What I actually said is that “it’s silly in this day and age that this should even be a battle -- if the name offends someone, change it.” He failed to include my comments that the term “redskins” demeans Indians, and historically is insulting and offensive, and that I firmly believe the Washington Redskins should change their name.Today, the National Congress of American Indians - the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization - released its report "Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports & The Era of Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots":
“Indian” sports brands used by professional teams were born in an era when racism and bigotry were accepted by the dominant culture. These brands which have grown to become multi-million dollar franchises were established at a time when the practice of using racial epithets and slurs as marketing slogans were a common practice among white owners seeking to capitalize on cultural superiority and racial tensions.This all follows a day-long symposium held in February 2013 - Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports. Video on YouTube: Part one, Part two, Part three. At the symposium, the false history Dan Snyder is trying to profess to with regard to the history of the "Redskins" name is discussed in detail at 52 minutes in, though the presentation is rich with information and learning opportunities. One audience member, an ex football player and football coach, and armed forces veteran sums up what he thinks this issue is about:
"...WE OWN YOU, is what I've heard people say about my native heritage. Don't you understand? We can't do what we used to do to the black/African American people. The Latinos now have political power, but we own you. We will define how we honor you - don't tell us how to honor you, because we own you. If we want to call you Redskins in the nation's capital, we will. Because we own you..."
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