Ban the Use of Anti-Native American Slur for High School Sports Teams

Washington Redskins Training Camp August 4,  2011

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Ban high schools from using “Redskins” as sports team mascots.

High schools in California could soon be barred from using the racist slur “Redskins” for their sports teams mascots, if a proposal currently working its way through the state legislature becomes law. This is a ban that should have been put in place decades ago. Demand that this ban be signed into law at once.

At long last the use of “Redskins” as sports team names and mascots has started to come under increased scrutiny in recent years, after decades of criticism from Native American activists fell on the largely deaf ears of lawmakers. After numerous failed attempts to ban its use in its state, California congresspeople are trying once again to legally prevent the state’s high schools from using the racist slur as a team name and Native Americans as mascots.

As the first state ban of its kind in the country, the passage of this bill into law could reinvigorate opposition to the exploitation of Native Americans in sports culture and advance similar bans across the nation—and hopefully end its use altogether. Sign the petition below to demand that California Governor Jerry Brown ban the use of the racist slur “Redskins” for school sports teams mascots throughout the state.


Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing you today regarding Assembly Bill 30, a piece of legislation that will likely arrive on your desk in the near future for your signature or veto. This proposal is long overdue and should be signed into law without hesitation.

Assembly Bill 30 would ban high school sports teams in California from using the “Redskins” as a team name. The reason the use of this term should be ended is, hopefully, entirely self-evident. “Redskins” is a racist, anti-Native American slur that has been used to justify and perpetuate centuries of genocide against their population.

In all honesty, this ban should have been passed years ago—and indeed, California’s legislators tried to pass it while your predecessor, Arnold Schwarzanegger, was governor, only to have it vetoed when it arrived on his desk. If Assembly Bill 30 is approved by the state senate, you will have the chance to rectify this mistake.

You now have the opportunity to make sure that California finally lands on the right side of history regarding this serious issue. I urge you to sign Assembly Bill 30 into law when it arrives on your desk.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Keith Allison

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