The Washington Soccer Staff, which is selecting a brand new nickname and brand that depart from any “linkage to Native American imagery,” is not going to take into account “Warriors” as an possibility, group president Jason Wright wrote Monday.
Wright made the announcement in his “weekly temporary” posted on the group’s web site, citing the group’s “inclusive course of to take heed to all voices” with a “explicit emphasis to partaking, listening and studying from Native American leaders and people all through the nation.”
That course of, was “not simply the straightforward, easy-to-categorize ‘who’s for or who’s in opposition to’ polling of our outdated title, however analysis revealing the psychological results of Native American group names on American Indian and Alaska Native youth,” he wrote.
“In sum, this engagement demonstrated to us a consensus that transferring ahead with no ties to Native American imagery is the suitable path. I’m personally and deeply grateful for the Native American neighborhood leaders who engaged with us, sharing painful, uncooked and actual tales that persist to today. Their tales affirmed our determination to maneuver in a brand new path within the creation of our new title and identification, and we’re proudly forging forward on this journey with a promise to our neighborhood — a promise to proceed to be inclusive in our course of and collaborative with our followers,” he wrote.
That led Wright to deal with the Warriors nickname, which he stated has emerged as a potential new identification among the many group’s followers. The franchise had despatched a survey to season-ticket holders on their ideas on potential nicknames earlier this yr, and Warriors reportedly was certainly one of choices listed.
“One may take a look at this title as a pure, and even innocent transition contemplating that it doesn’t essentially or particularly carry a damaging connotation. However as we realized by our analysis and engagement with varied teams, ‘context issues’ and that makes it a ‘slippery slope,'” he wrote.
“Suggestions from throughout communities we engaged clearly revealed deep-seated discomfort round Warriors, with the clear acknowledgment that it too carefully aligns with Native American themes. Such an embrace of probably Native-adjacent iconography and imagery wouldn’t symbolize a transparent departure that many communities have so forcefully advocated for us to embrace, and that frankly, we got down to do once we began this course of a yr in the past.”
Washington determined to retire its earlier title final summer season. It hasn’t but settled on a brand new title or brand, however there might be a everlasting one in place for the 2022 season. It can proceed because the Washington Soccer Staff this season.
“Now we have 89 years of historical past on this league and failing to acknowledge our previous use of Native imagery within the consideration of the brand new title would not be conscious of the people and communities that had been harm by the earlier title. We have made important modifications in our group and our tradition, and our new title should replicate these modifications. To that finish, we’ll select an identification that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery,” Wright wrote.