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Portland calls on Congress to give reparations to black and indigenous communities

The city of Portland is planning to call on Congress to give reparations to black and indigenous communities.

Last week, the Portland City Council formally outlined plans to lobby the federal government to provide financial payments or other aid to the descendants of enslaved black Americans and Native Americans harmed by policies enacted by the U.S. government.

The demand was listed in the “Racial Justice” section of the 2021 Federal Legislative and Regulatory Agenda for the city of Portland. “The City of Portland is advocating for anti-racist public policy at the federal level to strive for more equitable outcomes for our community members,” the agenda read.

“The City recognizes and acknowledges impacts of public policy that lead to inequitable outcomes and is actively engaged in evaluating and challenging its own practices, and will advocate for the federal government to establish federal reparations for Black and Indigenous communities,” the document stated.

“The federal government has to be a partner in any type of reparations conversation,” Democratic Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty told The Oregonian.

This month, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced a bill in Congress to establish a commission to examine reparations for the descendants of slavery.

Experts estimate the cost of reparations could range from $10 trillion to $51 trillion.

President Abraham Lincoln formally issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and Congress ratified the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, 156 years ago on Dec. 6, 1865.

Oregon’s largest city also demands that the U.S. government “create a federal anti-displacement program to provide programmatic funding to stabilize households, businesses and cultural institutions, especially for Black, Indigenous and communities of color, and to mitigate against the risks of displacement that can occur from infrastructure improvements.”

The city also instructs the federal government to establish June 19th, Juneteenth, as a national holiday.

“Update the federal definition of who is experiencing ‘homelessness’ to recognize that those in outdoor ‘alternative’ sheltering strategies like villages and safe park programs, those who are involuntarily doubled-up, and those who are exiting institutional settings like jail, hospital, inpatient treatment and foster care who have no stable housing options upon exit, are experiencing homelessness,” the agenda read.

“The City of Portland is committed to centering racial and disability equity in our collective responses to COVID-19 and in the City’s federal advocacy work,” Portland’s 2021 agenda stated. “Recognizing that Black, Indigenous and People of Color, individuals with disabilities, older people, immigrants, refugees, people who are LGBTQIA+ or two-spirit, veterans, and individuals experiencing poverty are often disproportionally affected, the City of Portland is committed to ensuring existing inequities are not exacerbated and to working to repair past harms through the City’s federal advocacy work.”

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Abraham Lincoln HS in San Francisco may get renamed — iconic president who abolished slavery wasn’t woke enough, renaming committee head says

As TheBlaze previously reported, Abraham Lincoln’s name — along with the names of dozens of other historical figures with connections to slavery, genocide, or oppression — may soon may be coming off buildings in the San Francisco school district.

Friday is the deadline to have all the names submitted for consideration — and the San Francisco Chronicle shared insights from the man in charge of the renaming committee as to why Lincoln and other figures are on the chopping block — and why others aren’t.

What are the details?

“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,” Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the renaming committee and a first-grade teacher in San Francisco, told the paper. “Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names, and rhetoric within our public institutions.”

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To many, Lincoln was one of the country’s greatest presidents, the Great Emancipator, a beloved historic figure as well as political mentor to his successors, including Barack Obama, who used the Lincoln Bible for his inauguration.

Yet the renaming of Lincoln High School was a slam dunk for the committee, which didn’t even discuss it, according to video of the meetings. The members of the committee, appointed by the school board, deemed whether a person’s actions or beliefs met the criteria for renaming, and moved on. The committee’s spreadsheet with notes on their research listed the federal treatment of Native Americans during his administration as the reason.

“The discussion for Lincoln centered around his treatment of First Nation peoples, because that was offered first,” Jeffries told the paper. “Once he met criteria in that way, we did not belabor the point.”

He added to the Chronicle that Lincoln’s overall historical legacy is overblown — and even that the Civil War was not fought over slavery or the liberation of black people.

