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#BlackoutTuesday Opens Discussion for Redskins to Change Their Nickname

The Redskins, like many professional sports teams, participated in the widespread “Blackout Tuesday” social media campaign to address racial injustice.

But the NFL franchise’s team name has been criticized as being racist to the Native American community for decades.

That meant Tuesday’s tweet on the team page prompted a backlash, with many responses calling for the team to change its name and criticizing the franchise for being hypocritical, Scott Gleeson of USA Today reports.

“Want to really stand for racial justice? Change your name,” tweeted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was among the high-profile names to respond to the Redskins’ afternoon tweet.

The #BlackOutTuesday hashtag and black squares campaign came in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in custody of the Minneapolis police.

The Redskins organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday morning.


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