Assembly passes resolution on NFL nickname

Published May 20, 2014 at 4:00pm

ONEIDA — As National Football League owners gather today for the NFL spring meeting in Atlanta, the state Assembly Monday unanimously passed a resolution urging professional sports leagues to end their use of racial slurs. 

The Assembly resolution specifically cites the Washington NFL team’s Redskin mascot as a dictionary-defined epithet.

State senators Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, and George Maziarz, R-62, Newfane, have introduced a similar resolution in the state Senate.

The Oneida Indian Nation praised Assembly members for passage of the resolution.  The tribe has been for pushing for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name, citing the nickname to be offensive to Native Americans. It is a key player in the Change the Mascot campaign.

“Today is so significant because this resolution signifies that New York is making a statement that it wants to stand on the right side of history,” said Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “New York’s lawmakers clearly understand how important state legislatures have been to previous movements against pathologies like bigotry and inequality.”