Over the years I’ve noticed that most people that go around crying racial bias, discrimination and politically incorrect are the most racist and biased of all. They seem to search for issues that they can complain about. After all, people like Al Sharpton would be unemployed if he didn’t keep the fires of racism burning brightly.
That brings me to all of the supposed controversy over the mascot for the NFL team that resides in our nation’s capital – the Washington Redskins. A select few, mostly liberals, have been calling the name racist and insensitive to American Indians.
NOTE: I use the term American Indians or just Indians instead of the politically correct term of Native Americans. I find the use of Native Americans for them to be derogatory, discriminatory and offensive to me and every other American who was born here. I was born in the United States of America and that makes me a Native American. After all, even the Indians have to admit that their ancestors traveled to America at some point in time, so that really doesn’t make them any different than you or me.
If the mascot name ‘Redskins’ was so offensive to American Indians, then you would not expect any of them to use it for their own purposes, would you?
A 2013 survey of high schools in the US revealed that 62 of them use the name Redskins for their athletic mascot. In fact, the majority of students at three of those high schools are American Indians. So why would they call themselves the Redskins if it was so offensive and racially insensitive?
According to one such school district superintendent, Tommie Yazzie:
“I don’t find it derogatory. It’s a source of pride.”
Red Mesa High School is one of those high schools that call themselves the Redskins. The school is located in Teec Nos Pos on the Navajo Indian Reservation in the far northeast corner of Arizona. Student Council President Michael Lameman told the media:
“It’s not a racist slur if it originates from a Native American tribe. It’s always used in the context of sports.”
At a recent Red Mesa football game, proud parents in the stands were cheering:
“Redskin Nation” and “Fear the Spear.”
When asked, nearly 90% of the students and over 70% of the faculty at Red Mesa said that they supported the mascot name of Redskins and wanted to keep it.
Arlo Begay, a senior on the football team told the media:
“There’s more important things to worry about than ‘Redskins.’”
Indeed, the school does have more problems to contend with than trumped up racial issues over the mascot. The water is so contaminated that the drinking fountains have been turned off and only 36 of the more than 300 students pass the state’s math proficiency tests.
I went to college with some of the Navajos on the reservation and learned quite a lot about their culture. The one thing my friends kept telling me was that the tribal council ruled the Navajo Nation very strongly. Tribal elders followed the council’s edicts and made sure their people did likewise. If the tribal council didn’t like something, they wouldn’t tolerate it.
That means that if the tribal council found the mascot name of Redskins to be offensive in any way, shape or form, it would have been changed very quickly. Because it hasn’t been changed and is generally accepted by most, it is safe to say that the Navajo Indians don’t find the use of the term ‘Redskins’ to be offensive or derogatory.
Like so many other issues, it’s only a few activists that go around creating issues where there aren’t any just so they can justify their rebellious activism. They are like a firefighter who goes around starting fires so they can fight them and be the hero.
If we really wanted to clean up America and return it to its greatness and Christian foundation, perhaps we need to round up all of these whining bleeding heart activists and send them to another country like Iran and let them find out just how great they had it here in America. Maybe they wouldn’t want to keep trying to change and ruin it for the rest of us.