National Congress of American Indians: We do not call ourselves Redskins

The organization released the PSA two days ahead of the Super Bowl VIDEO

Topics: Video, Football, Washington Redskins, Racism, Native Americans, National Congress of American Indians,

National Congress of American Indians: We do not call ourselves Redskins (Credit: YouTube/National Congress of American Indians)

As football fans gear up for the Super Bowl, the National Congress of American Indians has issued a PSA to remind them that the Washington Redskins is still a team name, and that, yes, it is still offensive.

In October, President Obama said if he owned the football team, he would “think about changing” the name, which is a slur for Native Americans — an opinion that team owner Dan Snyder does not share.

The PSA lists several things that Native Americans call themselves, like “proud,” “underserved,” and “forgotten.” They do not, however, call themselves Redskins.

Other football teams that have Native Americans as mascots include the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.

h/t Colorlines

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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