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THE RIDICULOUS SIX IS JUST THAT RIDICULOUS

THE RIDICULOUS SIX IS JUST THAT, RIDICULOUS
By:-Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, CA.- Earlier this week, about a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Netflix film The Ridiculous Six after their concerns about the western parody’s “racist” jokes were dismissed. The movie’s culture consultant walked off the set earlier that same week after an effort was made to revise the set for a tasteful atmosphere for Native American brothers and sisters. It never happened.
The movie industry once again is selling the stereotype of Native Americans with Adam Sandler’s film “The Ridiculous Six is a satire on The Magnificent Seven movie western. The question should be asked have they gone too far.
Ms. Allison Young, one of the actors, stated that something was defiantly wrong when they painted her gold. Ms. Young already has a brown skin tone. Something was wrong with the female characters being named Beaver’s Breath and No Bra. This could be interpreted by other female movie fans as misogynist at most and sexist at least. In one scene Beaver’s Breath is peeing outside and smoking on a peace pipe. Another scene No Bra is passed out on the floor when a group of white males pour beer over her, talking to her in a very abrasive, aggressive, and demeaning tone. No Bra gets up and starts dancing around these men. A happy drunk Indian woman the comic scenes continue the legacy of stereotypes of Native American Sisters.
Last the misrepresentation of the Apache Tribe with actors from The Navajo Tribe who are dressed like the Comanche Tribe. Talk about not doing their homework, this is it.
The actors objected to elements of the screenplay and action that they found stereotypical, offensive and demeaning. Ben Shelly, President of the Navajo Nation, has come out in support of the actors, saying in a statement that “Our Native American culture and tradition is no joking matter. … Enough is enough.”

The lack of respect toward our Native Americans Brothers and Sisters are the reasons why Dan Snyder, THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB, the Cleveland Indians, The NFL, and MLB get away with naming their team the REDSKINS and putting the mascot Chief Wahoo on their baseball caps and the sleeves of their uniforms. It does not matter to them because it does not affect them. For those who do not know Chief Wahoo is just a RED FACED SAMBO. The lack of political, economic, and social power continues this sad American legacy
David Hill 74-year old, Choctaw, a member of the American Indian Movement, also left the movie set. “They were being disrespectful,” he said. “They were bringing up those same old arguments that Dan Snyder uses in defending the Redskins. But let me tell you, our dignity is not for sale. It is a real shame because a lot of people probably stay because they need a job.”

The filming of “Ridiculous Six” is assisted through tax refunds issued by the State of New Mexico. Thus, state government plays an active role in underwriting this movie. To attract film and television companies to New Mexico, the state’s Tax & Revenue Department offers up to 30% refunds of taxes paid there by the companies. The New Mexico Film Office is a division of the state’s Economic Development Department. The Film Office was reported as having said the dispute was a First Amendment “freedom of speech” issue and that the office had no say over the movie’s content.
“As long as the production meets the requirements in the film credit statute, there is nothing prohibiting them from filming in New Mexico and receiving the rebate,” the office was reported to have said in a statement. However, granting tax credits to assist in filming is a different matter than when government merely allows the exercise of free speech without financially assisting the speaker.

It is ironic that former rapper and hip hop artist Vanilla Ice now claims to be Native American from the Choctaw Nation. He stated that loves the movie, he should because he, “Ice” is in the movie.
Allison Young, Navajo, a former film student from Dartmouth, was also offended by the stereotypes portrayed and the outright disrespect paid to her and others by the director and producers.
“When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted,” she said. “I talked to a former instructor at Dartmouth and he told me to take this as finally experiencing stereotyping first hand. We talked to the producers about our concerns. They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.’ I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. I didn’t want to cry but the feeling just came over me. This is supposed to be a comedy that makes you laugh. A film like this should not make someone feel this way.”
“Nothing has changed,” said Young. “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/04/23/native-actors-walk-set-adam-sandler-movie-after-insults-women-elders-160110

The arrogance, ignorance, sexism, bigotry, and elder abuse continue under the guise of comedy as Native Americans are the brunt of the joke.
Mr. Adam Sandler and the other writers on this project might want to rethink the premise of this movie. In the meantime we should not support this movie or any other Sandler-Happy Madison Production project.
Everybody understands the power of the dollar, use it.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ALLIES IN A COMMON BATTLE-RACISM AND THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB

