Fortunately, we now have sensitive souls like Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation to tutor us in our depravity. “By changing his team’s name,” Redskin owner Dan Snyder “can create a better historical legacy for himself – one of tolerance and mutual respect,” says Halbritter: “Native Americans do not want their people to be hurt by such painful epithets.”Buchanan seems confused by this:
Hurt? Native Americans are “hurt” by the Redskins’ name? Years ago, I recall hearing a line I thought a magnificent tribute to the toughness, bravery and perseverance of these peoples the Europeans encountered and fought on American soil for centuries. “There is no whine in the Indian,” the writer said. What he meant was that these were people who stood, fought and died, and did not whimper. And it is that character trait so many teams from the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota to the Cleveland Indians of the Cuyahoga seek to capture in their adopted names.His excuse? Well hell, he and his buddies growing up didn’t KNOW it was racism. He remembers his innate racial slurs with nostalgia.
Yet, one still recalls from boyhood that when the Redskins would score the fans would all take up the team’s fight song written by Corinne Griffith, wife of owner George Preston Marshall. Redskin bandleader Barnee Breeskin wrote the music in the ’30s. Here is how it went: Hail to the Redskins! Hail Victory! Braves on the warpath! Fight for old D.C.! Yeah, I know. Pure unadulterated racism. We just didn’t know it.Of course you didn’t, Pat Buchanan.
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