Putting pressure on corporate sponsors is a tactic that has worked when it comes to changing racist team names. But it’s not enough to address systemic racism.
First the Washington Redskins. And now the Edmonton Eskimos. It’s about time professional sports franchises recognized the harm that comes from racist team names.
NFL teams like the Washington Redskins changing names that demean First Nations and Native Americans is a long overdue step in the right direction.
In the wake of protests about systemic racism, sports teams are under increased pressure to lose their racist nicknames. An Inuit scholar calls on the Edmonton Eskimos to do the right thing.
The use of the word Eskimos for a Canadian football team needs to end. It signals negative stereotypes and is considered by most Inuit to be a racial slur.