ALLIES IN A COMMON BATTLE, RACISM, AND
THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB
GARY NORRIS GRAY-BASN STAFF REPORTER
OAKLAND, CA- With the recent political, racial, and social events happening across the United States, Americans are asking what country do we live in? Are we in the 1960’s?
This is a battle for people of color. This is a battle for RESPECT; This is a battle for the right to the pursuit of happiness. This is a battle to be HUMAN. It has not been going well since President Barack Hussein Obama II stepped into the White House in 2008. The election of our 44th President opened the doors for racism to stream across our land. Americans were allowed to speak their minds when it came to race and they have done so.
Native American activist Amanda Blackhorse, a plaintiff in the litigation against the Washington Football Club’s “Redskin” mascot, makes a powerful argument about why the mascot litigation is important given all the other problems facing Native Americans. Writing for Indian Country Today Media Network, Ms. Blackhorse stated that the overarching battle is against dehumanization.
Ms. Blackhorse is from the Navajo Nation in Arizona has been waging this legal battle against the Washington Football Club and The National Football League four over eight years, she states that:-
If we are not respected as human beings how can we be respected when dealing with politics and/or economics? It makes it harder to be seen as leaders, advocates, and people who want real change to happen in our communities if you are seen as just a person who dances at pow wows and viewed as a mere relic of old cowboy and Indian movies. Of course this is not the case in every situation when dealing with non-Natives and government, but it seems to be a common misconception of Native people, which transcends into politics and government
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/20/blackhorse-what-dehumanization-looks-159694
If you listen to the Gray Leopard Cove on Saturday afternoons on Blog Talk Radio it has been repeated many times that the United States of America will have to come to grips with race with a national conference on race with minorities leading the form while President Obama is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence is not helping passing the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act which targets gay and lesbian residents of the state of Indiana. The Governor stated that this bill grants religious freedom and is not a discrimination bill, but just ask the (LBGT) Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, community. This opens the door for any business in their state to refuse service just because they think that you could be a member of the GLBT community.
The University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon-fraternity Kappa Chapter outing.(pun intended) SAE Members sung racist epithets on a bus traveling to their yearly Founders Day gathering. These young men created images of Black people hanging from trees in these songs. Racism is alive and well in the United States.
The mounting number of deaths of African American males by police officers in the states of Ohio, California, Missouri, Florida, and New York, ALLEGEDLY. Black men are losing their lives on the platform of the Fruitvale (BART) Bay Area Rapid Transit Station, on the playgrounds of Cleveland and on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and Miami, Florida.
The Washington Football Club and it’s owner continue the defiance to change the name, REDSKIN, a name that has been defined in the dictionary as derogatory and offensive. Racism extends towards our Native American brothers and sisters, reducing them to a mascot or logo.
Last the immigration fight by the legislators in Washington, D.C. against Latino-Hispanic Americans that want to stay in the Land of Liberty. You can clean our house, care for our children, fix our automobiles, and farm our lands but…..
Our Native American Brothers and Sisters are fighting the same battles. Native American as Ms. Amanda Blackhorse makes it very clear in her recent article “THIS IS WHAT DEHUMANIZATION LOOKS LIKE” with her 18 points.
1. The land grabbing of indigenous lands
2. The raping, violence, and hatred directed at indigenous women and children
3. The poisoning of our water
4. The desecration of our ancestor’s bones and graves
5. Each “redskin” (hair, scalp, nose, ears, genitals, and skin) taken off of an indigenous person
6. Each child taken from the arms of their parents and grandparents for the sake of “killing the Indian and saving the man”
7. Each treaty that was not honored
8. Every acre of land stolen from indigenous people
9. Every law passed since the Doctrine of Discovery for the sake of Manifest Destiny
10. Every religion stuffed down the throats of indigenous men and women for the sake of colonization
11. Each small pox blanket
12. Every head of hair chopped off in boarding schools and residential schools
13. The forced mining, fracking and desecration of indigenous lands yesterday and today
14. The sterilization of Indigenous women by Indian Health Service
15. Each tribe which no longer exists due to the attempted extermination of Indigenous people
16. Each tribal person who was exiled and relocated to urban communities
17. Each person who has been subjected to alcoholism in the name of poor business or poor treaty deals
18. Each Native person who has been experimented on and exploited for their blood, bodies, and DNA
Take a close look at each point these are some of the same issues that African Americans and The Gay community are struggling with everyday.
Also add the lack of concern by the American public when it comes to the issues of missing young African, Asian, and Native American women.
Ms. Blackhorse has been cited and criticized by others because she is messing with their beautiful 1950’s America image. She is forcing Americans to re-think racial and social issues.
Quite often when speaking out and educating others about the mascot issue, the same question is asked, “Why are you people worried about mascots? Don’t you have bigger issues to worry about on the reservations
This is the same political and social tactic America takes with crime in the United States. BLACK ON BLACK CRIME which is an oxymoron. Question, Do you ever hear the news media state WHITE ON WHITE CRIME, NO, but as First Officer of the Starship Enterprise Mr. Spock states; “That would be logical” Why? Because there are more white residents in the United States then Black. So logically there would be more white on white events then Black but don’t tell the American public that because it ruins a good story. A story that continues to dehumanizes African Americans the same treatment as Native America/First Nation.
Ms. Blackhorse makes it clear again that we are in this fight together.
Oh yes, the bigger issues question. What most people seem to be referring to are the many issues which plague Native American communities. Societal problems such as violence against women, suicide, alcoholism, high unemployment rates on reservations, poverty, etc. Many of these issues have been highlighted throughout the history of Native American people, through various studies, articles, documentaries, movies, so on and so on.
The same issues are African American. Example many do not know that the Lone Ranger-Bess Reeves a 1900 Oklahoma lawman was an African American and yes his partner was a Native America-Tonto a Potawatomi Indian, there was a Black American President before Mr. Obama.
Many African Americans believe that Senator John Hanson of Maryland was the first Black President of the United States. Henson was also the First President of the Continental Congress. It is still unclear.
These are positive role models but American History writers will not print these stories because this country continues psychologically warfare on minorities.
Demonizing Black males and dehumanizing Native Americans have been consistent the past ten years. Police officer Darren Wilson called Michael Brown a monster, a demon, which needed to be put down. Eric Gardner was called an elephant making the victim an animal. Five officers dragged him to the ground in the process of choking him to death. The military brainwashes its troops to make the enemy an animal so it will be easier to kill without conscience. This is happening all over the United States when it relates to minority citizens.
That is why it is so easy to have Native American names for its sports teams. Question what other minority has a professional team named after them? Answer, The Santa Barbara Gauchos, The San Diego State Aztecs, The University of Pennsylvania Quakers, The Idaho Vandals, The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, The Syracuse Orangemen, The New York Cubans, and The New York Black Yankees, are a few names.
In 1968 there were over 5, 000 schools that used Native American names. In 2015 The United States cut that number to 350. The tide is slowly turning but not fast enough for some minority Americans.
The Washington Football Club and owner Dan Snyder could be a beacon of light and vision in solving a small part of a disparaging and degrading sports image. Changing the name would send a message to Americans that it is time to move forward.
Again Ms. Blackhorse makes it clear:-
And allow me to drive home this point: using the ‘bigger issues’ excuse is just that, an excuse. It is an excuse that is counter-productive and does nothing to solve the greater problem of the oppression of Native people and racism directed at Native people. It’s an excuse to be apathetic and to deny a problem really exists. If you are not engaged in addressing those bigger issues you should not be using the bigger issues excuse. If you happen to be working on those bigger issues and still do not agree then let’s agree to disagree, and also understand that just because this isn’t your struggle, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a struggle for your fellow Native people.
African Americans hear the consistent beat that Black people are too sexual, criminals, not intelligent, lazy, athletic, dance like animals, and are loud. NOT HUMAN!!!!
When America colonized the Hawaiian Islands the residents were informed they could no longer perform their cultural dances or speak their native language. The woman had to wear tops to cover their breast. The Hawaiians had to conform to the Western Cultural morals.
African Americans are the second group in the United States that were strip of their land. But Blacks suffered more the lost of their culture, food, religion, and language. This country continues to do likewise with Native Americans. It is not working, Native Americans/First Nation are fighting back with tenacity and pride.
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER and THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB will change it’s name. It is now just a matter of time.
The Gray Leopard Cove Salute, Amanda Blackhorse and the Native American political activist movement.
Excerpts from:-http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/20/blackhorse-what-dehumanization-looks-159694
The Telegraph- United Kingdom
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HAIL TO LANCASTER, NEW YORK

