Pechanga TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT Strips Native Americans of Tribal Citizenship
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Washington Post Writer: GIVE UP FIGHT AGAINST REDSKINS Nickname.
Looks like some of those who stood up against the Redskins nickname issue, are giving up the fight because a poll that was so skewed, as to not be trustworthy, told a story that Native Americans don't think the name is racist.
In light of the new facts, we non-Indian critics should stop pressing the team to change its name. We should drop the cause, even if we privately dislike the moniker. We shouldn’t let the name stand in the way of building a new stadium. If we really want to help Indians, we should instead advocate for better schools, job opportunities and social services for them.
I realize this lets down the minority of Native Americans who view the name as a vital problem. These advocates include many tribal leaders, educators, lawyers and journalists. They contend that the Washington team’s name perpetuates damaging stereotypes, as do other uses of Native American names and imagery as sports mascots.
A slur, no longer
I was most surprised by the finding that 4 out of 5 Native Americans said they would not be personally offended if a non-native person called them a “redskin.” That suggests that dictionaries should add some kind of caveat in defining the word as a slur. Perhaps the reference books should add a second, non-pejorative definition, with a capital “R”: “Redskins: a National Football League franchise based in the Washington, D.C., area.” There’s a good chance that decades of NFL publicity and millions of dollars of promotion have transformed the word’s meaning such that most people, on hearing it, think first of the team. If so, it’s a fresh example of how language evolves. Another lesson may be that political and moral arguments can seem solid one day but flimsy the next. FOR those of us who DO think it's a slur....do we give up the fight? Or do you continue to educate? Wrong is wrong, and when you let the wrongs pile up, they come back to harm you...quitting is easy, as we've seen in the disenrollment fight.