Native American leaders to Washington Redskins: Change your mascot
Tue, 08 Oct 2013 08:26:16 GMT —
There is a renewed push to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team.
Members of the Oneida Indian Nation brought their "Change the Mascot" campaign to Washington D.C. Monday and held a panel debate at the same hotel where NFL owners are gathering for their fall league meetings.
Native American leaders say the Redskins' name is racist and wrong. "If it's offending people then it's time to change it. And this is a great time to do it. Regardless of the history, regardless of its legacy, it's offensive. It's defined. It's a dictionary defined offensive term," said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter.
The meeting comes days after President Obama told the Associated Press that he would
if he was the owner of the football club.
The actual owner Daniel Snyder has said the Redskins' name is staying.
Apparently fans agree. According to a recent Washington Post poll, 66 percent of D.C. area residents do not want the name changed.