Small group protests Washington Redskins mascot outside game in Houston

Protesters against the Washington Redskins mascot name hold signs outside NRG Stadium before an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

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HOUSTON — A small group of people are protesting the name of the Washington Redskins outside the stadium before the team’s game against Houston.

The group of Native Americans was protesting the nickname and held signs voicing their distaste for it. One read ”R-word (equals) N-Word” and another said ”Indians are Human Beings Not Mascots.”

Juan Mancias, who is a member of the Carrizo Tribe of Texas says: ”This is a racist name and it should not be used.”

There has been a recent push for owner Dan Snyder to change the mascot and some publications have chosen to no longer use it.

A few Washington fans, including one wearing a jersey bearing the Redskin logo stopped to chat with the protesters and hear their views on the name. But a few Texans fans heckled the protesters as they walked into the stadium.