Monday, October 3, 2011

What's in a Name? To Washington Post, Niggerhead is Offensive, Redskins Isn't

Indian Country Today has a story up on the polical flap involved in an old family hunting area of Presidential Candidate Rick Perry in the Washington Post. They rightfully slap the Post for it's use of the offensive to Native Americans word: Redskins

Anyone who read the story The Washington Post published over the weekend, lamenting Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s alleged inaction on changing the name of the “Niggerhead” hunting camp his family has frequented for decades, knew that this was not good news for Perry. But few in the mainstream media have pointed out The Post’s own abuse of language in continuing to refer to the D.C. football team by the name “Redskins”— a word that many Indians find just as offensive as many African Americans find the N-word.



On its website, in fact, The Washington Post juxtaposed its stories about Perry next to a story, titled “Redskins on Hold, Escape Win Over Rams.” The newspaper’s editors apparently did not recognize the irony.

Many newspapers recognize the offensive word and refuse to use it in their articles, instead using the Washington football team.  Redskins, a term going back to colonial times when bounties were offered on Indians, $50 pounds for a healthy Penobscot male.

Bob Gough, a leader with the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, breaks it down:
“Sir, which is worse: That a potential presidential candidate from Texas has a family hunting camp that was once named ‘Niggerhead’ or the Nation’s Capital, where he is hoping to move, still proudly supporting a sports team named ‘Redskins’?


“Your paper’s contra-positioning of ‘Niggerhead’ v. ‘Redskins,’ with expressed concern over only one of these terms, seems sadly, but blatantly racist and hypocritical.”

The New York Times uses the offensive term five times in an article about John McCains chances to win the presidency. So the liberal papers, are very selective in their outrage.

Never mind that the story is untrue, as our friend Jazz Shaw points out here .   The hypocrisy of our news media stands out like a drunkards nose.

Our friend Sherri Mitchell says:  Its astounding that this type of terminology, used to memorialize the slaughter of a people, is still being used casually and recreationally by American society. Its Shameful

28 comments:

Phil Cuevas said...

Is that what you are, a Redskin? If that is the way you see yourself then I suppose I see your frustration. BUT if you don't see yourself as a "Redskin" then grow up and get over it!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with redskin ,someone said DEADSKIN on monday night football (thats fucked) now nigger is dead wrong and not in the same class as redskin. Thats the way I se it.

AND BY the way they did call Indians prairie niggers.

Anonymous said...

Redskin IS offensive. So, maybe we could choose a less offensive name like Jigaboo, the NAACP would understand that it's not the same as nigger..

creeper said...

Redskin....offensive as hell, I am not a Redskin and here is my suggestion for a new name for your Team, you could use"The Chinks" or "The N Heads" but you wont. Its easier to nail the Native Americans like you have been doing for hundres of years you S.O.Bs

stand your ground said...

Well said creeper...
I dont give a damn how good a Team is, what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong. " REDSKINS" is wrong, it implies too much...
{ oh yeah back in the days when we where hunting down some rouge Indians} and just like the "N" WORD, I'TS JUST FRIGGING WRONG.

Anonymous said...

If we all don't stand against the affronts against all Native Americans, why should anyone pay attention to us?

Disenrolled and Moratorium people have been on the sideline for too long.

Phil Cuevas said...

One team name that really offends me is "The Irish". Imagine those poor guys at Notre Dame going through life being known as "The Irish"!

creeper said...

GOOD FUNNY...

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