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Sports Teams: Names/Mascots/Logos

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a resolution opposing use of Native American names for teams, mascots, and logos. A January 2013 NCAI article discusses the need for a name change for the Washington, DC NFL team. The January 2013 Washington Post article Redskins name change should be discussed, Vincent Gray says shows that the mayor of the nation's capital is supportive of the NCAI's position.

What’s in a name? The Redskins’ bad karma, a January 2013 Washington Post article said that on February 7 the National Museum of the American Indian would hold a symposium on use of racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation in American sports.

How 'Indian' mascots oppress 
explains why “Redskins” is particularly offensive:

It refers to the bloody scalps of Indian children, women and men that were sold for bounties aside animal skins....It is sickening that this horrifying word is still used as a sports team name....
Does it need to be explained why using racist caricatures of other minority groups as a team 'mascot' would be unthinkable?….Yet, for reasons deeply ingrained in American culture, First Nations people are expected to explain why certain words and images are racist to us!

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