The Red Circle Agency and the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media are speaking out about the Washington Redskins name controversy with a new video titled “No Honor in Racism,” which compares the word “Redskins” to racial slurs.
The ad features people of different minority groups calling themselves derogatory terms. All the profanities are bleeped out, except for “Redskin.” The video points out that when compared to the other words, "Redskin" is "equally profane."
In a statement, the owner of Red Circle Agency revealed the motivation behind the ad:
“I was tired of people avoiding what I think is the real issue,” Chad Germann wrote. “There is no word in the American lexicon that is more hurtful to the Native American.”
The team's name has increasingly come under scrutiny from Native American groups, lawmakers, media members and other observers, who say the name is offensive and racist toward the Native American community. Defenders of the name, including team owner Dan Snyder, say it honors Native Americans as well as the team's history.
Snyder has repeatedly vowed to never change the name.
Washington (3-5) will travel to Minnesota on Sunday to play the Vikings (3-5). The game, being played at the University of Minnesota, is not without controversy: Before the season started, the university said it would seek to block the Redskins name from the stadium.
- Danielle Zhu