Calls Out Sponsors & Purveyors of Slur Word
PORTLAND, OREGON – Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents, individuals, and allies, are joining dozens of Native American activist groups, tribal nations, media organizations, individuals, and civil rights/religious groups in a challenge to sports broadcasters to abandon the use of the slur word “R*dskins” in on-air broadcasts.
A letter dated September 3, 2014 addressed to broadcasters by the National Congress of American Indians, and co-signed by EONM states:
“We are writing to ask you to join other media organization in refusing to broadcast the Washington team’s name on the public airwaves. The team’s name is a dictionary defined racial slur. As of 2014’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling, it is also a government defined racial slur. Those definitions are correct. ”
The signatories on the letter include: NAACP, MALDEF, National Fair Housing Alliance, Suzan Harjo, The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ, Amanda Blackhorse, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Center for Native American Youth, Anti-Defamation League, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Native American Rights Fund, Civil Rights Policy Planning Center, Native Voice Network, and many more:
EONM stands in solidarity with NCAI and the signatories of this letter, in our agreement that the word “R*dskin” is a dictionary defined racial slur, and has no placeon radio, television, or internet airwaves. While many will argue that objectivity remains as the reason to repeat the racial slur, EONM disagrees.
There is no neutral position on this issue. If you say and/or write the slur, you are promoting racism against Native Americans, plain and simple.
In addition to broadcasters, EONM is also calling for all journalists to cease their use of the word in articles, essays, papers, blogs, books, and other writings. Every time our members, mostall of us citizens of tribal nations throughout the United States hear and see the word, we are reminded that our humanity does not matter.
Continued use of the slur word (r*dskins) creates and environment in which anti-Native American racism, bigotry, cultural misappropriation, and Redface are condoned and allowed to occur unchecked.
In addition, EONM is calling on all sponsors of the Washington R*dskins, including, FedEx, Bank of America, Coca Cola, and others, to cease sponsorship of the Washington team name and logo, an anti-Indian slur and stereotype.
Well-known sports announcers, such as Keith Olbermann, Phil Simms, James Brown, Tony Dungy, Mike Wise, Bob Costas, Peter King, Courtland Milloy, Dave Zirin, and Cris Collinsworth, have already stated they would not use the R-word in their reporting.