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The Daily Show Tackles Redsk*ns Controversy

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 26th, 2014 Last Updated on: September 26th, 2014

One of the most anticipated and talked about shows all week finally aired Thursday night. The Daily Show took on the Washington Redsk*ns name controversy by interviewing some diehard fans of the team and Native activists. As you can imagine the results were amazing.DailyShow

You might be familiar with the Native Americans who appeared in the clip. Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff in the case that has put the Redskins’ trademark protections in jeopardy; members of The 1491s; Tara M. Houska, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry; Gregg Deal, artist and activist; Simon Moya-Smith, writer and Michael Woestehoff, Communications Specialist who works in Washington D.C.

The Daily Show came under fire earlier in the week when some of the fans told The Washington Post that they felt ambushed, in danger and defamed.

Watch the clip and see what all the chatter is all about:

So what do you think? I thought it was well done and humorous. Hopefully Dan Snyder was watching!


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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shoshone g

The name Redskins is very offensive, some natives dont care but as far as me its sends the wrong signals toward non-natives in society. This negative imagery represents stereotypes and discrimination toward our native people. This image does not represent our natives as a whole but as a form of disrespect even though they mean good intentions, these kind of stereotypes produce false misconceptions for native americans.

Larry Peek

I am of American Indian blood, Pawnee and Oglala Dakota (Sioux)> I am not offended> I have not heard a huge, overwhelming cry from the Native American community, at least not that would be a majority. It seems to me that it is more of a white man’s embarrassment.

lynn

i live in cleveland ohio we have the cleveland indians and i love the team, as a part native indian it bothers me to see people dressed as indians getting drunk and acting stupid that is not who we are,show some respect

daniel

I’m half Cherokee, my wife is half Seminole. My best friend from childhood is half Apache and half Ottawa! We all grew up in the Chicagoland area. We are huge hockey fans and the Blackhawks is OUR TEAM!!!! The issue of the redskins, doesn’t offend us in any way. But, I think it would be hilarious if they were called the Washington Jihads! That way you can have another show to piss off the muslims……

Deanna Richardson

More of the absurd! I see a little indigenous blood and a log of European blood in the above picture of ‘indians’. I am waiting for someone to explain why they worship their ‘native’ grandparents but conveniently ignore their Caucasian grandparents. *snicker* If I had the interest, I would ‘follow the money’ And I would most likely find the answer.

Kim b

Blood quantum is another form of genocide. They are standing up for ancestors whose voices were not even considered. Stop with the westernized thinning.

James Ryan JR

How iz it that tha nfl came up with washington Redskins then we will go from there

lawrence

The Redskin name has everything to do with Native Americans. Slanderous, but acceptable then, but not now. They are learning to take care of their cultural heritage and negate all words that are offensive to them that had been
given to them by the colonial invaders.. -like jigabooo or drunks they were once called ok in 50’s but no more. Maybe they ought to be called Native American, or if you really care call them by their first mane or their tribe -like “a Navaho” man stead of redskin from Arizona…??…..

lawrence

The Redskin name has everything to do with Native Americans. Slanderous, but acceptable then, but not now. They are learning to take care of their cultural heritage and negate all words that are offensive to them that had given to them by the colonial invaders.. -like jigabooo or drunks they were once called ok in 50’s but no more. Maybe they ought to be called Native American, or if you really care call them by their first mane or their tribe -like “a Navaho” man stead of redskin from Arizona…??…..

mb d

My heritage has not been fully researched as to my possibly being a First Nation person on my maternal side, BUT I have found that Washington Redskins name offensive because to me it represents the politicians who are the lowest form of life in my opinion. The Redskins name has absolutely nothing to do with Native Americans and is a racial slur and has always been a racial slur ever since I was in grade school in the late 40’s.

Teri Martinez

They can change their name to Reds n leave the native American symbol out of the picture,i guess the white man figures they took everything else why not use them too. Wrong!!!

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