Thursday, December 19, 2013
Change the Mascot
Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “Redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid has joined President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge the Washington football team to change their mascot from the denounced "Redskins". Other sports teams in the past have changed their controversial mascots, Reid said in an interview, “We live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people. And that’s what that is. I mean, you can’t have the Washington Blackskins. I think it’s so short-sighted.” Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation have recognized Reid's actions to stand up against this offensive mascot name with gratitude.
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