Redskins Name: More Proof it’s Not Offensive
I’ve always questioned why some people of other races seem to care more about changing the Washington Redskins name than the people who should be most Offended? Native Americans themselves. Well maybe a new Washington Post poll will convince proponents of changing the name that most Native Americans don’t share their concerns.
According to the Washington Post 9 out 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name. This is probably a disappointment to those who want to see the name changed because it weakens their argument. There are still some Native Americans who say they are offended by the name but it seems they are far outnumbered by those who aren’t.
There will still be a push by the politically correct crowd to change the name, so this fight isn’t over. Some people out there think they know better on this issue than Native Americans themselves. They believe that the Redskins name is a racial slur even though it’s not used to slur anyone.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. You don’t name a team after something you hate. You name your team after something you admire. Something that you aspire to be like. However, that logic seems to be lost on those who want the name changed.
In some ways it doesn’t matter because Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has stated that as long as he’s the owner he will never change the name. The news of this poll will more than likely strengthen his resolve. It will also strengthen his case to have the Redskins copyright of the name restored.
Again, if the majority of Native Americans aren’t offended by the name then how the can government state that it’s offensive? The word Redskin might be a slur in the dictionary but to those who matter the most it appears as though the name isn’t that big of an issue.