“The history of Lincoln and Native Americans is complicated, not nearly as well known as that of the Civil War and slavery,” Jeffries told the paper. “Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building.”


“He saved the country from dividing and ruin,” Harold Holzer, a Lincoln scholar and director of the Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, told the Chronicle. “He should be honored for it.”

Holzer added to the paper that Lincoln “was more progressive than most people. There was pretty rampant hostility [toward Native Americans], and I think Lincoln rose above it. Nobody is going to pass 21st century mores if you’re looking at the 18th and 19th centuries.”

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Lincoln’s administration supported the Homestead Act of 1862 and transcontinental railroad, which led to the loss of Indigenous peoples’ land. Lincoln himself largely delegated the sometimes bloody response to Native American conflicts while focusing on the Civil War, according to historians.

But Lincoln, whose grandfather was killed by a Native American, oversaw the hanging of 38 indigenous warriors after a Santee Sioux uprising in Minnesota, but only after he personally reviewed the legal cases against the 303 men sentenced to death. He saved the lives of 265 Indigenous men.

Lincoln, historians say, was focused on the Civil War and therefore did little to change policies related to Native Americans, but had planned to.

“If we get through the war and I live, this Indian system will be reformed,” he said. He never got the chance.

But for the renaming committee, Lincoln’s treatment of Native Americans was more bad than good — and that’s why he made the renaming list, the paper said.

“We asked ourselves, ‘Did the name under consideration meet one or more of our criteria?’ If that name met criteria, they were put on the list,” Jeffries told the Chronicle.

The paper said that’s exactly the same reason Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s name landed on the renaming list.

After all, Jeffries told the Chronicle, she “chose to fly a flag that is the iconography of domestic terrorism, racism, white avarice, and inhumanity towards black and indigenous people at the City Hall. She is one of the few living examples on our list, so she still has time to dedicate the rest of her life to the upliftment of Black, First Nations and other people of color. She hasn’t thus far, so her apology simply wasn’t convincing.”

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At the same time, labor leader Cesar Chavez didn’t make the list, despite his feelings toward undocumented immigrants, who he called “wetbacks” and other derogatory names. He encouraged his supporters to report them to the authorities for deportation.

United Farm Worker members would form “wet lines” at the border and beat those crossing, believing they would be strike breakers, according to his biographer Miriam Pawel.

Jeffries said no one on the committee offered evidence that Chavez met the criteria. He did not say whether anyone on the committee looked for any.

“We did not discuss the life of Cesar Chavez except to say that he did not meet criteria,” he added to the Chronicle.

The school board is expected to vote on the name-change recommendations early next year, the paper said.

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Report: Cleveland Indians will change their name over concerns team name is racist

The Cleveland Indians, the Major League Baseball franchise that has held the “Indians” name for more than a century, will reportedly change their team name.

The development comes as several major league franchises across different sports have dropped their Native American names over leftist claims that such monikers are racist. The Washington Redskins were the latest team to drop their Native America name — and the team still has not announced a replacement — despite the vast majority of Native Americans saying they did not consider the name to be racist.

Progressive Field in Cleveland, where the Indians are located. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

According to the New York Times, the Cleveland Indians’ announcement about their name change could happen as soon as this week.

ESPN confirmed the franchise has chosen to change its name.

However, it’s not yet clear what the baseball team will be rebranded as, nor is it clear when the rebranding process will begin. The logistical hurdle for rebranding an organization as large as a major sports team is significant, because the team will have to coordinate with manufacturers that produce everything from team uniforms to team-branded merchandise and even the manufacturer responsible for massive “Indians” signs that adorns the team’s field.

Team sources told the Times the rebranding may not officially happen until the conclusion of the 2021 season, with hopes of debuting the new team name prior to the 2022 season.

The team’s decision to change its name is not exactly surprising.

