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MN Congresswoman to Metrodome: Don’t display Redskins name or logo

posted at 11:55 am on October 25, 2013 by

Yes, it’s Betty McCollum, reminding us yet again how much better we’d have been with Teresa Collett instead. Why is she demanding that the venue of an NFL football game not mention the actual name of the visiting team? Because it’s a taxpayer-financed facility, so it has an obligation to never offend even a single person, or something:

“As you are aware, the Washington team is a privately owned business that chooses to use the disparaging and demeaning brand ‘Redskins’ as their mascot,” McCollum wrote. “In my view this NFL team’s mascot is an unacceptable racial slur disparaging to Native Americans and offensive to Minnesotans.

The congresswoman argued that since the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is financed by taxpayers and has “legal obligations” to ensure no one is offended.

“With regard to the NFL game on November 7th, it would be my hope that all state statutes, ordinances of the City of Minneapolis, and policies of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) regarding civil rights, non-discrimination, and affirmative action would be fully reviewed and applied with regard to displaying, publicly announcing, and promoting the Washington team’s racially disparaging name and logo.”

McCollum added that she’s read news reports that “the MSFA may have concerns about limiting the use of the Washington team’s name and logo, as requested by some Native American groups, due to contractual obligations with the NFL.”

“Such concerns should never trump the civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, ordinances, and policies of government bodies charged with defending and advancing the public interest,” she declared.

“The NFL and the owner of Washington’s football team have a right to free speech. Constitutional protections allow them to offend, degrade, and disparage any race, ethic [sp] group, religion, or person of any sexual orientation with their private funds within private spaces,” McCollum continued. “But the people of Minnesota do not have an obligation to open the doors of our public sports facility and allow a for-profit entity to display and promote their racial slur.”

“…As responsible and committed Minnesota leaders, I would urge you to take action to ensure that on November 7th the Metrodome remains a public venue where all Minnesotans, especially Native Americans, can work, watch, and enjoy a Vikings game without a hostile, degrading, and offensive racial slur inflicted upon them.”

Well, if she’s “read news reports,” then by all means take her input into consideration.

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dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Exactly, all that and cholera too.

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I think she should be more concerned that MN has a crap team with no quarterback.

Erich66 on October 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

My ancestors came from Scotland!

I am not offended…in fact it would be kind of cool to have William Wallace’s mug on the helmets now that I think on it.

I wonder how the left around D.C. will react to seeing St. Andrew’s flag considering it is what the confederate flag was based on. You know they are not the most historically literate bunch.

I will never forget the flak caused when some Buddhist put up some Swastikas,,,

William Eaton on October 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I don’t think William Wallace is the BRAVEheart that they have in mind.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Someone should tell this deranged congresswoman to take a hike!

Freddy on October 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I think that every Scandinavian person in the country should protest the stereotypical view of the Vikings in Minnesota.

Let’s give the silly cow a taste of her own medicine.

Besides, can’t she think of anything better to argue about?…Nah, she’s probably just trying to distract from the many failures she and her party have given us. “SQUIRREL!”

JamesJr on October 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

“The NFL and the owner of Washington’s football team have a right to free speech. Constitutional protections allow them to offend, degrade, and disparage any race, ethic [sp] group, religion, or person of any sexual orientation with their private funds within private spaces,”

Bad news Congresswoman. The First Amendment protects free speech in public, as well as private, venues.

Now, as to the NFL (a business entity) having free speech rights…If you believe a business has the First Amendment right of free speech, it follows you must believe a business has all the protections guaranteed in the First Amendment. Such as freedom of religion. I’m sure Hobby Lobby will welcome your support.

tgharris on October 26, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Its far more offensive to call it the Hubert Humphrey stadium.

Just another political hack who screwed the nation.

Lonetown on October 26, 2013 at 6:13 AM

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