2020-07-16 11:56:56

During Era Of Racial Reckoning, US Confronts Colonialism



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Alexii Sigona about the United States' history with colonialism.

The Washington NFL team after decades of being pressured into changing its racist name this week announced it would be dropping it.

The team’s spokespeople in a statement said they would be retiring the name and working on a new one.

The announcement came after the shipping company FedEx, which is a major sponsor of the team warned that it would, “terminate its business and public relationships” unless the name was dropped.

Meanwhile, as statues of confederate leaders around the nation are being toppled and defaced in a new era of racial reckoning, historic figures linked to colonialism and the oppression of indigenous people are also being marked for destruction.

In California, Mission-era monuments including churches and statues of Father Junipero Serra are being targeted.

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