Some sports teams in the United States and Canada have finally abandoned the use of racist team names and logos.
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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.
Indigenous activists have long called on teams to change names and mascots that perpetuate negative stereotypes and fail to respect painful histories.
NFL teams like the Washington Redskins changing names that demean First Nations and Native Americans is a long overdue step in the right direction.
Black Lives Matter: West Indian players (as well as England players and match officials) took the knee before the start of the first cricket Test on July 8.
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The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us that using national anthems at sporting events is often insensitive and whitewashes the prevalence of racism in sport.
When the Edmonton Eskimos released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, the team was criticized for not addressing the controversy about its racist team name.
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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.
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Have American companies just been given the green light to deploy “edgy” branding that goes way too far?
This isn’t trademar-geddon but the Redskins trademark cancellation is going to have serious long-term effects.
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On Wednesday the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the US trademark registration for the Washington Redskins football team. This is a big victory for Native American groups, and an important development…
Time to tackle the Redskins.
Since Europeans first arrived in the Americas, native peoples have been decimated. In North America, where assimilation was rare and conquest or theft of land has been the norm, things were particularly…