Prior to the 2018 season, the team announced it would remove its controversial mascot, “Chief Wahoo,” which critics said was a racist depiction of Native Americans.

“[T]he logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at the time, the Associated Press reported.

Then, just days before the Washington Redskins announced in July they would change their name following long-standing pressure from team sponsors, the Cleveland Indians said they were also reviewing their team name.

What was the reaction?

Oneida Nation of New York, which led a movement to change Native American team mascots it deemed racist, praised the move.

“This is the culmination of decades of work,” the group told ESPN.

“Groups like the National Congress of American Indians passed resolutions for decades on this, social science has made clear these names are harmful and Cleveland got out in front of it and they’re leading, and rather than having this hanging over their heads, they’re charting a new path,” they added.

Are other teams following suit?

Other major league sports teams with Native American names — including the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Blackhawks — have said recently they do not plan to change their names, the Times reported.

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Mutual of Omaha ditches Native American chief logo in nod to racial and social justice — but will PETA protest the new one?

Amid the flurry of moves by major food brands to change their names and logos to reflect racial sensitivity in the wake of George Floyd’s death — as well as the protests and riots that followed — Mutual of Omaha was no different and chose to ditch its Native American chief logo.

And now it has unveiled its replacement.

Drumroll, please

The logo is now an image of a lion, which points to the iconic TV program “Wild Kingdom,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

The paper said the company decided an African lion would be the best animal from the wild to represent it as a symbol of strength and protection.

“We tried tons of animals,” Keith Clark, senior vice president of marketing at Mutual of Omaha, told the World-Herald. “This one really rose to the top.”

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Native American imagery had been part of Mutual of Omaha’s logo for 70 years, with the distinctive profile of a chief a familiar sight atop the Fortune 500 company’s headquarters.

But in the wake of the national reckoning over racial justice spawned by the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, the company announced in July that the logo’s time had passed.

Mutual Chairman and CEO James Blackledge said that while the chief logo had long been viewed by the company as a sign of strength and respect, “we are still using a symbol from another culture that isn’t ours.”

The company dropped the image, kept the company name in its distinctive font and launched the search for a new logo.

Mutual of Omaha tested four logos, the World-Herald said, adding that the lion logo generated the best response with only 10% of respondents not liking it and many liking it a lot.

“It was head and shoulders above the rest,” Clark told the paper.

The World-Herald added that the company’s old logo will live on at Omaha’s Durham Museum and that Mutual of Omaha has given a number of items featuring the chief logo to the museum as well as its history.

It’s unclear if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will protest the new lion logo as exploiting the King of the Jungle.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze has previously reported, a number of businesses have gone the same route as Mutual of Omaha. For instance, Uncle Ben’s rice recently changed its name and no longer uses the image of a black man on its boxes. The image now simply reads “Ben’s Original” in blue lettering over an orange background.

Quaker Oats announced that the famous Aunt Jemima brand of breakfast syrup and pancake mix would be going away because it perpetuates racial stereotypes, and Eskimo Pie also planned on changing its name.

L’Oreal — the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company — said it would stop using the word “whitening” on its products; and the Houston Association of Realtors decided to axe the word “master” in descriptions of bedrooms and bathrooms on real estate listings in favor of the term “primary.”

Also, the Court of Master Sommeliers, which “sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry,” will stop using the term “master sommelier.”

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Far-left actor Mark Ruffalo tweets, ‘Unless you are Native American you are an immigrant in this country. FULL STOP.’ And the backlash is severe.

Far-left activist actor Mark Ruffalo — who ripped Ellen DeGeneres’ call for “kindness” over her photo with former President George W. Bush and said his mother’s illegal abortion helped shape his pro-choice views — was feeling that ol’ virtue-signaling spirit again during the presidential debate Thursday.

What happened?

Seems Ruffalo was put off by a back-and-forth about illegal immigration and felt the need to educate all of us on the topic. Red State said the actor’s since-deleted Twitter post read, “Unless you are Native American you are an immigrant in this country. FULL STOP. We all came from somewhere else. We are living on their ancestral land. We all came from somewhere else.”

