Historians join movement to eliminate NFL team's racist mascot

Activist Winona LaDuke speaks at a rally against racist mascots in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 2, 2014. Photo from Simon Moya-Smith / Twitter

The Organization of American Historians passed a resolution calling on the Washington NFL team to eliminate its racist mascot.

Sociologist James Loewen, the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, petitioned the group to join the anti-mascot movement. He documented how the term has been used in a derogatory manner since the 1600s and how it was used to call for the deaths of Native people in the 1800s.

"Social science research shows consistent negative impacts on Native children from the appropriation of Natives as mascots," Loewen wrote in his call for the group to take a stand on the issue.

Group members passed the resolution on April 18 and the executive board approved it, The Washington Post reported.

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