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Poll finds large majority of Native Americans are OK with “Redskins”

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A poll of Native Americans found that the vast majority do not object to the Washington NFL team’s name.

The Washington Post commissioned a poll with a randomly selected national sample of 504 Native American adults. That poll asked, “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive, or doesn’t it bother you?”

The result was a strong argument for Dan Snyder’s case that his team does not need to change its name: A whopping 90 percent answered that the name doesn’t bother them. Only 9 percent called the name offensive, with 1 percent having no opinion.

Another question in the poll found that 73 percent of Native Americans do not think the term “Redskin” is disrespectful. That included 75 percent of Native Americans who are members of tribes, and 71 percent who are not members of tribes.

The results of this poll are consistent with previous polls showing that most Native Americans aren’t bothered by the team’s name, nor do they consider it an important issue facing their community. The question, then, is whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name. He has shown no inclination to do so, and will surely see this poll as support for that stance.

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  1. patsfan says: May 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    9% of people are offended by polls?

  2. key2heat says: May 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    Take a pole of NFL owners and ask if they are OK with Dan Snyder.

  3. packfntk says: May 19, 2016 9:36 AM

    Only complaining liberals have a problem with it.

  4. edukator4 says: May 19, 2016 9:37 AM

    but like everything, its this 9% (a small group of people) who scream the loudest. Our society only caters to those who complain and whine the loudest about their plight, while the rest of the people don’t have time to set up camp and complain because we are actually working at bettering our spots without expecting others to do it for us.

  5. urfinished says: May 19, 2016 9:37 AM

    Well if the NFL is a microcosm of our society that is more than enough to have the name changed immediately.

  6. thraiderskin says: May 19, 2016 9:38 AM

    Thank you for your objectivity.

  7. davearnone says: May 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    Like most politically correct topics, change is forced by a small vocal minority.

  8. mremeet says: May 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    When will Native Americans learn to be offended by things that some white people, especially those in media, tell them they ought to be offended by?

  9. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: May 19, 2016 9:40 AM

    I am offended that our society consistently caters to a minority who are offended, about something ridiculous usually.

  10. REDSKINSFOREVER says: May 19, 2016 9:40 AM

    9%!!!! Do you understand the chaos that would follow if we let 9% decide what the 91% have to do? Seriously, only someone so blinded by their own ego and ignorance would see a poll with 9% supporting their side as a sign they are correct.

    Start using the Redskins name and stop being a tool!

  11. teamgale88 says: May 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    Pc bros like florio or this Michael David smith guy are more offended by the redskins team name than actual native Americans.

    I think members of the media who refuse to say or write the name actually help Snyders efforts.

  12. TB12RALLYCRY says: May 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    Its all about money……throw those 9 percent some coin and there ” feelings ” arent hurt anymore………..its a fact

  13. saints737 says: May 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    Good maybe you can start using the term again in your columns.

  14. rwhite84 says: May 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    All of the outrage is coming from non-Natives, let them make up their own mind on if this offends them.

  15. ee00ee says: May 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    Nobody I know on my reservation was asked this. We’ve had numerous discussions about this topic here in the past and it was hard to find anyone under the age of 70ish that wasn’t offended by the term.

    I call this poll a lie.

  16. thetooloftools says: May 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    About time the truth came out !
    The squeaky wheels were getting way to much grease (media attention).
    Maybe this will wake some people up.
    Snyder is/was right to keep that name.

  17. chc4 says: May 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    I’m no Daniel Snyder fan but I hope he stays strong on this issue. Tell all the overly politically correct Washington elites to stick it. Can’t wait for the “well Native Americans just don’t understand the issue and what the word really means” nonsense from the left leaning media. Because of course they know what’s best for everyone.

  18. theghostofottograham says: May 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    If they’re OK with Redskins, what’s the problem with Indians?

  19. stopdk12 says: May 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    “More people are offended by Santa Claus”… Para phrasing a quote from the article itself.

    Now that’s funny!

  20. kneedragr says: May 19, 2016 9:44 AM

    Clearly Native Americans are not being exposed to enough liberal media to find the term offensive. They need to sit down and watch CNN or CNBC for a few days so they can learn how they are supposed to think, like the rest of the cattle.

  21. raidernation37 says: May 19, 2016 9:44 AM

    In other news, the large majority of sports writers who are offended by the term “Redskins” need to grow up and get over themselves

  22. honalulublue says: May 19, 2016 9:44 AM

    We’ve known this for years, while you’ve been whining how heinous the nickname is.

  23. Patskrieg says: May 19, 2016 9:45 AM

    Was the question on the survey “Do you find the name of a football team offensive in comparison to the genocide of the Native Americans by the US government?”

    Because, I’ll be honest, that’s an easy no.

  24. h0c2000 says: May 19, 2016 9:45 AM

    Because it’s always a good idea to have the majority determine what is bigoted or not.

  25. battmanri says: May 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    If the people that have supposedly been “offended” by the name “Redskins” isn’t offended at all (91% is fairly compelling evidence), then a bunch of politically correct “white guys” can certainly move on to something else…no?

    The amount of pandering in this country has gone beyond ridiculous. This is just one example of people being “outraged” that really aren’t that outraged at all.

