WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDHN)— For much of this century, civil rights groups and Native Americans have come together to voice their discomfort with the D.C. football team’s name.
But since buying the team in 1997, team owner Daniel Snyder has been very adamant in his decision to not change the name.
In the past week, over 80 investing and shareholder firms have sent letters to big time corporations that are tied with the Washington team. These investors include: First Peoples Worldwide, Oneida Nation Trust Enrollment Committee and Trillium Asset Management.
These firms have even written letters to Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo. To each, they address how their partnership with the team is a direct contrary to their beliefs and practices as companies.
In the letter to Nike, here is what they said.
“Nike continues to provide uniforms and equipment to the Washington D.C. NFL football team which bears the logo and name. Further, it produces and sells thousands of jerseys and other apparel with the team’s racist name and logo. This association with and facilitation of the racism inherent in the name and logo runs contrary to the very sentiments expressed by the company,” the letter said, which was signed by over 80 of the firms involved in this movement.
Recently, owner of former RFK Stadium, Washington’s former playing grounds said that the team will not be able to use their grounds for the new stadium.
The Washington football team will be looking for a new stadium lot as the deal with FedEx field is set to expire this decade.