Associated Press

Joint Affinity Groups Stand Against Redskins, Address Racism in Philanthropy

ICTMN Staff
8/15/14

The Joint Affinity Groups, a national network of identity-based philanthropic organizations, issued a statement on Thursday saying that Dan Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation “is treating Native communities disrespectfully” and “failing to follow” the best practices that philanthropic organizations should seek to accomplish.

According to its website, JAG consists of six identity-based groups that together possess decades of experiencing leading the call for creating more racial and social justice within the field of philanthropy.

Representatives of all six from those groups, including the Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy, signed the statement, which you can read here.

Also in the news release, Carly Hare, executive director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a group that advocates for more resources and funding for Native communities, said that Snyder should consider some of these questions about his foundation.

On March 24, 2014, Dan Snyder announced the launch of the Washington DC football team’s Original Americans Foundation. With this announcement we encourage you to consider some the questions below that this foundation presents:

·      Does using an identifiably racist/stereotypic mascot term really ‘honor’ Native communities?

·      Is it exploitive to offer funds or other financial benefits to underserved tribal communities in exchange for tacit permission to continue using that identifiably racist/stereotypic mascot term?

·      When does public relations outweigh racism?

·      How will the foundation work with existing Native and Tribal foundations and long-term funding partners?

·      What is the actual commitment by the foundation and how is that compared to other corporate foundation benchmarks?

·      Can philanthropy leverage/increase investments to make foundations like the Original Americans Foundation irrelevant?

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tmsyr11
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Establishing and setting the direction of the QUESTIONS, i.e. "identifiably racist/stereotypic mascot" doesn't lend any legitimiacy or creedance to even answering or looking at further questions, does it? How about posting the questions to Tribally-owned, operated, federally-funded Tribal Government Offices and their organizations? Does discrimination, insensitivites, sexism, race outweigh the PUBLIC SERVICE trust? (In light of Pueblo Zuni Government not to show up drunk or stoned).

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Will Snyder read these? Probably not, but I'll have fun with them anyway! Does using an identifiably racist/stereotypic mascot term really ‘honor’ Native communities? NO! Would anyone be honored with a caricature of their ethnicity and a racial slur for a name as a mascot? · Is it exploitive to offer funds or other financial benefits to underserved tribal communities in exchange for tacit permission to continue using that identifiably racist/stereotypic mascot term? Is it fair to sell a starving man food at a 500% profit? · When does public relations outweigh racism? NOTHING outweighs racism, but violence. · How will the foundation work with existing Native and Tribal foundations and long-term funding partners? It won't because that's not its purpose. The purpose is to fool idiots into thinking Daniel Snyder really cares about anyone but himself. · What is the actual commitment by the foundation and how is that compared to other corporate foundation benchmarks? They are committed to saying they're not racists because they "helped" Indians. It's the only corporate foundation geared toward KEEPING a racial slur for a team name. · Can philanthropy leverage/increase investments to make foundations like the Original Americans Foundation irrelevant? O.A.F. is already irrelevant. They exist solely to convince others that Daniel Snyder IS NOT a racist, but we know the truth.
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