mascots

Summary

NO INDIGENOUS CHILD, NO CHILD, SHOULD GROW UP IN A WORLD WHERE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AND MEDIA PERSIST IN USING DISCRIMINATORY NAMES AND MASCOTS

THE  R  WORD  IS  NO  DIFFERENT  THAN  THE  N  WORD:
CHANGE  THE  MASCOT
CHANGE  THE NAME

 

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To help the rabid supporters of discriminatory names and mascots explore a new perspective, this analogy is offered:

“Imagine a Protestant sports team that chose years ago to adopt a Catholic name that was a degrading slur against the Catholic people. Imagine the Protestant team had no Catholic players or owners or heritage. In fact, imagine the Protestants actually massacred Catholic people throughout history and enslaved them until recently. Then, imagine the Protestant team’s mascot was a caricature of the beloved Pope, complete with head-dress and robes and staff. Imagine the fans incited at every game to chant their versions of sacred Catholic music and song, to use sacred Catholic artifacts in jest, to dress in ridiculous versions of sacred religious cloth, all in front of Catholic fans. Imagine the Protestant team put their own manufactured image of the Pope on their helmets and uniforms, to celebrate the vulgar and demeaning name of the team at every game. Imagine the Catholic people asking year after year for the Protestant Team to stop this outrage, but they would not stop. And finally, to complete this analogy, imagine all newspapers and sports broadcasters and internet sites and clothing manufacturers and advertisers and all commentators choosing to carry all of this desecration of Catholic people and culture to Catholic children and their parents, knowing full well that it was horrible for Catholics to experience, and absolutely damaging to the self concept of their children.”


On November 7, 2013, the Washington DC professional football team comes to Minneapolis to play at the government funded and operated Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome where civil rights laws and labor laws prohibit discrimination of any kind and where over 200,000 nearby indigenous people live their lives.

Dayton, protesters at Metrodome blast Washington nickname

Any print or broadcast use of the name of the DC football team within the property owned by the people of Minnesota violates Federal labor laws, hate speech protections, broadcast decency licenses, State, City and County labor laws and civil rights protections, the operational and employment bylaws of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, and it violates the civil rights of every indigenous person by denying us equal protection under the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Congressman Ellison’s Letter to MSFA

We want to let the National Football League, the Washington DC Football Team, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Federal, State, County and City Regulatory and Judicial Authorities, every Elected Official in the region, and the Local and National Media know that the “R” word, and its accompanying images, are no different than other forms of discriminatory hate speech, and their willful use must no longer be tolerated.

Hundreds Gather Outside Mall of America
Field to Protest ‘Redskins’ Name

We are asking all parties distributing the names and images of derogatory sports mascots, beginning with the “R” word, to agree to switch to alternative team references and to consciously avoid using the images.

We are asking these perpetrators to change. A private organization has the right to freedom of speech, but public organizations, publicly funded organizations, corporations and organizations regulated by the public do not have the right to harm any class of people because of the color of their skin, or because of any other aspect of their appearance or beliefs. President Obama recently made history by acknowledging the issue of the “R” word and the need for change.

President Obama acknowledges the issue of the
“R” word and the need for change

If this simple and effective remedy is not adopted, we will petition all governmental and judicial agents of the people to enforce the clear, abundant and constitutional civil protections already in place but not enforced by our civil servants.

WE WILL CHALLENGE PUBLIC REGULATORY BODIES, WE WILL SEEK COMPENSATION, AND WE WILL INITIATE MAJOR LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST ALL PERPETRATORS AFTER NOVEMBER 7.

Be a part of the planning and be a part of history. Volunteer, invite others, stand with us, drum with us, donate money and resources, call the people distributing the offensive, damaging and illegal “R” word and tell them to stop.

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Join  us  by  using  your  voice  to  speak  to  those  who  hold  the  power.  Lets  stop  the  DC  football  team’s  RACIST  NAME  from being  seen  and  heard.  Join  us  at  at  4:30pm  on  November  7th  at  the  Ancient  Traders  Post-­  1113  E.  Franklin  Ave. Minneapolis,  MN  to  show  the  world  that  institutional  racism  has  no  place.

