Hundreds rally against Redskins name in Minnesota

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After multiple demonstrations at Redskins road games in 2013 never really generated much buzz, an effort to protest the team’s name in Minnesota on Thursday reportedly generated a crowd of hundreds.

According to the Associated Press, the throng rallied outside the Metrodome to call for the name of the visiting team to be changed.  Organized by the American Indian Movement, protesters chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, Little Red Sambo’s got to go.”

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura spoke at the event, and Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ryback said in a statement that the team name represents indigenous people.

“This name is wrong. It’s just plain wrong,” Ventura said.

Thursday’s developments show that the movement isn’t subsiding but spreading.  The ongoing question will be whether the movement ever generates enough momentum to compel the league to push the Redskins to change the team name.

120 responses to “Hundreds rally against Redskins name in Minnesota

  1. I’m one of those who think the name shouldn’t change. However, if more Native Americans speak out about it being offensive I could be swayed. If that “rally” was made up of all white people then why should it sway me?

  2. In 20 years we’ll look back on the NFL and wonder how people weren’t more offended more often considering no one is calling a team the “black skins” or the “yellow skins”…….

    the name will be changed in < 3 years.

  3. only hundreds protest in a city of millions? sounds like there’s not a problem. the overwhelming majority do not have a problem with the Redskins. its time to let this media-made issue go.

  4. The team was founded in 1932. The name has not offended a single soul for 81 years and now all of a sudden it’s offensive. I’d like to know what’s all of a sudden so offensive about it. I’m not buying this at all.

  5. You could get more people to rally against the names Cowboys or Giants if you staged it in Philly.

  6. Should protest the Vikings needing to change their name. Pathetic team pathetic front office pathetic ownership.

  7. THE NAME IS GONNA CHANGE.

    … but…. one thing that does bother me about the protesting is the numerous (though not majority) of protesters who are fans of other NFC teams.

  8. Surprised they aren’t trying to claim the Washington team for themselves then demand they run it without legal implications…

    Seriously, how is it only now they’re bitching about this? I bet the secret service rule for protests doesn’t apply to this group

  9. Wow! Hundreds?!

    Makes you wonder how many they bused in?

    After handing out the 40’s and a pack of smokes…

  10. no matter what team your a fan of we should stick together and stand up to these outsiders who careless about football and are only looking for ways destroy the game if you think they gonna stop with changing the REDSKINS name your wrong mark my words

  11. “Hundreds” outside the stadium against the name. 60,000 inside the stadium didn’t mind the name.

  12. Penalties (Number-Yards) 8 – 63 Penalties (Number-Yards) 1 – 7
    Which one number of yellow flags belongs to the Vikings and which number belongs to the Redskins?

  13. I’m a sensitive guy but I’m having a hard time caring about this one. For over 70 yrs it was never a problem. Now the mob mentality is rallying. That combo’d with the fact that most Indians interviewed don’t have a problem with it make me wonder why we’re giving this so much attention

  14. Wow, hundreds you say? Impressive, especially when you consider there were 63,000+ people inside enjoying the game not giving two poops about the name what so ever.

  15. This is political correctness at it’s worst! Where were all these people 30-40 years ago? Do not change the name! It is and always should be the Washington REDSKINS!
    And PFT…… Stop reporting this nonsense! Exactly what is your agenda? Are the Cleveland BROWNS next?

  16. When your spokesperson (Ventura) is a moronic Truther, you have real credibility problems.

    Wasn’t he leaving the country at one point?

  17. crabcakesfootball says: Nov 7, 2013 10:39 PM

    Dan Synder is a douche.

    Hopefully he wont sue me.

    We can’t use the word sue anymore. It is too close to the word Sioux, pertaining to the Native American tribe and therefore it is racist. Shame on you!

    see how silly thing could get with everyone being offended by words.

  18. In my normal daily life, I barely ever think about Native Americans at all. If I see a Western on tv, or I go to the local casino, maybe I’ll think about them.

    If they change the Redskins name, which I think of positively, then I’ll think about Native Americans even less often.

    I guess that they would rather that I forget about them altogether. And, really, isn’t that the most racist thing of all? The fools are making their already vanishing culture even less relevant than it already is in the name of “political correctness”.

    Every week, thousands of people get together and cheer on a team called the Redskins. They aren’t cheering with some racist glee in their hearts. They are cheering for a football team that they love and care about. If the tribe had any common sense, they would embrace that spirit of positivity and reclaim “Redskin” as something they are proud of and use it to better publicize their status as an under appreciated minority group. Instead, they are steadily working themselves into even deeper obscurity and irrelevance than they already face.

    What a bunch of fools. Harsh truth — No one gives a **** about them now, and people will think even more poorly of them (if they think of them at all) when the name is changed.

  19. The next rally should be to strip the Vikings of their ethnically insensitive name. It portrays all Scandinavians as bloodthirsty killers.

