D.C. Radio Stations Censoring Oneida Nation's #ChangeTheMascot ads?!
Press Release: A radio ad urging Washington’s NFL team and its owner to change its offensive name will air in Colorado this weekend ahead of the team's game against the Denver Broncos. The radio spot, which was pulled by the two Washington, DC stations just hours before it was scheduled to run last week, will air this Saturday and Sunday on Denver’s KDSP-FM.
The ad, released by the Oneida Indian Nation, points out some of the unfortunate aspects of the Washington NFL team’s history, including the fact the team was given its offensive name by it first owner, an avowed segregationist.
"The current team owner has the opportunity to put himself and the franchise on the right side of history by halting the use of this harmful epithet and choosing a legacy of inclusion and mutual respect," said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter.
"Across the country we have witnessed a surge in support for changing the Washington football team's racist mascot," Halbritter added. "This issue is not going away. We will continue to call for Mr. Snyder to do the right thing. We will not be silent mascots."
As part of its grassroots Change the Mascot campaign, the Oneida Indian Nation will continue to air similar advertisements in Washington and all cities where the team plays road games throughout the NFL season.
To listen to the new radio ad, titled, “Legacy,” click here.
Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet. Check out changethemascot.org.