Minneapolis mayor urges boycott of Redskins merchandise
Hours before the Redskins face the Vikings, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ryback becomes the latest politician to oppose the name of Washington's NFL team.
On Tuesday, the D.C. Council passed a resolution asking the Redskins to change their name because the term is considered a racial slur to Native Americans. That same day, six members of the Minneapolis City Council voiced their disapproval of the name in a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Dan Snyder.
By Thursday morning, hours before the Redskins will face the Vikings in Thursday Night Football, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ryback joined the discussion.
"It has never been right to disrespect the indigenous people of our country, and it is especially wrong to do it in 2013 with the name of a team that represents our nation’s capital," Ryback wrote on his Tumblr (via Sports Bog).
"I stand with elected officials across the country, including members of the Minneapolis City Council, and many, many others who believe it is long past time to change the name of Washington’s NFL team. It is deeply disappointing that calls for respect have not been heard, and I will join others in looking for ways to bring change, including urging those who agree to boycott merchandise of the Washington Football Franchise.
"I have a son who lives in Washington who, thankfully, remains a Viking fan, but if he ever changes allegiance, he should not count on his dad buying him anything that uses their derogatory name and logo."
One of those other politicians includes President Barack Obama, although Arizona governor Jan Brewer said last month that she didn't consider the name politically incorrect.
In September, Goodell said "If one person's offended, we have to listen. And ultimately, it is [team owner] Dan [Snyder]'s decision. But it is something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we're listening to our fans, listening to people who have a different view, and making sure that we continue to do what's right to make sure that team represents the strong tradition that it has for so many years."
In May, Snyder spoke in unequivocal terms about the team name.
"We'll never change [it]," he said at the time. "It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps."
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