Fredrick Joseph, who came to the media spotlight when he created the #BlackPantherChallenge, is taking on a new challenge: the use of racially insensitive images in sports logos. More specifically, Joseph is taking on the Washington's Redskins mascot.
In an attempt to show the hypocrisy of using a race of people as a mascot, Joseph put on a shirt with a cartoon of a white man and the word Caucasian underneath, then walked the streets of New York looking for a reaction. He got one all right. Joseph then took to Twitter to share the ridiculously over-the-top reactions
The Hypocrisy of Racist Logos: Last weekend I decided to wear this shirt, I figured it would catch some by surpri… https://t.co/JEXajuWHPG— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054385.0
The shirt is a play on the Washington “Redskins” logo to demonstrate how people look wearing apparel with a logo th… https://t.co/epILisksLv— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054390.0
I left @SXMProgress after just doing an interview with @XorjeO and it was my first time in public with the shirt on… https://t.co/nO8LaEXU3n— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054393.0
Next, an older white lady stopped me in the street and said “why would you wear that? It’s disrespectful!” So I a… https://t.co/whn1u69lWx— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054397.0
The third person or rather people was a group of white guys across the street and one pointed at me. I can see from… https://t.co/eGpCMrPA9G— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054401.0
Usually it's the south that gets called out for racism, but from the sounds of things, Manhattan is a breeding ground for white supremacists.
As I walked through Manhattan, people looked at me and rolled their eyes, pointed, made snide comments, etc. But,… https://t.co/0oLiLpF6oN— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054405.0
Basically, I was being shamed as a black person for wearing a non-disrespectful shirt with a white person logo on i… https://t.co/qcwMiOtQwL— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054410.0
The openly hostile hatred Joseph experienced simply walking around in a tee-shirt is outlandish.
I was fairly surprised by the reactions of people because again, there are so many disrespectful and racist represe… https://t.co/ZGNCttf9v1— Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya (@Ser Frederick Joseph, Ward of Arya)1533054414.0
To make matters even more insulting, many Twitter users didn't believe his story.
@FredTJoseph How many racist t shirts do you see in your daily strolls around Manhattan? This is a clear media stunt to get you on TV.— Sam Jones (@Sam Jones)1533139822.0
@FredTJoseph That is quite an impressive study of 4 possibly made up people. Cool shirt though.— S. Worthing (@S. Worthing)1533137237.0
@FredTJoseph Show us the video? Sounds like someone wants to get on Joy Reid’s show.— Sam Jones (@Sam Jones)1533138709.0
@FredTJoseph You were surprised because they were in your head.— On The Marc (@On The Marc)1533133970.0
But others understood the profound effects of naming a team after a race of people.
@FredTJoseph It’s really amazing how people don’t get how we can be offended by the Redskins. My Grandmother dealt… https://t.co/CGkOK8WPFM— Splyce/Defiant Marty (@Splyce/Defiant Marty)1533072586.0
As an Indigenous person I thank you for wearing this. If they don't like it how do they think it feels having a lit… https://t.co/gsTni7RQKH— AleyKat (@AleyKat)1533094190.0
@FredTJoseph for the win. Fighting supremacy, one story + experiment at a time. https://t.co/L0Hc1O4qXD— Erica Buddington (@Erica Buddington)1533138325.0
Unfortunately, Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, has made it clear he has no intentions of changing the name of the team. According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
Dan Snyder has really worked in the Native American community to understand better their perspective, and I think it's reflected mostly in a Washington Post poll that came out in [May 2016] that said over nine out of 10 Native Americans do not take that in a negative fashion, the Redskins' logo or the Redskins' name, and they support it
We think this debate may rage on for a while.