  26. anti-social says: May 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    I wonder if Florio didn’t want too write this because he would have had to use the term Redskins to explain Native Americans aren’t offended by the name Redskins. Liberals heads must have exploded upon hearing this news.

  27. bigd9484 says: May 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    9%!!!! Do you understand the chaos that would follow if we let 9% decide what the 91% have to do? Seriously, only someone so blinded by their own ego and ignorance would see a poll with 9% supporting their side as a sign they are correct.

    Start using the Redskins name and stop being a tool!

    ******************************************************

    Obviously, someone hasn’t been paying attention to the bathroom issue lately.

  28. Rdog says: May 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    Well I know ProFootballTalk was offended by “Washington”

  29. sportsavant says: May 19, 2016 9:49 AM

    Yes, the North Dakota Fighting Sioux have been subject to the same fate via the NCAA, despite the fact that most people recognize that the university chose to honor the native peoples with this choice of symbol.

  30. iamkillerfin says: May 19, 2016 9:49 AM

    REDSKINS SINCE 1952 LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

  31. shadywarrior says: May 19, 2016 9:49 AM

    Oh, you mean it was just a bunch of white people taking it upon themselves to get offended for another culture? In 2016 America??? Get outta town… I’m feeling marginalized, guys, I gotta go to my Safe Space for a bit, I’ll see y’all later…

  32. mkbane says: May 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    That can’t be true. The Indian on the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was offended by it.

  33. kidfootball says: May 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    O geezus, here we go. *sigh*

    /One poll vindicates all the racists.

    //Because 500 people accurately represent the 5.2 mil.

    ///Marginalized once again.

  34. ninerboi says: May 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    How is it 75 percent of people who are in tribes and 71 percent who aren’t in tribes at the same time?

  35. jxt2521 says: May 19, 2016 9:51 AM

    It’s very interesting to hear that. The question now stands is 1 out of every 10 Indians being offended a good enough reason to make a change?

    Do we let the minority force a change or some spoiled billionaire resist it?

    The one thing that is clear to me is that the Washington fans that are going nuts over this need to get fuller lives. It’s the name of a sports team, if changing it bothers you so much then something is really wrong.

  36. snowdood163 says: May 19, 2016 9:52 AM

    Patskrieg says:
    May 19, 2016 9:45 AM

    Was the question on the survey “Do you find the name of a football team offensive in comparison to the genocide of the Native Americans by the US government?”

    Because, I’ll be honest, that’s an easy no.

    —————————–
    Right, because if the US Government didn’t do that, they’d still be shooting sticks with stones on the end at buffalo from their ponies to this day. Got it.

  37. jfholdforth says: May 19, 2016 9:52 AM

    People who hate the name really hate the team. Usually Giant, Eagle, or Cowboy fan. Just another venue to express their hate/jealousy.

    Hail. To. The. Redskins.

  38. texman72 says: May 19, 2016 9:52 AM

    Common sense-1

    Social Justice Warriors-0

  39. ricko1112 says: May 19, 2016 9:54 AM

    Gayle King’s good friend, Oprah Winfrey, started this culture of “we’re all winners”, “everyone gets a trophy”, “don’t punish your kids, be their friends”, “be offended by everything.”

    The Patriots are far and away the most popular team in the U.K. Are they offended by the name “Patriot?”

    The Fighting Irish?

    Redskins, Braves, Indians, etc were chosen because they represent courage, honor, bravery, and fidelity. Those used to be positive qualities in people. Now they’re offensive in the eyes of some.

  40. troylok says: May 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Sign of the times. I just read something about Blake Lively quoting a line from “Baby Got Back” and how some people were offended by it. I don’t doubt that some people are offended by anything. It is the media that legitimizes all of this PC stuff. I guess they have to sell newspapers.

  41. winskins says: May 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    The Washington Post has had a crappy relationship with Snyder for a long time. There’s no reason to suspect this poll was conducted in an improper way. In fact, I’d bet they were disappointed with the result.

    Time to let it go.

  42. wdcskins says: May 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Thaaaaaank you. A poll confirms earlier polls. I’m really surprised PFT has the stones.

  43. gauchosporlife says: May 19, 2016 9:56 AM

    Yeah right.

  44. possumsauce says: May 19, 2016 9:57 AM

    It’s no surprise to me; I grew up three miles from a res (St. Croix Chippewa), and can clearly remember that every single kid there had a Redskins Starter jacket back in the early 90s, and they were immensely proud of them.

  45. fishbone80 says: May 19, 2016 9:59 AM

    “Oops – our bad!”
    signed,
    The Outraged Liberals

  46. dtriebel says: May 19, 2016 10:02 AM

    I commend PFT for finally presenting evidence that supports the argument of the other side.

    Our language is full of terms that could be construed as offensive, but I don’t believe the term Redskin is often used as a slur in modern times and to try to resurrect it as a slur and insist people find it offensive seems silly to me.

    Sports teams are almost universally named after things we respect and want to emulate. I believe that the use of “Redskins” in that context is only paying homage and not meant in any way is a slur.