HAIL TO LANCASTER, NEW YORK
Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter
This past week the Lancaster School Board of New York struck a blow for Native Americans. This decision to abandon the Redskin name and logo came with a storm of protest from Lancaster High School students, parents, and residents. The local police had to assist the board at the meeting because hundreds of residents came to the meeting to voice their opposition. The small high school conference room could only accommodate 45 to 50 individuals due to fire code regulations many more wanted to hear this heated conversation to remove the R-Word from the Lancaster High School sports program.
The growing tide of resistance to the “Redskins” name went into the hills of Northern New York with another school leaving this awful name behind.
The School Board voted unanimously against the team name and logo. A new name will be instituted at the beginning of the school year 2015-2016. The logo was implemented immediately.
As the board met to discuss other issues such as the budget, the crowds of people removed from the meeting gathered in the hallways and in the front of the school building and chanted, “Let’s go Redskins, let’s go.”
Racism in America is dying a very slow ugly death and the Washington Football Club and its owner Dan Snyder are not helping. Members of this school board received threats if they changed or removed the name and logo.
For the past several years, it had been ordering school uniforms without the mascot’s name. Its new football scoreboard has no reference to it. And, according to the Buffalo News, last fall was the first time the mascot didn’t appear at a sporting event.
My, my, my have we progressed in the United States of America when it comes to racial issues when there is a person of darker hue currently sitting in the set of the presidency of the United States.
“We realize that traditions are sometimes hard to leave behind, but we do need to rethink traditions when they have become hurtful and perceived as disrespectful of others, even unintentionally,” said Superintendent Michael J. Vallely . It’s a message that sets an example we hope others will follow.
Then you have individuals that just don’t get it and never will as they try to use the Constitution to trample on minority rights.
“I think it’s awesome,” said businessman Kevin Snieszko, a 1991 graduate, who was among bystanders gathered by the administration building. “Finally, people are standing up for their First Amendment rights. It’s gone beyond a name now. People are getting sick of constantly being told what to do.”
Mr. Sniesko wants to keep the school name, mascot, and logo. He did not grow up African American, Latin American, Asian American, or Native American. He has no clue that this name is racist and insensitive to many Native Americans and he (Sniesko) could care less.
The District wanted to change the logo and mascot slowly but because of the mounting political pressure they made the move immediately.
The district quickly changed its mascot reference on its website, noting the district’s mission of pride, tradition, and spirit. The old logo has been replaced by a red “L” and a detailed explanation of the board’s resolution to drop the nickname appears.
The Lancaster School District made this move to quell the decent of other sports team in the district. The Lancaster Lacrosse team did not play many of their games this year because other teams would not come on the field with them. Other schools cite Lancaster’s nick-name as the reason for not having the contest. Lacrosse is a Native American sport and many in Northern New York that play this sport are Native American.
1) The Washington Football Club could be a shining example of racial harmony by changing their name.
2) School districts state and federal government should remove sports revenues from schools with the “Redskins” name. It may be a Civil Rights violation.
3) Lancaster High School parents and students should understand the emotional feelings of Native American New Yorkers playing the game their ancestors created.
4) The R-WORD only exists today because of the lack of political, economic, and social power. The power needed to influence local, state and federal government officials to change the name.
This is another small step to end the use of the R-WORD to describe a sports team
It Is Time. Thank you Board of Education Lancaster, New York. You have brightened my day as an African American-Native American/First Nation.
Then you have individuals like singers and songwriters (white- female) Zoe Guess and(Black-male) Emerson Windy that use Native American/First Nation images to their advantage and profit not knowing the religion, culture, or heritage. That’s another story for another time.
Special thanks to ABC 7 WKBW Buffalo, New York and The Washington Post
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART IV-CONCLUSION

