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Hoax Story Claims That Washington Redskins Changed Team Name to 'Redhawks'

Hoax Story Claims That Washington Redskins Changed Team Name to 'Redhawks'

"We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changing the name could be", Rebecca Nagle, one of the organizers of the stunt, said in a statement.

The fake news stories also feature statements from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Jay Gruden saying that the new name will purportedly take effect this coming weekend.

The move to change the team's name was comprised of a campaign that spanned at least five pages, as well as a Twitter account. Today, social media exploded with an updated logo and mascot for DC's football team: The Washington Redhawks.

"The Franchise is proud to be a leader in bringing people together in the DMV and in our country during a time of growing divisions".




But some fans online were actually believing the hoax.

The group, named Rising Hearts, is composed of members of several tribes, the Washington Post reported.

It includes many Indigenous leaders from across the US and hundreds of collaborators for the digital action. The fabrications used headlines such "Washington Redskins to Change Name to Washington Redhawks". "We wanted to make it immediate and urgent by allowing people to imagine a world where that mascot is gone, the name is changed and see how people react to it". "We collectively have eliminated over 2,000 of these so-called Native names, logos, symbols, images, mascots and behaviour from the USA sports landscape. Keep that brief moment of joy you had upon reading the news to keep fighting against their racist mascot". Earlier this year, The Washington Post, conducted a poll in which it found that of more than 500 Native American people polled, 90 percent of them weren't offended by the team name.

Rising Hearts is holding a news conference Thursday at the George Preston Marshall Monument in front of RFK Stadium, and there will also be a rally outside FedEx Field on Sunday, before Washington hosts the Arizona Cardinals.