Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stated on many occasions that the name Redskins is a badge of honor, but does that include the teams’ logo? With the controversy over the Redskins name only getting bigger, the debate continues to rage over whether the team and the NFL should move to change it.
I have debated with fans about the what the name means. Is it a racial slur, or could it be possible that over the course of all these years, the name Redskins has come to mean something else entirely to team and to the fan base? Does it really need to reference Native Americans any more? Why can’t it just mean football?
If the name is a badge of honor then couldn’t it mean whatever the team wanted it to? Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stated that he will never change the name of the team from Redskins, and that may be the way it remains. But if it does, why not just change the logo? Does the team have to adopt a Native American motif? Why not drop that altogether?
Design a new logo without using the likeness of a Native American. No feathers, no spears, just something that depicts honor, since that’s what Snyder says the name is a badge of. And maybe moving away from the Indian references will be enough to encourage opponents of the name to change their minds about protesting it.
A move like this could be looked at as a compromise from the team and the NFL to appease those who are for changing the name, and still satisfy those who want to keep it. Dan Snyder said he will never change the name, but I don’t recall him ever saying anything about the logo.