Racist Name Continues
WASHINGTON— The Change the Mascot campaign was quick to respond to Washington NFL team President Bruce Allen, who said on Monday the team would not consider changing the team’s nickname.
Below is the statement released by Change the Mascot on Monday, August 17, 2015:
“The team and its leaders are so obsessed with clinging to a dictionary-defined racial slur that they are willing to abandon their hometown and local fans in order to continue degrading Native Americans,” said Joel Barkin, spokesman for the grassroots Change the Mascot campaign.
“Now that Bruce Allen has been relieved of day-to-day responsibilities as General Manager he must have a lot of free time on his hands to double down on this racist moniker and try to figure out what to do about Native Americans returning donations from the team. Unfortunately, Bruce Allen, team owner Dan Snyder and the Washington team fail to understand that you cannot buy acceptance of continued racism.
The NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the other owners should immediately step forward now that the Washington team is publicly declaring its willingness to abandon Washington in order to retain its racial slur mascot.”
Allen answered, “No,” at a press conference in response to a question from a reporter who asked if the team would be willing to change its name in exchange for a land deal to construct a new stadium. The team has been playing in Landover, Maryland, but is seeking a new location site in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
With land for a new stadium at a premium in the District of Columbia, there has been speculation that the team may want to tear down their old home, RFK Stadium, and build a new stadium there. RFK Stadium stands on land leased by the National Park Service, which is under the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Last year, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she would not approve a new stadium there as long as the NFL team keeps its current name.