Oh boy.

As you might guess, Ruffalo’s misguided declaration set off more than a few people:

  • “African Americans are not immigrants,” one commenter wrote. “We were enslaved and dragged here. Slavery is not immigration. You’re too grown, and we’re too far into 2020, for you to say something this ridiculous.”
  • “I remember those old good days were immigrants worked 9-5 on the cotton fields earning a decent salary,” another user quipped.
  • “My peeps were not born here and they certainly did not immigrant,” another user said. “They were stolen from their home lands and brought here in chains. Please don’t leave this fact out of the equation.”

Another commenter echoed the same sentiments — and added an additional observation: “Native Americans came here from somewhere else too! You think they grew up out of the ground one day. BLACK AMERICANS were brought here against our will and YOUR ancestors forced into 200 years of slavery to build this country. We aren’t immigrants. F*** you Mark.”

Historian Blair Amadeus Imani offered a more civil correction to Ruffalo:

“Mark, there’s the descendants of enslaved people. We don’t consider ourselves immigrants we were forcibly brought here against our will,” she wrote.

Ruffalo appreciated the gesture: “Dear Blair, you are right on here. That is profound and true. I stand corrected. I always learn from you and always come away more mindful of the power and depth of our words and what they mean. But also what is being left out of the conversation. Thank you.”

Red State said Ruffalo deleted the tweet after many demands to take it down.

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Atlanta Braves’ ‘Chop On’ sculpture reportedly removed — but team insists it’s not changing name

Amid renewed pressure on professional sports franchises to change nicknames potentially offensive to Native Americans — the most prominent example being the
demise of the Redskins moniker formerly used by Washington, D.C.’s NFL team — the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball said they have no plains to follow suit, ESPN reported.

But that sentiment apparently wasn’t true for the team’s “Chop On” sculpture.

Jeff Schultz of the Athletic tweeted that the wood sculpture outside the Braves’ stadium “has been removed. I asked the Braves about it, but they have chosen not to respond to requests for comment.”

What’s the background?

The team’s fans have long employed the “Tomahawk Chop,” a forearm-forward motion, accompanied by a wordless stereotypical Native American chant, during games:

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Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images

The Braves also use “Chop” and tomahawk imagery:

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What about the Braves’ nickname?

The Braves said in an email to season ticket-holders Sunday that while the team will be considering the future of the Tomahawk Chop, its nickname won’t be changed, ESPN said.

The team said in its letter to fans that it has commenced a relationship with Native American leaders and that “through our conversations, changing the name of the Braves is not under consideration or deemed necessary. We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves.”

But ‘the Chop’ could get cut down

The Braves added in the letter that they’re working through issues surrounding “the chop,” which was “popularized by our fans when Deion Sanders joined our team, and it continues to inspire our players on the field. With that in mind, we are continuing to listen to the Native American community, as well as our fans, players, and alumni to ensure we are making an informed decision on this part of our fan experience.”

Tomahawk Chop – Atlanta Braves vs L.A. Dodgers – NLDS – Game 3

Anything else?

As for other teams in the Braves’ shoes, ESPN reported that the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks said they also will continue using their moniker since it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations.

“The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public,” the NHL team said in a statement Tuesday, the outlet noted.

Other teams that use the “Tomahawk Chop” motion include the NCAA’s Florida State Seminoles and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN said.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians also are
considering changing their name and logo over racist depictions of Native Americans, the outlet added.

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Hey, WaPo, Native Americans DON’T HATE the name ‘Washington Redskins’

The Washington Post wants Native Americans to hate the name “Washington Redskins” so badly that that it is willing to mock its own study that proved otherwise.

On the radio program Tuesday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn Beck) discussed the “woke insanity” of the WaPo’s most recent poll, which, like its 2016 counterpart, found that the vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the NFL team’s name.

