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New York Tribe Latest to Tell NFL That D.C. Team’s Racist Name Is Racist

A Native American tribe in upstate New York is the latest group to try to pressure the NFL to change the offensive name of the District's  football team.

Oneida Indian Nation launched its “Change the Mascot” advertisement campaign today and is running its first radio ad in the D.C.-area ahead of the Pigskins' home season opener Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The ad highlights NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's condemnation of an Eagles player who was caught on tape using the n-word. It goes on to ask whether Goodel will continue to allow D.C.'s football team to use a racial slur as its team name and mascot.

The Oneida Indian Nation joins the liberal media world, Washington City Paper, a bunch of congressmen, and D.C. councilmembers in its opposition to the team's racist name.

But unfortunately for all these well-intentioned stances and campaigns, team owner Dan Snyder says he will "NEVER" change the team name.

Graphic by Carey Jordan

 

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Comments

  1. #1

    Yawn.

    REDSKINS.

  2. #2

    Eventually they'll be forced to change it. The question is, why do they have to be forced? The origin of the "nickname" and the segregationist owner who employed it should be enough to sicken any sane person. But we've been trampling on the rights--and lives--of native Americans for over 400 years. Apparently there are still a lot of people in this country who think that's OK.

  3. #3

    THIS IS ALL WINDOW DRESSING!

    NATIVE AMERICANS STILL ARE THE MOST IMPOVERISH, UNDER EDUCATED, SUBSTANCE ABUSING FOLK AND THE FEDERAL GOV'T, THEIR LOCAL JURISDICTIONS AND STATES STILL TURN A BLIND EYE TO IT ALONG WITH TRIBAL ELDERS WHO CONTINUE TO ALLOW THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN TO THEIR PEOPLE BY SELLING THEM OUT TO THE HIGHEST CASINO BIDDER BUILDER.

    STOP VIEWING THIS AS NEGATIVE TERM AND VIEW IT AS POSITIVE THING TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN PLIGHT. CHANGING THE NAME WILL PROVE WHAT????

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