Monday, October 14, 2013

Redskins, Rednecks, and Just Plain Reds (i. e., White Liberals)

It's a good thing most of the world's problems have been sufficiently solved that the President of the US has time to chime in on what a football team should be named. So I guess I have time to discuss it, too. This is, of course, about the Washington Redskins and the hissy-fits White liberals are having all over the place about the horrible insult "Redskin" is. Note that I said White liberals. Quite often, when you hear that Amerindians are upset about something, you look, and you either see one Amerindian complaining surrounded by White liberals, or just White liberals, speaking "on behalf of" Amerindians. Yeah. Most Amerindians either like the name fine or couldn't care less either way. (A word on today's illustration. This is Amy from Suisei no Galgantia, [翠星のガルガンティア] who I don't think is supposed to be an Amerindian, but her outfit suggests Amerindian clothing, and all the other illustrations available leave me cold. So look at Amy.)

But at least one Amerindian (he prefers the term "American Indian"), David Yeagley, AKA Bad Eagle, thinks that the name "Redskin" is honorable and that changing the name would be "virtual genocide."  He writes

Redskins Forever!
by David Yeagley · October 10, 2013 ·

American Indians have only one positive image in the world today: the warrior. We earned that one, with blood, and white America has forever honored it. Indian leaders who protest Indian sports names and mascots are taking not only a liberal, white, self-destructive, emasculating position, but also a very cowardly position. In fact, these Indian leaders offer no alternative but self-removal.

Kevin Gover, Director of the NMAI.
Gover is Pawnee, the tribe that always
fought with the U.S. government, and
always against other Indian tribes.

Ray Halbritter, chief of the Oneida, does not represent Indian people, but only his tribe. Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, not only does not represent American Indians, but purposely represents many other indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere. This is not American Indian representation at all, but its dilution.

Ray Halbritter, Chief of the Oneida
one very advanced, business-oriented
tribe of American Indians, indeed.

Both these men were feature on Gretchen Carlson’s The Real Story (FoxNews), today, October 10, 2013. Carlson, like most conservative (and relatively conservative) hosts have no idea what Indian people ourselves actually think. The conservatives haven’t researched anything. They understand no talking points. And they are completely unaware of the conservative Indians in the country.

There have been only two professional surveys of Indian people at large: Peter Harris, (2002) and University of Pennsylvania (Annenberg), (2004). Harris found 83% of Indians were not offended or didn’t care. Annenberg found 91% were not offended or didn’t care. This included consideration of the name “Redskins.”

Why do these “fair and balanced” Fox News reporters never reference these surveys? It is as if the issue no longer involves Indian people at all. Just white liberals and white conservatives.

And what surveys have Gover and Halbritter conducted? Do they have any idea how Indian people really feel, or just how their personal associates feel?

I am acutely disappointed in the way this issue is being handled at this point–by conservative media.

I might add, I wrote three letters to the United Nations about the removal of Indian images. It is virtual genocide. It is a cultural cleansing, really. Here are the letters, from September, 2011:

And now Carlson reports that the U.N. is advocates the removal of “Redskins.” What could be expected from a godless, liberal world organization?

I’ve written numerous articles on Indian mascots. The message is simple: Indians of modern times have a bad image: alcoholism, diabetes, suicide, domestic violence, dishonesty (including the whole casino scene), and liberals have made sure that we have the image of professional protesters, whiners, and perpetual bellyachers. No, I can’t speak for all Indians, but these images don’t sit well with me.

We do still have the warrior image. That is the one that the white man respects–even printing it on his currency! Personally, I want to see Indian warrior images on every school, college, and professional sports team in the country. Indians own that image!
Our fathers earned that image. We dishonor our fathers when we seek to remove that image. This is a self-destructive path–which liberals have provided for us.

And remember, as Halbritter admitted on the interview, it’s about money. Under his leadership, the Oneida is a major contributor to the NFL. Why? So he can power to remove the Redskins name. Obviously. Dishonesty? Manipulation? Bribery? Blackmail?

I’d rather have the warrior image.

Touch The Clouds, 1838-1905, Teton Lakota

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  1. I think that the Washington Redskins should change their name to something that truly represents Washington.

    The name should be the Washington Leaches. It would cover both the historical Washington which use to be a swamp and represent today’s Washington which leaches off the entire country.

    I can’t wait till I can buy my Washington Leaches ball cap!

  2. Well, I can only add this.

    I live in Florida. One of the major college teams is the Florida State Seminoles.

    Every once in awhile someone gets worked up about the team name. Most are as you describe it: white liberals or one Indian from another tribe (or possibly a non existent tribe. yeah, they exist, seeing as how there are now benefits to claim to be an Indian. Wasn't such a hundred years ago. Anyway.)

    So someone usually asked the Seminole Tribe of Florida how THEY feel, seeing as how the team is named after them. They pretty much say they don't have any problem with it, or the school's mascot, "Osceola" who comes out in not quite correct Seminole garb on horseback during games.

    Then it usually simmers down for awhile.

  3. Like most problems in this country, this one is the result of people with too much time on their hands. If they had a farm to take care of or trap lines to check on a regular basis to put food on the table they wouldn't care about what sort of piddly name a sports team chose.

  4. White Liberals are worse than Nazis in my opinion. These assholes try to brain-wash people into believing everything is racist or offensive. Redskins was a term for a warrior Canadian tribe that would wear red-makeup before going into battle. Native Americans have light an dark brown skin. I do not know of a full blooded Native American that has red skin. Red skin is what a White person gets when they get sun-burnt. President Barack Obama is honestly one of the worst Presidents in US History, since he has more time to discuss trivia non-sense to distract from the government shut-down. They always do these distractions to draw the people away from the problems with-in our own government.