  20. This was only an attempt to boost attendance for a franchise that just can’t compete on the NFL level.

    At least with the vikings taking the financial penalty for having the lower blackout standard, this game was technically not a blackout.

    A few people just hate the fact that the Redskins represent the nation’s capital. But Redskins is a better representative of the capital than the elected Tax and Spend Liars and Thieves that meet there.

  21. They wouldn’t be pressured to change the name if they simply changed the logo to that of a small potato.

  22. “Hundreds”? “Movement”? The Metrodome holds almost 65,000 people. There are at least 20k Native Americans that live in or around Minneapolis. After all the paid radio ads, tv ads, and the constant free publicity from the fine folks at PFT, “Hundreds”? Thats like 0.003% of the fans that showed up that night. .000005% of the population of Minneapolis-St.Paul actually showed up for this “movement”. LOL! If all the protesters happened to be Native Americans they would account for around 1% of the Native American population of Minneapolis – St Paul. The people have spoken, and it seems they really don’t care all that much.

  23. These people don’t look like they know a goal line stand from a goal post…they are not real football fans, and they are not offended by the name. Paid for by libs…

  24. Congratulations to these tool bags! Where were all protesters two yrs ago? That’s right…it was irrelevant…but sine the federal government brought this up its now offensive. The same federal government who raises your taxes and is taking more and of your liberties away. You tool bags have officially been brainwashed and deserve a shovel of wisdom to your head…a metal one

  25. Ironic, I wonder how willing Minnesota fans would be to change their racist team name…. Native Scandinavians must be really upset. The name Redskin isn’t used as a derogatory term, it is used with respect and admiration. Witchhunt.

  26. Washington Redskins – Mascot implies Native Americans have red skin.

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Mascot implies that the Irish look like bald little leprechauns with anger management issues.

    Which is worse?

  27. Ah-excuse me but to those who defend the name-all it takes for the NFL to move is litigation which means $$$$. One group of Native Americans could sue the league over the name before a receptive federal judge and win. Then the natives would be paid for every t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket etc that is sold with the name. Since those royalties are shared by all the teams, it will become 31 against 1.

  28. At some point in time the Redskins are going to want public money, be it for a new stadium or to locate more within DC, guarantee that’s when they’ll have to change the name

  29. How can this possibly be considered racist?

    the redskins are using the name “redskins” in reference to THEMSELVES. THEY ATE CALLING THEMSELVES REDSKINS.

    they aren’t calling anyone else Redskins. So are they being racist and discriminatory to themselves?

    Maybe it’s not honoring anyone… But it’s not insulting anyone either. They chose a name to call themselves.

    There is no case here. Shut up about it already.

  30. Its not spreading. Minnesota was the center of the movements 20 years ago and its not any bigger now than it was then. Don’t you remember the protests before Superbowl 26?

  31. Ventura stated, “It never should have been selected as a nickname in the first place.” Umm………….yeah, because it was considered racist 80 years ago, Jesse? Teams select racist nicknames all the time. It’s fun, kitchy, cute, right?
    Get over it. It’s a word. Your interpretation of it may make it seem racist. That was never the intent. Change YOUR mindset, and let’s just move forward, shall we? I’m more incensed that these “hundreds” held up traffic, as they walked through the heart of downtown. Self-important, much?

  32. The far-left politics in Minnesota is one thing I don’t miss since moving out of the state.

    As and “Indian” I’m not offended by the Redskins name

  33. My wife is Metis and she says it’s offensive. I hadn’t seen a single comment from the perspective of the Native community so I thought I’d add one. We won’t be attending any rallies though.I don’t know about the U.S. but here in Canada there are much bigger problems facing our aboriginal communities. You know things like equal rights, equal funding for education, treaty rights, environmental protection, etc.

  34. In the absolute best-case scenario (in terms of keeping the name), Snyder is allowed to keep the name – but whoever eventually buys the team from him, however many years down the road, will almost certainly be forced by the other NFL owners to change it as a precondition for approval of the sale. (See also the Houston Astros and how they were forced to move from the NL to the AL.)

  35. Viking fans are still mad the Skins beat them in the 1987 NFC Championship game. Go figure… Protesting won’t change anything so stop wasting your time.

  36. Ah-excuse me but to those who defend the name-all it takes for the NFL to move is litigation which means $$$$. One group of Native Americans could sue the league over the name before a receptive federal judge and win. Then the natives would be paid for every t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket etc that is sold with the name. Since those royalties are shared by all the teams, it will become 31 against 1.
    ___________________________________

    You have been watching too much law and order! Our language is littered with terms and words that have different meanings today than their original origin. There will be very little success for a specific group suing over a generic term. By your theory, Native Americans can sue all farmers because they grow “Redskin” potatoes.

  37. One thing bugs me about this whole rallying against the name. Instead of choosing to rally at opposing stadiums, they never seem to have these protests at the one place you would think they should, FedEx Field. I think its because they know if they come here to Washington, something is going to happen.

