Prime time to protest Redskins' nickname

Halbritter
Halbritter
Posted: September 06, 2013

A LOT OF EAGLES fans are already preparing for Monday's game against the Redskins.

An American Indian tribe is preparing too, but in a much different way.

The Oneida Indian Nation said yesterday that it will run spots on Washington-area radio stations before the game, imploring the Redskins to change their nickname.

The tribe said it finds the name offensive.

The ad begins with a reference to the racial slur used by Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper toward a security guard at a concert this summer.

"When a Philadelphia Eagles player used a racial slur to describe African-Americans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did the right thing," a female voice says. "He said that racial language is quote obviously wrong, insensitive and unacceptable."

The intro is followed by a comment by Ray Halbritter of the United Indian Nation.

"I applaud Mr. Goodell for his actions [in the Cooper case]," Halbritter says. "He is absolutely right. This kind of bigotry has no place in America.

"Now, with the Philadelphia Eagles playing Washington in the NFL's first Monday Night Football game, the commissioner has the opportunity to stand up to bigotry again. He can denounce the racial slur. He can denounce the racial bigotry in the team name of the Washington Redskins. That word Redskins is not a harmless term. The commissioner can and should use the same words he used to describe the Eagles player because the term Redskins is obviously wrong, insensitive and unacceptable. We do not deserve to be called Redskins. We deserve to be treated as what we are - Americans."

Redskins owner Dan Snyder is on record as saying he'll never change the team's nickname.

Yesterday, in an email to the Associated Press, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the league respects "that reasonable people may have differing views."

There was no response from the Redskins.

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