Four New York state legislators will propose a resolution Tuesday calling on "pro sports leagues to stop using racial slurs," citing, in particular, the Washington Redskins.
They say the timing is right for such a campaign – coming on the heels of the NBA’s decision to suspend Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for allegedly making racist statements.
In Albany, the group of two Democrats and two Republicans will join Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, to make their pitch Tuesday at the State Capitol. The group includes Assemb. Karim Camara (D-Brooklyn), who heads the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, and Sen. George Maziarz (R-Niagara), Chairman of the State-Native Americans Relations Senate Committee.
The lawmakers said in their announcement: “With commissioners and team owners from the NBA this week using their power to combat racism in their midst, the resolution calls on other leagues - such as the NFL - to use their power to stop promoting slurs that denigrate others on the basis of their race and ethnicity.”