Mike Ditka (and Me) on the Redskins Debate

by Ryan on August 20, 2014

in Anything Else,Media Bias,Politics,Pop Culture,Social Agitators,Sports

The Washington Redskins name controversy is resurfacing as the 2014 NFL season draws closer.  The politically correct cultural elites are trying to force their views onto a generally disinterested public to further turn the mostly neutered  NFL (No Fun League) political.  For libs everything is political — they can’t help it, it’s just who they are.

Recent polls on this issue illustrate a major divide between the cultural elites and the people actually directly impacted by the name “Redskins.”  According to the latest data, 90% of American Indians do NOT think the term “Redskins” is offensive, while 71% of NFL fans do NOT want the name changed.  Clearly, the “Redskins” controversy is being driven by outside forces.

Into this context comes a member of the old school, NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl-winning player and coach, and current ESPN analyst, Mike Ditka.  In an interview with Mike Richman, the “Redskins Historian,”  Ditka said the following:

What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?  It’s so much horsesh*t, it’s incredible.  We’re gonna let the liberals of the world run this world.  It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian, even though it was called a Redskin. What are you gonna call ‘em, a brownskin?  This is so stupid, it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of American football history and should never be anything but the Washington Redskins.  That’s the way it is.

He wasn’t done:

It’s all the political correct idiots in America. That’s all it is.  Hey, listen, I went through it. I went through it in the sixties, too.  I mean, come on.  It’s fine to protest. You know, that’s your right. You don’t like the word? Protest. You have a right to do that.  But to change the name? That’s ridiculous.  Change the Constitution? We got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.

Rush Limbaugh also wondered aloud whether or not these statements threaten Ditka’s job at ESPN this fall (ESPN is one of the primary combatants in this battle in the culture war).  It’s a question worth pondering — libs do not tolerate dissent from those leaving the reservation (so to speak).

Here’s My Opinion:  As 6.25% American Indian myself (I had a great-great-grandmother who was 100% Abenaki), I feel 6.25% justified in publicly offering my opinion, which in the politically correct age in which we live, apparently makes my opinion more valuable than your opinion for some reason.

That being said, I’m with Ditka.  Leave the name alone.  To be blunt, if not for sports teams, SUVs, and attack helicopters, American Indian culture would be absent from the mainstream American psyche.  The term “redskin” was initially a term coined by American Indians themselves to differentiate between all the various newcomers from overseas they were encountering; it was translated from French sometime in the 1760s.

After the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, an interest in American Indian culture began to emerge in popular culture.  By the days of Theodore Roosevelt, boy scout troops and other nature-oriented organizations often adopted the American Indian as a symbol of nature, strength, and survival.  When Boston got a fledgling football team in 1933, the proposed name “Braves” was already used by a local team, so “Redskins” was adopted to prevent having to change an already existing logo.  Trademark law has upheld the logo, but the case law has been somewhat mixed.

Regardless, I’m not interested in what a bunch of political correct social agitators think about the term “redskins.”  To these leftists, it’s not necessarily the nature of the cause (which may be legitimate), it’s how loud they shout — I’m intellectually savvy enough to know the difference.  So, as a person who is 6.25% American Indian, it is my belief that if most fans want a name change and most American Indian tribes (not the usual suspect activists) demand a change, then I’d acquiesce to their opinion — I’m a Patriots fan anyway.

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rightonoz August 29, 2014 at 3:57 am

I ride an Indian motorcycle (and Victory, Triumph, BMW). Does that mean some P.C. wanker will feel they have the right to demand I remove the badge, ‘warbonnet’ front guard light etc?

Sorry if it offends any, but wankers best describes those idiots

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