The Washington Redskins face losing their franchise name that has stood since 1933 but the lead plaintiff working against the organisation has stated that she wants more than just a name change for the Washington based team.
Amanda Blackhorse is the Native American activist who is serving as the lead plaintiff in the case that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office decided against the Washington Redskins, the controversy surrounding the name change rages on and now Blackhorse has spoke about other amendments that need to be made to end the alleged racist connotations.
Blackhorse wants to see more than the team just losing its federal trademark protection, she believes fans of the team shouldn't wear head dresses or war paint in support of the Redskins.
Her stance on the matter comes from a belief that fans shouldn't encourage the ignorance to the racist undertones it sets, they should think of whether it really shows honour to Native Americans when they paint their faces in a war-like pattern.
Via Grand Canyon news this is what Blackhorse had to say: "“You can love Native Americans and not have anything against them, but yet your fans will do very bizarre rituals in these games that are very stereotypical of Native American people, The headdress, the war paint, that’s what I have a problem with.”
We imagine that the fans of the Redskins or the Kansas City Chiefs for that matter have no intention of causing any offence with the head dresses or war paint, the accessories are just another addition to a fans armoury to show support of their beloved franchises.
The reality of the situation could simply be that 'Native Americans find images of non-Native fans in traditional Native garb offensive.'