Indians, huh? Um, isn’t it Native Americans in the style guide? We’ll see how quickly they scuttle this headline.
The drumbeat by the media and far left cranks has picked up steam in recent days once Obama stuck his nose in their business. Turns out it’s much ado about nothing:
What gets far less attention, though, is this:
There are Native American schools that call their teams Redskins. The term is used affectionately by some natives, similar to the way the N-word is used by some African-Americans. In the only recent poll to ask native people about the subject, 90 percent of respondents did not consider the term offensive, although many question the cultural credentials of the respondents.
All of which underscores the oft-overlooked diversity within Native America.
“Marginalized communities are too often treated monolithically,” says Carter Meland, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.
“Stories on the mascot issue always end up exploring whether it is right or it is wrong, respectful or disrespectful,” says Meland, an Ojibwe Indian.
He believes Indian mascots are disrespectful, but says: “It would be interesting to get a sense of the diversity of opinion within a native community.”
Those communities vary widely.
Tommy Yazzie, superintendent of the Red Mesa school district on the Navajo Nation reservation, grew up when Navajo children were forced into boarding schools to disconnect them from their culture. Some were punished for speaking their native language. Today, he sees environmental issues as the biggest threat to his people.
The high school football team in his district is the Red Mesa Redskins.
All Washington Redskins fans care about is winning. Enough with politicizing every damn aspect of our lives.