At TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, thousands turned out to protest the Redskins name before the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Carrying signs with slogans like "#NotYourMiscot," Native American protesters gathered in traditional ceremonial garb to call for Washington's team to change their name and mascot, which they describe as racist and hurtful.
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are engaged in a debate over what it means to belong. The tribe's enrollment committee is considering kicking out an entire family that traces its lineage back to the founding of the modern tribe more than a century and a half ago.
Native people feel this imagery is dehumanizing and rightly worry about the effect such images have on the members of their communities, we need to also consider that it dehumanizes those who use and defend the name, because they diminish their own humanity.