The Washington Redskins' owner Dan Snyder has been under enormous pressure lately to change his team's name and logo, but has so far resisted.
According to Time magazine, Synder wrote a letter to season ticket holders, which said in part:
I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn, but we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country.
After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.
However, New York Daily News cartoonist Tom Stiglich made his feelings clear about the subject by recently drawing a cartoon comparing the Redskins' Indian logo to the Confederate Flag and the Nazi Swastika, notes USA Today.
The caption under the cartoon reads, "Archaic symbols of pride and heritage."
Even the animal rights organization PETA has jumped into the controversy, saying the Redskins could keep their name, but change their logo to a red-skinned potato on a plate (picture below).
PETA stated on its website:
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.