Press Release

NAACP Calls on Washington Football Team to Change Its Name

November 12, 2013

Association renews it request to replace offensive “Redskins” team name

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP has renewed its request for NFL owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team from the Washington “Redskins”. The NAACP has called for this change since 1992 when its national board of directors passed a resolution  demanding all sports teams discontinue the use of  teams names and mascots that stereotypes the American Indian people.

“For more than two decades, the NAACP has called for an end to the use of the racially-inflammatory name of the Washington Football Team, as well as other sports’ team names that degrade American Indians,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.  “This year we have joined with our friends in the American Indian community and are renewing our call for Washington’s football team to replace this offensive name.”

“It is disappointing that this derogatory moniker remains embedded in one of our nation’s premier sporting teams,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller.  “We stand alongside all American Indians who are calling for Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name.”


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.