Washington Post Poll Finds 90% of Native Americans Aren’t Offended by “Washington Redskins” Name


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A new poll conducted by the Washington Post found that 9 out of 10 Native Americans are NOT offended by the Washington Redskins name.

The survey was conducted with 504 people across every state plus the District of Columbia and has a margin of error of 5.5%. That means the percentage of Native Americans who do not find the team name Redskins offensive could actually be as high as 95.5% or as low as 84.4%.

Amazingly, the rate at which respondents were offended remained steady regardless of age, income, education, political party, or proximity to reservations. The biggest deviation from the mean came from Native Americans who identify as liberal, only 80% of whom said they did not find the name offensive.

Take a look:

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Of course, the poll results are not quite as clear cut as they at first seem. While only 10% of Native Americans said they found the use of Redskins as a team name offensive, 21% said the found the term itself disrespectful. This suggests 79% of Native Americans don’t mind the Redskins team name because they don’t mind the term, while a full 11% don’t like the term but are okay with the team name anyway. Which is odd.

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Obviously, proponents of Washington keeping the name Redskins say this is definitive proof that the term is not offensive.

Dan Snyder was the first to shout it from the rooftops:

“The Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride. Today’s Washington Post polling shows Native Americans agree. We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name.”

However, opponents of the name say they won’t back down. Here’s how Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata interpreted the results of the poll:

“Native Americans are resilient and have not allowed the NFL’s decades-long denigration of us to define our own self-image. However, that proud resilience does not give the NFL a license to continue marketing, promoting, and profiting off of a dictionary-defined racial slur — one that tells people outside of our community to view us as mascots.

“Social science research and first-hand experience has told us that this kind of denigration has both visible and unseen consequences for Native Americans in this country. This is especially the case for children, who were not polled and who are in a particularly vulnerable position to be bullied by the NFL. It is the 21st century — it is long overdue for Native Americans to be treated not as mascots or targets of slurs, but instead as equals.”

Don’t expect the controversy to end any time soon.

Hat Tip – [Washington Post]


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