“That Racist Name has Got to Go!” – City disapproves of offensive team names

On Sunday, November 2nd, more than 3,500 people gathered at the Tribal Nations Plaza just outside of TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota to protest the mascot name and imagery of the Washington NFL team. Community members marched with signs reading “No Honor in Racism” and “We are People, Not Mascots” to the stadium. There, a rally followed, featuring such speakers as Clyde Bellecourt, White Earth Ojibwe activist, and Minneapolis leaders like Mayor Betsy Hodges, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and former Governor Jesse Ventura. Members of the MDCR team in attendance at the rally included Director Velma Korbel and intern Luna Allen-Bakerian. This demonstration was a testament to a strong anti-racist sentiment in the Twin Cities, and was reiterated the week prior, when the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and Mayor Hodges released a resolution (Mascot Resolution) stating opposition to the use of offensive Native American team names and logos within the city of Minneapolis.

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