CBS – But the thoughts and beliefs of native people are the basis of the debate over changing the team name. And looking across the breadth of Native America — with 2 million Indians enrolled in 566 federally recognized tribes, plus another 3.2 million who tell the Census they are Indian — it’s difficult to tell how many are opposed to the name. The controversy has peaked in the last few days. President Barack Obama said Saturday he would consider getting rid of the name if he owned the team, and the NFL took the unprecedented step Monday of promising to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation, which is waging a national ad campaign against the league. What gets far less attention, though, is this: There are Native American schools that call their teams Redskins. The term is used affectionately by some natives, similar to the way the N-word is used by some African-Americans. In the only recent poll to ask native people about the subject, 90 percent of respondents did not consider the term offensive, although many question the cultural credentials of the respondents.
That last sentence is what really makes this story funny. “…Although many question the cultural credentials of the respondents.” So what you’re saying, CBS, is that you polled a bunch of black and white people who claimed to be Native Americans on their census and of THOSE people, nine out of 10 of them weren’t offended by “Redskins”. Hilarious. No way there are really 5.2 million Indians in this country. Perhaps back before the white man came with smallpox blankets and firewater — sure. But you can’t convince anybody whose been around America that there are still that many left. I’ve met like triple the amount of Turkish people in my life than Native Americans. And Turkish people are from Turkey and not NATIVE to AMERICA.
Anyway keep doing you, white-guy-who-claims-he’s-Indian-for-tax-breaks-and-student-loan-assistance. If you’re not offended by “Redskin” nobody should be.