indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Column: Virginia eager to embrace NFL team's racist mascot

Filed Under: Opinion | Sports
More on: mascots, nfl, racism, redskins, virginia
   


The logo for the Change the Mascot campaign

Politicians are running away from a certain NFL team but Washington Post columnist Mike Wise notes there is one place where a racist mascot can feel welcome:
For 23 years, the team headquarters has been in Ashburn. All the players and coaches either live in the suburb or nearby. They practice, shop and pay taxes in Northern Virginia. The three Lombardi Trophies Joe Gibbs’s teams won more than two decades ago gleam behind the glass there, not on the other side of the Potomac. Now more than ever the owner and team president Bruce Allen — son of George the coach, brother of George, Jr., the former Virginia senator — need their Virginia cocoon. During these delicate ChangeTheMascot.org times, Virginia is where the team has organized all of its remaining political support.

While half the U.S. Senate and the bipartisan New York legislature has demanded Snyder change what the U.S. Trademark and Patent court defined as a slur, while the largest governing body of Native Americans and 70 sovereign tribes representing tens of thousands have all bonded over a common cause, the Commonwealth is the only state in the union with an actual “[R-word] Pride Caucus.”

In a Roanoke Times editorial last month, House Delegate David Ramadan (R) summed up his fellow Virginia officeholders’ passion for keeping the name: “It’s no mistake that members of this newfound caucus come from around the commonwealth. For generations, the [R-words] have been Virginia’s team, even the South’s team.”

The South’s team.

That’s precisely what George Preston Marshall called his faux-Indian franchise. It’s the same reason the original owner who named the team was the last to integrate his roster in 1962, 16 years after the NFL’s color barrier had been broken. And that came only after the Kennedy administration threatened to prohibit Marshall’s team from playing on federal land.

Get the Story:
Mike Wise: Time to admit: The area’s NFL team belongs to Virginia (The Washington Post 8/4)

Related Stories:
Chippewa Cree Tribe takes Original Americans Foundation money (08/01)
Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Washington team's new site (07/31)
Editorial: Washington team's 'racial slur' has no place in society (7/29)
Granddaughter of former team owner condemns racist mascot (07/24)
Center: Report outlines harmful effects of 'Indian' mascots (7/22)
Editorial: No rubes at Quechan Nation in saying no to NFL team (7/21)
Quechan Nation turns down 'bribe' from Washington NFL team (7/17)
Opinion: Washington NFL team's origins connect to Jim Thorpe (7/17)
Simon Moya-Smith: Mascot supporters use tired arguments (7/14)
Federal judge refuses use of name of Washington NFL team (7/14)
Opinion: Teams with Indian mascots all play on stolen tribal land (07/08)
Blackfeet man who supports NFL team has problem with 'Chiefs' (7/7)
Young Navajo woman leads petition against racist trademarks (7/3)
Gabe Galanda: Nike should walk the walk on racist sport mascot (7/1)
Stanley Heller: It's time for media boycott of Washington team (7/1)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Telling the indigenous story with public art (10/1)
Crystal Willcuts: A tribute to my mother who was lost to cancer (10/1)
FCC will consider petition to outlaw R-word on public airwaves (10/1)
Report places economic impact of US gaming industry at $240B (10/1)
Native Sun News: Agency weighs uranium mine near sacred site (9/30)
Jim Abourezk: South Dakota tribes can put Rick Weiland in office (9/30)
Cherokee chief participated in live pigeon shoot for Sen. Inhofe (9/30)
Navajo vice president returns home after near fatal spider bite (9/30)
North Dakota tribe sees big problems as energy industry grows (9/30)
Andre Cramblit: Another year brings challenges for our people (9/30)
Jack Duran: State's 'shocking' attack on Big Lagoon Rancheria (9/30)
Navajo Nation Council to select a new leader after resignation (9/30)
Editorial: Long delayed trust fund settlement for Navajo Nation (9/30)
Keepseagle plaintiffs oppose use of $380M to create foundation (9/30)
Opinion: Working with New Mexico tribes to protect sacred sites (9/30)
Pueblo man chosen as chair of VA minority advisory committee (9/30)
Woman sues over fall at Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe business (9/30)
Seminole Tribe makes another attempt to join banking business (9/30)
Mohegan Tribe purchases more wood pellet production facilities (9/30)
Ponca Tribe takes down old headquarters and readies new home (9/30)
Native Mob gang leader sentenced to 43 years in federal prison (9/30)
Three indicted for murder of man from Northern Arapaho Tribe (9/30)
Rivals funded DC trips to oppose Tohono O'odham Nation casino (9/30)
American Gaming Association includes tribes in economic report (9/30)
Editorial: Vote yes to support North Fork Rancheria gaming deal (9/30)
Editorial: Florida shouldn't take a gamble with casino expansion (9/30)
Tim Giago: All Indian people ask is for America to honor treaties (9/29)
Native Sun News: Tribes take on IRS and win battle over taxation (9/29)
Mark Trahant: Indian vote could bring a surprise in South Dakota (9/29)
Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act signed into law by Obama (9/29)
Obama signs law for settlement with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (9/29)
Chelsey Luger and Gyasi Ross: Transforming the spirit of suicide (9/29)
Migizi Pensoneau: Behind the scenes at a Washington NFL game (9/29)
Donna Ennis: Ancestor starting asking about trust fund in 1900s (9/29)
Steven Newcomb: Indigenous conference yields power to states (9/29)
Kyle Mays: Rejecting narrowminded views of indigenous studies (9/29)
Brian Pierson: Tribal preference ruling strengthens sovereignty (9/29)
Thousands missing out on share of Cobell settlement payments (9/29)
Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in language (9/29)
Oneida Nation repeats history with women in top leadership jobs (9/29)
Al Jazeera: Tribes working together to restore bison to their land (9/29)
Indian Time: Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big draw (9/29)
Column: Washington team should be worried about FCC petition (9/29)
Opinion: NMAI exhibit finally puts federal-tribal dealings to light (9/29)
Gun Lake Tribe hails new law that protects casino from litigation (9/29)
Former mayor remains hopeful on Los Coyotes Band casino bid (9/29)
Chumash Tribe awards $112M contract as part of casino project (9/29)
Documents show Seminole Tribe was close to new gaming deal (9/29)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.