Have you ever stopped and said to yourself, “You know, with all the things going on in my life right now, I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about the Redskins controversy?”
Don’t worry, I’m here with the answer you never wanted, for the question you never asked.
Recall that this whole thing sparked when someone, somewhere, realized that “redskin” might be a wee bit racist. I mean, I can’t possibly fathom where they’d get the idea that “redskin” is offensive from, but someone thought that it was. And it snowballed, leading to a mass movement to try and change the name (I suggested the Washington Tea Partiers after their disastrous 2013 season, and suggested that their mascot be the Mad Hatter; amusingly enough, I wasn’t the only one who thought of doing this. I love how they think it’ll piss of the left — I’m a left-winger and it was my idea). Things gathered steam, a Twitter hashtag campaign blew up spectacularly, and then the U.S. Patent Agency yanked the Redskins’ trademark.
And then Rush Limbaugh jumped in.
And now, Sarah Palin is jumping in, too. And this is an issue about the First Amendment, don’cha know. In another Facebook Novelette (I really miss the 150-some character limit), Palin rallied to the defense of Limbaugh and Mike Ditka, who also joined the fray defending the Redskins name:
Sarah Palin’s stupidity boggles the mind.
This cavalcade of stupid boggles the mind. “Proudskins?” We only use these abusive racial slurs and lather ourselves with these stereotypes because we love you Injun folk. You still exist, right?
And she actually suggests that a man who thinks that “Redskins” is an appropriate name be considered a source of “commonsense and admired patriotism.” Only in Wingnuttia could lionizing a racial slur become a point of national pride.
But wait, there’s more. After he made the comments, Ditka further elaborated on them:
If an American Indian found it to be offensive, I can understand it perfectly. But for somebody who that’s their job is to stir up crap, to go out and say it’s offensive? If an American Indian says it’s offensive, that’s fine. I’m all for changing it. But I don’t want some liberal to come out and say, ‘this is wrong.’ It isn’t wrong.
I don’t think it’s derogatory. A lot of people may feel it’s derogatory, I don’t. Now, that’s only my opinion. That doesn’t make me right. But that’s my opinion, and I’m entitled to that opinion. And, I’ll stay with that opinion until I go to my grave. I don’t find it offensive, and I don’t know if the Indians do.
I’m pretty sure there are a number of Native Americans who consider the name racist. Funny how Palin didn’t see it fit to mention that Ditka would agree that it should be changed if Native Americans said it was offensive.
Source: Yahoo Sports