Change the Mascot Responds to New Poll on Washington NFL Team’s R-word Name

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The Change the Mascot campaign today issued the following response to a new poll which claims that most Native Americans are not offended by the R-word name and mascot of the Washington NFL team.

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The Change the Mascot campaign today issued the following response to a new poll which claims that most Native Americans are not offended by the R-word name and mascot of the Washington NFL team.*

“The results of this poll confirm a reality that is encouraging but hardly surprising: Native Americans are resilient and have not allowed the NFL’s decades-long denigration of us to define our own self-image,” said Change the Mascot leaders National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “However, that proud resilience does not give the NFL a license to continue marketing, promoting, and profiting off of a dictionary-defined racial slur -- one that tells people outside of our community to view us as mascots.”

“Social science research and first hand experience has told us that this kind of denigration has both visible and unseen consequences for Native Americans in this country. This is especially the case for children, who were not polled and who are in a particularly vulnerable position to be negatively affected by this term. It is the 21st century -- it is long overdue for Native Americans to be treated not as mascots or targets of slurs, but instead as equals.”

*New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name, 5.18.16, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/new-poll-finds-9-in-10-native-americans-arent-offended-by-redskins-name/2016/05/18/3ea11cfa-161a-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html

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