Opinion | Sports

Norbert Hill: It's past time to drop the Washington NFL mascot

The logo for the Change the Mascot campaign

Norbert Hill Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who serves as education director for the tribe, and Robert A. Yingst, a civil rights lawyer, discuss the Washington NFL team's racist mascot:
Young people who wince and retreat into themselves every time their identity as human beings is boiled down to this offensive, disparaging R word are entitled to more. Once they were stripped of their identity as they were compelled to stop using their language and wearing their Native clothes, a policy imposed by the U.S. military. Moving forward is what the NFL should do as it leave the racist past behind.

Defending the indefensible is one thing, but to persist in doling out a few sweatshirts and other "R*skin" clothes to the children of impoverished tribes is evidence of just how wrongheaded is his resistance to changing the racist name of the Washington football team.

We have come a long way since the $200 bounty was offered for the skin of a human being called a "redskin."

Green Bay has brought honor to football — time and time again. It should step out in front on this civil rights issue and help move the NFL forward away from the racist past. Celebrating the players and the team is what it is supposed to be about.

It is time to change the name.

Get the Story:
Norbert Hill Jr. and Robert A. Yingst: It's time to change Redskins name (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 9/17)

Join the Conversation
Related Stories:
Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status (9/16)
Bruce Anderson: Washington team name preserves stereotypes (9/15)
Column: DC-area Native people oppose NFL team's racist mascot (9/15)
Coalition asks broadcasters to avoid Washington NFL team's name (09/04)
Editorial: It's time to sack Washington NFL team's offensive name (09/04)
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe rejected 'gift' from NFL team's foundation (08/29)
Artist Gregg Deal takes on Indian mascots for performance piece (08/28)
Sports announcer won't use Washington NFL team's name on air (08/28)
Ray Young Bear: No tribal member wants to be known by R-word (8/22)
Washington Post: Editorial board will no longer use R-word 'slur' (8/22)
Matthew Murguia: The facts are clear on Washington NFL mascot (8/22)
Walt Lamar: Remove Gary Edwards from law enforcement group (8/21)
Mike Wise: Longtime NFL referee avoided Washington's games (8/21)
Broadcasters won't use racist mascot of Washington NFL team (8/19)
Editorial: Virginia governor fumbles on NFL team's racist mascot (8/14)
Washington NFL team video features Indian Country supporters (08/13)
Artists from Zuni Pueblo try to sell work to Washington NFL team (08/12)
NFL team gave VIP treatment to man who couldn't spell his tribe (08/12)
Jim Enote: NFL team owner brushed away concerns over mascot (08/12)
Opinion: NFL team seeks to whitewash history with Indian art (08/11)
Tim Giago: NFL team's mascot will slowly fade like an old soldier (08/11)
Original Americans Foundation wants art with NFL team's logo (08/08)
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe refutes claim of support for NFL team (08/07)
University seeks to prevent use of NFL team's name at stadium (08/07)
Ex-player claims Alabama-Coushatta Tribe honored by mascot (08/06)
Ted Quasula: NNALEA leader intent on destroying group's image (08/05)
Column: Virginia eager to embrace NFL team's racist mascot (08/04)
Chippewa Cree Tribe takes Original Americans Foundation money (08/01)