11/4/14 Redskins Nation


The Redskins football team and their fans — the Redskins Nation — have had a rough go of it the last couple of years.

I’m talking about the Redskins of Red Mesa High School in Arizona.

While activists have continued a relentless attack on the NFL team demanding it change its name there’s been no such conflict here.

The students, faculty and staff of Red Mesa are Navajos.  They find the mere suggestion that their name “Redskins” to be a slur is ridiculous.  They wear their name with pride.

Teams they’ve played this year include the San Carlos Braves and Tuba City Warriors. Their Native American imagery is just as fierce-looking as that of the Washington Redskins.  Those schools’ student bodies are predominately Apache, Navajo and Hopi.

75 teams around the nation use the Redskins name, according to a database of team mascots.  More than 2100 high schools, colleges and other teams use Native American nicknames such as Redmen, Savages and Squaws that activists claim are offensive.

[This conflict surrounding the Washington Redskins name follows a familiar pattern.  Often the loudest voices in issues like this belong to liberal, white males who lecture minorities on how they are to think and behave.  In this case, liberal attorney John Banzhaf — an apparent white guy — is threatening action unless the NFL team changes its name because he claims Native Americans should feel insulted.]

So why is all the attention focused on the NFL Redskins?

$2.4 billion.  That’s the value of the Washington Redskins team.

When things like this happen it’s usually someone looking for a big payday.  Kind of like ambulance-chasing lawyers who file a lawsuit but don’t really want to go to trial.  They create a ruckus hoping to get paid-off and then go away.

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