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Native American protester of DC Redskins team name reportedly wore blackface on Halloween

November 6, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Reportedly from Rambler’s Facebook page: Dark skin and dreadlocks

[O]ne tribal chief who’s been agitating for the Washingon Redskins to change their name apparently didn’t get the message. The Independent Journal reports:

“Every year, photos of Halloween revelers donning blackface trickle out to the daylight of the internet. But they rarely feature people like Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona.

“This year, Rambler dressed as Jamaican musician Bob Marley, complete with dreadlocks wig, rasta beanie and what appears to be blackface. But the costume is an odd choice for Rambler, who joined other tribe leaders, in signing a pledge opposed to the name of the Washington Redskins.”

The Independent Journal displays a photo (reportedly taken from his Facebook page) of the gray-haired Rambler wearing a business suit, and also a screen-grab of his (reportedly since-deleted) Halloween-costume post, where a photo shows him with noticeably darker skin and what appear to be coal-black dreadlocks. The article continues:

“The Apache Tribe chairman is in Washington, D.C., this week for the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

“In the White House’s ‘Tribal Leader Briefing Book,’ a section on sports mascots recommends President Obama ban ‘the display of racist paraphernalia’ on federal grounds:

“’The racist and denigrating name and logo of the Washington NFL team — and other sports franchises that denigrate Native peoples — have no place in the federal government agencies.'”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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