Perspectives: Brands and Bands Change Names Under Pressure

Headline Roundup July 14th, 2020

This week, Washington D.C.'s NFL football team removed its "Redskins" name after years of accusations that the name and logo were racist toward Native Americans. Other major brands have recently made similar changes. This was not limited to brands; bands including the groups formerly known as the Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum also changed names in an attempt to distance themselves from Confederate history. Anheuser-Busch has also been pushed to change its lesser-known brand name, Brahma Beer, named after the Hindu God of creation.

Some left-rated voices praised the changes while crediting the current Black Lives Matter movement for the movement to weed out racially insensitive branding. Some right-rated voices were critical of the name changes, citing historical significance and the product or group's purported lack of intent to be offensive. Some argue that names like Redskins actually pay tribute to Native Americans.

Perspectives: Brands and Bands Change Names Under Pressure

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

As tens of millions of people worldwide have taken to the streets over the past six weeks to pronounce that Black lives matter, corporate America has been nudged into action. But instead of marching alongside protesters, it’s eyeing its own shelves.

Quaker Oats spoke up first, announcing in June that Aunt Jemima, the name and face of the brand’s syrup and pancake mix for more than 130 years, would be no more. The company said in a statement that “while work has been done over the years to update the...

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From the Center
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An interfaith coalition is pressing the world’s largest brewer to remove the name of a Hindu god from a popular beer that dates to the late 1800s — a dispute the beermaker insists is a case of mistaken identity.

The group, which includes representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions, is calling on Belgium-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV to rename its Brahma line, a favorite in Brazil.

Brahma was first produced in 1888 by Companhia Cervejaria Brahma, a Brazilian brewery now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, whose...

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From the Right
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Were the Washington Redskins right to ditch their longstanding team name in favor of an as-yet-to-be-revealed substitute? While the Redskins name has been discussed for the better part of a decade, the debate is part of the broader question of the current madness for tearing down history of all kinds. Is the wiser approach to resist the woke mob at all points (the Texas Rangers are already in the mob’s sights, on logic opposite to the objection to Redskins), or is it to seek more reasoned distinctions? Whichever approach you...

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