PORTLAND, OREGON – Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents and their allies from across the country, wish to thank Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s support for hearing American Indian’s concerns about the offensive slur “Redsk*ns” as the name of Washington NFL team.
When asked by Time magazine’s Sean Gregory whether he thought NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would similarly ban an owner who made offensive comments he said:
“No I don’t, because we have an NFL team called the Redsk*ns. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”
We are initiating a social media selfie campaign to thank Richard Sherman and other NFL players who support Native Americans’ fight against stereotyping that Native Mascotry encourages. Native American youth and adults will be talking selfies holding signs saying “Thank you Richard Sherman for #StandingUpToRacism #ChangetheName.”
EONM also encourage Native people and their allies to thank other NFL players including former Redsk*ns players London Fletcher and Jason Taylor. We are encouraged to hear Fletcher say when asked about the NFL’s handling of Snyder’s refusal to change the name of his team from a racist slur to the NBA’s lifetime band of Donald Sterling:
“You know, I spent seven years in Washington and hadn’t really thought a whole lot about it until this past season,” Fletcher said. “You heard more about it in the news, more things were coming out about it. So I started to really look at it, and started to kind of take hold and get a true understanding of what the word Redskin meant. Get a history lesson, in a sense. And I started feeling a little bit uneasy about it.”
EONM hopes that more NFL players will follow the example of the NBA players and take a strong stand against racism in sports.