ADL's Foxman: Sports Teams Should Change 'Hurtful' Names

Image: ADL's Foxman: Sports Teams Should Change 'Hurtful' Names

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 10:46 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Amid a growing chorus demanding that the nickname of the Washington Redskins football team be changed, the Anti-Defamation League is asking pro sports teams to move away from using offensive names and mascots.

"We have come a long way in fighting discrimination and educating about the impact of prejudice and the fact that words and stereotypes can hurt," Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, said Tuesday.

"The decision to change the name should come from the team's ownership with input from the fan base," he said.

Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

Foxman noted that many U.S. sports franchises were first named in the early 20th century, when "offensive caricatures and stereotypes of Jews and other minorities were widespread in the mainstream media and popular culture."

"Sports has long been a centerpiece of our culture, and today it reflects American values of inclusion, pluralism and equality in a way it did not 50 or 60 years ago," Foxman said. "Numerous teams, particularly in college sports, have moved away from names that evoke negative stereotypes, particularly against Native Americans, to better reflect these values."

Foxman said that while he understands the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians don't mean to offend, their names can cause hurt.

"Tradition matters, but tradition should not justify the perpetuation of such names and mascots," Foxman wrote. "A name change will not impact how a team fares on the field or in the standings."

His call comes two days after Bob Costas, an influential broadcaster on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," said he agreed the Redskins' nickname is offensive and that the team should change it.

Even President Barack Obama recently said he would consider changing the name if he were the owner of the team.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league needs to consider the issue.

Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Congress Approves $225 Million for Israeli 'Iron Dome' System

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 22:54 PM

Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system on Friday, sending t . . .

500 Army Majors to Be Axed in Latest Budget Cuts

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 22:39 PM

Pink slips will start going out next week to about 500 Army majors – including some on duty in Afghanistan – in the late . . .

Arizona Inmate Was Injected 15 Times During Botched Execution

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 21:54 PM

During the nearly two hours it took for an Arizona death row inmate to die last week, executioners injected him with 15  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved