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5 Reasons Liberal Attacks On The Redskins Are Dumb
Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | John Hawkins

Posted on 07/12/2014 7:50:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

There was a time when you could afford to ignore insane ideas in America, but these days you can barely manage to blurt out, "Nobody can be that stupid," before some liberal starts calling for them to be made into laws on MSNBC. So it is with the demands that the Redskins change their name, but this time 50 Democrat senators and bureaucrats at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are tagging along with the Left-Wing loon patrol. That really shouldn't surprise anyone because it has become the standard modus operandi for liberals. Pick a group of people (In this case, Indians), choose some trivial wedge issue that does nothing of significance to improve their lives, and declare that's the only issue that matters to them and that anyone who doesn't agree, hates them. It's division, it's hatred, it's destruction, and it's what liberals are all about. While it's impossible to critique every dumb liberal idea in any one article, it's not hard to explain why pushing the Redskins to change their name is foolish.

1) The word "Redskin" isn't a racial slur: "Redskin" began as a descriptive term just like "black" or "white." No one uses the word "Redskin" as a racial slur for Indians -- and there's debate over whether anyone EVER did. On the other hand, if someone drops the "N-bomb," Jessie Jackson talks about "Hymietown," or Chris Rock talks about "crackers," those are recognized as racial slurs. So in essence, what liberals are trying to do is create a racial slur out of thin air. Maybe conservatives should try that some time. "(Gasp) You said Joe Biden? Why do you hate white people so much?"

2) Redskin apparently isn't offensive to most Native Americans: In modern America, you can find people who are offended by just about anything. So, it's no surprise that there are some Indians who don't like the term Redskin. However, in 2004 a National Annenberg Election Survey found that 90% of Native Americans had no problem with the name. Furthermore, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows Native Americans don’t find the word “Redskins” offensive. In Anadarko, Oklahoma, which is often billed as the "Indian Capital of the Nation" where seven tribes make their home, there has been a Redskin Theatre there for 60 years. Red Mesa High School, which is located on a Navajo reservation in Arizona has a Redskin mascot and logo. Is the idea here supposed to be that these Indians are too stupid to know that they’re being insulted?

3) It’s not the government’s business: At the end of the day, the Redskins are going to be fine whether they change their name or not, Daniel Snyder is still going to be filthy rich, and the liberals who claim to be horribly offended by this will claim to be horribly offended by something else. However, it’s grating to have the government involved in this issue. We have an illegal alien invasion happening on our southern border, the debt is out of control, IRS employees are taking the 5th, Iraq is falling apart, the economy still stinks, we have a record number of Americans that have dropped out of the labor force, and the Senate Majority Leader and many of his colleagues are obsessively focusing on the Redskins while the patent office is playing political games with the name of the team. It’s like our house is burning down with the kids upstairs and the government is too busy obsessing over who Jennifer Anniston is dating these days to do anything about it. Who cares? Take care of the real problems we have and if the fans decide they don’t like the name of the Redskins enough to stop buying tickets and merchandise, the name will take care of itself.

4) The Redskins are more in touch with Native Americans than the people complaining about them: When the Left CREATES an issue like this, the implication is always that these terrible, insensitive people are treating someone badly and liberals are going to come along and make things right because they’re so sensitive and in touch with what people want. Except, the Redskins HAVE BEEN sensitive and in touch with Native Americans right from the get-go. As Daniel Snyder of the Redskins has noted in a public letter,

As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago -- in 1932 -- with the name “Boston Braves.” The following year, the franchise name was changed to the “Boston Redskins.” On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.

In 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, offices is the plaque given to Coach Allen -- a source of pride for all of us. “Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect -- the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.

The Redskins have done more to reach out, consult with, and take into consideration the feelings of Native Americans than 99% of the people criticizing them – and certainly more than any of the Democrats in the Senate. They’ve also created the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which actually does something to help Native Americans, unlike all these demands that the Redskins change their name.