  47. graylingskies says: May 19, 2016 10:04 AM

    I don’t use ’em myself.

  48. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: May 19, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’ve lived my whole life near the Navajo nation(the real Indians), and from my experience natives don’t really trust white people to the point of consealing their language, traditions, religion, and opinions they have. I guess that’s what happens when somebody’s culture is bieng stamped out. I’d like to know who exactly they polled (eastern “tribes” are usually looked at like uncle toms.

  49. einherjer00 says: May 19, 2016 10:04 AM

    I guess the question is how much worth does an offended opinion that wants change have compared to a non-offended opinion that doesn’t want change? I think a non-offended person is worth at least half as much as an offended person, if not more!

  50. collectordude says: May 19, 2016 10:06 AM

    Only complaining liberals have a problem with it.

    ——————————
    So true.

  51. rootpain says: May 19, 2016 10:07 AM

    What a poorly written poll question. The type only statisticians would dream up because then they can report the results any way they want.
    Does yes mean as a Native American I find being called a Native American offensive (don’t really think when Columbus landed and saw other people he said, “Look, I can see Native Americans over there.”
    Or does it mean that yes I find the Washington Redskins being called Redskins offensive because there is no way their game playing lives up to our heritage.
    Or does it mean yes, it doesn’t bother me. And that just addresses a small number of ways that question can be interpreted.

    If you are going to do a poll, at least make the questions unambiguous.

  52. justintuckrule says: May 19, 2016 10:07 AM

    All the “liberal media bias” parrots too dopey to realize that the Washington post is supposedly left leaning. So should we ignore this poll then hypocrite righties?

  53. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: May 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    “The question, then, is whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name.”

    There are probably more than 9% of the populace that is offended that today is Thursday. Should we defer to them too?

  54. edenprairieballer says: May 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Can we finally put this issue to rest? A very loud minority thinks the name is offensive but the vast majority of the population does not (including Native Americans).

    It’s too bad that in 2016 a small vocal minority outweighs a majority.

    I will be waiting for Florios response to this poll.

  55. tout86 says: May 19, 2016 10:09 AM

    What’s all that commotion over there?……never mind that’s just the PC Libs scrambling for something else to be offended about.

  56. jag1959 says: May 19, 2016 10:13 AM

    fishbone80 says:
    May 19, 2016 9:59 AM
    “Oops – our bad!”
    signed,
    The Outraged Liberals
    ________________

    Said no outraged liberal ever. They are never wrong, the rest of us are obviously just uninformed. No doubt they will be ramping up a new educational program to teach Native Americans just how offended they should be

  57. snowyphile says: May 19, 2016 10:14 AM

    A Redskins “license plate” is on a vehicle driven on the Jemez Pueblo (New Mexico).

  58. thudspeth says: May 19, 2016 10:15 AM

    Yet the loud 9% voices are the ones the press and Feds pander to.

  59. youknowyourteamisgreatwhenthetrollscantstop says: May 19, 2016 10:15 AM

    In other news, the only people offended with the name “Redskins” are 100% liberal. But then again, what else are they good for outside of being offended by everything now days.

  60. devindenv says: May 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    Yes, but it is the VOCAL MINORITY of say, 2-3% that get all of the attention. THAT, is the American way now!

  61. patriots123456 says: May 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    How many Redskins are offended by the term “Native Americans”?

  62. mogogo1 says: May 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    And yet this won’t change a thing. There was an “activist” being interviewed the other day who said that after Redskins were gone he’d move on to getting FSU to drop Seminoles saying it didn’t make any difference that the tribe had approved of the use of their own name since he was still offended by it.

  63. illogicalvoicesinmyhead says: May 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    So, will PFT respect the feelings of those 90% of Native Americans and return to calling the team by their God-given nickname, The REDSKINS?!?

    Hail

  64. 2ruefan says: May 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    kidfootball
    Oh man, here we go again:

    1) You don’t get the idea that ALL of this baloney was based on “polls” to begin with.
    2) A poll that is done with a random sampling and CORRECTLY done in fact DOES “represent” the population it targets
    3) Wah, Wah, it doesn’t support your viewpoint
    4) Deciding to call anyone who support the historicity of the name a “racist” does not make them so.

  65. raidernut says: May 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    But like EVERYTHING ELSE in this country, we’ll bend to please the minute percentile….

  66. devindenv says: May 19, 2016 10:20 AM

    O geezus, here we go. *sigh*

    /One poll vindicates all the racists.

    //Because 500 people accurately represent the 5.2 mil.

    ///Marginalized once again.

    ——————————————————————

    No, just unable to comprehend statistics and discernment ONCE AGAIN.

  67. nhpats says: May 19, 2016 10:20 AM

    Political Correctness is ruining this country. Just where did anybody get the idea that they somehow have the right to “not be offended”? Freedom of speech pretty much guarantees people will be offended all the time……get over it or move to Europe.

  68. rg3sucksgrowup says: May 19, 2016 10:21 AM

    Be Proud of our Redskin Heritage and their past history

  69. newjerseygiants says: May 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    I also know as fact that just about every native American Indian is not offended by it. Its a long story how I know this so won’t get into it. Another fact is the Redskins are the favorite team of a high-percentage of American Indians because of the name and logo.

