Washington NFL franchise celebrating Native American Heritage Month?

The Washington NFL franchise hosted the Houston Texans. At the game, Washington celebrated with a large graphic of their Indian head logo and the phrase ‘Native American Heritage Month’ Photo courtesy @_TheSalesman on Twitter.

Twitter user @_TheSalesman / Future Doctor posts an image on Twitter with the phrase “The f*ing Irony.”

Over the weekend, the Washington NFL franchise hosted the Houston Texans. At the game, Washington celebrated with a large graphic of their Indian head logo and the phrase ‘Native American Heritage Month’ that showed on the stadium’s indoor electronic billboard.

Twitter user @_TheSalesman / Future Doctor posted a few images of his attendance at the Washington game against the Texans. Notably, he tweeted “The f***ing irony.”

On October 26th, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution at their 75th annual convention publicly opposing the Washinton NFL team’s return to the District of Columbia “until the franchise end’s its use of the derogatory R-word as its name and mascot.”

In an email blast to all of the members of NCAI, NCAI President Jefferson Keel wrote, “Public dollars should be spent empowering communities, not dehumanizing them … The social and psychological harms this derogatory name causes Native people – in particular, our youth – are well-documented, and they are severe.”

At the game, Native drummers also played in recognition of the month.

The Texans beat Washington to clinch a seven-game winning streak, 23-21.

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JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

instead of "crying" of the Washington Redskins this time every November why can't Native Casino Generating Revenue Corporate TRIBES band together the $35 BILLION /annually and purchase the rights to the NFL Redskin team for no more than $1.5 BILLION. The cost to an NFL team is just under $1.5 BILLION......

David Hollenshead
David Hollenshead

Vincent Schilling, Daniel Snyder is Jewish and thus will likely have family & friends who have Holocaust Survivors in their family. The Holocaust & the Genocide of First Nations People were very similar and have similar impacts on families. There is a Sorrow that seems very similar in both cases to me, but then my Grandfather was a Prussian Jew, and my Grandmother couldn't even find out the name of the Nation in the Midwest that her Grandmother was from. If a group of relatives of the Survivors of both Genocides and perhaps a Rabbi approached Mr. Snyder, to discuss the very Racist name of his team, he might see the error of his ways...

Pungo
Pungo

I have an honest question that I only ask with complete respect: Do Native American Indians even have red skin? I have read histories that say that they don't and that the red skin narrative came from spiritual beliefs of Southeastern tribes who believed that God made the first man from red clay. Since red clay is prevalent in the southeast that would make sense. In addition many tribes have rituals regarding the color red which include dyeing the skin red, rituals which they share with cultures all over the world. There seems to be a human affinity with the color red that ascribes traits such as strength, courage, healing, honor and victory among others to the color red. For example 4,000 years ago ancient Egyptians would dye their skin red to celebrate military victories. I understand that the term "redskin" was hi-jacked by racist white people bent on genocide but the color red and the association with that color, including coloring one's own skin red has been practiced by civilizations all over the planet for thousands of years. The Chinese, the Koreans, the Japanese, Germanic peoples, Africans and Romans all practiced the same rituals for basically the same reasons as Native American Indians. I would be interested to hear the opinions of others on this.



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