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We are a Collective of Native and progressive Organizations Amplyfying the message that Native Americans are #NotYourMAscot and The Washington Football Team must #Changethename

Follow our 5-Step Action Plan to #ChangeTheName of the Washington Football Team

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Co-Written by Troy Amlee (Standing Rock Sioux) & Christopher Kilner

It is past time that the Washington Football Team retired its derogatory name—R*dsk*ns—to history with the other racist and dehumanizing terms of our past. As the commissioner of the league, the executives of the broadcast networks which carry the games, the corporate sponsors of the franchise, and the executives of the social media platforms for the team, you have the power to bring about the change and justice that this nation and its Native American peoples deserve. Until Daniel Snyder understands the pain, oppression, and hate this racist term brings Native Americans and changes the name, we call upon you to boycott the team and its name as outlined:

  • NFLshop and Fanatics—cease advertising and selling products with this racist name and logo
  • FedEx, Bud Light, Bank of America, and Pepsi—suspend corporate sponsorship
  • ESPN, NFL Network, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports—discontinue the use of the term “Washington Redskins” and their logo in broadcast, and discontinue the term and logo in all other media from articles to advertisements
  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube—suspend the Washington Football Teams social media accounts under violation of racist and derogatory term use, and suspend all advertisements for the team until the name and logo are changed

And to Daniel Snyder—when you do agree to change the name and logo, consult Native American and indigenous leaders to choose a new name and logo which actually honors native history and heritage.

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*dsk*n is a word dripping with contempt, racism, and a quite literal reference to blood; advertisements were placed in newspapers on behalf of governments and institutions perpetuating the genocide of indigenous peoples using this term—for example, from the The Winona Daily Republican in Minnesota: “The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth.”

What are great educational resources?

Illuminatves has put together a great educational series on #ChangeTheName and has been an organization advocating for this since their inception. We highly recommend visiting their website, downloading their Social Media Kit for Allies, Social Media Kit for Natives, and their Factsheet.

How is the term defined today?

Multiple dictionaries today define the term as "contemptuous," "racist," "demeaning," "derogatory," and "offensive." In fact, Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has defined the term as "often contemptuous," since 1898!

What about the team saying it is to honor Native Americans?

While the team may claim that the term is used to honor the purported Native American ancestry of its one-time coach William “Lone Star” Dietz, the team knows full well that the name was changed to Redskin to avoid issues with the Boston Braves baseball team. Further, after an investigation, Dietz was found to have fraudulently posed as indigenous—the name of the football team only dishonors in many ways.

What are the effects of the term R*dskins on Native American youth?

Academic studies continue to show that the name and mascot do not honor Native Americans; to the contrary, the term leads to “lower self-esteem, lower community worth, less capacity to generate achievement-related possible selves, and greater levels of negative effect” amongst Native American youth, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and oppression. The term, with its contemptuous nature, further builds a gap between native and non-native cultures, contributing to intergenerational trauma and continued racism. Leaders, historians, psychologists, and social scientists have concluded that “Native mascots are part of a much larger web of phenomena that contribute to oppression faced by Native Americans and thus it seems clear that these mascots should be eliminated.” While it should be clear, some people seem to be unwilling to see the continued consequences.

How can I best bring about change?

Everytime the Washington team takes the field, the Redskins name conjures images of brutality. The Washington Redskins, the NFL, the media, and sponsors must discontinue profiting off of a racist trope. Native Americans are not mascots, they are people and are still here. Daniel Snyder cannot continue to muzzle and whitewash a people and history. Words have power. Symbols have power. It is time the media and sponsors cease their complicity in this cultural genocide, and stand with justice—boycott the name until the name changes. Follow below to Steps 3-5 to help us make change!
Step 3

Amplify the Campaign

Step 4

Demand Action

Let the Corporate sponsors, the media, and the enablers of the Washington R*dskins know that the term is no longer acceptable! Demand action on twitter now!

Tweet at FedEx

Let FedEx know that their corporate sponsorship of the Washington Football team is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans, especially youth.

Tweet at BudLight

Let FedEx know that their corporate sponsorship of the Washington Football team is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans, especially youth.

Tweet at Bank of America

Let FedEx know that their corporate sponsorship of the Washington Football team is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans, especially youth.

Tweet at Pepsi

Let FedEx know that their corporate sponsorship of the Washington Football team is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans, especially youth.

Tweet at ESPN

Let ESPN know that by broadcasting games of and covering the Washington Football team with references to the term "Redskins," they are perpetuating a racist trope and harming youth.

Tweet at CBS Sports

Let CBS know that by broadcasting games of and covering the Washington Football team with references to the term "Redskins," they are perpetuating a racist trope and harming youth.

Tweet at Fox Sports

Let Fox know that by broadcasting games of and covering the Washington Football team with references to the term "Redskins," they are perpetuating a racist trope and harming youth.

Tweet at NBC Sports

Let NBC know that their corporate sponsorship of the Washington Football team is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans, especially youth.

Tweet at Fanatics

Let Fanatics know that their corporate sponsorship by selling official team products is complicity in the perpetuation of racism and cultural genocide against Native Americans.

Tweet at Facebook

Let Facebook know that the use of Redskins by the Washington Football Team violates their platforms rules against offensive and abusive behavior, as a racist name of cultural genocide.

Tweet at Twitter

Let Twitter know that the use of Redskins by the Washington Football Team violates their platforms rules against offensive and abusive behavior, as a racist name of cultural genocide.

Tweet at Instagram

Let Instagram know that the use of Redskins by the Washington Football Team violates their platforms rules against offensive and abusive behavior, as a racist name of cultural genocide.

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In addition to the organizations listed below, we are working with many individual native artists, leaders, and change makers.
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