Protestors get together to demonstrate against Washington Redskins name
The protest was organized by the American Indian Movement (AIM) which has been leading the agenda for some time now. The protestors carried signs and flags to show their support for their cause and was led by Clyde Bellecourt, cofounder of AIM.
When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was asked to share his view on the Redskins franchise name, bluntly replied that it was racist. When asked how the name should be changed, he said that the franchise should be pressurised into doing the right thing by boycotting it as they are unwilling to change their name.
When ex-Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, now a sports broadcaster addressed the crowd of protestors at Metrodome, he said that he tried not to say the Redskins name as he personally felt wrong even saying it.
“This name is wrong. It’s just plain wrong,” he said.
He asked what would happen if a sports team in Birmingham, Ala., was named “The Slaves” and had an African-American mascot.
He questioned what would have happened if there was a sports team that was named “The Slaves” and their mascot was African-American.
“What kind of outrage would there be at that? Well, this is the same thing,”
Amid all the controversy around the name, Washington Redskins owner Dan Synder was relatively cool and called the name a badge of honor, as he has been from the start and said that he had no intentions of changing it.
On Thursday, the Mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak issued an official statement in which he personally objected to the name of the Redskins franchise. He called it an offensive slur to the local people and their heritage. Minneapolis City Council sent a letter to the Redskins owner and Roger Goodell, commissioner for the NFL to give their view on the subject in which they highlighted both the Washington Redskins mascot and their team name to be offensive to the local people who wanted it to be changed.