Today President Obama called for an expansion of Human Rights worldwide. This is certainly needed. It is needed right in the USA, today, on our playing fields, from professional to the youngest children's games to the senior teams: NO use of Native American names, mascots or trademarks by teams not owned and operated by Native American tribes. This would be Human Rights for all Americans.
Today the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a prominent civil rights organization specifically focused on racism in the NFL, joined the calls for the Washington, D.C. NFL team to change its name. Mr. Pollard became Coach Pollard in a history worth knowing on Martin Luther King Day 2015. I applaud the Alliance for taking this strong stand and join, as a white American woman in their call to the teams, the players, the coaches, the staffs and the owners to make this change. It is long overdue. Racism affects every person on this planet. For our sports teams to pass demeaning racist stereotypes deliberately and knowingly along to our children and the world as a whole is a shameful disgrace.
My home team, the New England Patriots are happily headed to the Superbowl! Of course I want them to win. I also want the entire NFL to walk away from the racism of the Washington D.C. team name and logo since they all share in the profits together from each team in the league.
Today of all days we can and must do better.
It is terrible to see tax dollars still supporting racism but it is true. Should the tax exempt status of the NFL offices be dropped the teams and league still have billions of dollars of income at their disposal to continue profitting from racism. This is not only about Native Americans, it is about how each and every American wants to see America as a country and us as a people with a shared history move into the future. The way teams are identified in sports continues teaching everyone stereotypes, sometimes at the youngest ages of childhood. We can and must do better.
In Minneapolis thousands of people came to protest the racist team name of the Washington D.C. NFL team when it played the Vikings. All Americans know history is in the past. This event is over. How many more must there be in our future?
Americans are better than the team, the identity and the racism. Send in your suggestions for new team names. Do not support the team or the league or those who sponsor them. The owners are businessmen. Show them we understand business. Get their attention. When their profits fall, so will the team names and identities.
This is honoring? Really?
Take a good look at this 1950's NFL team pennent. Mr. Snyder, are you still claiming this has always been to "honor" Native Americans? If you are, look again. Now do you see anything racist? If not show this to an expert on subconscious messaging:
Is all this team history honoring Native Americans?
It is time to change the name NFL owners. Are you listening? MLB the same issue applies to you.
If you wonder about a wealthy man, Dan Snyder who may be a bit ill-informed, consider the upcoming NFL game this weekend involving his Washington, D.C. team and the Vikings in this light: Does the team name compare to other negative profane and banned racist words? [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXZeELeE7cc[/embed]
The Red****s issue in heating up and the same needs to happen for all Native Aerican team identities.
Here's a definition of racism I'm guessing most don't understand: Judging a group of people identified by race from a position of power. The "from a position of power" means only white people in America can be racist since overall it is white people in positions of power throughout America, in law, in society, in business and in politics.
When not white people judge white people negatively it is then called prejudice. Racism in this definition fits in the team discussions because the team owners of the Native American identified teams are wealthy, white and male--obviously each a position of power and when combined perhaps the most complete position of power in America today.
Cleveland fans--it is the 21st century, it is time to move away from both the MLB name and logo. Do the right thing finally. This is not some sort of PC issue, it is about real America, respect and decency for everyone and yes, rule of law. Once you know a fuller history of America turning people who were proud warriors, our ancestors' allies often, our ancestors' enemies occasionally and generally our neighbors today into cartdoon trivialities is just plain wrong.
Do you know that there is a serious conflict over the basic definition of racism in schools, organizations and general discussions?
- Does Racism = Prejudice + Power?
- Does Racism = Classification by "Race"?
- Does Racism = Ranking by "Race"?
- Does Racism = Raking by "Race" + from a Position of Power?
Does Race = Ancestry = Royal Power = Political Power?
Does Race = Skin Color + Physical Appearance?
The same discussion can be had over definitions of Power, Royalty which is important in ancestry, which includes families, of course, and Rank which goes to Power, Wealth and Royalty. Definitions matter.
Now, when considering racism it depends upon who you read, who you believe and what you were taught in school and in your family for whatever your personal definition of racism may be. The best full discussion I have found on the topic is here by Hoyt. This is important because if, from the very beginning of any conversation two individuals have different meanings for basic words an interaction which is well meant, one which could be a calm exploration of ideas can turn heated in an instant.
Example: Person of one color to another person of one color: "You know, of course, In America and Europe especially, only white people can be racist, right?" Depending upon the skin colors of the people involved it is easy to see a highly disruptive moment in the making. Everyone is some color after all.
The speaker assumes power is part of the definition of racism as in #1 and #4 above since in both Europe and America it is largely white people who hold positions of power in both societies. If the hearer of the question understands racism to be identification of "races" as in #2 or ranking of races on superior and inferior hierarchies as in #3 the conversation is in conflict before the real discussions even begin.
Global Currencies = Wealth Measures = Economic Power
Euro, Pound, Dollar, Yen
Royal Crowning = Privilege + Power + Wealth
Military Leadership Today = White Male
NLF Team Owners Ranks = White Male
Harvard Graduates = Achievement + Power + Diversity
To both sides of the discussion I have a question: if you cannot reach agreement on the very definition of the word racism how can there be any real successful movement forward to solutions on the actual world issues of exploitation, oppression, degradation and physical violence based on racial identity? Does success in one forum = success everywhere? Does one success = STOP?
I prefer clarity whenever possible, and chose simplicity as my goal. So I will keep my definition of Racism = a classification of humans into a hierarchy of superior and inferior beings based on external physical characteristics with an emphasis on skin color as the primary identification of race. I will use Racial Oppression, White Privilege and White Supremacy to indicate the American and European white dominated societies. Now, it is time for us all to deal with the negative effects of this structure on everyone in those societies, in the entire world if we are honest.
Are you ready?
We are all some race, the Human Race. External stereotypes harm everyone.
In today's world, more connected and shared that at any time in history our lives are intertwined. Everywhere. Everyday. To claim to respect people while profitting from a stereotype is wrong. To deliberately turn an entire group of people into silly cartoons is wrong. To include brutal violence in a team fan behavior, even pretending it is "fun" is wrong.
We can do better. We should do better. What will you do today to move the change forward?
The racism discussion has gone global and not in a postive way. These old, outdates and racist team identities(R*******, I******, etc) are bringing shame on all Americans because the issue or racism is about all of us.
We must retire these names, move immediately forward into a stronger better future.
For our children.
It is time for the NLF to do the right thing, if MLB will not. Both sports are followed and enjoyed by their fans but finally they are businesses. It will be a sad day if it takes threats of financial loss to motivate the organizations to make the needed changes. The newly submitted bill to remove the NFL non-profit status is a strong step yet the change should happen no matter what happens to the bill. Thanks to Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Reid and Sen. Johnson for taking a stand. We all can and must: