Native American Son of Washington ‘Redskins’ Logo Creator: 'It’s Not Offensive'
The Redskins logo was originally designed in 1971 by a Native American
As the left celebrates the Washington Redskins’ decision to change its nickname to something less 'offensive,' ironically, the Native American family of the man who designed the logo was not happy about the move.
The Redskins logo was originally designed in 1971 by Native American Walter “Blackie” Wetzel.
The iconic logo depicted John “Two Guns” White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who also appears on the Buffalo Nickel.
"Wetzel grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and was eventually elected president of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C."
“He was instrumental in the Redskins franchise logo change from an ‘R’ to the current depiction of a Native American.”
Lance Wetzel, Wetzel’s son, said the logo evokes pride in Native Americans.
Wetzel argued the logo should not be considered offensive.
Though he understands the decision to change the team nickname, he said the logo should stay.
“Everyone was pretty upset (about the change),” Lance Wetzel said.
“Everyone understood the name change. We were all on board with that. Once they weren’t going to use the logo, it was hard," he added.
"It takes away from the Native Americans. When I see that logo, I take pride in it. You look at the depiction of the Redskins logo, and it’s of a true Native American," he continued.
"I always felt it was representing my people. That’s not gone.”
“The Native Americans were forgotten people. That logo lets people know these people exist,” Wetzel added.
“If it were changed and it removed any derogatory feelings toward any person, then I think it’s a win. I don’t want that logo to be associated in a negative way, ever.”
Following the death of George Floyd and the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, the Washington Redskins came under increased scrutiny.
Primary owner Dan Snyder has historically opposed renaming the team, which has been using the name Redskins since the 1930s.
Last week, Neon Nettle reported that global sports brand Nike caved to pressure from 'woke' activists accusing the name of the Redskins of being 'racist.'
Adweek reported that three letters signed by 87 different investment firms and shareholders demanded Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo to cease business with the Washington Redskins until the name is changed.
The Redskins's move is similar to Quaker Oats' move to rename its pancake brand Aunt Jemima amid a liberal online backlash over its 'racial stereotype.'
The great-grandson of “Aunt Jemima,” Larnell Evans, later blasted the move.
“This is an injustice for me and my family,” Evans, 66, told Patch reporter Mark Konkol.
“This is part of my history, sir," he stated.
"The racism they talk about, using images from slavery, that comes from the other side — white people," he continued.