11/03/2014 03:14 pm ET Updated Nov 03, 2014

Thousands Protest 'Redskins' Name In Minneapolis Before NFL Game

Thousands of people rallied outside TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday to protest the Washington professional football team's controversial "Redskins" nickname. In what the Washington Post's Mike Wise called the "largest ever physical gathering against" the name, approximately 5,000 people marched from the University of Minnesota campus to the stadium voicing desire to have it changed.

At the protest, one of the several Native American speakers said, "They don't know how to honor us. We honor ourselves today." People marching held up signs, some of which read: "Racial slurs are not an honor" and "There is no honor in a name that represents racism." The comments contrasted those made previously by team owner Dan Snyder, who has insisted that the dictionary-defined offensive term actually means "honor" and "respect" toward Native Americans.

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H/T Washington Post