By: Ryan Cooley
There has been a lot of controversy over Washington’s mascot, and it is once again under fire. Many will say it is long overdue, while others will stand their ground on keeping the name. Owner Dan Snyder said in 2013 that he would never change the mascot. However, times are changing, and a movement is upon us. A movement that could force Snyder’s hand.
There have been polls in the past that showed many Native Americans did not find Washington’s mascot offensive. However, a new study done by UC Berkeley found that over half of the 1,000 Native Americans surveyed were offended by the team’s mascot.
Snyder has reiterated that he will not change the mascot multiple times since 2013, but he has yet to make a statement this year. We are seeing statues, people, businesses, and much more fall in recent weeks due to their history of racism, and the Redskins could be next.
This leads to the question of what their new name would be if Snyder decides to change the mascot.
Here are some possible names for Washington.
This would be my first choice. Snyder actually trademarked the name “Warriors” a long time ago. However, it was not for the Redskins. Instead, it was for the arena football team that he was setting up in Washington. Clearly, Snyder already has an interest in this name, and I believe it would be a great fit.
They wouldn’t have to change much, as they could still keep the Native American theme.
This would be a complete rebrand for Washington. The Native American theme would be gone, which some think they should do anyway. There would most likely be a new color scheme along with new logos.
This could also be a great opportunity to get their fans involved. They could let the fans vote on certain things such as uniforms, color scheme, and the logo.
A group of Native Americans created this mascot for Washington in 2017. The Rising Hearts made a fake announcement that said Washington had officially changed their mascot from the Redskins to the Redhawks.
The group admitted that this was a “culture jamming” tactic. They wanted to get the conversation started in hopes that enough people would join their side and, eventually, force the Redskins to change their name.
One good thing about this mascot is they could keep the classic “R” as an alternate logo.
A lot of people probably don’t know who the Redtails are. They were a group of African American fighter pilots in WWII. The name of the group was The Tuskegee Airmen, but Redtails was their nickname.
This is another mascot that has been brought up in the past. In 2013, the name came up when Washington was being challenged before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in a case filed by a group of Native Americans. The name was once again brought up earlier this year.
While the logo would obviously change, they may be able to keep the same color scheme. The “Hail to the Redskins” fight song could also stay, but “Redskins” would obviously be replaced with “Redtails.”