It’s got to be frustrating to the current generation of leftist professional cause-followers that all of their collective outrage about the supposedly offensive team name has failed to convince the supposed victims of this 83-year-old hate crime that they should be upset.
According a new Washington Post poll, only 9% of Native Americans are bothered or offended by the name, while fully 90% aren’t…the same result a similar poll found on the question 12 years ago, in 2004.
That means that all the protests and boycotts and social media scoldings have done nothing to change the minds of the alleged victims of this supposedly horrific manifestation of ugly American racism. In fact, it is despite the fact that President Obama and 50 Democrat U.S. Senators have spoken out against the name, and some media outlets have banned use of it.
A reasonable person might be tempted to conclude that the term “Redskins” is, then, in fact not a “slur,” (regardless of the dictionary being consulted by the Post). Rather, they might actually believe the 90,000 fans who every week “Hail to the Redskins” in an act of veneration. That’s how many Native Americans apparently see it. From the Post:
‘I’m proud of being Native American and of the Redskins,’ said Barbara Bruce, a Chippewa teacher who has lived on a North Dakota reservation most of her life. “I’m not ashamed of that at all. I like that name.”
Bruce, 70, has for four decades taught her community’s schoolchildren, dozens of whom have gone on to play for the Turtle Mountain Community High School Braves. She and many others surveyed embrace native imagery in sports because it offers them some measure of attention in a society where they are seldom represented. Just 8 percent of those canvassed say such depictions bother them.
‘I really don’t mind it. I like it. . . . We call other natives ‘skins,’ too,’ said Gabriel Nez, a 29-year-old Navajo who left his reservation last year to study criminal justice at a college in New Mexico.
‘The name is nothing to me,’ said Jarvis Michael Horn, a 39-year-old member of the Winnebago Tribe who works at a corner grocery store in Iowa.
‘For me, it doesn’t make any difference,’ said Charles Moore, a 73-year-old Oneida of Wisconsin who as a physician treated patients for four decades before retiring in Minnesota.
Be that as it may, though, we all know this issue isn’t going away. The leftist obsession with denigrating and shaming anything race-related that isn’t itself born of the left will not stop. Thus we find those whose professional livelihoods depend on generating outrage making the most ridiculous counter-arguments:
‘Native Americans are resilient and have not allowed the NFL’s decades-long denigration of us to define our own self-image,’ wrote Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata. ‘However, that proud resilience does not give the NFL a license to continue marketing, promoting, and profiting off of a dictionary-defined racial slur — one that tells people outside of our community to view us as mascots.’
They noted research that shows the harmful impact native imagery in sports can have on young Indians.
‘Social science research and first-hand experience has told us that this kind of denigration has both visible and unseen consequences for Native Americans in this country,’ their statement said. ‘This is especially the case for children, who were not polled and who are in a particularly vulnerable position to be bullied by the NFL. It is the 21st century — it is long overdue for Native Americans to be treated not as mascots or targets of slurs, but instead as equals.’
Riiigghhht. Veneration of one of the great cultures of our American melting pot is equated to hurling slurs and treating a whole ethnic group as “mascots” instead of as equals, even when a preponderance of the members of that group disagree.
Tell that to the Minnesota Vikings.
What’s really going on here is a whole generation of activists with “Selma Envy.” Every cause, every perceived injustice or “microaggression,” means reaching for the powerful levers of “social change” so that today’s lefties can strut and preen to each other about what good social justice warriors they are, just like the actual moral titans of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
You see, as these poll results show, it’s not about actual injustice, or actual injury. These folks don’t really care what the alleged victims even feel. Instead, it’s about the moral vanity of the crusaders themselves.