In an interview airing Friday on SiriusXM radio, Jeb Bush defended the Washington Redskins nickname, stating:
I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive. . . . It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base…I’m missing something here I guess.
Jeb, you’re an idiot, and should know the facts before opening your mouth. A poll conducted earlier this year by the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies found that 67% of Native Americans feel the Redskins nickname is a racist word and symbol. In January, the Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians called for NFL fans to petition the league to change the nickname.
As stated in WikiPedia:
Native American individuals, tribes and organizations have been questioning the use of the name and image for decades. Over 115 professional organizations representing civil rights, educational, athletic, and scientific experts have published resolutions or policies that state that the use of Native American names and/or symbols by non-native sports teams is a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping that promote misunderstanding and prejudice which contributes to other problems faced by Native Americans. . . . Those officially censuring and/or demanding the name be changed include 23 Native American tribes and more than 50 organizations that represent various groups of Native Americans.
What is even more offensive about the Washington Redskins name is the team’s claim that it was in honor of its coach William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz. There is a major problem here. Dietz was a complete fraud. He claimed to be part Indian to avoid World War I. Again, the following appears in WikiPedia:
Dietz’s Indian heritage was first contested in 1916 after former neighbors who settled on the Pacific Coast heard he was posing as an Indian. In December 1918 the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked into his heritage after he fraudulently registered for the draft as a “Non-Citizen Indian” with an allotment. The Bureau found he had taken on the identity of James One Star, an Oglala man of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 12 years his senior who had disappeared in 1894. Dietz also falsely claimed he was the head of an American film company that produced propaganda films for the war.
No one thought it was possible, but Jeb has actually proven more of an idiot than his brother George.
For more on this, read the Talking Points Memo story, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-bush-washington-redskins-not-offensive