NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A major sector of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its name.
The Central Atlantic Conference passed a resolution Saturday to become the latest organization to denounce a name that has frequently been condemned as a racial slur.
The conference said it will urge its 40,000 members in D.C., New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and parts of Virginia and West Virginia to boycott the team’s games and merchandise.
Conference minister Rev. John Deckenback said changing the name won’t solve the problems of Native Americans, but it “can send a strong message.”
There has been increasing pressure over the year for the Redskins to change the name.Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed he will never do so.
Forbes Top 10 List of Most Liked NFL Players
1. 1. Troy Polamalu, All-Pro safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers ranked number 1 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.(AP)1 of 10
2. 2. Drew Brees, Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints ranked number 2 on Forbes list of most like NFL players.(AP)2 of 10
3. 3. Charles Woodson, Defensive Back for the Greenbay Packers ranked number 3 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.(AP)3 of 10
4. 4. Peyton Manning, Quarterback for the Denver Broncos ranked number 4 or Forbes list of most liked NFL players.(AP)4 of 10
5. 5. Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Greenbay Packers ranked number 5 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.5 of 10
6. 6. Rob Gronkowski, Tight End for the New England Patriots ranked number 6 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.6 of 10
7. 7. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback for the Washington Redskins ranked number 7 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.7 of 10
8. 8. Brian Urlacher, Linebacker for the Chicago Bears ranked number 8 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players. (AP)8 of 10
9. 9. Donald Driver, Wide Receiver for the Green Bay Packers ranked number 9 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.9 of 10
10. 10. Matthew Stafford, Quarterback for the Detroit Lions ranked number 10 on Forbes list of most liked NFL players.10 of 10
REGISTER NOW for the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion taking place August 28- September 1, 2014 in Orlando, Florida! For booking information, call 407-248-9191
(Photo Source: AP)