NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York Daily News announced Wednesday evening that it will no longer refer to the Washington professional football team as “Redskins.”
In an article published on their website, the Daily News said they are omitting “Redskins” from their sports coverage because the word is considered a slur by many Native Americans.
“No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind,” the Daily News said in its statement.
Similarly, the news outlet will no longer use the football team’s logo of a feathered Native American. Instead, an image with the team’s maroon and yellow colors will be used to indicate the Washington team.
Whether or not to change the team’s name has made several headlines in recent months.
In June, the U.S. Patent Office ruled the team’s federal trademarks must be canceled because the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans.”
President Obama chimed in October 2013 and said “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” according to an Associated Press report.
An ESPN poll published Sept. 2 said “Nearly three-fourths of Americans favor letting the Washington Redskins keep their nickname, but the percentage who think it should be changed has tripled in the past two decades.”
In response to recent poll numbers, the Daily News said in its statement “Movement is headed in the right direction and we’re proud to be part of the trend.”