[ View the story "Indigenous activists take #NotYourMascot to Super Bowl" on Storify] Indigenous activists take #NotYourMascot to Super Bowl Native Americans lead protest online against 'racist' team names during biggest US football event of the year.
The Stream· Mon, Feb 03 2014 10:09:27
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As we watch the Super Bowl let's unite in putting an end to racist nonsense. Your time is up Redskins #ChangeTheName #NotYourMascot #cdnpoliEthan Cox
On Twitter the
almost 19,500 times, and
a trending topic in the United States during the Super Bowl broadcast.
The @Redskins name does not honor anyone, it celebrates the horrors of colonialism and genocide. #NotYourMascotThinkMexican
#Redskins is racist but it's rooted not in hatred but oppression, dispossession, genocide, and colonization of #Indigenous #NotYourMascotCole Sayers
change the name, racial slurs are not harmless #NotYourMascotᏢᏓᏥ
During the "State of the League" address on
, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell
in the Native American community polled "nine out of 10 supported the name":
The results of this poll are solidly in line with the message we have heard from fans and Native Americans for months—our name represents a tradition, passion and heritage that honors Native Americans. We respect the point of view of the small number of people who seek a name change, but it is important to recognize very few people agree with the case they are making.bleacherreport.com
Two days after @nflcommish defended name, Twitter exploded at 5 p.m. today. #NotYourMascot actually trended:
The campaign is not only about the name of Washington's football team. It is also targets teams that have also adopted Native American names and symbols deemed racist.
Mascots like Braves, Savages, Warriors enforce patriarchal msgs abt who “real men” are: aggressive, independent, competitive #NotYourMascotkelley villa
I went to the University of Illinois, where the violent Chief mascot is still celebrated on campus. #NotYourMascotSuey Park
These images are supposed to represent me, my gram, my aunties, my uncles, my cousins? That's respect? #NotYourMascot
My high school team mascot was the Braves. They changed it after I graduated. You know what bad things came from that? None. #NotYourMascotJeff Fecke
Some identified themselves online to break down Native American stereotypes they believe are portrayed in sports teams.
I am an artist, a friend, a sister, a daughter, I am Lakota. I am many things but I will never be a stereotype #NotYourMascotBrittany Ann
That's right! RT @MissusTWalker: My fierce husband: Ojibwe, father, newspaper editor, Soduku wiz, and #notyourmascot
. Chebon Walker
I'm not your Indian Princess. I'm #NotYourMascot. I am Saulteaux and mos def not a r*dskin. #changethemascot #changethename #KeepurHonorlisa marie
#ProudToBe Anishinaabekwe. I take my responsibilities seriously & I'm #NotYourMascot. Neither are my ancestors. #changethenameSusan Blight
Daughter. Sister. Educator. Scholar. Football Fan. Lakota. #NotYourMascot #NFL @nflcommish @redskins