Hail to the Red Tails: Rename the Washington Football Team

Hail to the Red Tails: Rename the Washington Football Team

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Michael Kahn started this petition to Dan Snyder and

Dear Mr. Snyder and the NFL,

It has been long overdue for the Washington football franchise to change its team nickname from one of racial insensitivity to a celebration of D.C. While it has always been important to use the platform of a sports franchise to emphasize the best of our country, it has never been more important than now. In one definitive action, you can end the reminder of America's terrible history of slaughtering indigenous people and emphasize the importance of DC as a Black-majority city.

In this petition, the undersigned implore you to change the name of the Washington football team. It is clear that the political climate in this country, as well as the great financial implication from the team's sponsors, has made this decision a clear and correct one. The first ask is to no longer refer to the Washington football franchise as the "Redskins."

The second ask is to change the nickname of the team to the Washington "Red Tails," which both supports the role of D.C. as a military city and celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen. Furthermore, the colors, fight song, and branding associated with the franchise's storied legacy remains present.

The undersigned deeply urge Mr. Snyder, the NFL, and all its sponsors to make this swift and correct change. There is no greater symbol of leadership and support than making a decision that puts you on the right side of history. Given Nike's recent actions of removing Washington football apparel from its website, we trust Nike would be an ideal candidate to help to quickly rebrand the franchise.

Sincerely,

Washington football fans and American citizens

 

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