The Washington Redskins had to twin battles to fight on Sunday. Before clashing with the Minnesota Vikings, the team had to endure vociferous protests from thousands of Native Americans who had gathered outside TCF Bank Stadium to demand the Redskins to change their name, which, protesters say, is racist.
Chants of "change the name" were heard for more than an hour as demonstrators shouted "Who are we?" before saying: "Not your mascots!"
“Change the Name Now” and “Stop Racism in the NFL” were emblazoned on placards and banners held by protesters. The protest remained largely peaceful, although tempers flared on a few occasions when protesters confronted Redskins fans who attended the game in their jerseys, openly displaying the team moniker at the center of the dispute.
The demonstration is unlikely to change the views of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who is adamant that the name actually honors the native Americans instead of insulting them.