Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Change the name

"This war did not spring up on our land, this war was brought upon us by the children of the Great Father who came to take our land without a price, and who, in our land, do a great many evil things.” — Spotted Tail

THANK YOU, Paul, for finding this video protesting the degrading Washington Redskins name. A 60-second version of it aired as an ad last night in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington during halftime of game three of the NBA finals.

Below, find an article from the International Business Times that appeared June 10 before the TV ad ran, and below that is the long version of the ad. 

Daniel Snyder, owner of the team in question, calls the name a "badge of pride." I'd like to pin a badge on him alright: one that says, "I am a greedy, knuckle-dragging asshole."

The Oneida Indian Nation has been actively organizing and lobbying to get the Washington NFL franchise name and mascot changed. Here's information take directly from their Change the Mascot website:

Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur "redskins" as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet. 

Contact the NFL league office and Commissioner Roger Goodell and ask for the Washington franchise to change their mascot:
  • Write to Roger Goodell at NFL Commissioner, 345 Park Ave., New York, NY 10154
  • Call the NFL league office at 212-450-2000.
  • Send a message to Commissioner Goodell on Twitter @nflcommish with the hashtag, #ChangeTheMascot.
Spread the word:

Print out a “Change the Mascot” sign and bring to NFL games, proudly display at your home or workplace, and share with friends.
Contact your local newspapers, radio and TV stations to speak out against the Redskins name.

I, Daniel Snyder, am a greedy, knuckle-dragging asshole.

Anti-Redskins Ad, 'Proud To Be,' To Air During NBA Finals Game 3 

A Native American tribe from California will air a commercial during Game 3 of the NBA Finals that criticizes the Washington Redskins’ polarizing team name

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribe located about an hour away from San Francisco, made a “significant investment” to air an anti-Redskins ad in seven American cities, the Washington Post reported. The group declined to reveal how much they spent on the commercial.

“It’s just a time to get people thinking about putting an end to outward hatred and using sports as a tool to focus on racism,” Chairman Marshall McKay said his tribe’s efforts, according to the newspaper.

The anti-Redskins ad initially aired online during Super Bowl XLVIII. However, Tuesday night will mark the first time that the commercial has aired on primetime television.

During the commercial, a narrator lists various aspects of America’s Native American culture, including names that its people have been proud to adopt. Near the end, he says, “Native Americans call themselves many things. The one they don’t…” before the camera cuts away to an image of a Redskins helmet.

On May 22, a group of 50 Democrats within the U.S. Senate endorsed a letter that urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to order the Redskins organization to change its name. The letter cited the swift actions taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in the wake of Donald Sterling’s racist comments as an example toward which the NFL should aspire.

Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the name, referring to it as a “badge of pride,” the Washington Post notes.


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