The Washington Redskins are being forced to face their past of racism.

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The team name is being challenged from all fronts as corporate sponsor, FedEx has threatened to pull its naming rights unless the team changes its name.

This renewed energy meets the past as original owner, George Preston Marshall was a staunch segregationist in sports.


He famously said that he would integrate the Redskins when the Harlem Globetrotters put white players on the team. He founded the team in 1932 and they were originally called the Boston Braves.

However, when the Boston Red Sox moved into Fenway Park, Marshall moved his team to his hometown of Washington, D.C.

Native Americans have petitioned for a name change and for years new owner, Dan Synder has refused.

But that has all changed.