How Washington’s Football Team Went from Racial Slur to the “Commanders” | The Daily Show

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Published on February 8, 2022

The fight to change Washington’s NFL team name and its mascot has been ongoing since the 1960s, but the shift from being called an anti-Native slur to the “Commanders” gained traction after the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and movements for racial justice. Sports journalist Bomani Jones and Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of IllumiNative and citizen of Pawnee, join Roy Wood Jr. to discuss harmful Native imagery in sports branding, how many Americans lack an understanding of Native issues, and what’s next for other professional sports teams (looking at you, Kansas City).

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12 comments

  • Michel 2 years ago

    That shirt was classic!

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  • Make Racists Afraid Again 2 years ago

    “But these names actually honor Native People.”
    Said lots of white folk.

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  • Sis Blk 2 years ago

    “It has always been about white people (predominately male owners) being TOLD what to do.” Periodt.
    *simply cuz they had the power to say no

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  • Upclose Life 2 years ago

    Bomani is the truth

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  • Jakob Mortensen 2 years ago

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  • Jeannie Hereford 2 years ago

    There are a lot of native/black Americans, my grandparents and grand uncle,Aunts were native Americans

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  • John Morris 2 years ago

    Great discussion! “Red Tails” to honor Tuskegee airmen would have been my choice. Cleveland’s baseball team could have tied “Guardians” to the Coast Guard’s regional headquarters for the Great Lakes.

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  • Bodega Pope 2 years ago

    These three need to form a podcast IMMEDIATELY this right here was thought provoking and still a knee slapper

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  • Jonathan F. 2 years ago

    I don’ understand how anyone could get angry at the Caucasians shirt. Is it the dollar sign?

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  • Hannah listentoFaceJam 2 years ago

    Sometimes I have to sit back and admire how much Christopher Columbus insanely belived modern America was India

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  • no name 2 years ago

    When in doubt, bring up old racism to get a couple views. Racism is over, give it up snowflakes. Its 2022 Racism been dead for 25 years.

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  • Trandview 2 years ago

    Chiefs fans will fight like Washinton fans…..Will state the team is named after the Mayor of KC at the time the team arrived in KC. Not realizing H Roe Bartle was a white man culturally appropriating the Native culture…..even made is own “Tribe”….Tribe of the Mic-o-say, associated the The Boy Scouts here in Missouri

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