Minister Norton pleased with rebranding of Washington Redskins
Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton is pleased that efforts have begun to apply a name change to the American Football team known as the Washington Redskins.
The team has faced years of pressure over a name that has long been seen as offensive and derogatory to Native Americans. The push for rebranding comes amid massive global protests against racism, following the death of George Floyd in the United States.
These protests have also led to heightened pressure from the team’s sponsors, and so a new name is being considered.
Minister Norton, who also holds responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, believes that corporate entities such as FedEx must be applauded for making a global statement that racism, or anything resembling it, has no place in Sports.
“At times when the world is nonsensically divided by differences, sports has been and will continue to be a constant and crucial vehicle to drive unity and cohesion. This is why we must ensure that the global Sports community is free from tarnish,” Minister Norton said.
Minister Norton is hopeful that this move and what it means, will resonate with the local sports fraternity.