Watch the video below for all the details:

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Washington Redskins say franchise ‘will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name’

The Washington Redskins on Friday announced the franchise “will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name” and that the move comes “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community.”

The statement from the Redskins added that the review “formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.”

Team owner Dan Snyder has said in the past that he’d never change the team’s name, but he struck a different tone in the team’s statement: “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.”

Adam Schefter, ESPN senior NFL insider, predicted on Twitter that “there’s no review if there’s no change coming. Redskins on way out.”

What’s the background?

As news hit this week that
elected officials would fight the Redskins from building a new stadium in Washington, D.C., unless the team changes its name, FedEx on Thursday became the first major corporate backer of the Redskins to request that the team change its name, the Washington Post reported.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a one-sentence statement Thursday afternoon, the paper said.

FedEx holds the naming rights to the team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, through 2026 under a 27-year, $205 million deal, the Post reported.

In addition, there’s no longer any sign of Washington Redskins’ items on Nike’s website — a significant development as Nike supplies the NFL with uniform and sideline apparel:

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FedEx’s request came less than a week after a group of over 85 investment firms and shareholders representing $620 billion in assets called on FedEx, Nike, and PepsiCo to break ties with the Redskins unless team owner Dan Snyder changes its name, the Post reported.

The long-running controversy over the Redskins name, considered offensive to Native Americans by some, is igniting once again in conjunction with protests and riots across the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police in May. Demonstrators have been pulling down and defacing statues and monuments of American icons they deem racist.

Washington, D.C., Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton specifically noted Floyd’s killing as she indicated she’d battle the Redskins from getting a new stadium in D.C. unless the team changes its name.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” Norton said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio added that there is “no viable path, locally or federally” for a team with the name “Redskins” to call the district home.

The Post added that Snyder’s profit margin has been suffering as it is, with the Redskins playing poorly of late, which has resulted in unsold seats, a dwindling season ticket base, and fewer sales of luxury suites.

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Minnesota city mulls removing ‘chief’ from job titles, saying term is offensive to Native Americans

The City Council of Duluth, Minnesota, is considering removing the word “chief” from the job titles of top administrators at the urging of the mayor, who says the term is offensive to indigenous people.

What are the details?

The StarTribune reported that during a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Emily Larson “implored City Council members to vote to approve the change next week ‘so that we have more inclusive leadership and less language that is rooted in hurt and offensive, intentional marginalization.'”

Alicia Kozlowski, the city’s community relations officer and a member of the Grand Portage and Fond du Lac Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa, is on board with the initiative. She told the outlet, “I think there are other titles that we have the opportunity to use to steer away from language that may put people down based off their race or culture.”

Kozlowski said the term “chief” is used as “a racial epithet, and it turns into a microaggression.”

The specific measure up for consideration before the council on Monday would change the title of the city’s chief administrative officer to “City Administrator,” and the title of the chief financial officer would become “finance director.”

Mayor Larson said the city is also looking at changing the titles of their police and fire chiefs.

Fox News reported that “Larson who was elected the city’s first female mayor in 2015, called for the city’s legal foundation to be tweaked with more ‘gender-neutral language to better reflect that the mayor is not going to be a man.”

Anything else?

There has been a movement for years to change the mascots of sports teams named after Native Americans for the same concerns over cultural sensitivity and several high schools have made such a switch across the country.

But professional teams such as the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins, and MLB’s Cleveland Indians have resisted calls to start over with their brands.

One concern about removing the word “chief” from certain professional job titles incrementally is that it could cause confusion regarding positions, as Larson noted in her press conference.

The StarTribune reported that the title of “police chief,” for instance, “is used by professional law enforcement associations and to refer to those in comparable public safety roles elsewhere, which makes finding a suitable replacement more challenging” since applicants may not be familiar with the seniority level of the new title.