    The only people complaining and stirring the pot are non American Indian liberals who live to cause issues and controversy. Such as the little old ladies that show up at town zoning hearings just to stop a project for no reason whatsoever.

  70. araidersfan says: May 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    “The results of this poll are consistent with previous polls showing that most Native Americans aren’t bothered by the team’s name, nor do they consider it an important issue facing their community.”

    ================

    And yet that won’t dissuade Amanda Blackhorse (isn’t her own surname ‘offensive’?) and the high-priests of political correctness from pressuring the league to force the Redskins to change the team name.

  71. jag1959 says: May 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    jfholdforth says:
    May 19, 2016 9:52 AM
    People who hate the name really hate the team. Usually Giant, Eagle, or Cowboy fan. Just another venue to express their hate/jealousy.
    ________________

    As a Giants fan I can fairly state it has been a long time since the Redskins have been good enough for long enough to evoke anything nearly as strong as hate and even longer since they did anything to be worth being jealous of. Derision/pity maybe but hate/jealousy not so much.

  72. silverhornet says: May 19, 2016 10:24 AM

    I think they should enhance the Washington Redskins name… The Washington Angry Redskins… The Washington Ill Tempered Redskins.

  73. mongo3401 says: May 19, 2016 10:24 AM

    Name never offended me. What’s next? Perhaps Buccaneers ? They were Pirates that raped and pillaged. Guess that’s ok though. Tampa’s name does not bother me. Just used it as an example. All the supposed flag waivers of equality seem to overlook that one. Just SMH. It’s the Redskins, always has been, always will be.

  74. 2016StockMarketCrash says: May 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    This story is correct, its all these left wing lunatics who keep telling others how they should feel.
    Time to grow up already.

  75. baddegg says: May 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    I can’t believe PFT published the results of this poll.

    Props for objectivity in journalism!

  76. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    and in a even newer poll…99.9% of people could careless if anyone was offended by the name in the first place. it’s a word nothing else, it only hurts and offends if you allow it to.

  77. laces out says: May 19, 2016 10:28 AM

    “The question, then, is whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name.”

    ——————————-

    the wonderful thing about this country is the 9% have every right to be offended, while Snyder has every right to not care what they think

  78. ohand16 says: May 19, 2016 10:30 AM

    You don’t say?

  79. albatross83 says: May 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    “The question, then, is whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name.”

    Depends. What percent of people are offended by all team names, on average?

    As a lifelong Redskins’ fan, I’ve never found the word derogatory. I always thought it was cooler than “Indians,” because it’s slang (Indian was the proper term back then), and it actually made me envious that I wasn’t a Native American. Anyone can be a Cowboy, but you have to be born an Indian.

  80. nflsecurity862 says: May 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    I find it offensive and think it needs to be changed.

  81. tyniewow says: May 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    That poll question looks like it went through Google translator about three times, it doesn’t even make sense. What is wrong with a simple yes or no question? How hard is it do ask, “Do you find the name Washington Redskins offensive?”

  82. packsupersoldier says: May 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    So Harry Reid can shove it up his corrupt old keister and twist it sideways.

  83. lightningbuggs says: May 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    O geezus, here we go. *sigh*

    /One poll vindicates all the racists.

    //Because 500 people accurately represent the 5.2 mil.

    ///Marginalized once again.

    ______________________________________

    Maybe you should take a statistics course. You might learn a thing or two.

  84. itsfootballbaby says: May 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    And 99.9% or normal human beings don’t want men using the ladies room.

  85. annapterp says: May 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    Of course they are. This has been a manufactured issue all along. One of the few things Dan Snyder has done correctly is refuse to change the name of the Redskins.

  86. psj3809 says: May 19, 2016 10:34 AM

    Finally some common sense.

    Stick with the name and dont listen to the idiotic 9% who are offended by anything nowadays

  87. gobolts says: May 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    With the far left, it isn’t about the tens of thousands who don’t care, its about the two individuals that do.

  88. djravek says: May 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    How about the country stops pretending it cares about Native Americans. If we do, let’s give them their land back and leave. If you’re not willing to do that, stop pretending you care about them.

  89. cposaint says: May 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    No, the question is not then “whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name”. The question is when are we going to listen to the majority and stop talking about this.

  90. metalman5150 says: May 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    “If they’re OK with Redskins, what’s the problem with Indians?”

    Duh – Indians are from India, and not north america.

  91. In Teddy We Trust says: May 19, 2016 10:41 AM

    I’d say it’s a dead issue, but in a country where we’re supposed to let men into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms to avoid making 0.3% of the population uncomfortable, how can you ignore 9% of people who are offended by something?

  92. mrfrostyj says: May 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    Majority doesn’t rule in the US today. This is the era of the entitlement generation. The loudest complainer gets what they want just to shut them up. Liberals want you to say nice words to everyone and conservatives want you to check with them before you do anything in your personal life and both are getting their way because the rest of the nation is too busy dealing with their own problems to care.

