As you should all know by now, the only people offended by the name ‘Redskins’ are pasty white people (and a few others of a distinctly different pigment). Native Americans are not offended by it according to all data available, and have been very public about defending the Washington Redskins. Whitey has even gone so far as to lecture those poor dumb natives that if they aren’t offended by ‘Redskins’ then they are too ignorant to speak for themselves.
It’s all horribly stupid, and yes, even racist.
The fans poured into the bleachers on a Friday night, erupting in “Let’s go, Redskins!” chants that echoed across a new field of artificial turf, glowing green against a vast dun-colored landscape.
Inside the Red Mesa High School locker room, Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” blared on the stereo as players hurried to strap on their helmets and gather for a pregame prayer and pep talk.
“This is your time, right?” the team’s assistant coach demanded.
“Yes, sir!” the players shouted. “Redskins on three! Redskins on three! One, two, three, Redskins!”
The scene at this tiny, remote high school was as boisterous as it was remarkable: Nearly everyone on the field and in the bleachers belongs to the Navajo Nation. Most of the people in Red Mesa not only reject claims that their team’s nickname is a slur, they have emerged as a potent symbol in the heated debate over the name of the more widely known Redskins — Washington’s NFL team. More than half the school’s 220 students eagerly accepted free tickets from the team for an Oct. 12 game near Phoenix, where they confronted Native American protesters who were there to condemn Washington’s moniker.
Poor dumb people. I guess we can explain their ignorance as #RedPrivilege.
I live in Indiana, and would like to remind everyone that we wear ‘Hoosier’ as a badge of honor, but it wasn’t long ago that it was used as a slur.