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Rich White Guy Jeb Bush Weighs in on Redskins Name Controversy, Says He Doesn’t Find the Term Offensive
Apparently all politicians now need to weigh in on this Redskins issue. So Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has done just that.
Bush recently went on The Arena, a new SiriusXM show hosted by ESPN’s Andy Katz and ABC’s Rick Klein. And while there, he said that he personally does not find the name “Redskins” offensive.
Here is his entire explanation:
“I don’t think they should change it. But again, I don’t think politicians ought to have any say in that to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive. We had a similar kind of flap with FSU if you recall, the Seminoles, and the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided. It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fanbase. … I’m missing something here I guess.”
Oh, say, did I mention that Redskins owner Dan Snyder donated $100,000 to Jeb’s campaign? Because he did. FYI.
Of course, Bush is right about the Florida State Seminoles. In the 1990s, amidst growing public outrage of the use of Native American names and imagery by sports teams, Florida State University actually asked the Seminole Tribe of Florida if it was okay for the school to use the name. And the Seminole Tribe of Florida gave the school its blessing.
However, the situation with the Washington Redskins is very different. For starters, “Redskins” isn’t the actual name of a tribe. It’s slang. And while it’s true that some Native Americans don’t mind it, it’s also true that others do mind it. So if you ask me, in cases like this, it’s not for white people to decide which Native Americans are right.
But hey, you didn’t ask me, and I’m not in charge. Jeb Bush? Well, 16 months from now he might be.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]