ACLU asks Vikings, Minnesotans to avoid 'Redskins' name
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Oct 24, 2013
Opponents of the "Redskins" NFL team name laid out their concerns Thursday in a meeting with officials from the public authority overseeing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and the authority is expected to take up the issue at its meeting Friday morning.
The Washington, D.C., team is scheduled to play the Vikings in a Thursday night game Nov. 7 at the Metrodome.
The American Indian Movement is arguing the term "Redskins" should not be used in connection with a game being played in a public facility, said movement national director Clyde Bellecourt. "We're saying that the 'r' word is no different than the 'n' word," he said. Seeing derogatory logos and hearing vicious taunts from fans "has a tremendous psychological effect on our children," Bellecourt said.
"The name, logo and mascot are racist imagery that does not honor anyone, but instead perpetuate stereotypes that are particularly hurtful and offensive given the history of forced assimilation and brutality that Native Americans were forced to endure in Minnesota and throughout the country," ACLU-MN executive director Charles Samuelson said in a statement.
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#2 Oct 25, 2013
Republicans are racists that don't care about such things.
#3 Oct 25, 2013
My skin is red after a few hours with S spew. What's the big deal?
#4 Oct 25, 2013
Minnesota has a large number of natives.
If there is a huge concern regarding the Redskins name the natives should pull themselves away from their posh homes and demonstrate at the Metrodome.
It would only take one demonstation and thenme would be changed.
#6 Oct 26, 2013
Better change the name Vikings.
We might offend some Brits by the rape and plunder they did!
Don't even want to go there with the Packers!
The gays might like it so it is OK.
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