Oneidas Protest Redskins Game; WFXV Airs That Game Instead of Buffalo
Local Buffalo Bills fans took to Facebook and Twitter on Sunday to complain about the fact that the Bills – Carolina NFL Football game wasn’t aired locally. Instead, WFXV-FOX 33 aired the Washington-Green Bay game, a move that surprised local fans.
While it might be a coincidence, the Oneida Indian Nation, which recently called on the Washington Redskins to change their name because it was racist, was protesting outside the stadium in Green Bay.
Calls to WFXV studios went unanswered as did questions on their Facebook page.
Locally, the Buffalo game was aired on Direct TV and in local establishments who participate in the NFL Sunday Ticket. The Bills game also aired, as expected, on FOX affiliates in Syracuse and Albany.
Radio Ads purchased by the Oneida Indian Nation, began airing this week in Washington.
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“The word “Redskins” is deeply hurtful to Native Americans. It is what our people were called as our lands were taken,” are the words spoken in the ad. “Sadly, it is the racial slur the NFL continues to use.”
Washington team owner Dan Snyder said he will never change the name.
First News with Keeler in the Morning will ‘dig in’ to the topic on Monday morning.