American Indian Movement will protest outside Vikings-Redskins game at Metrodome
To publicize the upcoming protest, AIM has taken to using a logo (right) that's similar to the Redskins logo it finds offensive (left).
The American Indian Movement will march from the American Indian Center to the Metrodome on November 7 then hold a rally outside the stadium when the Vikings play the Redskins during a nationally televised contest that evening.
The march and rally is in protest of the continued use of the "Redskins" nickname by D.C.'s NFL team. The issue has come under increased scrutiny this year as prominent national sportswriters Peter King and Bill Simmons have begun boycotting mentioning "Redskins" in their columns and protesters outside Washington's games have become a regular occurrence.
Here's an AIM press release detailing the group's plans for November 7 and the reasons for the rally and protest (click to enlarge):
Redskins owner Daniel Synder said earlier this year that "We will never change the name of the team," and NFL Commish Roger Goodell has indicated he isn't inclined to force a renaming (though Goodell's stance seems to have softened a bit lately as poll after poll shows most people find the name offensive).
Nonetheless, in June, a group of Congress members led by Rep. Betty McCollum (she's co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus) wrote a letter to Synder urging him to reconsider.
"Native Americans throughout the country consider the term 'redskin' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos," McCollum and her colleagues wrote. "Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL's fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington's NFL team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans."
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