Indigenous people, their friends and heck, anyone who thinks racism is a bad thing will take to social media during today’s Superbowl game urging the NFL to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
Fans have been urging team owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the team and drop the term “Redskins”.
In an interview on USA Today Sports in May 2013, Snyder said; “…never.”
But NFL fans are fighting back. A website called Fans for a New Tradition has put out a list of personalities for fans to Tweet and Facebook using the hashtags #ChangeTheName and #NotYourMascot across social media during Superbowl Sunday. They are hoping the message will start to trend during the day, and encourage the NFL to drop the racial slur from the Washington team’s identity.
Earlier this week, a viral video was released online by the National Congress of American Indians to raise awareness about the continued inappropriate use of “Indian” caricatures and racial slurs to represent professional teams across the United States.
In a report issued by the NCAI, they state “The use of racist and derogatory “Indian” sports mascots, logos, or symbols, is harmful and perpetuates negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples. Specifically, rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes contribute to a disregard for the personhood of Native peoples.”