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Vol. 78/No. 43      December 1, 2014

Minn. march slams ‘Redskins’
football team name

Militant/David Rosenfeld

MINNEAPOLIS — At least 3,500 Native Americans and others took to the streets outside TCF Bank Stadium here Nov. 2 to protest the racist name of the Washington Redskins before kickoff with the Minnesota Vikings. It was the largest action ever against the name of the National Football League team.

Protesters came from throughout Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and other states. Chants of “Who are we? Not your mascots!” rang out as the march wound through a predominantly Somali neighborhood and then across the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have argued that the team name honors Native Americans. Many handmade signs answered, “Racist slurs are not an honor.”

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