After 87 years, the NFL's Washington Redskins, headquartered in Virginia, announced today they will change their team name and logo. They will also change the name of their headquarters, the "Redskins Complex" in Richmond.
"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years," the team said in a press release this morning.
The team's name and logo change call other teams into question: the Kansas City Chiefs, MLB's Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and others.
In light of recent events and years of public chastisement, FedEx, the team's most public sponsor, threatened to pull out if the name and logo weren't retired permanently. Amazon, Walmart, Target, Nike and other retailers also ceased sale of Redskins merchandise.
The team is also looking to leave the FedEx stadium in Maryland behind and relocate to the Washington, D.C., city limits, according to a press release.
The organization is still receiving an explosion of backlash on social media from conservatives and others claiming the symbolic change has no real effect on racism in America. Outspoken conservative Ryan Fournier, based out of D.C. and Raleigh, shared this to his nearly one million followers this morning:
The Washington Redskins have bent the knee to the cancel mob.They will be changing their name.Cowards.— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 13, 2020
No new name or logo has been announced yet.