UN May Investigate Whether 'Redskins' Name 'Racist,' Xenophobic
On Friday, representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation, which has been calling for a Redskins name change, will meet with top officials from the United Nations Human Rights Council concerning the "racist" name.
Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation will reportedly meet with Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the U.N. in New York, and he told USA Today
that it was "very encouraging to see national and now international leaders potentially recognizing the harmful impacts of using this term that denigrates Indian peoples."
U.N. Human Rights officer Giorgia Passarelli said that the "Council has appointed a dedicated independent expert to look into the issue of business and human rights" and that "this particular case could be of interest to a number of U.N. human rights mechanisms, including … the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on Racism, Xenophobia and Racial Discrimination.
"Also, beside the Human Rights Council, the matter is relevant in the context of the work that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights been doing on the issue of racism in sports."
As Breitbart News reported, major outlets like ESPN even considered banning the use of "Redskins." After a national poll by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 71% of Americans did not want a name change, the Redskins released a statement to emphasize that "very few people" want a name change. Yet, President Barack Obama has said that if he owned the team he would consider changing the team's name and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL had to listen even if only one person were offended by the name.