The whole editorial board of the Washington Post called on the Washington Team to remove their mascot, then called on the NFL to remove it if the team doesn’t. If you would like to join in on this protest please go to Change the Mascot website (changethemascot.org) started by the Oneida Indian Nation many years ago, but we’re still at it! It also has news on other Indian names being used across the county and reports on efforts to remove them.
CNN article clip: Despite the Redskins’ efforts to further themselves from their founder’s racist past, the team has not newly addressed the years-long criticism by Native American groups and others for continuing to call themselves the Redskins. Many consider the term to be an offensive racial slur to Native American communities. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier this month told a local radio show that “it’s past time for the team to deal with [a name that] offends so many people.” “This is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in history and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we feel for the team,” Bowser told the Doc & Galdi Show.
And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the team to change its name when it tweeted a black square on Blackout Tuesday, showing solidarity with those protesting the George Floyd killing by members of the Minneapolis police. In 2013, owner Dan Snyder told USA Today that he will “never” change the name. “When I consider the Washington Redskins name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington Redskins traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me,” Snyder wrote in a letter to fans later that year.