The Redskins Will Get A New Look & Not Everyone Is Happy About
The NFL has decided the Redskins will get a new design and the son of the man who designed the original isn't happy about it.
The Washington Redskins have the same design since 1971 and the nickname "Redskins" has been in use since 1933. While there have been calls to change the name and/or logo over the years, they never really went anywhere. Until now.
The man who designed the logo, Native American Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and served as President of the National Congress of American Indians. He also played a major role in getting the Redskins logo changed from a big "R" to the current image of a Native American intended to represent a member of the Blackfeet tribe. (13newsnow.com) The man who's image was chosen is John "Two Guns" White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who's likeness was also used on the Buffalo Nickel.
Wetzel's son says he's ok with changing the team name but, disagrees with retiring the logo his Dad designed. He says the logo isn't offensive and that removing it takes away from the Native Americans, adding:
"When I see that logo, I take pride in it. You look at the depiction of the Redskins logo and it’s of a true Native American. I always felt it was representing my people." - 13newsnow.com
Following recent protests involving equality, a new wave of "political correctness" has swept across the country and, in this case, caused the NFL to change the Redskins name and logo. I, along with Wetzel and many others don't see the name as a slanderous or "mean spirited" term. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder himself has resisted a name change for years.
Snyder has now changed his tune, what do you think?