ACLU calls on Vikings to boycott "Redskins" when Washington comes to Metrodome [UPDATE]

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The National Congress of American Indians recently released this poster framing just how racist team nicknames like "Indians" and "Redskins" are.
:::: UPDATE :::: Today, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority denied the ACLU's request to boycott "Redskins." According to an AP report, the authority's lawyer determined that doing so would constitute unconstitutional censorship.

Original post (October 24) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Vikings to not use the word "Redskins" when the Washington professional football team (as Bill Simmons calls them) visits the Metrodome on November 7.

SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname

In a statement published on the ACLU's blog today, Jana Kooren writes, "The ACLU-MN is encouraging all parties involved in the upcoming Vikings/Washington Redskins game to do the right thing and not call the team by the offensive name Redskins but instead call them Washington."

"Now is the ACLU saying these names should be outlawed or illegal? No. Are we saying that the Washington Redskins should be sued and forced to change their name? No," Kooren continues. "What we are saying is that we should collectively, as a society, say that we reject the racism that these names convey."

In related news, the American Indian Movement is planning to protest the Redskins nickname on gameday with a march to the Metrodome and a rally outside the stadium.

To read the entire ACLU statement -- part of which makes a case why "Redskins" is racist while "Vikings" is not -- click to page two.


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bigkat
bigkat

1 The president decides he can now decide what name NFL teams can be

2. The Media follows suit (Bob Costas)

3. ACLU follows suit (Boycott)

4, The NFL decides which media they will use (Boycott those who wish to change name) the  loss of sponsoriship would be damaging to networks when they cannot advertise during superbowl

5. We the people decide to not watch those media networks against the name loss of ratings and more sponsor from failing networks.

6 We impeach the president ?

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

I'm offended that the person from the ACLU thinks every Minnesotan has Norse ties.... There isn't one ounce of Norse or Scandinavian in me. What a judgmental bitch.

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

I'm offended by Vikings.... I think they should be called Losers

keny1
keny1

At least the Redskins' logo is tasteful. I could see why they would be pissed at the Cleveland Indian's mascot. It looks like a devil with a feather sticking out of it's head.

Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

As a Scandinavian American, I'm offended that the local football team uses a characture of my "people" as a mascot...OK, I'm not offended, but you get my point.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

Give it a rest,once and for all..Political Correctness to the nth degree is suffocating me.

Bob Wolstein
Bob Wolstein

I am a New York Jew and proud of it, but it would be pretty ridiculous to call a team by that name. I would prefer the New York Israelites.....

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

Boycott by not watching sports at all. There are a lot of things that are wrong with pro sports. The racism is just one of the things. There is the prevalent steroid use, the objectification of women, the glamorization of violence, the waste of precious resources. Do I really need to go on?

Fred Lange
Fred Lange

The Vikings should boycott the rest of the season...

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Who gives a rats fuck about innate names of sports teams?? Why don't you give me a call when there is an actual problem worth giving a shit about. Examples - poverty, abuse, healthcare, fascism, war, overpopulation,. deteriorating infrastructure.... That's the super short list, but the only thing this worthless fuck of a country seems to care about it team names and Twinkie went out of business. How about everyone wake up and care about something worth caring about?

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

Danielle Henkels, last time I took a gander around the sports section I failed to see the Chicago c$&ts or the Birmingham b;@$hes...

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

ya, the name "Washington Redskins" offends me, they should drop the "Washington"

Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf

I'm sorry I am offended by the term "Vikings" I prefer the term W.A.S.P.......as far as the name redskins, change the name to redfaces. any one in Washington should be known as one.

Shane Knapp
Shane Knapp

Gotta love the ACLU, the same organization that will go to bat for the rights of Nambla

Shane Knapp
Shane Knapp

I think the Mall of America should sue the ACLU for not calling it Mall of America field

Danielle Henkels
Danielle Henkels

More natives are NOT offended by it than are offended by it. All the tribes wanted to keep the Fighting Sioux... PC is going to kill, well already has killed, this nation. Why can't we have a discussion to boycott the use of the word b**** and c*** for women. I'm so offended by that... I remember a statement, sticks and stones may break my bones... oh well.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Because all Irish fight? The Minnesota Twins is offensive to? The Yankees called themselves "Yankees". Redskins doesn't even describe a Native tribe: Seminoles, Sioux, Blackhawks.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Deborah Anderson Nelson ever consider they could call them "Washington" and just use the team colors?

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Respect? The red skins (the real Indian warriors) were massively feared by the europians. So why in a modern day setting using a warrior name is bad is beyond me. So why is the fighting Irish OK? Or the Buccaneers, twins, Yankees or any other human related name? This PC bull has to stop!

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

What's next?! The Minnesota....Vikings?

Patrick Toth
Patrick Toth

I think the Vikings should boycott having to play at all on national television this Sunday night...

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Actually, the more slang term for Chinaman would be "chink".

Deborah Anderson Nelson
Deborah Anderson Nelson

Boycott by not using their name in anything related to the game. Have a fun contest to make one up for them.

Gregory Summins
Gregory Summins

Where can I get the SF hat? Racism is soooooo hot right now.

Onan
Onan

@Chris Welton  - I believe folks of German lineage outnumber those of Norse lineage here in MN.

WilliamJ83
WilliamJ83

@Tim Williams Says the white guy from the suburbs. 

Southsider
Southsider

@kyl3wyld Please.  You lost me before I finished your first sentence.......OK.  Yep.  No sports will effectively end racism, drug use, objectification of women, violence, and wasting resources (?? really!?).  My lord I can't believe I wasted minutes of my life by reading that and then typing this reply.

Onan
Onan

@Fred Lange  - They aren't??

keny1
keny1

@Thomas Zocher 

Welcome to America 2.0. The New Socialist Order. Coming soon to a city near you. Obama-phones provided. 

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Danielle Henkels If you can't tell the difference between "Fighting Sioux" and "Redskins", then you need to go in a quiet room and work on your coloring book.

bobob1916
bobob1916

@Matthew Martin BlackHawks are named after a particular Chief.  Chief BlackHawk.  Not racist but an honor.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Matthew Martin You're right, it doesn't describe a tribe. It's a slur for all people with Native American heritage. Kind of a racist catch-all.

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

@kristennsean Really you've never heard of the ACLU before? What rock have you been hiding under?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Justin Irvine I like your idea Justin. Let's call them the Washington Europians.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Justin Irvine What a stupid fucking asshole you are.  

Onan
Onan

@keny1  - "Obama-phones provided."

You mean the phones provided under the "Lifeline" program that was started during Reagan's administration and expanded under Clinton and Bush?

Bonus: The "free cellphone" program started under GW Bush's administration.

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