The Washington Redskins launched a review of the team’s controversial name, “a stunning step that came just one day after a prominent corporate sponsor called for a change and after years of refusing to consider such a move,” reports The Washington Post.  (The Cleveland Indians are also looking to change the team’s name.)

The Post’s adds that the team “offered few details of what the review will entail, but in a statement it said the review “formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.””

In related news, three separate letters signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its controversial name, reports Adweek.

The post states that FedEx sent a statement to Adweek stating the company has “communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“

The post adds that the move “may raise eyebrows in that FedEx chairman, president and CEO Fred Smith is part owner of the team. Additionally, the stadium in Landover, Maryland is named after the global logistics company.

“Native American leaders have pushed for the Washington, D.C., NFL team to change its name (a racist slur that stems from bounties paid to white settlers in exchange for the skins of Native American adults and children as proof of their murders) for decades, including through two high-profile lawsuits. But the team has dug in its heels, with owner Dan Snyder saying in 2013 he would “never change the name.”

“After the reckoning brought by June’s global protests against racism and police killings of Black Americans, Native American leaders—and advocates who want to see the NFL team change its name—are acting with renewed urgency, hoping to strike while the iron is hot. The investor letter to PepsiCo, for example, cites the company’s “decision to sunset the Aunt Jemima brand is an important and meaningful step,” and calls on it to continue that commitment to divesting from racist mascots by ending its relationship with the Redskins.

“The investor letters to the three major brands are led by First Peoples Worldwide, Oneida Nation Trust Enrollment Committee, Trillium Asset Management, LLC Boston Common Asset Management, LLC Boston Trust Walden Mercy Investment Services and First Affirmative Financial Network. Another roughly 80 firms and trusts, many of which are social impact strategy investment firms or faith-based portfolios, signed on as well.”

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