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WIP to air Oneida Nation's anti-Redskins ad ahead of Eagles game

The Washington logo continues to be a point of debate. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
The Washington logo continues to be a point of debate. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Leading up to Sunday's Eagles game, Philadelphia's 94 WIP will be airing ads for the Oneida Indian Nation's "Change the Mascot" campaign, which works to force the Washington Redskins to change their nickname to something less offensive to Native Americans.

The ad can be heard here.

This season, the Washington mascot controversy has intensified. National figures from ESPN's Rick Reilly (who wrongly portrayed the thoughts of his own Native American father-in-law on the matter) to President Obama (who spoke out against Washington's team name at a recent symposium at the White House with Oneida representative Ray Halbritter) have weighed in.

Obama's remarks in particular drew praise from Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter, the public face of the anti-Redskins campaign.

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  • "It's heartening to see both world leaders and sports icons taking a stand against the Washington football team's use of a degrading racial epithet," Halbritter said in a press release. "From the struggles of Jackie Robinson to Billie Jean King, sports have often paved the way to equality in America. We encourage the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell, and Washington team owner Dan Snyder to embrace the opportunity to make the change and be remembered for standing on the right side of history."

    Washington team owner Dan Snyder has remained steadfast against any changes, writing a letter to fans calling the name "a badge of honor," and has no intention of making any change, if his basketball court is an indication. Snyder confirmed this after meeting with NFL commisioner Roger Goodell in October.

    As the Eagles prepare to welcome Snyder's team to the Linc on Sunday, the "Change the Mascot" movement will take to Philadelphia-area airwaves on 94 WIP, hoping to spread their message.

    The radio spot, airing on Philadelphia's WIP-FM highlights several historical leaders in the fight for equality in American athletics and thanks the sports icons who have recently spoken out against the Washington team's use of the R-word.

    Entitled "Legends,"  the radio spot was released today by the Oneida Indian Nation as part of its ongoing Change the Mascot campaign, which will continue to air similar ads throughout the NFL season in Washington and all cities where the team plays road games.

    Justin Klugh Sports Producer
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