests - to exert pressure on the team.

It was an obvious hoax so it wasn't meant to trick people but [instead] meant to help people reimagine and to experience what a name change could look like.

Some Native Americans consider the Redskins name highly offensive and evocative of the genocide of North American tribes by American settlers of European descent.

The group, named Rising Hearts, is composed of members of several tribes, the Washington Post reported.

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