This Navajo High School’s Mascot Should End the Anti-‘Redskins’ Crusade Once and For All

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by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports

A Navajo Indian high school in Arizona may put the final nail in the coffin of the radical activists — chief among them Barack Obama — who have been trying to force the Washington Redskins to change their name.

That’s because Red Mesa High, and it’s 100% Native American student body, proudly embrace the name of its mascot — the Redskins, and think those who say it is a racial slur are crazy.

As the Washington Post reported:

The fans poured into the bleachers on a Friday night, erupting in “Let’s go, Redskins!” chants that echoed across a new field of artificial turf, glowing green against a vast dun-colored landscape.

Inside the Red Mesa High School locker room, Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” blared on the stereo as players hurried to strap on their helmets and gather for a pregame prayer and pep talk.

“This is your time, right?” the team’s assistant coach demanded.

“Yes, sir!” the players shouted. “Redskins on three! Redskins on three! One, two, three, Redskins!”

The scene at this tiny, remote high school was as boisterous as it was remarkable: Nearly everyone on the field and in the bleachers belongs to the Navajo Nation. Most of the people in Red Mesa not only reject claims that their team’s nickname is a slur, they have emerged as a potent symbol in the heated debate over the name of the more widely known Redskins — Washington’s NFL team.

Red Mesa students, parents and alumni stamped the bleachers, clutching signs that read “Fear the Spear” and “Redskin Nation.”

That’s right. The Red Mesa Redskins. Proud of their Navajo heritage, and of the mascot they themselves chose in 1970 and refuse to change, even in the face of well-funded Democrat activists who have spent the better part of the last year bashing Washington owner Dan Snyder as a racist.

Two weeks ago, as I reported at the time, Snyder invited the President of the Navajo Nation to see his team play the Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix. 220 of the Red Mesa students and parents also attended — and were screamed at by out-of-state activists demanding they change the “racist”, “bigoted” name. “Shame on you!” the activists yelled at the Red Mesa residents.

They weren’t buying any of it:

“I don’t find it derogatory. It’s a source of pride,” said Superintendent Tommie Yazzie.

“I don’t know what (they) mean that it’s a racial slur,” said Mckenzie Lameman, 17, a junior who is Red Mesa’s student government president. “It’s not a racist slur if it originates from a Native American tribe. . . . It’s always used in the context of sports.”

And that it something few Americans even know — that the Washington Redskins logo itself was designed by a Native American who took pride in the name and identity it represented.

As Top Right News has reported, the vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins moniker. And the left-wing effort to change the name — led by Obama himself — is falling flat with Americans too. An ESPN poll showed that more than 70% of Americans want the Redskins to keep its name.

So now that the Red Mesa Redskins have shown the folly of this fake controversy, can we finally be done with it?

Here is WaPo’s video report. See how their liberal reporter tried in vain to bait the Navajos into opposing the name by asking questions such as “Why don’t you think the name is bigoted?” and “Don’t you feel you are being exploited?”

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  • Ralph L

    The only thing that Killary is ready for is prison.

  • John ThaVeteran Giger

    where I went to high school my team was the Warriors my mascot was an Indian chief I didn’t hear anybody complaining about that and they’re still not shut up you crybaby radicals

    • Susanm621

      Obama started this, Time foe all people stand up, Our country belongs to all American citizen.

  • mnphouka

    why does the commercial load immediately and the story will not play? Go Redskins!

  • Tex

    Eat that libtards.

  • David Dunn

    piss on Obama his goat allah an the quran pig book

  • Sarah Mahala

    Our team was the Vikings when I was in school and I never heard not nary a Norseman complain that we were being racist. So many stupid radicals out there that bend over backwards to be politically correct are doing their dead level best to stir up trouble where there is none. They seem to like race and racism to try to do it. Thank God there are still people in this country that haven’t lost their minds yet.

  • Jim1937

    With Eboa, ISIS, IRS, Benghazi and dozens of REAL issues, these morons concentrate of something as trivial as a team name. Anyone wonder why dimoCraps are going down in flames next week?

  • Dick Adams

    I much prefer Redskins over Blackskins!

  • Dick Adams

    More appropriate and acceptable team name to a liberal, would be, — ‘The Detroit Recipients’. Mascot could run along the sidelines’ with his hand out, while crowd shouts “We Want Free Stuff.

  • gmama91401

    Should they change to Washington Native Americans? That seems FAR worse… ”
    America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent.”

  • Ibe Gort

    “Political Correctness” has simply gone to far! It’s now a matter of you can’t say anything without offending someone but you don’t know who that someone is. Just an example. Funny how people can’t use the “N” word but Blacks can. Or do we complain about Latinos using “Gringo”? Not a chance. I’ll bend over and let then kiss my…..S! It’s gone beyond common sense. Heritage is just that, it is what it is. Deal with it.

  • OhOhSayCanYouSee

    White men gave that name to us. We now embrace it with pride. (think)

  • Nutbar Mcloony

    Regardless of whether they’re offended or not, why is the federal government involved in this at all?!

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