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Walt Handelsman

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    National protests began in 1988, after the team’s Super Bowl XXII victory. Numerous Native Americans wrote letters to Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke encouraging him to change the name. Others boycotted Redskins products and protested. Many of these events were led by Suzan Shown Harjo of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Cooke responded in an interview, stating, “There’s not a single, solitary jot, tittle, whit chance in the world that the Redskins will adopt a new nickname.”52
    There was a large protest at the 1992 Super Bowl between the Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. The game was held in Minnesota, and many Native Americans from the region came out to protest the name. The American Indian Movement’s (AIM) Vernon Bellecourt was one of the main organizers of the protest. Before and during the game, approximately 2,000 Chippewa, Sioux, Winnebago, and Choctaw, and other Native Americans and members of the local population, protested. Their signs read, “We are not Mascots”, “Promote Sports not Racism”, and “Repeal Redskin Racism”.53
    With the renewed effort to eliminate the name during the 2013 football season, protest picketing at the stadiums has occurred wherever the Redskins have played, particularly in cities with a significant population of Native Americans; such as Dallas,54 Denver55 and Minneapolis.5657 Coinciding with the latter protest, a number of Minneapolis politicians voiced their positions; Mayor R.T. Rybak and six members of the City Counsel condemning the name.58 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton described the name as “antiquated, offensive and racist”.

  2. Wacky Jacky

    Wacky Jacky said, 4 months ago

    @Jeff Kiser

    “Most Native Americans are fine with it.”

    I’m sure the team asked for permission first right?

  3. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 4 months ago

    I heard an interpretation that “redskins” referred to the sight of a pate that had been scalped. If (and that’s a big IF) that were true, it might put a different spin on that term.

  4. Edward White

    Edward White GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    The Name was created by 3 Am. Indians. 2 of which were players & 1 was a coach. Its us Whites that are insecure w/ the name. & any Indians that protest don’t know the facts.

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