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Hillary Clinton Says No! to Redskins

ICTMN Staff
7/31/14

Former First Lady and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is taking a stand on the right side of history. On Wednesday, she denounced the Washington, D.C. NFL team’s use of the R-word during an interview on Fusion TV.

“I think it’s insensitive,” Clinton said. “And I think that there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital. I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute.”

Clinton, who many speculate will run for president in 2016, joined a growing group of politicians who have said ‘no’ to the team’s name and logo, which includes President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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In a press release, the National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter praised Clinton’s stance.

“The Change the Mascot Campaign thanks Secretary Clinton for clearly stating that the R-word racial epithet is insensitive, and for making clear that there is simply no reason for that word to continue as the name of a football team, especially one that represents our nation’s capital,” said Pata and Halbritter.

“We sincerely hope that team owner Dan Snyder will take to heart Ms. Clinton’s comments, especially given that she is one of the world’s most celebrated advocates for equality and fair treatment. When the time eventually comes to select a new president, every individual who aspires to that office should be prepared to oppose the continued use of the R-word, which is a deeply hurtful epithet. Just as our current President has called for a change, our next President should also be willing to stand on the right side of history.”

 

 

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Submitted by bullbear on
Brothers and sisters, although this is not a presidential election year, there are many states who are knee-deep in local elections for seats such as Governor and are battleground races for U.S. Congressional seats, as well as many statewide representative and senate seats, not to mention the numerous incumbents. Do we know where each candidate stands when it comes to the continued use of Redsk*ns? Surely, it may not be the hottest issue in the political races, however it would behoove us, as tribal nations, to call them on the carpet and know if they truly have the best interests of our sovereign nations at hand. Thank you Hillary Clinton for becoming a part of the river that continues to gain momentum in a national strife to change a small part of history that has belittled tribal nations for far too long. As for Arizona, farewell to Governor Jan Brewer, who stated in Oct. 2013 that the name, in her mind, was "never politically incorrect." Many will remember her as the Governor who wagged her finger in the face of President Obama. And if the day comes that Hillary Clinton throws her hat in the ring for U.S. President, it is comforting and encouraging to know that she has stated her stance for she will certainly expect her supporters on the way to the White House to do the same.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I'm with Bullbear! It IS coming time for elections again and if more Native pose the question to their candidates they'll eventually HAVE to answer. We can use the White Man's ways against him in this effort. Your vote is a number, it's not Red, nor White, nor Black. Always remember your vote is your voice and if you don't exercise it, you'll lose it.
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