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In 2014 Dan Snyder said he'd "NEVER" change the name of the Washington Red***** We'll he just did. The Black Lives Matter Upsurge and the challenge to white supremacy was noted by the corporations who sent a message to Dan and he listened.
Thanks to all who took action in opposing the racist name.
Of course the work isn't over yet. There's the Superbowl winning Kansas City "Chiefs" and scores and scores of college and high school Indian mascots. Let us know about campaigns to get rid of the insulting mascots.
It was like a lightning bolt. FedEx, the company that paid the Washington DC football company $200 million for naming rights on the stadium where the RedS**** play, sent team owner Dan Snyder a one-sentence message saying he should change the team name. It was named by George Preston Marshall with the slur "redskins" 1933. The term "redskin" came from a government announcement that it would only continue to pay a bounty on killed Indians if there was a bloody red scalp as proof. Marshall didn't want Blacks playing for him and only drafted a Black player in 1962 (under pressure).
Dan Snyder is the majority owner of the team and in 2014 he said he would "NEVER" change the teams name so he might hold out. PEP has an idea. Let's get the media to stop mentioning the team, no reporting of games, no feature stories, no listing in box scores, no mention of schedules, and no interviews with top players. Soon there eventually would be a drop in attendance at games, a decline in TV viewing and a fall-off in merchandise revenue. Even stiff-necked Snyder would notice.
Too drastic? Would the media report on any other team that used a racial slur in its name, one that "honored" the heritage of a persecuted people with stereotypes, insults and cartoonish mascots? It's time the media stopped enabling Snyder.
We're bringing this up with media. Why don't you send a letter with this suggestion to your local newspaper or favorite sportswriter.
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Back in 2014 there was a Jewish petition to try to convince fellow Jew Dan Snyder to change the name.
Two weeks ago the Washington Post called on Snyder to "Change the Name, Now"
In the list of outrages and complaints against the British king there's one that reads very, very poorly today. "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. " [italics added]
Tom Goldtooth, Native American environmental, climate, and economic justice activist and Gandhi Peace Award laureate wrote on his FB page on July 3, " On another note, tomorrow, America will celebrate its birth of independence that took place when its colonial leaders signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The declaration speaks about all men (not women) are created equal and something about being endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. But the declaration also refers to us Natives as “merciless Indian savages."
I’m proud to be a savage. "
We call for CT to follow Maine to outlaw Indian mascots and we urge that Native American Day be celebrated instead of Columbus Day. Here's how the article starts:
The Black Lives Matter uprising is a great opportunity to deal with all sorts of white supremacy issues. One that should be easy to accomplish is getting rid of Native American mascot names and caricatures, particularly at high schools.
The absolute worst is the Washington Redskins, a racial slur dating back to the 1800s. The slur’s origin is rooted in a government bounty announcement, requiring bloody scalps of Native Americans in exchange for payment. It was picked as a team name in 1932 at a time when Native American culture was considered “primitive” and children were sent to military-style boarding schools to unlearn that culture.