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CAIR Welcomes Washington Football Team Decision to Drop Racist ‘Redskins’ Name

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/13/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the decision of the Washington, D.C., football team to drop the racist ‘Redskins’ name.

SEE: Washington NFL Team Retires Redskins Name, Logo; New Ones in Development

“We welcome this long-overdue decision to drop the pretense that this racist name ‘honored’ Native Americans, and we encourage the team to choose a new name and logo that all supporters of Washington football can root for,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad noted that as early as 2013, CAIR joined the call by Native American groups and others concerned about derogatory team nicknames and mascots in calling for the name change.

CAIR: Muslim Civil Rights Group Joins Call to Drop ‘Redskins’ Team Name

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd on its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Video: CAIR Marks Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing with Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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