Redskins Name Debate Reaches United Nations
VERONA, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian leader from upstate New York who has become a high-profile critic of the Washington Redskins’ nickname is taking his case to the United Nations.
The Oneida Indian Nation says Ray Halbritter will meet Friday with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan. Halbritter argues that the Washington team’s nickname is racially insensitive and should be changed.
The NFL team was already facing a fresh round of criticism when the Oneidas began airing radio advertisements during the NFL’s regular season critical of the nickname.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has called the name “a badge of honor” and said it won’t be changed.
Halbritter says the campaign will continue.