  93. boon613 says: May 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    As a Native Canadian that grew up in small town Canada (the most racist place I know) I have never been called a Redskin before. I have been called the N word numerous times. Never a Redskin. This is my favourite team. Not because of the sweet Indian head. Because I grew up watching Sean Taylor. Enough said.

  94. redskinsalways says: May 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    Haha… Wow.

    Even 8 out of 10 would not be offended if a non-native called them a “redskin”. Lawd… where’s Mike Wise, Bob Costas, King, Dungy, etc… How are they going to tell Native Americans how THEY SHOULD FEEL? Game over… This should be where it ends. They don’t want to be told how they should feel.

    Hail to the REDSKINS!

  95. charliecharger says: May 19, 2016 10:51 AM

    Lots of Native Americans are living in poverty. I’m sure their number one concern in life was the name of a football team. Lots of them probably were not even aware that a football team was named Redskins until somebody conducting a poll told them. Good for Dan Snyder. I thought this was one of the rare times he got something right. If all those people really cared about Native Americans, they could sell their homes and donate the proceeds to them.

  96. 345snarkavenue says: May 19, 2016 10:51 AM

    Snyder should just change the name to the Washington Lobbyists…..they have a great winning record.

  97. ebdug says: May 19, 2016 10:53 AM

    I think they have discovered that being called redskins is better than not being called at all.

  98. bigmikeskinsfan says: May 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    I grew up on a reservation in the 80s and 90s when the Redskins were dominant and you’d see many Natives wearing the gear because they thought it was cool that they were represented on clothing and uniforms. Our HS football team name was “Indians” and people didn’t cry about things as insignificant as a name. They care about the raging alcoholism that runs through their communities, the lack of jobs, the lack of government help, etc.

    but not a stupid name.

  99. sactogary says: May 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    MDS – Thanks for writing this post. It shows a great deal of strength and objectivity to report something that doesn’t support your (and your boss’s) position, especially knowing that a lot of rabid opponents will throw it in your face. I don’t agree with your position, but I respect what you did here.

  100. bspurloc says: May 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    ..

    OK OK!!! just add a warning after the name like has to be done with blow driers not being used while bathing.
    Warning: This name is not offensive, if you are offended please cover it up with your hand.

  101. happster says: May 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    Shows you how out of touch moonbat PC police troublemakers are. Heaven forbid your people are associated with strength and courage in battle. I’d be more offended by the fact that Washington sucks too much to make it a proud thing.

  102. gobolts says: May 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    The argument is settled then–long live the Washington REDSKINS

    (Not a fan of the Redskins, just tired of the pc bs)

  103. pftbro says: May 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    Cleveland Indians and Cinci Reds. Love it! Get over it Liberal wimps….

  104. therick5000 says: May 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    It’s funny how the PC crowd and other activists have stolen this issue and made it their own. That is even more disrespectful than defending a perceived slight over a nickname. Example: the New York daily news decided not only are they not going to use the name, they will no longer even show the logo! Show me where, anywhere, a Native American took issue with the logo. Because if you left everything the same but called the team the warriors, those that were offended would probably be happy. It’s like yet another faction said, OK Native Americans, thank you for your input, we’ll take it from here. Like I said, very insulting to them.

  105. kenmasters34 says: May 19, 2016 11:04 AM

    @In Teddy We Trust
    Its 9% of 1% of the total US population. Its not like the Redskins are depicting the Native Americans as a cartoon or caricature.

    Anyways, I would suggest the Dan should do something to highlight Native American History. Maybe highlight the story of a different tribe every week.

    I think reaching out would help a lot to change that 9%s(of 1%) mind.

  106. GettingNoRespect says: May 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    Because it’s always a good idea to have the majority determine what is bigoted or not.

    Not just the majority, but the majority of those to whom the term is supposedly offending. So, yes, I will let THAT OVERWHELMING majority decide.

  107. thepuzzledfan says: May 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    People who take offense at the Redskins name should instead go address real problems in the native American community – which may very well have little to do with team names and more to do with getting their youth educated and in good jobs.

  108. nbptma1 says: May 19, 2016 11:12 AM

    anonymousnevermindfishdeath says:
    May 19, 2016 10:04 AM
    I’ve lived my whole life near the Navajo nation(the real Indians), and from my experience natives don’t really trust white people to the point of consealing their language, traditions, religion, and opinions they have. I guess that’s what happens when somebody’s culture is bieng stamped out. I’d like to know who exactly they polled (eastern “tribes” are usually looked at like uncle toms.

    =========================

    “Lived my whole life *near* the Navajo nation”. . . and that gives you the right to speak on their behalf?

  109. swineflooo says: May 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    Only leftwing nutjobs who complain about everythinf have an issue with their name.

  110. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: May 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    I’m sure this whole thing was dreamed up by some POS lawyer and spoon fed to a few “newly offended” Native Americans for a big money grab.

  111. bender4700 says: May 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    Yeah, I’m sure.

    Some folks have bigger things to worry about so they don’t worry about these type of things.

    Some folks don’t want to create fuss.

    Some folks don’t give a crap about the NFL.

    The name is ridiculous. It goes beyond opinion.

  112. fwippel says: May 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    That’s because this bogus crisis was media generated. It was an attempt to drum up trouble where none existed, and few outside media cared about. All brought to us by lefties like Peter King, who thought they could use their roles as sportswriters to bring about social change as they saw fit.

