Canadian football team named after racial slur really wants you to know they oppose racism
The Edmonton Eskimos, a team that refused to change their name from what many consider an ethnic slur against Indigenous peoples, posted a statement about the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality that are sweeping across America.
No, this it not a joke.
Like many other corporations that feel the need to post empty slogans about race, the Eskimos statement included many platitudes, and without a hint of irony, did not include the word Black.
Posting a statement like this is an awkward decision, considering the team refused to change their name because of a lack of consensus. Eskimos is considered by many to be a slur against Indigenous people and many in the community have called for the name to be changed
Social media users were quick to ridicule the team’s statement.