State lawmakers call for sports teams to stop using racial slurs

Updated: 05/06/2014 4:58 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 4:55 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - A group of state lawmakers joined members of the Oneida Indian Nation in Albany on Tuesday to send a message to professional sports leagues.

They introduced a resolution calling on pro-teams to stop using racial slurs.

They mentioned the Washington Redskins in particular.

They say the “R-word” is a dictionary defined racial slur.

“For many people their most direct contact with the idea of a native American and their culture is a Washington team's name on billboards, on t-shirts on hats on countless TV screens every week. Millions of people only see Native Americans as mascots and they only see us referred to by the alleged color of our skin,” said Ray Halbritter of Oneida Indian Nation.

The resolution will be circulated this week in the state Assembly and Senate.


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