Many people thought the debate over the name of the Washington Redskins ended this past June. It was in that month the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling involving a rock band called The Slants. The court ruled that even though the name of the rock band was offensive to some people, the band could not be denied a trademark for their name. This ruling also allowed the Washington Redskins to keep their name by essentially ending legal options for opponents.
Notwithstanding the events above, something fascinating happened this week. On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, several websites suddenly appeared on the Internet advertising an exclusive story about the Washington Redskins. The websites contained professionally appearing articles stating that the Washington Redskins had finally bowed to public pressure, and the team would now be called the Washington Redhawks.
It didn’t take long for people to realize the articles were fake. However, the articles demonstrated a new method of activism used by Native Americans and their allies in the football team debate. Sebastian Medina-Tayac, one of the organizers behind the websites, said, “The point of this was to start the conversation again.” He continued, “We wanted to make it immediate and urgent by allowing people to imagine a world where that mascot is gone, the name is changed and see how people react to it.” In other words, he decided to help the public visualize the change.
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