National Congress of American Indians calls on Washington players to speak out

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External pressure is building on the Washington franchise to change its name. The National Congress of American Indians hopes to create internal pressure for change.

Via Washingtonian.com, NCAI president Fawn Sharp made a direct plea for players on the team to initiate the push to replace the dictionary-defined slur.

“I am calling for members of the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., to rise to the occasion and become heroes,” Sharp and Matthew Randazzo V write. “All I ask is that you state the unequivocal moral truth: just as you would never play for the Washington [insert any other racial slur], you will no longer play for any team branded with a racial slur against Native Americans.

“As long as that team name stands, players of conscience should sit at home rather than wear the NFL equivalent of the Confederate flag.

“Who is brave enough to walk out of the locker room of Washington, D.C.’s National Football League franchise and into the history books?

“What athlete is bold enough, selfless enough to say that he will sacrifice his own well-being to stand up for the millions of Native Americans, and hundreds of Tribal Nations, that are everyday insulted and dehumanized by his employers’ brand name racial slur?”

Although the franchise is short on superstars, the team has several players who could move the needle when it comes to changing the name. From Adrian Peterson to Ryan Kerrigan to Dwayne Haskins to rookie Chase Young, a comment from any of them would resonate, loudly. Regardless of who it is that takes a stand, Sharp and Randazzo issues a general plea to all players “to add their names to those of Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick, who exchanged transient athletic stardom for historic glory.”

With the NFL saying and doing nothing and the team saying and doing nothing (other than erasing the name and legacy of George Preston Marshall from existence), maybe the only ones who can make it happen are the players. Sharp wants them to refuse to play; a good first step would be to simply stand up and say, “This name needs to go.”

22 responses to “National Congress of American Indians calls on Washington players to speak out

  1. It’s long past time to change the racist name of the Washington team. Get it done, or be prepared to suffer the growing backlash from an increasingly race-conscious public.

  2. If we speak up for Black Lives Matter then we should speak up for our Native American brothers.

  3. From a financial standpoint if they changed the name they would make a fortune in new jerseys and other paraphenalia.

  4. So sports franchises name their teams after something they are ashamed of or are making fun of? Please. It’s a sign of respect that heard many Native Americans say they are honored by.

  5. Wait. I thought native Americans had no trouble with the name. Hasn’t the team and their fans been saying this for years? Guess it was all a lie huh.

  6. When George Preston Marshall named the team in 1937, he wasn’t trying to honor anyone. He was just being his own racist self.

    Personally, I stand with #71 Charles Mann who said back in the 80’s that it was about the same as naming the team the Washington N-words.

  7. First, the team name is LITERALLY, not figuratively or colloquially or debatably, but literally named after a physical racial characteristic, in this case the color of their skin. I mean how much more literal do we need to be for that to sink through some bony heads?! Would we have the Washington Darkies? The Washington Slanteyes? Come ON, people!

    Second, I said this the other day and I’ll say it again. Those here ignorant enough to yap about how it’s not derogatory, go on a reservation and start calling guys redskins. I double dare ya. Hint: they’ll be digging a shallow grave for you out in the desert somewhere.

  8. Don’t these wagon burners have anything better to do then cry about a team name?

  9. If I were her (and you), I’d be more concerned US government’s gross mismanagement of the Native American Trust Fund since its inception.

  10. “If I were her (and you), I’d be more concerned US government’s gross mismanagement of the Native American Trust Fund since its inception.”

    Great to mention, but since that has nothing to do with football and would involve politicians, maybe they just wanted to try to stay ob topic.

  11. This is so very simple. Keep the logo. Keep the tradition. Change the name from the R******* to the Americans.

  12. sportsbyte says:
    June 26, 2020 at 6:20 pm
    This is so very simple. Keep the logo. Keep the tradition. Change the name from the R******* to the Americans.

    change the name to the WASHINGTON WARRIORS after all the “DOUBLE EAGLE FEATHER ” means A WARRIOR for most tribes

  13. harshedmellow says:
    June 26, 2020 at 5:40 pm
    First, the team name is LITERALLY, not figuratively or colloquially or debatably, but literally named after a physical racial characteristic, in this case the color of their skin. I mean how much more literal do we need to be for that to sink through some bony heads?! Would we have the Washington Darkies? The Washington Slanteyes? Come ON, people!

    Second, I said this the other day and I’ll say it again. Those here ignorant enough to yap about how it’s not derogatory, go on a reservation and start calling guys redskins. I double dare ya. Hint: they’ll be digging a shallow grave for you out in the desert somewhere.

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    If I went to one of the Tribal owned casinos here in town, dropped $10k at one of their tables while wearing a Washington Redskins team shirt, there would be zero problems with me wearing said shirt.

  14. I think Snyder should put a team name change on the bargaining table and pledge to change it if statehood is granted to DC. It would be a win-win for two long overdue issues and might even help to start repairing his deeply tattered reputation.

  15. Just change it already…and change it to something really stupid so everyone will remember how dumb this was. How about the Washington Conformities? It’s out of control.

  16. I’m on board with the name change. At this point I really just don’t care. That said, if I’m Snyder, and I change the name, it isn’t gonna be warriors or anything like that. It won’t have anything close to Native American anything. You want it changed, it will completely change. First out of spite, and second, how long until you liberals want it changed again? Cuz you will.

    Next, you want it changed, get the eight opponents for next seasons “away” schedule. Have them all boycott the redskins and not allow them to play in their stadium until they have a legally binding commitment to changing the beams next offseason.

  17. If the team is forced to change it’s name, either by the NFL or due to legal procedures, then make sure is has no link to the Native Americans. That way it can not be used against the team again in the future. Change it colors to Burgundy, Gold and Black. Give it a name based on either it’s location or associated activities of the area. Even if we change the name to the Warriors (trademark owned by Snyder), change the crest on the helmets too. Let there be no ammo or anyone to use against the team. I have been a fan for over 50 years. They will always be the Washington Redskins to me, but the world is changing and sadly this is a fight the team will eventually lose.

  18. Dictionary defined slur? Then change the definition to the following: a prideful fierce warrior that won’t back down to anyone. I mean we’re changing & erasing history left and right….let’s change the definition.

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