The rather conservative Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst just called the entire debate regarding Washington’s football team name “asinine,” because by his estimation, Native Americans who take offense to the term are being “silly.”
For real, this is what he said. Let’s keep going.
“It’s been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up.”
First of all, Mike, it has absolutely nothing to do with anything that has happened lately. The term “Redskins,” which you’ve already acknowledged was an old name, was conceived out of the systemic conquest and slaughter of the native peoples of the North American continent. You might have missed that part when YOU WERE BORN 40 YEARS AFTER THE LAST BATTLE WAS FOUGHT BETWEEN THE U.S. ARMY AND PEOPLE THEY CALLED “REDSKINS.”
Unbelievable. It gets worse.
“[The term] was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin?”
No Mike, you’re right, “Brownskin” would be silly. It already has a dehumanizing application. Keep brainstorming, partner. Expect some sort of clarification in the coming days, because ESPN sure as hell isn’t having this kind of insensitivity.
You can listen to the interview, here.