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
PART IV-Conclusion
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing as little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
REALIGNMENT
Commissioner Goodell might want to change the face of the National Football League. Realignment has not been done since 2002. Teams are currently in divisions that are geographical incorrect. The NFL state that they want to cut down on travel, gas, and time. The West coastal teams are at a disadvantage.
Last year the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers were the most traveled teams. Conversations continue to return the Seahawks to the American Football Conference WEST. This will be the third time that Seattle moves to another conference.
First, The realignment of the six current divisions by putting teams the current teams in their proper geographical regions, which could transform each division competitively. The New England Patriots have won the AFC EAST Division 12 of 14 years. WHY? Because no team in that division can challenge the red, white and blue Pats. The infusion of the Baltimore Ravens into the AFC East Division would create that competition.
The League should explain why the Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC SOUTH Division. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titians are current members. The Colts are nowhere near their competitors. While the Miami Dolphins are in the AFC East Division with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots almost one thousand miles away.
Next question, why are the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC NORTH Division with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns? These teams are a train ride away from each other. The Ravens are the odd man out.
Anybody with common sense would put the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC North Division, the Miami Dolphins in the AFC South and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC East. But what do I know after fifty years of watching football?
In the National Football Conference The Dallas Cowboys do not belong in the NFC EAST, and The St. Louis Rams do not belong in the NFC WEST. The Cowboys should move to the NFC South and the Rams should move to NFC East. The NFL still envisions a team in Los Angeles this would fill that vacant spot in the NFC West with an expansion team.
These moves would save MONEY, TIME, and GAS. This would also create competitive divisions and fresh new rivalries.
It will not happen anytime soon because of the veto power of two powerful team owners. The power brokers to realignment are The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. These owners do not want to give up their historical divisional rivals.
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!
THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Second, The NFL needs to address the name of the Washington Football Club, as an African American-Native American. I feel the pain that Native Americans who watch this team on the field. Washington owner Dan Snyder will not budge with his position. The only way this name will change is a national fan boycott of Washington Football gear and massive lawsuit against the National Football League. Mr. Goodell has waffled on this position over the last three years.
Maybe if Congress removes NFL’s tax exempt statutes, which might change some owners, mind.
If Commissioner Goodell truly wants racial harmony, the league changing the name would be the correct move. This would end one of the most racist names in the United States.
THE BRAND
Third, The Commissioner has promoted the brand and has garnered large television contracts with four different networks. Mr. Goodell and the owners created an NFL network in 2012.
This man has promoted Thursday night games at the detriment of the player’s health. Thursday Night games need to end but the advertisers and promoters are not going to hear that.
Last question where is DeMaurice Smith? The Players Union seems to be in limbo. Smith has not spoken since the Union agreement with the National Football League.
Mr. Goodell has shown THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY in administering the National Football League the past ten years.
In Conclusion the National Football League could be on the path of disintegration and turmoil if Mr. Goodell will not control certain owners and limit gambling.
Football fans are not happy with the recent events of the playoff shenanigans.
There is a dark cloud over this sport, a sport as a child I loved.
Post Script:- When will the National Football League invite Minority ownership
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
PART I
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!

Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970′s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.

