October 14, 2013

All of a sudden, "Redskins" is a nasty term

Why? Because Boss Obama weighed in on the issue? The latest elitist "I Know Better So Listen To Me, Dammit" diatribe about the matter comes from NBC's Bob Costas who whined

But think for a moment about the term “Redskins,” and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group.

When considered that way, Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait. Nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.

It’s fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended. But if you take a step back, isn’t it easy to see how offense might legitimately be taken?

Let's see, what would the equivalent be if "Fighting Irish" used, say, "Blacks" instead of "Irish?" Wonder what the result of that would be?

Ultimately, what matters is if Native Americans are offended by the DC nickname. And guess what? They're not. Not even close. Ninety percent (yes, ninety) of Native Americans said they are not offended by the name "Redskins." In fact,

Because they make up a very small proportion of the total population, the responses of 768 people who said they were Indians or Native Americans were collected over a very long period of polling, from October 7, 2003 through September 20, 2004. They included Indians from every state except Alaska and Hawaii, where the Annenberg survey does not interview. The question that was put to them was “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother you?”

Again, 90% said "no." In addition, check out ESPN columnist Rick Reilly's article from September for further non-PC facts about the 'skins. But these won't stop the mainstream media and elitist "progressive" whites ... because they "know" better. Just as they "know" that getting a photo ID is ridiculously cumbersome for minorities despite polls showing the population in question vehemently disagreeing with them, these same anointed "know" that Redskins is a racial slur -- because shut up. And if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to meet with one group of Natives (who, of course, are opposed to the Washington team name), then why doesn't he also meet with someone Adrian Jawort, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, who notes that actual history doesn't exactly jibe with that of PC idiots like Bob Costas and our president: That "red skins," among other things, was used by Natives themselves, and with pride.

In conclusion, if the mainstream media and academic institutions across the land are clamoring that something is "insensitive," "racist" or "intolerant," then you'd best investigate what exactly that "something" is. Because it's a good bet it's only those noted adjectives to conceited "progressives" who perpetually purport to know better than everyone else.

Doug Ernst has further thoughts.

UPDATE: Costas this morning admitted that most Natives aren't miffed by the team name, but wants a heckler's veto anyway:

[Costas] then admitted that most Native Americans are not offended with the name, but that since other people might be, it should still be changed.

Here's what I'm offended by: Costas' mouth. STFU already.

UPDATE 2: How 'bout this? It seems the most vocal Native in favor of getting the Redskins to drop their name is not even a member of the tribe from which he claims to be. But he is a big Obama supporter and donor. “He has no ancestry in the Six Nations but he has a lot of powerful friends in D.C.,” a NY State assemblywoman said.

What a surprise.

Maybe the dude should have a chat with Elizabeth Warren. After all, she got away with it.


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Costas is a moron who likes to hear himself talk. He should stick to sports and STFU about politics; after all, he's being paid to talk about sports.

And a lot of Native Americans in North Dakota were very upset when the NCAA made UND drop its Fighting Sioux nickname.

Posted by: Carl at October 14, 2013 04:49 PM

There is a high school in eastern Washington state with 90+% native american students, and the team name is the "Redskins."

And another high school in Nebraska with 65% native american students, also with the team name "Redskins."

When I first read about this I thought it might not be true, so I searched for the schools and the names were verified.

Great blog you have.

Posted by: Brad at October 14, 2013 05:43 PM

Good thing I skipped over Costas' rant thanks to the magic of my DVR.

Posted by: Carl at October 14, 2013 06:42 PM

He's not even a Native American? Yeesh. The Elizabeth Warren comparison is spot on. Or Obama, since he once tried to pass himself off as a Native in college.

Posted by: Carl at October 15, 2013 01:37 PM

Call them the Washington Reds. Red standing for DEBT and COMMUNISM.

Posted by: Richard Matthews at October 16, 2013 05:51 AM