While other heady, liberal magazines (and Washington City Paper) have publicly banned the Washington football team’s name from its pages, the New Yorker went in a different direction for its latest cover illustration. The magazine’s Dec. 1 issue has a burgundy banner running across the cover with an unedited version of the team name written on it. That banner is the backdrop of a Thanksgiving dinner attended by people clad in Pigskins’ jerseys, with caricature versions of Native Americans walking into the room.

The New Yorkerhowever, isn’t coming out in favor of the name. Here’s how artist Bruce McCall explains the illustration.

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.”

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