Oneida Indian Nation, the group spearheading the Washington Redskins name change effort, is launching an ad in Dallas this week stating that politicians agree on changing the Redskins name even though an Associated Press poll found that only 11% of Americans wanted a name change. The Dallas Cowboys are hosting the Washington Redskins this Sunday night and recent statements by politicians on the issue have provided plenty of quotes for the ad.
The ad uses the current standoff over the government shutdown as a backdrop, with the narrator stating, “At a moment when President Obama and Republican leaders remain deeply divided, this week saw them come to a bipartisan agreement on one thing: It is time for Washington’s NFL team to stop using a racial slur and to finally change its name.”
The ad goes on to play a clip of President Barack Obama saying, “I’d think about changing it,” followed by Republican congressman Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) saying, “The name is just simply inappropriate.” The ad ends with the statement, “We deserve to be treated as what we are: Americans.”
Oneida Indian Nation has been running ads all season, in Washington D.C. during the weeks of Redskins’s home games and in the various markets where the Redskins have played their away games during those weeks. However, Redskins owner Dan Snyder has remained unfazed, writing a letter to fans that stated the “heritage” of the nickname must be preserved.