A month after the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin protested the Redskins name before the team faced the Packers in Lambeau Field, its New York members will air radio ads in Dallas ahead of Sunday's Redskins' matchup with the Cowboys.
According to the press release, the spots will air Saturday and Sunday on Dallas/Ft.Worth's KRLD-FM, the Cowboys' flagship station. Text of the ad, via PennLive.com:
NARRATOR: At a moment when President Obama and Republican leaders remain deeply divided, this week saw them come to a bipartisan agreement on one thing: It is time for Washington's NFL team to stop using a racial slur and to finally change its name. Here is what President Obama said of the team's current name:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I'd think about changing it."
NARRATOR: Senior Republican congressman Tom Cole then joined the president in demanding a change. He told a national television audience:
TOM COLE: "The name is just simply inappropriate, it is offensive to a lot of people."
RAY HALBRITTER: "Hi, I'm Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation. This country may still be politically divided, but as leaders of both parties this week said, we should all be able to agree that racial slurs are unacceptable, and they shouldn't be used to market this country's capital city. As Native people who heard this painful slur when we were taken at gunpoint off our lands, we aren't asking for anything more than basic respect. We don't deserve to be treated to racial slurs. We deserve to be treated simply as what we are: Americans."
Halbritter is an Oneida Indian Nation Representative and has has spoken about this issue before.
"Any other ethnic would not tolerate this kind of language being used about them that's so denigrating and dehumanizing," Halbritter told Meet the Press last Sunday, days after President Barack Obama said "I'd think about changing the name."
“As the first sitting president to speak out against the Washington team name, President Obama's comments are truly historic,” Halbritter said. “The use of such an offensive term has negative consequences for the Native American community when it comes to issues of self-identity and imagery. We will continue to push our cause because this is about doing right by our children, who are especially impressionable. …
“The NFL and [team owner Dan] Snyder should borrow a page from the President and use the changing of the football team's name as a teachable moment."