Mayor R.T. Rybak calls to Change the Mascot

Indigenous mascots perpetrated by non indigenous people have been shown to cause damage to the self concept and income producing potential of indigenous children specifically, and to cause unequal treatment of all indigenous people and all people of color as a class.

Congresswoman McCollum Calls for Daniel Snyder to Change the Mascot

TOGETHER, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:

Beginning November 2, and ending November 7, 2013, we are organizing a week of CHANGE THE MASCOT activities including:

1) A Mass Presence at the Metrodome beginning at 5:30 pm November 7, prior to the DC football game.

2) A Fundraising Event.

3) Educational Exhibits, Performances, Gatherings and Meetings with all Stakeholders and Perpetrators.

4) Support for Congresswoman McCollum’s co-authored house bill to remove the “R” word trademark protection (Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or People in Trademark Registration Act.)

 Initiation of Major Legal Action Against All Perpetrators of the “R” Word and other Institutionally Racist Mascots:

5) A possible class action lawsuit, naming all sports and media who persist in using the “R” word despite evidence of its harm, as defendants, and all indigenous children and adults, as plaintiffs.

6) Legal remedies seeking injunctions and damages from perpetrating organizations for their blatant and illegal disregard for existing discrimination and labor law protections in code and statute.

7) Challenges to all Public Licensing and Public Regulatory bodies, including the Federal Communications Commission, to indict or decertify the perpetrators for failing to protect the public interest.

8) Challenges to Federal, State, County, City, Vikings Corporation and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority  organizations demanding that they immediately enforce all applicable legal protections and enforcement remedies that exist in writing that are intended to protect employees, contractors, children and the general public from hate crimes and acts of discrimination and abuse.

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Ways We Try to Justify Our Traditions: Sports and Beyond

The “R” word is no different from the “N” word except that the institutional inherited racism associated with the use of Indigenous Mascots by non-indigenous people has maintained its political, social and financial momentum. They ignore the evidence that such use is damaging and entirely unnecessary, and such use would never be tolerated for analogous situations with other protected classes. They ignore the evidence that the reason they persist in denigrating a class of people is because of embedded racism – by definition, and because they can.

UNTIL NOW

The American Psychological Association, Indigenous Children, Indigenous Parents and tens of millions of citizens who believe in human equality stand together.

Media organizations such as the Washington City Paper, DCist, Slate, The New Republic, Mother Jones, and the Kansas City Star have adopted policies to stop the distribution of indigenous mascot words and images.

Major Native American organizations, including the American Indian Movement: National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media,  the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Education Association, Oneida Indian Nation of New York, the Native American Journalists Association, the Native American Rights Fund, the Morning Star Institute, the International Indian Treaty Council, and the National Indian Youth Council, have opposed the continued use of the “R” word.

Impartial academic research is abundantly clear that mascots and stereotypes harm the targeted class of people, Indigenous People, with children being the most affected by negative consequences. Moreover, this same research suggests that any specific use of mascots and stereotypes crosses over and affects all protected classes because any demeaning of one class increases the context and perceptions of all targeted classes as to their social status and self image, and increases the likelihood that the general population will view all classes of protected people with a lesser perception of equality.

We ask you to volunteer and act now, immediately, to remove the stain of mascots from print and the airwaves, from public address systems to the internet, from uniforms and scoreboards, and from our consciousness. Join us at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union November 4-7 for educational exhibits, performances, and conferences.

Congresswoman McCollum through Legislation and a Team of Attorneys
Challenge the ”R” Word Trademark in Federal Courts

CHANGE THE MASCOT
STOP THE R WORD
STOP INDIGENOUS MASCOTS

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Listen to ChangeTheMascot.org advertisement: Bipartisan
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Listen to Larry Long’s “Red Skins”

Read our Open Letter on Mascots

 

Redskins’ Owner Stubbornly Clings to Wrong Side of History 

Contact Us:

American Indian Movement
National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media
Clyde Bellecourt: 612-­886-­2107
612-­251­-5836