THE UGLY
The Sheriff laid down the law in April 2007, the first year in office with the new Personal Conduct Policies. The law and order commissioner’s first player hit under the new policy was Tennessee Titian, corner, Adam “Pacman” Jones as he “made it rain” tossing money at strip girls in a Las Vegas after the 2007 NBA All Star Game.
The second, Terry “Tank” Johnson suspended for alleged weapons possession and vehicular speeding two months later.
Then came the big one that football fans took notice of the change in the league and how Mr. Goodell handed out justice. Michael Vick quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons suspension created a firestorm because the Commissioner suspended Vick without one piece of evidence. The question was not whether Vick was guilty or not. It was the new NFL policy and how it was enforced individuals questioned.
African Americans bore the brunt of this new policy, guilty or not.
When a Caucasian player committed an alleged crime Goodell and the NFL officials took their time and weighed all the evidence but when an African American committed the same alleged crime the suspension was immediate and stern. Guilty until proven innocent.
The punishment for African Americans, was severe while for white players it was a slap on the wrist. What bothered many players was that the current commissioner was judge, jury, and executioner.
This man dispensed discipline willy-nilly with no prior criteria. All Pro defenseman Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu made it clear that Goodell had too much power and control over the disciple polices and it needed to be changed.

On September 13, 2007, Goodell disciplined the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick after New England attempted to videotape the defensive signals of the New York Jets on September 9. Belichick was fined the league maximum of $500,000 and the team itself was fined US$250,000 and the loss of their first round 2008 draft pick. Goodell came down hard on the Patriots because he felt Belichick’s authority over football operations (Belichick is effectively the Patriots’ general manager as well as head coach) was such that his decisions were “properly attributed” to the Patriots as well. Goodell said he considered suspending Belichick, but decided against it because he felt fining them and stripping them of a draft pick were “more effective” than a suspension.
This was the commissioner’s first major mistake because the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick would break the rules again nine years later.
Roger Goodell dragged his feet for the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Ron Irsay. Mr. Irsay was detained by the police for alleged DUI in Carmel, Ind. They found prescription drugs and a suitcase full of money in his automobile. It took the League and The Commissioner nine months to take any action.
This has been the Modest Operandi for this commissioner when it comes to the reprimands and suspensions of Caucasian personnel in the National Football League.
The only exception was when
The Commissioners finally laid down the law with the New Orleans Saints Bounty Gate Scandal. He should be commended because it was the first time the office stood its ground, not because of the infraction but because the Saints administration did not tell the league office the truth.colston_saints
In New Orleans in 2012 the SHERIFF threw the book at the Saints at Head Coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. On March 21, 2012, Williams was suspended from the NFL as a result of his (admitted) involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Bounties were paid for causing injuries that would take targeted players on opponent teams out of games.

Williams was suspended indefinitely because he was messing with the product. Williams directed Saints players to hurt stars in the league and that cannot happen. Goodell threw down the hammer. It was the only time Goodell handed out lengthy suspensions to Caucasian members of the National Football League.

The Commissioner was particularly angered that those involved in the program lied about it during two separate league investigations of the program.

Two years ago Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Riley “I will fight every N***** here” Cooper stated these words. He was trying to go backstage at a concert in Philadelphia. A Black security guard would not let him pass. The Philadelphia Eagles fined and suspended him for one game but the league did nothing.
The League had instituted a language policy a few months earlier which was a 15 yard penalty for using the N-word.
While the League uses one of the most despicable and racist words in America when it pertains to the Washington Football Club. The Language penalty was resented.
The Sheriff never showed up.
Next Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s and Green Bay Packer Britt Favre’s alleged sexual misconduct were never addressed and both quarterbacks received light sentences. Both players were given passes while the investigations continued. Both players never received the wrath or venom that African American players received when breaking the same laws.
The racial games continued with Jacksonville wide receiver Jaguar Matt Jones On July 10, 2008 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jones was arrested at gunpoint and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
Jones and one other former Arkansas football player, Jared Hicks, were inside a vehicle that was searched by police. The police found a plastic bag filled with six grams of a white substance that tested positive as cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue. Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was in fact cocaine, the report said.
Matt’s father made a statement that Matt was not in possession of any drugs but was in the vehicle that had the drugs.
Matt Jones did not spend a day in jail.
The NFL suspended Jones for three weeks for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was in the lineup for Week 8, pending an appeal. On December 9, 2008, the NFL upheld Jones’ three-game suspension which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Jones played three more games while the league investigated the charges. The Double Standard raised its ugly head.
Next The Commissioner wanted to stop players leading tackles with their helmets but here again he picked and chose which player would be fined. Goodell released a memo to every team in the league stating that, “It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques and of playing within the rules”.
Mr. Goodell forgot one thing, RACE. It seems that All Pro middle linebacker of the Green Bay Packers, Clay Matthews can tackle anybody in anyway. Early this season Matthews hit San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of bounds with a flying tackle. Matthew’s elbow hit the chin of Kaepernick causing a slight concussion. Matthews led with his helmet something The Commissioner had stressed players not to do before the season started. NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.
Matthews committed the infraction again in the NFL playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson threw an interception in the second quarter and Matthews went head hunting when the Packers received the ball. When Matthews launched himself through the air to tackle Wilson, he missed!!!! AGAIN, Matthews led with his helmet. He missed because Number 3 with his baseball skills sled under Matthews avoiding a certain concussion. AGAIN NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.

