Pretty tone deaf: Redskins' ill-advised cheerleader Instagram post
JUN 25, 2014 5:12p ET
The Redskins made what can only be seen as an ill-timed, poorly thought-out post on their Instagram account Tuesday, displaying the history of the NFL team's cheerleading uniforms throughout the years -- including one in a faux Native American outfit and braids.
Opponents of the team's controversial nickname might argue that this post definitely "takes us back" at least 52 years in terms of racial equality.
Moreover, it was posted just days after the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the federal trademark for the team's controversial nickname, claiming it is "disparaging of Native Americans."
As USA Today's For the Win blog notes, the faux Native American outfit was replaced in 1972 after objections led then-Washington team president Edward Bennett Williams "to remove some of the mocking references to American Indians in the team's traditions."
For the Win also notes that the landmark US Patent and Trademark ruling included the cancellation of the "Redskinettes" trademark as well.