    It seems like a waste to rally at opposing stadiums, cause the name is NEVER changing! Waste of both time and energy.

  38. This is such a joke. Where were all these people in the past. I think we should name the teams 1 through. 32 and be done with it cause at some point in time some nitwit is going to challenge every name out there.

  39. I don’t care one way or the other, but there is 1 point about the name that people are over looking. If the name is intentionally offensive, which the “change the name” people are insinuating, my question is simply “why?”. Why would someone who hates Indians/native Americans (you wouldn’t use the “racist” term otherwise) name their team after them??? If a white guy hated black people he wouldn’t name the team the “Negros”. If a black guy hated white guys e would name the “Crackers”. Etc etc etc. those that say the name is racist discount the intentions behind the name. No one, and I mean no one, would name their team after a group they don’t like.

    Personally if I was Snyder I would use this is a reason to change the name, colors, uniforms, etc. if he just woke up one day and changed it just to change it the die hards would freak. This gives him an excuse to change it. And while I was at it, I would force the outraged buffoons to pay for it as well. And then I would make a fortune selling new merchandise

  40. Whoa hundreds of people, def a majority!!

    Are these same people going to KC to rally against the “Chief’s”?

  41. Hundreds? Man, if that many people want it changed, the other 300,000,000 of us should get on board.

    Judging by the picture there, most of those in attendance appear to be non-Native American.

    Lets poll the Native Americans and see how many find it offensive. If more than half find it offensive, I will sign a petition myself.

  42. lagg1 says:
    Nov 8, 2013 6:57 AM
    Ah-excuse me but to those who defend the name-all it takes for the NFL to move is litigation which means $$$$. One group of Native Americans could sue the league over the name before a receptive federal judge and win. Then the natives would be paid for every t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket etc that is sold with the name. Since those royalties are shared by all the teams, it will become 31 against 1.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Congrats. You have figured out the real issue. It is not that it is offensive to a few Native American groups, it’s that they aren’t getting a cut of the merchandising profits.

  43. WHO CARES!!!

    Looks like a bunch of white people not to mention there is an Oneida Tribe right there in Minn… so they got a dozen real tribe members and some white folks to waste their time out in the cold.

    The ongoing question will be whether the movement ever generates enough momentum to compel the league to push the Redskins to change the team name.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Here’s the answer to that question… No it won’t be enough to compel anything. PETA protests people wearing fur all the time and guess what? Lots of people still buy and wear fur daily, it didn’t work. Let it go, stop… just stop this unfruitful crusade.

    Viking fans are still mad the Skins beat them in the 1987 NFC Championship game. Go figure… Protesting won’t change anything so stop wasting your time.

  44. Great picture with this article. It looks like the photographer was able to capture all of the protesters in that single 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ image. And judging by the looks of the ones in the front – some of them may not have been protesting, but maybe just got caught up in what they thought was a line for the bathroom.

  45. It’s not a question of “if” the NFL partners force Snyder to change the name, but “when”. Fighting the PC mental midgets inside the Beltway, the media, and college profs will inevitably be no-win. Don’t be surprised to see it happen during the 2014 off-season, facilitating the transition.

    I’ve always like the Landover team’s logos and true colors (the burgundy & gold – not the current puke yellow). They should stay. Doubtful that the sharp looking Redskin brave profile will survive, even though it portrays a positive image of American Indians – it’s not a bit offensive. Perhaps Snyder can bring back the feather and arrows of the 1960s era team, while changing the team name to “Warriors”.

  46. I’d like to hold a rally for Redskins fans who are severely offended by the performance of the Defense and Special Teams. Their poor play is an insult and an injustice and it must end!!

  47. As a person Irish German and Ho-Chunk heritage I am more offended by the drunken ready to fight leprechaun on the Boston Celtics logo than I am by the name Redskins or theproud handsome chief in the redskins logo

  48. these are the kind of ppl that show up to protest utter nonsense then go home and wait for their welfare check and other various govt. assistance claiming they cant get work. if only you people invested this much effort in working for a living. ahhh pipe dreams

  49. I think I have a bead on this now, I’m not Native American, therefore in doesn’t matter. White ‘Merica has suffered so much at the “tyranny of the minority” and Native Americans should have spoken up 80+ years ago when they had the “respect and admiration” of the masses. I’m taking my fight song and my football and I’m going home.

  50. You never here one word from Vancouver Canucks! Totally slang term for Canadian but they love it! Get over it people

  51. Why Aren’t the nick names Buccaneers,Raiders and Vikings considered Offensive? Those teams are named for known thieves, murderers and rapist but no one has aproblem with them. The Redskins are named after their 1st head coach but everyone is throwing a hissy fit over it.

  52. Hey Jesse The outfits you were into the ring were when you were a Pro Wrestler were just WRONG WRONG!

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