Coalition Members Fight to Ban Washington Redskins' Name at TCF Bank Stadium

Lindsey Brown, KSTP
September 24, 2014 11:25 PM

The national controversy about the Washington Redskins' name landed in a Minneapolis City Council committee meeting Wednesday.

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Members of the National Coalition against Racism in Sports and Media were at the meeting to ask council members to ban the name when the team comes to play at the University of Minnesota in November.

The Minneapolis-based group says team names, like the Redskins, can encourage violence through imagery on t-shirts and posters.

“That's what we are trying to change here in America. Give people the respect and honor for the contributions of everything America has today," said Clyde Bellecourt, a coalition member.

“The University of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis both has policies with regards to racism and discrimination. This is in direct violation,” said David Glass, coalition president.

After hearing the pleas, council committee members voted unanimously for the city attorney to research legal options. Before anything happens, though, the entire council will have to approve the motion. The Vikings take the field against Washington November 2.


Lindsey Brown, KSTP

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