The breaking point for African American football fans happened was the way the league handled or mishandled the Ray Rice- Baltimore Raven running back and Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Viking running back, abuse cases. The Commissioner threw the book at both of them but not before a second bite at the judicial apple.
The League and Goodell ignored the abuse problem until they were put on Front Street by TMZ, The Television Magazine show. Four teams had multiple cases of spousal abuse this year and the league did not say a word, the game happened to be more important than female lives.
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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THE LONG FIGHT CONTINUES IN WASHINGTON

THE LONG FIGHT CONTINUES
UPDATE: – The Washington Football Club 2014
By: – Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter
The Washington Football Club’s “R-skin” name has imposed pain and suffering on the First Nation/Native American Communities. Changing the name, starting in our nation’s capitol, can lead the way to change the course of racial diversity, understanding, and create ethnic peace throughout the United States.
The previous owner of this team already changed the name for profit, by moving to another stadium In Boston, Massachusetts and adopting their name. They made profit by hiring a Native American as the team’s head coach that was not really a Native American for a side show.
Now the present owner Dan Snyder MIGHT change the name if the National Football League grants the Washington Football Club a Super Bowl in the near future.
Mr. Dan Snyder MIGHT change the name if he is guaranteed a sell out every game and a 2.1 billion dollar guarantee of selling his new team (GEAR) name hats, shirts, uniforms, and other items.
Mr. Snyder will profit by moving back into the city limits of Washington D.C. in a new modern stadium.
MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY.
Let’s review…
Here is the short term definition of the name:
Red•skin
Noun Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive.
A North American Indian.
This is the long American cowboy version of the name’s origin:-
For those who do not know, during the days of the old American West, cowboys received rewards for bringing back animals that they had killed. However, they could not bring back the whole animal due to the lack of space. Therefore hunters and trappers would bring back the fur pelts, skin pelts, or heads.
This practice led to bringing back the scalps of Indians during the Indian Wars to prove the number of kills. Remember head wounds bleed more than any other body wounds thus…., the current name of the Washington Football Club.
In 1932 the Boston Braves Football Club became the Boston “R-word” (Redskins) Football Club because the owner George Preston Marshall did not want his team to be confused with the Boston Braves baseball team. It was changed to sell more football paraphernalia
MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY
The team moved to Washington in 1937 with their new name. This organization became the flagship football team of the old Dixie, yes The old South and harbored some of the Rebel, racial attitudes. It was the last team to hire an African American who played flanker, and wide receiver, Bobby Mitchell. He was traded by the Cleveland Browns to The Washington Club in the 1961-62. Mitchell became the first Black executive in the Washington Football Organization in 1969-1970.
President John F. Kennedy, the District of Columbia, and the National Football League executive officers threatened to evict the team from D.C. Stadium- Memorial Stadium-Robert F. Kennedy Stadium if the club continued its practice of discrimination.
This is George Preston Marshall’s version of the name change from the Boston Braves to the Boston Redskins. Marshall tried to piggy-backing on two baseball team’s name in 1932. The Newark, New Jersey football team called the Tornadoes went out of business and the league sold them to laundry millionaire Marshall at a very low price.
Meanwhile The Boston Braves baseball team took the name of the Native American New York street operatives called Braves, Marshall’s football team moved from Braves Field into Fenway Park. Marshall took the Braves name with him but in the newspapers the football team and the baseball team got labeled as one entity. This did not set well with George Preston Marshall he wanted to extend a hand of friendship to the Boston Red Soxs buy renaming his team the Red-Skins. At least this is Marshall’s version of the name change.
MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY…
The football team hired a Native American as its head coach. Lone Star Dietz, who stole the name of another Native American named One Star Dietz. So the circus that Marshall planned failed and he did not hire another minority until 1962.
Marshall was a stanch segregationist and made it known so the Dietz hiring was an anomaly and was only for profit motives
The Washington Football Club still insists that money as the problem for not changing their name. The Washington Bullets basketball team changed their name to the Washington Wizards in 1995-96.
The National Basketball Association Bullets changed their name after the high murder rate in the District of Columbia that claimed young African American lives. So The Football Club’s issue of money is now null and void especially with the Wizards claim to national fame. Michael Jordan also helped. The Football Club’s original name was the Boston Braves. All the football teams of the 1920’s and 30’s shared names and logos with their baseball breathern.
If they changed their name; those who follow the team would invest in new Washington gear the next football season, Mr. Snyder would be swimming in GREEN,
MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY.
Consider this, team names like: The Houston Honkies, The Chicago Chinks, The Nashville Niggers, The Washington Wasps, The Washington State Wetbacks, The Sacramento Savages, The Georgetown Gooks, The Jacksonville Jews, The Richmond Ragheads, The Kentucky Kikes, The Toronto Towel Heads, or The Portland Porch Monkeys..
Does not sound good does it?
America lets this pejorative to be uttered every Monday night, Thursday night, Sunday afternoons, and Sunday nights on the radio and television.
Let’s backtrack again to the 1970-1980’s debate. The battle began at Dartmouth College, now Dartmouth University. Their original name at the time (Indians) and they changed it to “THE BIG GREEN” in 1968-1969, after a long protracted campus demonstration by Native American Indians.