    Glad to see that effort fall on its face. While I don’t think much of Dan Snyder as a quasi-GM, I admire the fact that he has stuck to his guns on this. Good for him, and Redskins fans everywhere.

  113. jjdstl01 says: May 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    My best (and maybe my only) friend is Navajo. We’ve known each other since college. That’s now 43 years. He calls me pale-face. I am not offended.

  114. usedjock says: May 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    mogogo1 says:
    May 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    And yet this won’t change a thing. There was an “activist” being interviewed the other day who said that after Redskins were gone he’d move on to getting FSU to drop Seminoles saying it didn’t make any difference that the tribe had approved of the use of their own name since he was still offended by it.

    Great point. This PC stuff with things like team names will never stop. As long as you have one self righteous person who is offended somehow and someway it will keep going on. You could literally look at every single team name and find something that could be offensive to someone.

    If they truly wanted to do some good and feel better about themselves do something to help the Indians out with poverty, job training, and addiction.

  115. dickroy says: May 19, 2016 11:31 AM

    You must remember though that majority in America does not rule anymore. One liberal complainer can get a town’s 100 year old cross or a nativity seen taken down, even if 90% want to keep it.
    What is the percentage of people that want to keep Men and Women’s restrooms as they have been for years? See what happens there. So what.
    Doesn’t matter in time good by Redskins. Hello Redhawks!

  116. fsstnotch says: May 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    the most offended people by the name Redskin are not even Indian! lol But lets keep playing this narrative

  117. xcerebus1 says: May 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    Maybe he should have done the poll at profootballtalk.com or MSNBC. He’d have seen a hell of a lot of people that this name bothers.

  118. relictele says: May 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    Paul Lukas and his Brooklyn apartment full of mirrors hardest hit.

  119. keiselsbeard says: May 19, 2016 11:36 AM

    Of course they are. The only people that cared at all were whiny liberals that have nothing better to do with themselves than to get “upset” about something that has absolutely nothing to do with them.

  120. sweetnlow44 says: May 19, 2016 11:38 AM

    If this poll was done by the uber liberal Washington Post, then you can almost guarantee that the real numbers are probably around 98 or 99% that aren’t offended. It’s the whiny liberal PC crowd that actively looks for reasons to be offended that caused all of this. They’re the exact reason that Trump is so popular right now and has a real shot at becoming our next president.

  121. keys2heat says: May 19, 2016 11:39 AM

    Born on a reservation in North Dakota, 100% NA with Rez 545 blood. Although none of us were polled, I promise you all 412 don’t care about, nor are offended by, the word REDSKINS. It’s a football team, nothing more. This subject is so pathetic and it’s worse when it creeps into the articles of a “professional” football blog. I hate the Redskins as a football team, but could care less about the name, MOVE ON AND STOP TELLING US HOW TO THINK AND FEEL.

  122. dartwick says: May 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    Its simply a bad idea to name yourself after an ethnicity.

    ‘The Washington Whites”
    “The Washington Negros”
    “The Washington Asians”
    “The Washington Europeans”
    “The Washington Mongoloids”
    ‘The Washington African Americans”
    “The Washington Caucasians.”
    “The Washington Chinamen”

    All bad ideas.

  123. seabrawk12 says: May 19, 2016 11:44 AM

    Duh

  124. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    I’ve been saying this for years. Growing up close to an Indian reservation, I went to high school with a good cross section of them in my classes. I’ve respectfully asked them about the issue and not a single one is offended or could actually claim to even be a slight bit offended.

    The same PC ruling class that insists we open our bathrooms to 0.003% of the population that “self-identifies” as transgender is also driving this false narrative about the Redskins name. I especially like the announcers who proclaim that they never say the name Redskins, it gives me advance notice to turn off the sound and listen to the play by play on the radio.

  125. justintuckrule says: May 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    Reading this thread is exactly what everyone on rosa parks’ bus once said about her. Darn minority standing up for helself should have been ignored!

  126. rcali says: May 19, 2016 11:46 AM

    I give MDS and this site credit for reporting on this.

  127. Bob says: May 19, 2016 11:53 AM

    “The question, then, is whether Snyder should show deference to the 9 percent who are offended by the team name.”

    It’s 9 percent. Anyone can be offended by anything. And that is a problem in this country in that we have decided to start catering to every group who makes some noise about being offended.

    There are a lot of things that offend me and nothing gets done about those things. It offends me that people are beaten and shot, that women are beaten and raped, that kids are beaten and raped, that certain music glorifies all of that behavior. Yet, we turn a blind eye to all of that in this country, and get up in arms because some statue of a flawed person who died 125 years ago is still standing.

  128. barrywhererufrom says: May 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    And 90 percent of Liberals disagree with Native Americans that they should be offended..

  129. ducknichols50 says: May 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    Anyone ever notice how Liberals always refer to Conservatives as being a “bigot, hypocrite, nazi, etc” and the Conservatives normally try to explain their position ?

