During last night’s (Tuesday, June 10) NBA Finals with Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs there was an anti-Redskins ad that was run. Many seem to have missed it, being that its the finals and most people tend to overlook ads unless they are highly interesting. But, in case you overlooked it we’re here to fill you in on what you missed.
A California tribe, called the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which is located northeast of San Francisco, paid for the 60-second ad to be played during halftime in seven major cities. Those cities included Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento and San Francisco. According to the Washington Post, the tribe felt it was “necessary to further what its leaders describe as an important discussion of racism”. This follows in the heels of the heated battle over the change or no change of the Washington Redskins name that has people on both sides of the argument. NFL players like Richard Sherman have opposed the name while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodwell and officials have argued that the name is fine and that many Native Americans are in support of the name.
The Yocha Nation disagrees and in the video highlight many names Native Americans are known by and called, but “Redskins” is not one.