Redskins Players Salute Mike Brown As Their Name-Change Debate Rages


As racial tensions over the slaying of 19-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri continue to swell across the country, a providential connection to the protests occurred last night at FedEx Field.

The Redskins’ defensive backs made protests of their own. Several players ran on to the field with their hands in the surrender or “don’t shoot” position, which has become a symbolic statement about the reckless killings by policemen of minority youths.

Washington NFL fans and others commented on the gesture via Deadspin, and it was mostly viewed as strong statement despite the ongoing calls by Native American groups, congressmen, professional athletes and the president to change the team’s racist name.

One person said:

Watch a clip of the silent protest here.




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Kenneth Johnson
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It isn't enough to care exclusively about what is happening to a specific community, it is also imperative to show concern for other minorities. Protesting with arms held high as a show of support for one group while walking onto the football field wearing a uniform with a logo offensive to another is not only placing double standards, but hugely hypocritical as well. It cannot be, not okay to discriminate against one group, and okay to discriminate against another, especially for money. Otherwise, that makes discrimination itself okay.