“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.” On July 13, the Washington Redskins stated that they would change the name and the logo of the team. A combination of advocacy groups and financial sponsors insisted that the team’s name be changed. There have been numerous suggestions for the new name, but the two names that have piqued my interest are the Washington Red Tails and the Washington Code Talkers.
The Red Tails would honor the Tuskegee Airmen. This group consisted of the first black airmen in the United States Armed Forces. The men of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group painted the tails of their planes red. Eventually they were given the nickname Red Tails.
The Navajo Nation initially suggested that the Washington Redskins team name be replaced by the Washington Code Talkers. This name would be a tribute to the Navajo soldiers who created an intricate code that played a crucial role in the Pacific during World War II. After deliberation, the Navajo nation rescinded their suggestion of Washington Code Talkers.
The team plans to reveal the name before the 2020-2021 football season begins. Here are some possible new names for the team.