The son of the Native American man who designed the Washington Redskins logo is unhappy about the team's rebrand as he says the logo is not racist.
By James Conrad
The politically correct “woke” left has been celebrating this week after the Washington Redskins football team announced that it would be changing its name and dropping its iconic Redskins logo for good. Not everyone is happy about this announcement though. The Native American son of the man who designed the Redskins logo spoke out to defend it, arguing that he and his tribe in fact ‘take pride’ in the logo.
Redskins Logo Designed By Native American
The Daily Wire reported that the current Redskins logo was designed by Native American Walter “Blackie” Wetzel in 1971.
The design is a depiction of John “Two Guns” White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who is also depicted on the Buffalo Nickel.
Wetzel reportedly grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and went on to play a crucial role in the “R” in the current Redskins logo being changed to a description of a Native American.
His family has always felt proud of the logo, and his son Lance Wetzel spoke out this week to say it isn’t offensive at all. Instead, he argued that the logo is a symbol of pride for Native Americans.
In case you didn't know,
The Redskins logo was designed by the former leader of the Blackfeet Indian tribe, Walter "Blackie" Wetzel.
He once said, "It made us proud to have an Indian on a big-time team."
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 7, 2020
Blackie Wetzel’s Son Defends Redskins Logo
Lance Wetzel explained:
“Everyone was pretty upset (about the change). Everyone understood the name change. We were all on board with that. Once they weren’t going to use the logo, it was hard. It takes away from the Native Americans. When I see that logo, I take pride in it. You look at the depiction of the Redskins logo and it’s of a true Native American. I always felt it was representing my people. That’s not gone.”
“The Native Americans were forgotten people. That logo lets people know these people exist. If it were changed and it removed any derogatory feelings toward any person, then I think it’s a win. I don’t want that logo to be associated in a negative way, ever.”
Redskins Submit To Radical Left
The Washington Redskins submitted to public pressure from the left on Monday by announcing that it would indeed be changing its name.
“Today, we are announcing that we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the NFL team said in a statement. “[Team owner] Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”
A new name for the team will be announced at a later date.
This is a prime example of the PC-obsessed left acting too soon before they think through what they are doing. They were so obsessed with ridding the Redskins of its “offensive” name that they did not even stop to think about the Native Americans who have taken pride in the team and the logo for decades.
In the end, all the left has accomplished here is erasing the legacy of a Native American family. If that’s not “offensive,” I don’t know what is.