Well that was a bit of an exaggeration, but polling is finding that no one cares about the Redskins’ name. Not even American Indians, who would be the group the left is saying is the aggrieved party, agrees that they have a racist name.
As the article states, the media has only found around 10% of American Indians polled agree with the Washington Post and the left’s redefining racist terminology.
Even the Supreme Court disagrees with them:
Despite the recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court reiterating that the Washington Redskins have a right to trademark their team name, the Washington Post continues to attack the team for its “offensive” name.
In a recent editorial, the paper again called the NFL team’s name a “racial slur” and demanded that owner Daniel Snyder change the team’s name:
Mr. Snyder can call his football team anything he wants without fear of losing the valuable trademark protection that is key to merchandising revenue. But just because the First Amendment gives him the right to use a racial slur, that doesn’t mean he should. Why would he even want to? We understand the affection Mr. Snyder and some team fans espouse for the history embodied in the name, and we have never thought there is racist intent when fans hail the team’s name.
The paper, of course, is spouting a mere opinion that “Redskins” is a “racial slur.” It is an opinion not shared by everyone and a position that should not be stated as fact the way the paper did.
But the paper continued making its position even more explicit:
None of that, though, changes the inescapable fact that the name is one that no one with any real sense of decency would ever think to call a Native American to his or her face. It is degrading. It does real harm, particularly in psychological damage to Native American children and teens. It should be changed—and then congratulations will be in order.
“Fact” is not a legitimate word. Many people are not offended by the name at all.
Indeed, even as it supported the Post’s anti-Redskins position, NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk noted that the paper’s own recent survey doesn’t support its definitive proclamations that the team’s name is “racist” or offensive.
The recent survey found that only a tiny 10 percent of Native Americans were offended by the team name.
On one issue, these anti-Redskins extremists are right: The same First Amendment that allows the NFL team to maintain its 60-year-old team name allows them to advocate for the team to dump the name.
That’s fine. Advocate away.
The comments around the net aimed at this story have not been showing nice words for the Washington Post.