NO MORE NATIVE MASCOTS.
Sports have the power to influence and inspire people of all ages. Let’s end the use of Native mascots in sports and build the world we want to see, together.
Many people and organizations are starting to grapple with the ways in which their policies, behaviors, and perhaps they themselves, have condoned and perpetuated discriminatory and racist behavior. As long as Native mascots continue to be allowed in Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, the National Football League, and K-12 schools, any actions taken to end systemic racism will fall short. Racism is racism.
SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT
Native peoples and non-Native allies from a variety of industries are lending their name and their voice to the growing call for the Washington football team to #ChangeTheName and for a total elimination of Native mascots in sports.
Athletes 4 Impact and partner organizations Harness, Inspire Justice, BLD PWR and Revolve Impact worked to show support from influencers and allies like Minnie Driver, Taika Waititi, Layshia Clarendon (WNBA), Diane Guerrero, Chelsea Handler, Jewell, Cam Jordan (NFL), Eric Kendricks (NFL), Producer David Mandel, Olympian Simone Manuel, Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mark Raffalo, Megan Rapinoe (USWNT), Retta, and more.
Read the letters below.
Tell the NFL and Washington Team Sponsors to
Investors representing more than $620 billion in assets have called for NIKE, PepsiCo and FedEx to terminate business with the NFL’s Washington D.C. franchise if it does not stop using the racial slur “R*dsk*ns.”
This call to action is an initiative of the Investors and Indigenous Peoples Workgroup (IIPWG), led by First Peoples Worldwide, Oneida Trust, Trillium Asset Management, Boston Trust Walden, Boston Common Asset Management, First Affirmative Financial Network, and Mercy Investments, which have been engaging companies for years seeking an end to the use of the racist name and logo.
THE TIME IS NOW.
If sports leagues want to offer more than empty words in service of their profits, if they really want to live by the values they claim to have, they must ban Native mascots, team names, insensitive gestures and the subsequent racist behavior of fans – starting with removing the Washington R*dsk*ns mascot. We’re calling on athletes, politicians, like-minded organizations, and fans to stand together to proclaim that racism is racism and it will not be tolerated.
Changing the name of the Washington football team is not only the right thing to do, but based on peer reviewed research, we also know it’s what our community wants.
THEY AREN’T JUST MASCOTS
Racist mascots increase negative stereotyping of Native people, and creates the false perception of Native people as aggressive.
Native mascots and the fan behavior associated with the use of Native mascots impacts Native youth by:
— Lowering self-esteem
— Increasing rates depression
— Increasing rates of self-harm and substance abuse
— Increasing discrimination in schools against Native students
What you’ve read about Native peoples supporting the Washington football team name is a lie. These flawed public opinion polls have been used to silence Native peoples and have been a barrier to efforts to change the name and end the use of Native mascots.
However, two recently published peer-reviewed scientific studies confirm what Native advocates have argued for years. Native peoples are overwhelmingly offended, not just by the Washington team name, but also by Native mascots and the racist fan behavior used in support and against these teams. Read the studies below.
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