Redskins (NFL team)

Several thousand protesters marched through Minneapolis to TCF Stadium where the Vikings were playing the Washington DC football team on Nov. 2, 2014. The protesters called for the Washington team to stop using the name “Redskins” and to stop using the image of a Native American as their mascot./Photo by Fibonacci Blue (flickr/CC)

A growing number of  journalists are denouncing the name of the Washington NFL team and limiting the way it is used in stories, according to the Native American Journalists Association. Some news organizations, including the Kansas City Star, San Francisco Chronicle, MMQB, Washington City Paper, The New Republic and Slate, have ceased using the name. NAJA strongly urges news outlets to limit use of racial team names and images and monitors progress toward that goal on its Mascots and Media page.

[In a 2016 Washington Post poll, nine in 10 Native Americans said they were not offended by the name of the Washington Redskins. The Post featured some of them in “In Their Words: 12 Native Americans Talk About the Furor Cver the Redskins Name.“]

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