It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
Before I announce my selection for Who Won the Week, I need to provide a little background. I was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. As a boy, I was a big fan of Washington’s Major League Baseball team, the Washington Senators, and the National Football League’s Washington Redskins.To be honest, I never really gave much thought to the football team’s name. As a white kid living in the suburbs, I naively looked at the team’s name as a way of paying tribute to Native Americans, not really thinking about its racist connotations.
But for the the past decade or so years, there has been mounting pressure for the Washington football team to change its name, which many consider to be a racist trope.
Yet, even in the face of governmental and activist pressure to change it, Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, has been steadfast in his insistence to keep the name. “We’ll never change the name,” Snyder said in 2013. “It’s that simple. Never — you can use caps.”
But the day could soon be coming when the team will, indeed, change its name. In the last month, since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, a widespread movement has led to a reconsideration of statues, flags, symbols, and mascots considered to be racist or celebrating America’s racist history.
A few days ago, signs emerged that a change to Snyder’s intractable stance may be in the works. One day after two prominent corporate sponsors, FedEx and Nike, began backing away from the team’s name, and which prompted other sponsors to follow suit, the team published this announcement on Friday:
“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name.”
So, I am proclaiming that Native Americans won the week with the probably fall of the “Redskins” nickname for the Washington NFL team.
Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves, you’re next.
Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?