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A recent survey of 504 people conducted by the Washington Post found that 9 in 10 Native Americans are not offended by the Washington Redskins team name. Hell, they wouldn’t even be offended if a non-Native called them a Redskin to their face.
The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the exact same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.
Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.
Wait, so Native Americans aren’t the ones who are pissed off about the Redskins name? It’s actually a bunch of white people who think they know what’s best for another culture they know nothing about? Shocker.
And why would Native Americans be offended? We’re celebrating the sheer badassery of their people. People say, “Oh you’re turning them into a caricature!” Yeah, a motherfucking sweet caricature that rides into a hail of gunfire on horseback, murking settlers with tomahawks. It’s more of a superhero than a caricature.
Our accountant has a pretty interesting conspiracy theory as to why a small percentage of Native Americans are “angered” over the name. He thinks that maybe the Redskins are paying them under the table to chill out about it, and that the more outraged they act, the more owner Dan Snyder has to shell out to keep them quiet. Just a theory..
[via Washington Post]
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