New Ad Explains Exactly Why Native Americans Oppose Washington NFL Name‏

The Red Circle advertising agency, in affiliation with The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports Media, had produced an ad that explains the difference between media and commercial use of the Washington football team’s name, and other ethnic slurs. In the campaign, people are shown using other slurs to describe themselves, and the offensive words are bleeped out. When one using the name of the football team, the word is actually heard. Chad Germann, owner of Red Circle, is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe Nation.

Huffington Post covers the campaign here, and shows the ad here:


Radio Station Owned by Washington NFL Owner Defends Offensive Team Name

A radio station owned by Washington NFL ownner Daniel Snyder defended its use of the offensive team name. WWXX 94.9 FM in the Greater D.C. market, is responding to a petition filed by a George Washington University law school professor, and three local Native American radio professionals, to the FCC to ban station usage of the name on the grounds it is hate speech.

Zebra Broadcasting filed a 39 page response opposing that claim, and asking that the FCC renew their license. GWU professor John Banzhaf III, WPFW 89.3 Native American affairs radio host Jay Nightwolf, and his producers Louis Grimaldi and Vernon Iriarte, said that frequent use of the Washington NFL team name has caused harm to them and their fellow Native Americans.
Last month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the slur “offensive and derogatory”. Banzhaff expects a similar license challenge to be filed against a Los Angeles station.

NPR To Limit Use of Washington NFL Team Name

National Public Radio has joined the movement against use of the racial slur “R—skins”, by asking journalists to limit use of the term during their broadcasts. While not banning the term, the network discouraged staff from mentioning or writing the offensive term unless it is absolutely required for clarity, or in coverage of the controversy surrounding the name. This follows the Washington Post’s editorial board discontinuing use of the slur.

The following article covers the NPR decision:

Minnesota Native American Team Name Protest to be Largest Ever


When the Washington NFL team plays the Minnesota Vikings on November 2, Minnesota Native American leaders have planned the largest protest ever concerning the racist name of the D.C. team. Activists from seven states are scheduled to participate in the demonstration outside the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. The university asked the Vikings to limit the use of the Washington team name in promotions of the upcoming game. The Minnesota Vikings pay university $300,000 to use their stadium while their new facility is being built. The locally based National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, wants Native Americans singing the National Anthem before the game, and involved in the halftime show. There are 100,000 Native Americans living in Minnesota.

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