New poll resurfaces debate about Washington Redskins name and logo | The Tylt
Earlier this week the Washington Post published a poll of 504 people from around the country and found that 9 out of 10 Native Americans don't find the name of the football franchise offensive. The results are similar to a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.
Of course the owner of the Washington Redskins, who has been fighting to keep the namesake, was pleased with the survey results. Less happy of course is The National Congress of American Indians and other Native American activists behind the "Change the Mascot" campaign.
James Fenelon, a California State San Bernardino sociology professor, called the poll "immoral," adding it was not representative of Native American communities. Amanda Blackhorse, lead plaintiff in the trademark case against the Redskins, said the "misguided" poll will not affect attempts to change the name.
We want to know what you think. Is the name offensive?
New poll resurfaces debate about Washington Redskins name and logo