Friday, June 20, 2014

Eunice Davidon weighs in on the Redskins name



If you haven’t seen this article over on sayanythingblog, it’s worth a look. Eunice Davidon weighs in on the Redskins name and she has some very interesting points. Davidson is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation.
A CNN reporter stated that 30% of Native Americans are offended by the names and logos, but what about the 70% of us who support and take pride in those names and images? Don’t we count for anything? Other independent surveys have found 80 to 90% support names and images. Sports Illustrated and Attenburg Election Survey among others have found this to be true. They don’t have a dog in the fight, so we put more stock in them.

But even 70 percent is a large number.

The US Patent Office for 80 years has recognized the Redskins as legitimate and not hostile, what has changed? They also found the UND Fighiting Sioux logo and nickname – also trademarked – to not to be not hostile. The Patent Office is supposed to follow the law, not political agendas. And this is political agenda.

Is it Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed with way too much power that has caused this? He has used that power to divide, not unite?

It is none of his business and we ask him to quit speaking over us Indians, as if he were a God. Harry Reid’s comments towards the Redskin name are nothing new from corrupt politicians. Politicians have always used a small handful of Native Americans to achieve their personal agenda and goals. If he really cared about us, he would talk to all Native Americans, not just those that fit his agenda.
Here’s a point that doesn’t get discussed very often. What about the Native American that take great pride in Native Americans logos and aren’t offended by the names and logos? There are quite a few out there. Do we just discount and ignore them?

I don’t know, I don’t think so.

If 70% of the Native Americans aren’t offended by the sports teams that use Native American names and logos that means a majority of Native Americans aren’t offended. What are we suppose to glean from that?

I predict that there’s going to be great pressure on teams that use Native American nicknames and imagery very soon. I see it coming. It’s just a matter of time before the pressure is on the Blackhawks, Seminoles, Chippewa’s and Utes to change their names and logos. It’s coming. Mark it down.

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