5) There is no end to this: When liberals make insane demands like this, some people are tempted to give in to them in hopes that it will shut them up and they’ll go away. “Oh, just change the name of the Redskins and then we won’t have to hear about this anymore.” It NEVER works like that. Just to name one example of what comes next, there are already liberals demanding that the military change the name of Apache helicopters because that’s supposedly racist. There are also already demands being made that the Braves, Indians, Blackhawks and Chiefs change their names as well. Just to give you an idea of how far the liberals would go with this if they were able, when James O’Keefe was at Rutgers, as a goof, he managed to get Lucky Charms temporarily banned at his college by claiming they were racially insensitive to the Irish. If you want to spend your whole life placating the world’s most easily offended people, keep rewarding whiners for whining.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: liberals; politicalcorrectnes; redskins

1 posted on 07/12/2014 7:50:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I wonder if those who complain about Bob Beckel saying “Chinaman” have the same issue with Englishman, Frenchman, or Irishman?

Chinaman is a pretty old school term but I don’t see anything particularly offensive about it.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 7:56:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Kaslin

THIS:
“Pick a group of people (In this case, Indians), choose some trivial wedge issue that does nothing of significance to improve their lives, and declare that’s the only issue that matters to them and that anyone who doesn’t agree, hates them.”

Coupled with

“the idea here...that these Indians are too stupid to know that they’re being insulted?”

Dhimmicrats in a concise summary.


3 posted on 07/12/2014 8:07:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Kaslin

They should rename the team to, The Washington Red Ink.


4 posted on 07/12/2014 8:08:18 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: Kaslin

I always thought that teams were named after groups that were admired and they wanted to emulate. Now I am told that they were insulting them. How could I have been so wrong? snort))))))>


5 posted on 07/12/2014 8:11:30 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek

I wonder if those who complain about Bob Beckel saying “Chinaman” have the same issue with Englishman, Frenchman, or Irishman?

...I have a lot of complaints about things Bob Beckel says...


6 posted on 07/12/2014 8:12:24 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: cripplecreek

Number 2 is an absolute winner. “Redskin Theater” in the Nations!


7 posted on 07/12/2014 8:16:55 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin
"Ug. Me no like-um 'Redskins'."


8 posted on 07/12/2014 8:16:58 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Kaslin

I think redskins fry up as good as russets. But, not as good as Idaho’s!


9 posted on 07/12/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Kaslin

LOL! I love James O’Keefe.


10 posted on 07/12/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Kaslin

Good article, for the record, I know one Native American who has made it clear to me, he doesn’t find the term offensive.


11 posted on 07/12/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

You let the liberal homos win on this one and they will sissify every sports team’s name imaginable. You’d get names like the Philadelphia Pansies, the Miami Manchasers, the Texas Twinks, et.. . So no homos you stay on your side of the room (or the closet) and we’ll stay on ours. You don’t even watch sports anyways so I don’t unde stand why your panties are getting into a knot.


12 posted on 07/12/2014 8:40:34 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

I am a Native American, and I assure you that Redskin is not offensive to me. So, is that the end of it?


13 posted on 07/12/2014 10:03:01 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Kaslin

Meanwhile, in the capital city of our Canadian neighbors, the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League just just changed their name to the Ottawa RED BLACKS. Last night they froze the Edmonton ESKIMOES


14 posted on 07/12/2014 11:03:37 AM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Ditter

Worse yet, it looks like the intention is to erase references to the Indians from our culture. They are eradicating a race of people from the consciousness of the rest of America. If I where of that heritage, I would be asking them why they are trying to erase an entire race of people.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

How do feel about the name Indian or American Indian?


16 posted on 07/12/2014 12:44:16 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kaslin
At least they are leaving the Indianapolis Indians alone....

...for now.

(I hear that the WIGWAM in Anderson is going to be re-purposed)

The Tee Pee restaurants in Indy are a thing of the past...

Sambo's is a mere shrunken husk of what it used to be...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo's

17 posted on 07/12/2014 5:11:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ditter

The big city in Florida might have to change IT’s name from Miami...


18 posted on 07/12/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ditter

Love those names. Also love “paleface”!


19 posted on 07/13/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Paleface fits doesn’t it?

My husband tells a funny story from when he was a boy. He heard a story that there was an Indian woman in the family many years before.

He asked the oldest family member, his great aunt, if this was true. he was so excited to finally find out if this story was true and he was thrilled at the prospect that it might be.

The great aunt said “well yes, but she was the white folks kind of Indian”.

It took him years to process that statement.


20 posted on 07/13/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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