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Commentary: As other leagues rethink racist team names, it’s time to rename the Edmonton Eskimos – Folio

by ahnationtalk on July 8, 202026 Views

07 July 2020

Team’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter movement rings hollow without action, argues Inuk writer and scholar.

In the space of a few hours on July 3, three North American sports teams announced they were going to reassess their racist names.

Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League have for years resisted calls to drop their team nicknames. But recent worldwide protests about systemic racism have forced the sports franchises to address the issue once again.

As an Inuit writer, scholar and researcher, I’ve been an outspoken critic of Edmonton’s refusal to rename its CFL team. I have never sat down and figured out how many hours I’ve logged into something that appears so very simple. Changing a sports team name. Getting rid of a racist moniker. Eliminating discrimination. Tossing out the detritus of bias and bigotry that lays on the field of Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/commentary–as-other-leagues-rethink-racist-team-names-its-time-to-rename-the-edmonton-eskimos/

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