How can the Washington Redskins keep their name while also satisfying those, like Bob Costas, who say the football team’s moniker is “an insult, a slur”?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a suggestion, which they unveiled in a recent blog post. It involves keeping the name Redskins, while changing the team logo…to a potato:
When you hear the word “redskin,” what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato — except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we’d be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name).The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants.
Here’s what the proposed new logo looks like:
And here’s the non-tuberous, currently-in-use Redskins logo:
What do you think: Should the Washington Redskins become the Washington Redskin Potatoes?