#WTF Go Cowboys!

#ChangeTheMascot

Comedian Hari Kondabolu brilliantly tries to help Dan Snyder and his team to find a new face, literally.

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I never thought I would be rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, but the day or, more precisely, the night has arrived .

Tonight’s Monday Night Football game features the Cowboys against the Washington team, whose owner, Daniel Snyder, refuses to change the slur his team and brand are known for.

Covert racism is more pernicious that overt racism. The latter you can simply identify it when it pops up somewhere (Neo-Nazis, for instance).

In this post-racial United States we allegedly live in, Snyder thinks that by just claiming that his team’s name is taken out of context he can continue to insult the Native American people.

And, as I will show in a later piece, this is an issue that goes beyond borders. The oppression and discrimination of the American Indigenous peoples is the untold story, the one that doesn’t appear in no history school books.

I will go into more detail in further writings. Like the Spanish saying goes “hay mucha tela de dónde cortar”. But, para empezar, I wanted to share a brilliant idea one of my favorite comedians, Hari Kondabolu, had.

Hari created a Tumblr, New Redskins Logo, and is encouraging people to come up with ideas to have a new logo, no name change is needed. That’s why it is brilliant. Snyder gets to keep his name and the racist logo is gone.

Or, as Kondabolu writes it: “If the NFL’s Washington Football team won’t change their name, then perhaps they could change their logo to a severely sunburned white person.”

The comedian, being oh so brilliant, knows that many heads think better than just one, and that is why he’s urging people to help Dan Snyder be less racist with the following open invitation:

“If you want to help Snyder to lessen his racism, simply submit your logos through tumblr OR by email to newredskinslogo@gmail.com OR tweet them at@newredskinslogo and don’t forget to tweet them at the @Redskins with the hashtag #newredskinslogo. They’ll totally appreciate your help.”

Here’s an example:

B0foZqgIcAAOBhMWant to learn more? Here’s a video of Hari Kondabolu explaining why the Washington Football Team name is racist.

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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