The Dartmouth University student body, and the school administration with the help of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). The change occurred peacefully.
Three years later on the West Coast, the Stanford University (Indians) followed in the footsteps of Dartmouth when they changed their name to “THE CARDINAL” or “TREE”. The students, administration, and teachers admired the Native American Protest on Alcatraz Island in 1972-74.
This protest on Alcatraz Island reminded Americans about the sad and destructive predicament of Native American citizens. The Native American Indian communities are located outside of most modern American cities. They live on reservations with little or no incentives to move. These communities have the highest drug and alcohol abuse and the lowest job rate in the United States. Education is not a high priority list on the reservations so few graduate and enter college. So the cycle continues.
The following list reflects some of the psychological and physical effects of using negative images of Native American mascots, nicknames, and logos:
1) The misconceived and self-serving concept of having Native American mascots in American houses of learning is dehumanizing and perpetuates inaccurate stereotypes. Native American children are learning that their ancestors were wild and untamed humans. This warlike, violent behavior is often portrayed by most American media. Just watch old black and white cowboy movies. We all know who the heroes are. The American Indians often are the ones that are defeated and shamed.
2) The United States Department of Justice stated that poor people in America are impacted more by violent crimes. Native Americans/First Nations are twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime.
3) Most sports figures or teams have their own rituals, battle cries, even imitating real battles and real wars. It use to be at the beginning of every University of Illinois basketball game, or a Florida State University football game a male dresses in Native American warrior gear and rides out on his trusty horse. The Seminole rider gallops across the football field with a flaming spear in his hand, throwing it into the ground at the 50-yard line, thus signaling the beginning of the game. While in Champagne-Urbana the warrior would dance in the middle of the floor to Native American/First Nations Music. This ritual is done time and time again. This act perpetuates the stereotype of violent savage behavior by the Native Americans/First Nations communities.
4) The cartoon-like characterization of mascots, i.e. Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians who dons the sleeves and hats of the Midwest baseball team. This mechanism is well known and often used during times of war to dehumanize an enemy. The result allows the entity portraying said stereotypes to further trivialize the concerns of the one being portrayed and simultaneously helps protect self-esteem by relieving guilt feelings.
This was also done to African Americans after the Civil War, in books, songs, and poems, throughout post Civil War America. The examples portray African Americans as nappy headed shiftless, shady, and lazy people, Native Americans are portrayed as wild human beasts screaming into battle and cannot be tamed, Asian Americans as very smart. These are all stereotypes used for mascots, nicknames, and logos.
5) Even the concept of having mascots or nicknames may be, in reality, an ego defense. Thus, the honoring of Native Americans, African Americans, or Asian Americans, could protect one from facing the real facts of past genocidal horrors inflicted on the very individuals they are honoring. The Cleveland Indians and the Washington Football Clubs are classic examples of this behavior.
6) Having Native or African American mascots freezes time in a period one is more conformable with, never wanting to know, or never wanting to see the truth of past historical events. America has continuously run away from historical facts while trying to sugar coat horrendous events. An example was General Armstrong Custer’s last stand in South Dakota. Native American Indians/First Nations defended their dwindling lands in this famous battle. Custer remains a hero today while thousands of American Indians/ First Nations were killed routinely in the flatlands out west just as African Americans are being slain each day in the inner city today.
7) The lack of political power, monetary power, and social power, to demand the removal of these mascots maintain the status quo of institutionalized racism at college campuses and at the professional levels. The Washington Football Club has repeatedly visited our Court system the past 10 years using it to maintain their right to keep their name.
As a Native American-African American watching college sports teams like Florida State University Seminoles, The San Diego State Aztecs, The Chattanooga Moccasins, The University of Utah Utes, and The Central Michigan Chippewas made Native Americans proud because they represented one tribe, one nation, unlike the Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and The Washington Football Club who represented a amalgamation of a non generic group.
The future looked promising with the dismantling of Native American mascots throughout America. The University of North Dakota FIGHTING SIOUX removed their logo from all sports uniforms. UND, hockey team visits the “Frozen Four” college hockey’s final four many times.
The Marquette University Warriors in 1972 abandoned the “Willie Wampum” mascot and in the 1994-95 season changed their name to the “Golden Eagles”. The University of Saint John’s “Redmen” also changed their name to “Red Storm” in 1990. The Redmen name had nothing to do with Native Americans; it was a group of men who wore red coats around campus in a social club. The schools administration was so concerned about the Native American backlash and changed the name.
All of these fine universities and colleges are making a good faith effort to respect and honor Native Americans leaving many to question why the professional teams cannot follow suit?
The Atlanta Braves have made progress dropping all references to the Indian Head logo on their sleeves in 2008-09 and Chief Knock-A-Homa from their program in 1980. Chief Knock-A-Homa would dance after every Atlanta Braves home run, but fans of the Braves still maintain the Tomahawk Chop which no Native American Indian/First Nation waved their hands like that.