  130. notwhoyouthinkitis says: May 19, 2016 12:04 PM

    “It’s 9 percent. Anyone can be offended by anything. And that is a problem in this country in that we have decided to start catering to every group who makes some noise about being offended. ”

    Yep. Just look at the people whining for attention about Target’s transgender policy. Same thing. Small minority of people trying to use their religion to legitimize their discrimination.

  131. Mo Pro Babble says: May 19, 2016 12:10 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    May 19, 2016 11:45 AM
    Reading this thread is exactly what everyone on rosa parks’ bus once said about her. Darn minority standing up for helself should have been ignored!


    Completely different.Is anyone telling relocated Siberians (ostensibly Native Americans, of which there are none) they must sit in back?

    “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”

    Spock

  132. sportmigos says: May 19, 2016 12:15 PM

    what if i identify as a native american and i am offended

  133. nyneal says: May 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    No surprise to me the Native Americans are fine with the name, “Redskins”. They realize that it’s only a very few who have a problem with it, and most of those are ultra liberal wackos looking for another empty drum to beat.

  134. guitarfreak21 says: May 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    This whole thing is PC bull; besides surveys are SOOOO easily slanted EITHER way. This proves nothing, the opposition can prove nothing, and the issue is one of stupidity to begin with. LET IT GO.

  135. glac1 says: May 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    Is that the wind howling outside…. or the liberals whining….

  136. timothy131 says: May 19, 2016 12:20 PM

    money talks and polls dont means squat.only an idiot would run with this in any way other than a joke

  137. r8rsfan says: May 19, 2016 12:22 PM

    Ah, for the good old days when “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.

  138. Mo Pro Babble says: May 19, 2016 12:33 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    May 19, 2016 12:22 PM
    Ah, for the good old days when “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.


    Precisely,

    Those who are offended by names or words empower those by whom they are offended. Of course we live in a country of inconsistencies where the dreaded N word can be both empowering and offending depending on the source of the utterance. Very clever of those who figured out a way to have their cake and eat it. Despicable, but clever.

  139. tedmurph says: May 19, 2016 12:33 PM

    The ignorance in this thread is astonishing. Well, until I took into account the source(the right). ‘Whining’ Liberals are the ones that stood up for Women’s Rights and Civil Rights, among other causes, while the Right resisted at every turn. To some Native Americans, the term ‘redskin’ is akin to the ‘n’ word to African Americans. Obviously naming a team that would be unacceptable. That’s good enough for me. Exactly what is everyone defending? The right to use a name because it has a 65 year tradition? WHO CARES! And don’t give me the Free Speech argument. It doesn’t mean you have the right to say anything you want. That’s why we have laws against hate speech and obsenity, to give a couple examples.

  140. mixman34blog says: May 19, 2016 12:39 PM

    Anyone in their right minds knew this was just another social engineering effort on behalf of the intolerant liberal left. No one is offended by the Washington Redskins except the perpetually offended. Nothing to see here; next topic please.

  141. pfffffffffffft says: May 19, 2016 12:48 PM

    but like everything, its this 9% (a small group of people) who scream the loudest. Our society only caters to those who complain and whine the loudest about their plight, while the rest of the people don’t have time to set up camp and complain because we are actually working at bettering our spots without expecting others to do it for us.
    —-

    By your logic women should still not be allowed to vote and we should still live in a segregated society? the redskins name is a non issue, but there are people who are fighting for real meaning ful causes.

  142. charger383 says: May 19, 2016 12:49 PM

    some good news for a change

  143. justintuckrule says: May 19, 2016 12:53 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    May 19, 2016 12:10 PM
    justintuckrule says:
    May 19, 2016 11:45 AM
    Reading this thread is exactly what everyone on rosa parks’ bus once said about her. Darn minority standing up for helself should have been ignored!


    Completely different.Is anyone telling relocated Siberians (ostensibly Native Americans, of which there are none) they must sit in back?

    “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”

    Spock
    —–
    I don’t see the difference. If 91% of blacks didn’t care where on the bus they sat, does that make marginalizing the 9% acceptable? Many great things have happened throughout history when the small minority refused to silently accept the status quo.

  144. justintuckrule says: May 19, 2016 12:58 PM

    1,000,000 blacks once marched on Washington. I don’t know the 60s census but I have to imagine that there were more than 10,000,000 blacks living in the USA at that time. Should the 9% of those who marched have been ignored? Great things have happened in history and in this country when the small minority refused to go with the status quo. I’d bet anything that most posters here have benefitted in their lives in some way, shape or form from these pioneers. Something to think about before you argue the lazy pc correctness, whiny liberal, liberal media arguments.

  145. radrntn says: May 19, 2016 1:06 PM

    Well if it’s the Washington Post it has to be true…

  146. crewchief15 says: May 19, 2016 1:17 PM

    In Williamsburg, Va. We have the William and Mary Tribe, but they cannot use the feather symbol anymore and their mascot is a… Griffon (half lion and half eagle) Why The Face!!!

  147. milehighmike7 says: May 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    60 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  148. drunkraider says: May 19, 2016 1:52 PM

    Red lives matter

  149. baseballiseasymoney says: May 19, 2016 2:00 PM

    Have to love the comments. Good ole race bait at its finest. I’m in the wrong job. This is too easy.

