Washington NFL team renamed Red Tails’. It might be true Tuskegee Airmen have mixed feelings about that

Washington NFL team renamed Red Tails’. It might be true Tuskegee Airmen have mixed feelings about that

If Lt. Col. Harold Brown, a former military pilots in America African Americans who fly with the famous all-black Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, would be in favor of Washington, DC, the NFL team changes its name Washington Red Tails? The nickname, which flew by the Tuskegee Airmen comes from painted surfaces me were as a possible solution to the team, looking for a name-and in this corner, at least floated the idea would find a lot of support. “Absolutely,” said Brown, 95, from his home in Ohio, United States. Brown is one of nine drivers Tuskegee survivors flying in combat. “Thinking in some selfish way in terms of our heritage, we are short of drivers,” says Brown. “Wait a few years, that would be the end of us. I do not know to keep a better way of life these names, as a right to put a name behind Washington ‘.” Monday’ after decades of pressure, announced Washington officially the NFL organization that have the name Redskins retirement. The owner Daniel Snyder team had long conversations resisted changing the name, the denigration of Native Americans used. In 2013, Snyder told USA Today that would change the team nickname “never”. ( “You can use caps,” he said.) But, as the United States provides its racist history after the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the movement of the names gained unstoppable landfill momentum: FedEx, for example, He has threatened to pull his name out of the stadium the team. Well, in a statement, the team says Snyder and coach Ron Rivera work “hand in hand to develop that enhance the reputation of our proud, tradition-rich franchises and inspire our sponsors, fans and the community for the next 100 a new name and design approach. years “as fans and other observers, the possibilities for the new name Mull, has become the” ‘idea won for doing a favor: in a survey of Yahoo, 28% of respondents said “Red Tails favorite Redtails” top vote-getter on the warrior was, Hogs, General and others. After a betting site, “Redtails” are the odd on favorites, have 3 to the first fans already prevail with a convincing helmet and logo designs come. There’s a lot on Red Tails pleasure. Naming a team based in the nation’s capital, after a group of black war hero pioneers racial awakening seems to fit the spirit of this time. “If the most appropriate time to do so, in light of what is happening in the country,” said Brown, a native of Minneapolis. “Do you know where my vote goes.” In a statement, dedicated to Tuskegee Airmen Inc., an Alabama-based non-profit, the results of blacks veterans and the introduction of young people to career opportunities honor in aeronautics, space and transport, said that the organization “would be excellent and work satisfactorily “” should be during and after the process adopted this name. ” The Washington team among the surviving airmen, but enjoys the renaming not universal support. “I’m not sure that they are worthy of the name Red Tail” Lt. Col. James Harvey, 97, he wrote in an e-mail. “I do not win that many games and many of the players have an attitude … Poor. But it’s not my call. Just as I feel right now.” When reached by time, two other surviving Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson , 98, and Lieutenant Colonel George Hardy, 95 said they continue to form their opinion on it. A third, Brigadier General Charles McGee, 100, declined to comment. Get your fix history in one place: you sign up for the weekly newsletter TIME story really a Red Tails nickname for the opportunities of the Washington franchise some potential drawbacks to the Tuskegee Airmen. It would be the Airmen want to be mixed at best be associated with a record of racial equality with the NFL, an organization? In a league where 70% of the players are black people, only 3 of 30 head coach – 10% – are blacks. Can not appointed a championship with a franchise in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, but that training not offered to Colin Kaepernick after leading peaceful protests against racial injustice during the national anthem, they are accused of paying lip service to equality? Other concerns are perhaps less overweight. During a road game in Philadelphia in December, for example, the player Red Tails would not exactly WWII hero feel his tribute. “If you play a game, half of the fans in Rangen, diese cursed Red Tails’werden say,” said Hardy, the 21 combat missions in World War II flew 45 combat missions over Korea in 1950 and 70 more during Vietnam War- through laughter. On the other hand, could the nickname of an NFL team to give an opportunity for teaching. Brown, who during his mission 30.en in World War II and taken as prisoners of war shot down for two months, said that when he was able to talk to Snyder, would educate them on the true story of airmen Washington owner. “The whole story of the Tuskegee Airmen constantly turn the system around constantly fighting,” he says. “People came with a thousand and one ways, so we should not be pilots. It ‘been obstacle after obstacle after obstacle.” Brown said he remembers, as African-American, it is not wise was enough to be a pilot a ‘idea that he says has given motivation to prove them wrong. After his military career, he worked for years in academia and as an educational consultant in Columbus, Ohio area, earning a Ph.D. Along the way, he became a fan of the Cleveland Browns. “I say, go get em, Browns’,” he says. But if Washington is the Red Tails, which will change its membership rapidly. “Nobody does not stop me to a fan in Washington,” he says. In 2007 Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal was awarded one of the highest awards in the country. “It ‘s been really great,” says Brown. But the name Red Tails, he says, “would be almost the same. The only bad news is, I just want a couple of old guys who still lived it. It is not by chance that believe all these good things. I can not believe that a best way to honor the Tuskegee Airmen as a professional ball club to call on us. “Brown argued that the Red Tails speaks the name of the American potential. “This is the old American history, starting from the bottom and move up,” he says. “We really embody what this great country. Even with all this chaos, which is still the largest country in the world. It would be to trade for anything. We have lived the American dream.”
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