Not the Onion: Redskins Owner Offended by Dehumanizing Imagery

The owner of the Washington Redskins football team, Dan Snyder, is suing the local City Paper for publishing an unflattering cover image of him–namely, a photo doctored to include devil horns. That imagewasaccompanied by an article about Snyder’sbusiness practices.

Rob Capriccioso of Indian Country Today points out (2/1/11) thatthe suit alleges the cover art is “the type of imagery used historically, including in Nazi Germany, to dehumanize and vilify the Jewish people.” And, well….

The claim comes as ironic to many observers since Native Americans have for over a decade been suing Snyder for his use of the Redskins name and trademark. The word redskins has historically been used derogatorily toward Indians, and is highly offensive.

Kudos to Richard Prince for reporting this in his Journal-isms column yesterday.

For more on racist mascots, see “Cheerleading for â┚¬Ã‹Å“Abusiveâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ Mascots: Critics of Native American sports symbols are sidelined” (Extra!, 7/10).

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.