Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and Mayor Hodges join City Council in calling on Washington D.C. football team owners to change offensive team name
Oct. 31, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) Mayor Hodges today expressed support for a resolution approved this week by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission opposing the use of the Washington D.C. football team’s offensive Native American team name and logo within the City of Minneapolis.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, the NFL team will be in Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings. Ahead of that game, both the Civil Rights Commission and the Minneapolis City Council have approved resolutions opposing the use of the team name. Mayor Hodges will also be attending and speaking at a large gathering Sunday morning for a peaceful protest of the Washington team.
The Civil Rights Commission’s resolution notes that Minneapolis is home to one of the largest urban American Indian populations in the country. It also notes that the American Psychological Association and the National Congress of American Indians strongly oppose the use of derogatory and disparaging Native American sports names and mascots. The United States Commission on Civil Rights also condemns the use of Native American team names and images of sports teams.
“The choice the Washington NFL team is making to use a racial epithet for its name is an offense to the values of the people of Minneapolis,” said Mayor Hodges. “It is baffling that in 2014 a company would retain the use of a racist logo for its product. From a human standpoint it is reprehensible and from a business standpoint the brand becomes more tainted every day.”
“The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights is charged with protecting all people from discrimination,” said Michael Harralson, chair of the Civil Rights Commission. “As indicated in the resolution, the choice of mascot name and logo by the Washington football team is offensive, derogatory, and disparaging to indigenous people. Minneapolis is home to one of the largest urban American Indian communities in the country, and the Commission is speaking out in support of our Native community. The use of such offensive language and imagery is not welcome within this great city.”
Earlier this month, the Minneapolis City Council also approved a resolution that states, “the City of Minneapolis condemns the racist, offensive name of the Washington, D.C. football franchise, urges that team’s owner to change its name, and calls on the National Football League to compel this name change.”
Last updated Oct 31, 2014