Again, this is America being insensitive to Native Americans. The Atlanta Braves continue to move forward in 2014 with the public statement that they will not wear the Screaming Indian logo caps during this season.
The Golden State Warriors basketball teams have dropped all references to Native American Indian/ First Nation and have donned the new logo of the new Bay Bridge.
Tribal leader Charlene Teters makes it clear. Cleveland is the home of the most offensive racial icon in the country,” Charlene Teters, an artist and founding board member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media, said during a demonstration outside Progressive Field on Opening Day 2010. “Don’t insult my intelligence telling me this honors me . . . It is ‘Little Red Sambo.'”
The Cleveland Indians can keep their history but retire Chief Wahoo forever. The mental thought and attitude by the administrations of these teams have to change in Washington and Cleveland in order for these logos and mascots to be retired.
All Americans should help our Native American/First Nations brothers and sisters in this battle for respect and honor.
Activist Amanda Blackhorse has also been in battle with the Washington Football Club and the National Football League. Blackhorse, a Navajo and psychiatric social worker, is the named plaintiff in the case known as Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc., the lawsuit filed by five Native Americans. The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel the trademark of the Washington Redskins could be the turning point in this 80 year conflict.
The last time the Washington Football Club and Dan Snyder appealed this case. It took the courts eight years to settle the disagreement. It will not take that long this time because America is watching. In the meantime Roger Goodell distanced himself from the conversation by stating that it’s Dan Snyder’s decision.
The walls are closing in on the Washington Football Club, The National Football League, and Dan Snyder.
The National Football League apparently knows that the ‘R’ name is incorrect because they have changed the schedule of the most contentious rivalry in the NFC East. The Washington Football Club versus The Dallas Cowboys. The league hides this game to the early or late part of the season when the game mean nothing and nobody cares.
The traditional Thanksgiving Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington stopped after the American Indian political and social movement of the middle 1970’s started.
The League can no longer hide this team because the Washington Football Club has improved. The last two years when the Burgundy and Gold have played on the road there have been morning protests before each game.
The last protest this year will be at FedEx Field in Landover, Washington on December 27, 2014, Home of the Washington Football Club. What a nice New Year’s present for owner Dan Snyder.
Here is a novel idea, The Washington Football Club could return to their original name, The Braves if the Atlanta Braves released their naming rights. This would give incentives for other professional teams to follow.
It’s not the colors, it’s not the logo, actually the logo is very majestic and noble the Washington Football Club should retain it. But the “R-Word” has to take a permanent vacation…
Please read about the former sports mascots and help (AISTM) American Indian Sports Team Mascots and The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Some of the information in this article comes from both NCAI and AISTM web sites and I would like to thank them for the use of this information.
P.S. The University of North Dakota put their logo back on their sports jersey in 2009-10 after a long legal battle. In 2012 The University Administration Board changed its mind. Maybe the fact that their school could not play in any national tournament might have something to do with it.
On December 8, 2014 Capital High School and the Oklahoma City School Board dismissed the school’s mascot by an 8-0 vote. Four percent of the student population are Native American.
It is interesting to note that 80% of high schools and 75% of colleges have dropped Native American Indian/First Nation logs and mascots. Maybe the Federal government monies given to them had something to do with the schools and universities relinquishing these names.
The fight continues at Salmon High School, Salmon, Idaho where the mascot was dropped but the name remains in 1999. The Salmon School Board was threatened by the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media with a $100,000 lawsuit if they did not change the school’s mascot, the Savages. Members of the coalition stated that Indian mascots were derogatory especially since the name was Savages. After discussions with the board, the group decided to focus only on changing the mascot. The school board ultimately chose to get rid of the logo because it would cost more than $100,000 to fight the issue in court.
MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY
Yours truly had a week long battle on Facebook.com with Salmon High School Students and Alum about this very issue years ago. Many Salmon residents still don’t get it. The NCRSM did not go far enough they should have requested a name change as well.
Go to the web site at “http://www.lemhi-shoshone.com/salmon_savages_mascot”
http://www.Lemhi-shoshone.com/salmon_savages_mascot…To know more about the Salmon, Idaho High School logo and mascot battle.
With each passing week another high school in America drops its “Redskin” name. The pressure is mounting on the Washington Football Club to change the name and the Cleveland Indians to change the mascot.
CHANGE THE NAME – CHANGE THE MASCOT
The Washington Football Club will be moving into their new stadium in the coming years and Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Vincent C. Gray (No relations) has stated that there will be more serious discussions about the Football Club’s name before re-entering the city.
The Congressional Black Caucus has also suggested the Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Club change its name in 2013.
Even President Barack Obama has weighed in on the subject on a 60 Minutes News Magazine broadcast in 2014. That if the name offended a group of Americans that it should be changed.
The Washington Football Team should lead the way and Do The Right Thing.
CHANGE THE NAME-CHANGE THE MASCOT
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist.
Email-garyngray@blackathlete.com, Garyngray@blackathlete.com
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