  150. bunkmcnulty says: May 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    I just love how so many make the argument that the minority should have no control, or a say.

    You do understand the premise of the US Government legislative branch is founded on even the little guy having a voice. The requirement of 2 representatives from each state to form the Senate was to recognize pure majority rule is not always fair to everyone.

    I guess those forming the Constitution were just being PC. Smh!!!!

  151. bchap17 says: May 19, 2016 3:11 PM

    I’d expect nothing less than the right-wingers to have a field day with this…

    So now 504 Native Americans speak for the 5.4 million currently in the United States? Genius, I tell ya.

  152. mrwillywonka says: May 19, 2016 10:16 PM

    Ever since this whole controversy over the Redskin’s name, I have always thought that we should take a poll of how many individuals whom are 100% Native American actually watch NFL football. If not-that-many of them actually/honestly watch NFL football, then why in the world are they getting so worked-up over it? Absolute nonsense, if I do say so myself.

  153. rodvmunchiii says: May 19, 2016 10:22 PM

    But Mike told them they’re supposed to be offended by this. All his work for nothing.

  154. youbettercallsaul says: May 20, 2016 12:27 AM

    Most of the people who are whining and pouting over this name are people that I’d bet aren’t even Native American. They are the type who have a cause they latch on to for whatever their “fave” celebrity is advocating or maybe some fraudulent professor (Ward Churchill anyone?) is spouting about.
    Many have never been around large numbers of Native Americans, except maybe for that trip to the Indian Casino for the gambling, perhaps to the spa for “me time” or with their “besties” on a weekend jaunt. No, I bet most of these whiney pale faced pc types would probably faint if they visited, let’s say the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Or one of the First Nations lands in Canada.
    When they see the myriad of problems the residents of this reservation (and others) are living with (in no particular order I might add)
    1. High unemployment and Illiteracy
    2. Serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease to name a few
    3. Disturbing numbers of domestic violence
    4. High incidents of rape and sexual crimes
    5. Record numbers of suicide and other mental health issues
    6. Squalid poverty that is on par with third world or developing world nations
    7. Gang activity
    Then it might occur to the pc patrol that the folks in these places have a lot more pressing issues than a team name.

  155. tdubdizzle says: May 20, 2016 10:41 AM

    How can you say a vast majority of Native Americans don’t find it offensive when only 504 were asked?

    I’m impartial to this issue but in College this would not be an acceptable source of information.

    Then again most of the people reading this didn’t go to College…

  156. bunkmcnulty says: May 20, 2016 2:13 PM

    While I admit I am against the team’s name, it’s not because I worry whether someone is offended by it. As many of you point out, anyone can be offended by anything.

    I simply don’t feel, in the year 2016, with all we have seen in our world based on skin color, that a team name should be used that specifically uses skin color in their name. To me, this is wrong.

    You can defend it all you want. You can tie references that this relates to strength, and pride, and accomplishment, and bravery, etc. I get that. But making a team name based on skin color is wrong. It just is.

    Why do I know I am right? It is easy. You’re starting a new team today. Can you pick this name (assuming it wasn’t already taken)? You and I both know, there’s not a chance. You’d be stupid to try to.

  157. archer454 says: May 21, 2016 12:50 PM

    The term “Redskins” isn’t an ethnicity. It’s a simple nom de guerre. A nickname. My Native American friends don’t give a damn about the name. They actually wear Redskins apparel, without even being NFL fans.

    People want to feel important so they’ve taken up this bandwagon cause. Use your energy elsewhere: figure out a way to destroy reservation poverty in the midst of casino expansion.

  158. randyhawkins says: May 21, 2016 1:19 PM

    What happened to majority rules? I’m sure less than 9% of people want to outlaw football. Should we appease them, too?

  159. camlwalk says: May 24, 2016 1:24 AM

    What I’d like to see is the loudmouths who have been screaming about the Redskins’ team name to concede that they’ve LOST THE ARGUMENT.

  160. BigAlHeBDMan says: May 24, 2016 11:56 AM

    Well they could always keep the name and change their logo to a redskin potato. Would anyone be offended by that? (Probably just the potatoes).

  161. whispersd says: May 24, 2016 4:17 PM

    “How can you say a vast majority of Native Americans don’t find it offensive when only 504 were asked? ”

    It’s called polling.

    Unless there is bias in the selection process, there is good reason to think the sample proportion is reasonably close to the true proportion. Five hundred+ is a healthy sample size for determining the answer to one fixed question. The confidence interval around 9% should be around +/- 2-3%. So we can say with very high confidence that 12% or fewer Native Americans find this term offensive.

    I’m a big fan of being polite to people and using appropriate mascot names. But I’m also a big fan of mathematics. This poll is very helpful to Dan Snyder, who doesn’t want to change the franchise name.

  162. elvoid says: May 25, 2016 5:11 PM

    To those that keep saying things like “How can 504 native americans being polled represent all native americans?”

    Please.

    Take a statistics class. Or shut up.

    Your choice.

  163. gofor2with3pointlead says: May 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    Native Americans learned a long time ago not to reveal their true feelings to the white eyes.

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