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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