Any idea what name your team might change to. The Cleveland baseball team has it easy, they could go back to their original name of the Spiders. But I don't know what goes at the end of Hail to the ....
I have not been purposely avoiding this subject. Honestly, I have been extremely busy for the last few months, business has been booming and I just haven't had time to do much of anything else. Yeah, poor me!
Anyway, I have never thought that Washington Redskins was a racist or offensive sports team nickname. But what do I know, I'm just a racist white a-hole.
Here are some quotes and a video from actual Native Americans who are the ones that are so offended by Redskins.
Here's a video: Native American leader reacts to Redskins' name change
Here are some recent quotes from actual Native Americans that were interviewed by the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Chief Red Hawk Brown wrote:
This is a strong symbol that represents my people, my culture, my traditions.
Chief Brown is the leader of the Cheroenhaka tribe in Virginia which, by the way, is not recognized by the Federal Government so they are non-people. That's not offensive at all is it?
Skooter McCoy wrote:
I have always felt that most Native American mascots are very prideful. I can't imagine someone picking a mascot or a nickname that they aren't proud of. I see them as being bold, strong, fierce, brave and tough, and a lot of school systems and schools want to be represented by something strong.
Mr. McCoy is a Cherokee from North Carolina who coaches high school football and is, ironically, a Dallas Cowboys fan.
This is from the Washington Post column in 2016 that conducted a poll that appeared to find 90% didn't care and only 9% were offended (1% had no opinion):
But for more than a decade, no one has measured what the country’s 5.4 million Native Americans think about the controversy. Their responses to The Post poll were unambiguous: Few objected to the name, and some voiced admiration.
Here is the full article: New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name
I have said it before and I will reiterate: The Washington Post had expressed their opposition to the name. They had stated editorially that the name should be changed. They conducted the poll trying
to find evidence that there was widespread support in the Native American community to change the name. They were surprised by the results.
Look, I have been a Redskins fan ever since I was born. Literally. When I first started hearing that some were offended by the name I did a lot of research on it. I wasn't trying to find results that validated my thoughts. I actively looked for the opposite in fact. Very hard to find.
Mostly what I heard and read was that Native Americans are deeply offended that super righteous, politically "correct" white people were more offended by the name than they were. Over and over I saw things like, "Once again the White Man is telling Indians how to think." and things along those lines.
Now I'm not going to say that 0% of Native Americans are offended by the name. I know for a fact that there is a sizeable percentage that are. Two things I am wondering however.
#1 - What is the percentage of offended/not offended Native Americans are there. (I don't give a crap what any other ethnicity has to say)
#2 - What percentage is enough to warrant a change? Is it 50%? 51%? 65%? less than 10%? If even one Native American is offended (not talking to you virtue signaling White People) is that enough?
What's funny, I mean tragic - there's nothing funny about it at all - is that all of these supercilious people on their high horse about a "racist and offensive" name of a sports team don't give a damn or even care that the Native American community has way more problems than some silly mascot controversy.
Did you know that Native Americans have some of the highest rates of unemployment, alcoholism, suicide, violent crime on the reservation? But you are going to "help" them by getting a football team to change their name. Awesome. It's easier that way, now you don't have to pay any attention to them at all. Out of sight, out of mind.
Does anyone out there contribute anything to help our Native American Brothers and Sisters? I do. I don't like to brag about donating to charity but I have helped out the Native American Rights Fund among others.
Among the opposition the common refrain is that the two polls that were conducted, both finding that the vast majority of respondents were not offended, are not legit. They are limited in scale, not proportional to population or biased from the start. Which leads me to ask this: If it is so important to you that the name change why don't you do your own poll? Interview your own people and see what they think.
My thinking is that they did not do that because they knew that they would have found out that they were in the minority. But because they whined, squeaked and howled the loudest they got what they wanted.
So now we are looking at more erasing and revising until all of the horribly terrifying racist iconography is scrubbed from existence and we can all live in a society where we are free from worrying that our delicate sensibilities can be fractured by hurtful words.