The Washington Redskins announced Monday that the NFL team plans to change its name.
Why it matters: It brings an end to decades of debate around the name — considered by many to be racist toward Native Americans. The change was jumpstarted by nationwide protests against systemic racism in the U.S. this summer.
The backdrop, via the Washington Post: “The origin of the word ‘redskin’ has long been disputed by linguists, Native American activists who consider it a slur, and those who insist that the name of Washington’s football team honors Indians rather than disparages them.”
The state of play: The team began a formal review of the team’s name on July 3, a day after three major sponsors — PepsiCo, Bank of America and FedEx (which has its name on the team’s stadium) — publicly requested a name change.
What they’re saying: “It’s never too late to do the right thing, and if you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, it doesn’t really matter,” Carla Fredericks, member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation told the Post.