Marshall, the founder-owner of the franchise, was the last owner of the NFL to integrate the list of his team, and the removal of his statue has followed years of lobbying by residents who are opposed to the commemoration of the owner who was against desegregation.
Jordan Wright, the granddaughter of Marshall, recently said that it was not opposed to the removal of his statue.
“No, not at all – not one little bit “, she said. “I was glad to see it going down. It is more than time to see it disappear. ”
In the past two weeks that have passed since coach Ron Rivera has talked about for the first time in the murder of George Floyd while he was detained by the police in Minneapolis last month, the Redskins have been pushing for a change in practice. They have developed a program of open discussion led by six black employee and created an internal network of engagement and black for the professional development and cultural understanding. They have received a gift of $ 250,000 from owner Daniel Snyder.
The franchise has also retired no. 49 to honor Bobby Mitchell, the first black player of the Redskins, who became a scout and executive and died in April. They have recognized the important contributions of Mitchell on and off the field in 41 years with the team and renamed the bowl of the lower seat FedEx Field-level George Preston Marshall level Bobby Mitchell.
Marshall founded the team as the Boston Braves in 1932, but the name was changed to the “Redskins” soon after that to distinguish it from the baseball team of the city of the same name. After a support is dull in Boston, he moved the team to Washington in 1937.
Marshall has been the pioneer of some parts of the NFL – show at half-time, fight song, going before – but has refused to integrate. The legacy of Marshall, the former editor-sports at the Washington Post, Shirley Povich, wrote: “It was widely regarded as one of the greatest innovators of professional football and its primary fanatic. “
In every part of life, Marshall opposed integration. He specified in his will that none of the 6 million dollars he had left after his death in 1969 could not be used to integrate schools. He was the last owner of the NFL to integrate, and he has not signed with a black player in 1962 because the federal government has threatened to prevent him playing at the D. C. Stadium, which he spearheaded the construction and considered “the pinnacle of my sporting career”.