The New Yorker has weighed in on the Washington Redskins controversy with a poignant new cover for its Dec. 1 issue.
The magazine hit newsstands Monday as much of the country readies itself for Thanksgiving festivities. Its cover depicts jubilant pilgrims dressed in Redskins jerseys -- cheering, drinking beer and smoking cigars -- as their Native American guests look on with what appears to be stoic disapproval.
The cover is a clear comment on the controversy surrounding the NFL team in recent months, with many condemning the term "Redskins" as a racial epithet for Native Americans and calling for the team to change its name.
“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff,” Bruce McCall, the artist behind the cover, said in a statement on Friday. “It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.”
Check out the cover: