Ahead of Season Opener, Norton Condemns Washington Football Team for Racist Name

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement on the Washington football team’s decision to continue using a racist moniker that disparages Native Americans.

“The Washington football team name mocks and insults Native Americans and does not deserve to be associated with the proud and welcoming city of Washington, D.C.  By kowtowing to Daniel Snyder, the National Football League (NFL) is equally complicit in his team’s shameful use of a racist slur that has no place in today’s society.  The team name will eventually change, so I urge Commissioner Roger Goodell—and the NFL’s 31 other team owners—to do the right thing and exert pressure on Mr. Snyder so that this embarrassing era in American sports may finally end.”