Washington Post’s Block of ‘Redskins’ is Just More Writing on the Wall
There’s a growing movement of people, publications and websites dropping use of the nickname ‘Redskins.’ This is no surprise, as the call for the Washington Redskins to change their nickname is louder than ever.
In what could amount to more writing on the wall in regards to a name change, the Washington Post‘s editorial section has announced it will stop using ‘Redskins’ from this point forward:
“While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect,” the editorial board said via a statement.
It must be pointed out that the news and editorial sections at the WP operate separately of each other, so this is not a full block of the nickname. The news section will continue to use it as per usual.
But given that a portion of a big local paper has joined the list of those to stop using Redskins, you have to believe Daniel Snyder is sweating more than ever. Maybe he’s not. Maybe he really won’t change the nickname until the NFL forces him to, but he has to know that more and more people, publications and websites are going to jump aboard the Redskins’ boycott bandwagon.
It will also be interesting to see how many football personalities across television and radio stop using the moniker this upcoming season. Most companies aren’t going to have a problem if their employees don’t use ‘Redskins’ while on air.