Updated: November 29, 2014

By:- Gary Norris Gray- BASN-Staff Reporter


The United States of America could be at the crossroads in its pragmatic racial history. In 2014 this country has proceeded to anger three minority groups.

1. The Grand Jury of Ferguson, Missouri refuses to do the right thing.

2. The lack of action by the two Houses of Congress in the recent immigration debate in Washington D.C. This debate lingers with Latino-Hispanic-South American undocumented lives hanging in the balance.

3. The National Sports Media, The National Football League, Dan Snyder, and The Washington Football Club insistence on keeping its nickname even when it’s defined in the dictionary as a racial slur.

The latest incident in Missouri was a great miscarriage of justice. The Grand Jury had no transparency and was tainted from the beginning with nine white jurors and three Black. The Grand Jury needed nine people to send Mr. Wilson to trial. It would not happen. This was a slam dunk for the prosecutor and he still took months to make sure it went according to plan.

Mr. Wilson called Mr. Brown  ”The Hulk”, again, making a minority into an animal, thus Brown needed to be put down like a dog or a horse. This is the power of white supremacy and Wilson played that card in the ABC interview.

Americans need to demand justice not only for Mr. Brown and his family but for many African American males that have been racially profiled.

The killing of young African American males have to end and the bias judging of African Americans by the police force with the assistance of the judicial system also have to cease or we will continue down the road of Ferguson, Missouri.

Likewise African Americans and people of color have to start participating in the process of operating a city, take time to vote, and time to volunteer. We can no-longer wait until an incident happens and then complain. We all have to be part of the collective process.

The American people have to hold our elected officials local, state, and federal accountable. Waiting two years to even consider a bill on the issue of immigration and then not vote on it, is apprehensible, despicable, and a disgrace to the American people. The American people are paying their salaries and they should grant the wishes of the citizens that voted.

Americans need to take action and vote these individuals out of office if they don’t abide by the voice of the people, be they Democrat or Republican.

oba,aThis point and time in United States history reminds me of the traumatic spring and summer of 1968, when America happened to be at war with itself.  It is happening again.

This country has always had a problem when a minority informs the majority they are being mistreated or misrepresented.  America also may have a problem respecting the rights, lives, culture, or the families of minority citizens.

This has come to a full crescendo with the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008.  The drum-beat has been loud and clear and currently Native Americans are hearing it too with the issue of the professional football club’s nickname in Washington D.C.

This event revealed the sharp racial divide in this country. Some white fans arriving in Washington Football team gear wanted to understand why the name was offensive while African American fans in burgundy and gold were not interested or even indifferent about the issue. Both sides Black and white defended the name stating that this was political correctness running amuck. WHAT WILL BE NEXT?  The answer was quick, bold, and loud, The Cleveland Indian Mascot.  That “LITTLE RED FACED GRINNING SAMBO!!

 Both Black and white Washington football fans walked away shaking their collective heads.

Young Native American boys or girls receive these taunts from fellow classmates in Jr. High or high school yelling that despicable name. What about Native American college students who have to explain their ethnicity to others.

The Native American Indian protest and education forum in Santa Clara, California could be the beginning of the end of the “REDSKIN” name.

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Everywhere the Washington Football Club has played the past five years there have been voices of decent, voices of protest. On Sunday November 23 the voices of protest arrived at Levi’s Stadium.

The (NCARSM) National Coalition Against Racism In Sports and the Media along with (AIM) The American Indian Movement created a protest tour connecting with each state local Native American tribe to achieve this goal.

The California Native American Tribes with the assistance of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of San Jose, California formed a united front against the Washington Football team’s nickname. These men, women, and children came to Northern California to educate the San Francisco 49er football faithful. Teaching the Cherry and Gold how hateful and racist this name is. They also came to inform the Northern Californian faithful the origin of the name.

They all came together to enlighten the San Francisco fan base to the rich colorful and historical heritage of Native American Indians.

Tribal leaders Charlene Teters, Morning Star Gali, and Clyde Bellecourt came to explain the emotional and physical damage that has been perpetrated on the Native American Communities.


Amanda Blackhorse from Arizona has also been fighting the fight with the Washington trademark.  The growing movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team scored a surprising victory in July 2014. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s trademark registration after concluding its name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans.

The Washington Football Club with Dan Snyder appealed the ruling and is currently in court.

The House of Cards is slowly tumbling down, only the Washington Football Club owner, Dan Snyder cannot comprehend it. Mr. Snyder continues to defend himself with Native Americans that are being paid to stand by him. My fellow Americans that is called a bribe.

Mr. Snyder claims that this name stands for tradition, history, and pride. WHO IS HE TALKING ABOUT? He also lovingly speaks of George Preston Marshall as the patriarch. It is interesting that Mr. Snyder forgot to tell the sports media and Americans that Mr. Marshall was a devoted segregationist and lead the way to ban African Americans from the game of football in 1933.

Note:- The Washington Football Club was the last team to hire a Black player in 1962 with a gentle nudge from President John F. Kennedy.

Is this the kind of legacy Dan Snyder wants to leave behind?

Last question, would Mr. Snyder interact with a Native America, greeting them with a hello “REDSKIN”? I think not!!!!  It is a pejorative and everybody knows it except Mr. Snyder.


Charlene Teters could not have ended the rally with a more poignant statement,”It is now only a matter of time, it is not if, it is just when.”

It was a very powerful and uplifting day in Santa Clara and Levi’s Stadium.

Oh, by the way, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Washington Football Club 17-13. Sending the Burgundy and Gold to their third straight defeat.


P.S. For more information contact


American Indian Movement

Grand Governing Council

Post Office Box 13521

Minneapolis, Minnesota  55414


The Nation Coalition Against Racism In Sports and Media

Post Office Box 410534

San Francisco, 94141 

The next informational forum was at Lucas Field in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 30th, when the Washington Football Club played the Colts.

Some of this information, thanks to Dave Zirin-author and broadcaster.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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