It looks like FedEX isn’t the only sponsor pressuring the Washington Redskins to change their name.
Thursday night, just hours after it was reported that FedEX had asked the team to change its name, many noticed that all Redskins apparel had been removed from Nike’s website.
It looks like Nike has removed all Redskins apparel from their website. If you go to the Nike website, they currently have apparel for all NFL teams; except Washington.
— Jordan (@redskinstoday_) July 3, 2020
Earlier in the week, 87 investment firms responsible for more than $620 billion in assets wrote three separate letters asking Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to end their business relationship with the NFL’s Washington Redskins until until the team decided to drop their “racist name”.
The letter to investors @PepsiCo, for example, cites the company’s “decision to remove the Aunt Jemima brand is an important and significant step” and calls for it to continue this commitment to divest racist mascots by ending its relationship with the Redskins.
— Mary Emily O’Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) July 1, 2020
In one of the letters, the investors specifically condemned Nike for selling millions of dollars worth of Redskins apparel to fans bearing “the team’s racist name and logo.”
We are writing to you today to urge Nike to end its commercial and public relations with the Washington DC franchise of the National Football League (NFL) if it does not stop using the “Redskins” name. Many of us have raised this issue with Nike for years to no avail. But in light of the Black Lives Matter movement that has brought centuries of systemic racism to the world’s attention, we are seeing a new wave of opposition on behalf of the team. Therefore, it is time for Nike to face the magnitude of this moment, to make clear its opposition to the team’s racist name, and to take concrete and meaningful steps to pressure the team to she stops using it.
Nike continues to supply uniforms and equipment to the Washington DC NFL football team that bears the logo and name. Additionally, it produces and sells thousands of jerseys and other apparel bearing the team’s racist name and logo. This association and facilitation of the inherent racism in the name and logo goes against the very sentiments expressed by the company. Therefore, the undersigned 87 investors representing over $620 billion in assets ask that you go beyond words on paper and live up to the principles Nike affirms by applying them to your apparel relationship with the NFL Football Franchise. of Washington DC – terminate your commercial and public relations with the franchise, if it does not stop using the “Redskins” name.
Looks like the pressure is working and the Redskins might actually have to change their name.