It’s been a big day for American journalism. First we had the revelation that Baylor football players were having crimes covered up by coaches and police and now we have a second revelation that most people actually don’t give a shit about the Washington Redskins beings named the Redskins. The Washington Post released a poll today in which they asked Native American what they thought about Washington using the term ‘redskin’ for their football team. 9 out of 10 of them said something along the lines “Who cares? We’re poor.”
504 Native Americans took the pool, the results of which pretty much speak for themselves:
Via Washington Post:
“Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker.
The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the exact same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.
Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.”
This is kind of the same tune I’ve been singing for a few years now. It’s just a name. I don’t think anyone goes to these games to be able to yell the word ‘redskin’ out loud without getting looked at weird. If they were called the Washington Filthy Idiot Redskins, ok, then we would have a problem. It’s hilarious that Native Americans care less than emboldened white people trying to be PC about everything do. Granted, the data may be a tad skewed since a Washington paper published it, but I don’t think so. My great-grandparents were immigrants from Ireland and I wouldn’t be offended if, say, the Browns rebranded themselves the Cleveland Micks. Sure, I’d question why that was the direction they were heading, but it’s just a name. It doesn’t define me or my ancestors. So, to the PC Police that just got shut down, eat this: