Liberals And Redskins

Well, about once a year, various liberals at the Washington Post pull out and dust off their old columns in which they claim the nickname of Washington D.C.’s professional football team is offensive, racist, etc., and demand that the team change its name. The claims this year seem to be more strident than usual, and according to the liberals, a “groundswell of support” has built up over the last few months to change the name.

Recently, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosted a symposium for a bunch of liberals, and based upon the meeting’s agenda, liberals seem to presume that the “Redskins” nickname is offensive. Evidently, the question of whether the name is offensive in the first place is beyond dispute. These liberals have it all figured out and are as certain of their viewpoint and their own brilliance as are, oh say, the Taliban. No need to introduce something crazy such as facts into the discussion.

But let’s say we did want to consider some facts. One fact to consider, for example, might be the 2004 poll of Native Americans taken by the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the Univer-sity of Pennsylvania. The results showed that 91% of the Native Americans polled found the “Redskins” nickname acceptable, which confirmed the results of an earlier Sports Illustrated poll.

So the nickname is not objectively offensive, and we can reasonably conclude that those who are offended simply have nothing better to do with their lives than to take offense at everything and everybody. Opponents of the “Redskins” nickname cite other polls showing that the majority of Native Americans are offended by the name. But really, given how liberals misrepresent the truth in support of their agenda, can we really expect polls produced by them to be scientific and accurate? For all we know, they sat around and polled each other.

Although the majority of Native Americans are not troubled by the “Redskins” nickname, the activists most likely will win out in the end, no matter what the facts. The author-itarian impulse within liberals gives them a firmness of purpose that eventually wears down reasonable people. For liberals, there is a place for everything and everything in its place (as they define it and under their collective thumb), including sports mascots.

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