There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Many people believe the name is racially insensitive and should be done away with. Many members of the media have echoed those sentiments and called for the name to be changed. However, Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been very firm about his commitment to keep the name. He has shown no indication that he will cave into the pressure from Native Americans any time soon.
A group of activists made up of Native Americans recently took matters into their own hands. They created a very elaborate and convincing fake news campaign on social media that said the Redskins were going to officially change their name to the Washington Redhawks. The social media posts were so detailed that many people were fooled into thinking they were real. This included many major media outlets. The activists went so far as to make a website and a Twitter account for the fictional team. The fake news campaign created quite a stir and brought attention back to the issue of the Redskins name. This had not been covered by the media at all this season because of the massive uproar surrounding players kneeling during the national anthem.
It remains to be seen it this fake news campaign will succeed in getting the national debate started once again regarding the Redskins name. However, it remains clear that many Native Americans are not prepared to forget about this issue.