Just days after the Washington Post revealed that 90% of Native Americans don’t find the term “Redskins” to be offensive, the paper’s own editorial board has proclaimed that they know better about racial slurs than the alleged target of said slur.
In a move that illustrates the height of liberal elite arrogance, the Post proclaimed in their Sunday editorial that “A slur, is a slur,” and despite the findings of the poll, they’re still demanding the name of Washington’s NFL team be changed because, in their enlightened understanding of the world, Redskins is racial slur:
But a couple of other aspects of the poll struck us as noteworthy. One was that more than half of respondents had heard little or nothing about this controversy. The other was that 21 percent said they found the word disrespectful, even if they weren’t personally bothered by the team’s use of the name, with another 6 percent declining to express a view.
Where does that leave us? We’ve always made clear that we think fans who embrace the name do so without racist feeling or intent. But we also are clear that the term originates in an era when Indians were considered less than human and were often treated accordingly. References to scalping, war whoops and tomahawk chops hark back to that era and perpetuate stereotypes that can be hurtful, especially to Native American children.
Did you get that subtle insinuation that those polled were just too uninformed to know that they’re being insulted? “(M)ore than half of respondents had heard little or nothing about this controversy,” the Post says, knowingly. They left out the implied, “those dumb Indians,” but we all get the picture.
Our own Captain Ed already broke down all the specifics from this poll late last week:
This must come as a shock to the social-justice warriors who have plagued the Washington Redskins over the last several years. As the Post notes, it might also surprise their lawyers, who have tried stripping Snyder of trademark protection by claiming that the term is objectively offensive. That fight has reached the Supreme Court, although it’s not clear whether the court will grant cert for the case as the district court ruling has an appeal pending in the 4th Circuit.
But, the Post will have none of it. They’re more locked into their own racial orthodoxy learned in graduate schools than they are interested in the actual thoughts and feelings of those they are sanctimoniously sure they are protecting.
With one exception. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, who had been the tip of the Post’s spear over the years over the Redskins name wrote his own personal mea culpa proclaiming that he would now drop the issue because of the poll results:
Still, non-Indian critics like me can’t ignore the poll results or pretend they make no difference. Those who have opposed the team name include more than a quarter of Washington-area residents, along with President Obama, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and 50 Democratic U.S. senators. Many of us thought we were defending a group that needed support. But it feels presumptuous for us to say we know Indians’ interests better than they do. We can’t credibly claim that 9 out of 10 Indians somehow just don’t realize they’re being insulted.
Yes, it sure does.
McCartney joined me on WMAL radio in Washington DC this morning. In the interview, along with my co-host Brian Wilson, I asked him about that significant statement of his. That it is presumptuous to say they know better about an Indian’s best interest than they know themselves.
“It was mainly this poll and the fact that it confirmed a poll from 12 years ago. There was a famous poll from the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia that found the exact same thing. That 1 out of 10 Native Americans… were offended by the name. But activists and leaders of the Native American community had always said that poll was wrong.”
In other words, liberal activists, who do not have the benefit of actually being Native American or even talking to a wide sample of Native Americans, discounted the past poll because special interest Indian groups, who have made a lot of money and gotten a lot of publicity by opposing the Redskins name, had convinced them the poll was wrong.
The final take-away: The Washington Post editorial board’s insistence to publicly shame a private business owner to change the name of their organization is built on the sanctimonious premise that they know better than the ill-informed people they claim they are trying to save and despite the facts at hand, they will continue to stand on their misguided, totalitarian beliefs.
Thank you, Dan Snyder and the entire Redskins organization, for fighting this fight when even the power of the US Presidency has been lined up against you.