According to a poll released on Thursday by The Washington Post, a staggering—and unsurprising—nine in 10 Native Americans said they are not offended by the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. Further, seven in 10 of those polled said that the word “Redskin” was not offensive to them, either.
Per The Washington Post, the survey was conducted between December 16 and April 12 via telephone, randomly sampling 504 Native Americans throughout the nation. The margin of sampling overall error is estimated at 5.5 percentage points.
Ironically, Democratic representatives, sports columnists and figures have all been at the forefront in the push to change the ever-important name of a football team. In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against the team for the allegedly offensive name and moniker.
As you may recall, even President Obama weighed in on the issue, saying that he would think about changing the name of the team if he were the owner.
“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” said Obama in 2013.
But despite the brouhaha in Washington among politicians and others hell-bent on a crusade to force the politically-correct change, Native Americans, largely, have not, and still do not, view this as much of an issue, and apparently, aren’t even offended by the moniker of the word Redskin.
“The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the exact same result,” reports The Washington Post. “Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.”
The team owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel Snyder, was seemingly vindicated by the results of the poll. “The Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride,” said Snyder. “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.”
“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.”
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
The lead plaintiff in the suit against the team, Suzan Harjo, 70, flat-out rejected the polling results.
“I just reject the results,” said Harjo. “I don’t agree with them, and I don’t agree that this is valid way of surveying public opinion in Indian Country.”
In light of the survey results, one would think that the crusade in Washington by politically correct politicians would cease. But this is Washington we are talking about, so we fully expect more hell to be raised.