Changing Winds
Richie Plass: 920­-615­-6558
612­-567-­0123
info@yworlds.com

Resources

Dayton, protesters at Metrodome blast Washington nickname

Mayor R.T. Rybak calls to Change the Mascot

Hundreds Gather Outside Mall of America Field to Protest ‘Redskins’ Name

The ‘R’ Word has no place in a country of equals

Representative Karen Clark’s Letter to the Washington football team

Joe Soucheray: On Redskins name, the grandstanding activists are … right

6 Minneapolis City Council Members Condemn Redskins Name

Redskins name, logo draws Minnesota protests

NBC-TV EVENING NEWS: Native Americans fight to change Redskins’ name

Exhibit at U explores what it means to be stereotyped

Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports

FOX NEWS: Washington Redskins controversy

WASHINGTON POST: Washington Redskins controversy

HUFFINGTON POST: D.C. High School To Debate Banning Washington Redskins Apparel

ABC TV: Redskins name controversy: Rep. Donna Edwards wants nickname outlawed

Understanding the American Indian Mascot Issue

Pushing Some Buttons: Helping Students Understand the American Indian Mascot Issue

“Redskins”- New Ruling Could Help Trademark and Broadcasting Efforts

GROUPS AND PEOPLE THAT ARE CALLING FOR THE END OF MASCOTS:

American Indian MovementThe National Coalition on Racism in Sports and MediaPresident ObamaCongresswoman Betty McCollum, Idle No MoreNAACP,  American Psychological AssociationSociety of Indian Psychologists of the AmericasUS Commision on Civil Rights, NCAAMinnesota State Colleges and UniversitiesMinnesota State Board of Education, American Sociology SocietyNational Congress of American IndiansNational Indian Education Association, Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Native American Journalistis Association, Native American Rights Fund, Morning Star Institute, International Indian Treaty Council, National Indian Youth Council, Oregon State Board of EducationJohn Banzhaf, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights- Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, ACLU of MN

LIST OF MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS AND PEOPLE THAT WILL NO LONGER USE MASCOT REFERENCES:

Washington City Paper, Kansas City Star, DCist, Gregg Easterbrook (ESPN.com), Slate, Mother Jones, The New Republic, Peter King (Sports Illustrated and MMQB.com), Bill Simmons (ESPN and Grantland), Christine Brennan (USA Today), Mike Wise (Washington Post), Warren Pierce (WJR Radio), and Michael Tomasky (Newsweek and Daily Beast).

RESEARCH THAT NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS CAUSE HARM:

Why Educators Can’t Ignore Indian Mascots

The Harmful Psychological Effects of Washington’s Redskins Mascot

Deculturalization of Indigenous Mascots in U.S. Sports Culture

Of Warrior Chiefs and Indian Princesses: The Psychological Consequences of American Indian Mascots

The Truth About American Indian Mascots

Effect of Exposure to an American Indian Mascot on the Tendency to Stereotype a Different Minority Group

Native American Mascot Controversy and Mass Media Involvement: How the Media Play a Role in Promoting Racism through Native American Athletic Imagery

The American Indian Mascot

Washington Area- Majority of People Agree “Redskins” is Offense

OPINIONS

Carter Meland: ’Redskins’ name is stuck in a perceived past, so let’s put it where it belongs

Editorial: Change the Name

Letter from Red Cloud Indian School on the Washington Redskins name

Redskins’ Owner Stubbornly Clings to Wrong Side of History 

‘How Indian Mascots Opress’ by John Two-Hawkes

Roxanne Jones: Obama is Right about ‘Redskins’

Dear Editors: Ban ‘Redskins’ by Michael Tomasky

Call an Audible, Dan by Maureen Dowd

Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans

Native Americans vs. the NFL: What’s in the Name?

MISCELLANEOUS

Curriculum for the American Indian Mascot Issue 

US Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office finds the word “Redskins” is disparaging and derogatory

Officials Propose FCC Ban USe of “Redskins” Name in Broadcasts

NFL Pledges to take appropriate action “if we are offending one person with that team name”

NCAI Welcome President Obama’s Support to Change Offensive NFL Team Name

American Indian Sports Team Mascots

Research Appendix

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