Protesters outside Lambeau Field demand Redskins change team name
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- Dozens of people came out to Lambeau Field Sunday morning despite the rain to make their voices heard, saying a race-based logo for a team mascot is not okay and they want the NFL to take action.
"There's not a point where it's okay to decide to accept one race based logo and mascot verses another," said Ken Munson.
Munson was is one of the dozens of protesters outside Lambeau. The group is made up of Native American tribes and their allies and they want people to know how hurtful the term Redskins is, but it's not just this team, it's all teams who use Native Americans as a part of their organization.
"Find a mascot, logo or team name that doesn't harm and racial or ethnic group," said the chair for the Indian Mascot and Logo task force, Barbara Munson.
One sign even compared the term Redskins with other racial slurs, but not everyone agrees. Some believe that native people should be proud to be involved with a team's mascot.
"I don't think it's disrespectful, I think it's an honor from my perspective," said Leland McKnight, a Redskins fan from Reedsburg Wisconsin.
That's not the way it's seen in tribal members eyes at all though.
"It causes a tendency to stereotype other racial and minority groups," said Munson.
The protesters hope that if the NFL eliminates their use of race based mascots then maybe schools will follow suit.
NBC26 did reach out to the Washington Redskins Public Relations Department, as of yet they have not commented on the issue.