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NAACP Calls on Washington Football Team to Change its Name
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP has renewed its request for NFL owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team from the Washington “Redskins”. The NAACP has called for this change since 1992 when its national board of directors passed a resolution (see PDF) demanding all sports teams discontinue the use of teams names and mascots that stereotypes the American Indian people.
“For more than two decades, the NAACP has called for an end to the use of the racially-inflammatory name of the Washington Football Team, as well as other sports’ team names that degrade American Indians,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “This year we have joined with our friends in the American Indian community and are renewing our call for Washington’s football team to replace this offensive name.”
“It is disappointing that this derogatory moniker remains embedded in one of our nation’s premier sporting teams,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. “We stand alongside all American Indians who are calling for Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name.”