Target: Dan Snyder, Washington Redskins majority owner
Goal: Change the name and logo of the Washington Redskins
The slur word “redskins” has been celebrated by a Washington football team for decades. Many Native American groups and organizations have been fighting the use of this offensive name and logo. As we are getting into the year 2015, it is definitely time to finally get rid of these offensive names and symbols and stop perpetuating the stereotypes and oppression of Native Americans. Please join us in supporting the Native American cause and demanding that the Washington Redskins change their name and logo immediately.
Protests against the team’s name have increased significantly in the last couple of years, and the biggest protest outside the team’s stadium in Washington took place recently. The protest was planned by a coalition of Native American groups like the campaign Change the Mascot under the National Congress of American Indians. Protests in the past achieved some victories, including a number of publications and news sources that refuse to print the team’s name, as well as a recent change that allows television broadcasters and analysts to avoid saying the name if they choose to. Some high-profile analysts have already utilized this decision and refuse to use the team’s name.
It is almost unbelievable that a major national team is still allowed to use such words and symbols, which would have been considered offensive even 30 or 40 years ago. Unfortunately, the team and its owners have been extremely resistant to change, and even went as far as claiming that the team’s name is meant to “honor Native Americans.” Please make it clear that you cannot honor a culture or a people by repeating and reproducing the words and symbols that oppressed them for decades, and that ignoring that people’s request to make this change is nothing but disrespectful. Please sign the letter and urge this team to change its name immediately.
Dear Mr. Snyder,
Your football team has been criticized by Native Americans for decades for its derogatory name and its use of offensive Native American imagery. It is unacceptable that in 2015 your team will still be using a racial slur as its name. Your decision to ignore valid criticism over and over again is unfortunate, but you still have a chance to make it right and finally stop being so blatantly offensive to Native Americans. I demand that you immediately replace your team’s name and logo.
Native Americans have been fighting against stereotypes and discrimination for years, and decisions like yours to keep using racial slurs prevent us from moving forward as a society. This name and logo are not making your team or fans look good, and prevent people from focusing on your team’s performance. Right now, all the attention you are getting is negative.
Please change your team’s name and logo immediately, and help our society move into a future where racial slurs are no longer commonplace.
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