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.
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:
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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