Civil rights commission joins call for end to NFL team’s nickname

More civic voices have joined the outcry against the nickname and mascot of the NFL’s Washington team, as it comes to Minneapolis to play the Vikings Sunday.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said today that she supports the call for an end to use of the “Redskins” nickname, as called for in a resolution passed this week by the city’s Civil Rights Commission.

A rally against the nickname is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday at TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, where the game will be played at noon. Hodges will speak at the rally.

The Minneapolis City Council and the Hennepin County Board have also passed resolutions calling for a change of the nickname.

Said Hodges:

“It is baffling that in 2014 a company would retain the use of a racist logo for its product. From a human standpoint it is reprehensible and from a business standpoint the brand becomes more tainted every day.”

Michael Harralson, chair of the Civil Rights Commission, said:

“…the choice of mascot name and logo by the Washington football team is offensive, derogatory, and disparaging to indigenous people. Minneapolis is home to one of the largest urban American Indian communities in the country, and the Commission is speaking out in support of our Native community. The use of such offensive language and imagery is not welcome within this great city.”

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