A United Nations human rights expert said the Washington Redskins football team name is a “hurtful reminder” of mistreatment of Native Americans, the Associated Press reports.
The expert stopped short of calling for the team’s owner to change the name.
Last month, team owner Dan Snyder said he was creating a foundation to assist American Indian tribes but gave no indication he had plans to change the name, which he says honors Native Americans.
On Friday, James Anaya — a UN expert on indigenous people’s rights — urged Snyder to “consider that the term ‘redskin’ for many is inextricably linked to a history of suffering and dispossession.”
Anaya says “it is understood to be a pejorative and disparaging term that fails to respect and honor” Native Americans.