Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bellacourt: 'R' word = 'N' word

Dave Zirin, political sports columnist for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports Radio joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales on DemocracyNow!
"Little Red Sambo has to go," says Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder and director of the American Indian Movement and an organizer with the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media. "The word 'Redskins' is a legacy of Jim Crow. It's a legacy of the team’s original owner, George Preston Marshall, who was an arch-segregationist," said Zirin.


Bellacourt lives in South Minneapolis.
Lawrence Sampson, Delaware and Eastern Band Cherokee, and longtime American Indian Movement activist, wrote on the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Facebook page—where a lot of discussion has been taking place: "People who know little to nothing about Crazy Horse choose to present some version of what they imagine he would say with no context whatsoever, without input from his descendants, and against the wishes of the community that holds his memory so dear. What can you expect in a country that continues to wage war against its indigenous population?” [Christina Rose, 'Crazy Horse and Custer' Play Opens Saturday Amidst Protests, ICTM]
DemocracyNow! can be heard in South Dakota at KTEQ, radio for the School of Mines and Rapid City, at 3:00 PM MST on KSFR in Santa Fe, and at 4:00 PM MST on KUNM in Albuquerque.

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