Call for change grows as Redskins ditch name and logo

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 15 Jul 2020

The spotlight for change is shining on baseball's Cleveland Indians.

Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice, the Indians appear to be the next major US sports franchise that might assume a new identity.

Along with the Indians, who recently announced they are evaluating a name change for the first time in 105 years, baseball's Atlanta Braves, NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs are among those facing backlash along with the potential of sponsors pulling their financial support.

For some, the time has come for widespread changes to sports nicknames, mascots and symbols as America reckons with its legacy of racism. "I understand people aren't willing to change or so quickly, or they're hoping this moment is going to pass. It's not,'' said activist Frances Danger. "We're not going to let up.''

The Braves have no plans to change their nickname. However, Atlanta said they will review the team's "tomahawk chop" chant.

The Blackhawks, too, have no plans for change, explaining that their name honors a Native American leader, Black Hawk of Illinois' Sac and Fox Nation.

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