Pat Buchanan cannot imagine why Native Americans are not flattered by Redskins’ team name
Oh Pat Buchanan. Remember him? Apparently he’s still alive and kickin’, and totally aghast at finding out that these Native American people don’t find the Redskins’ team name too flattering.
Who would have thought? I mean, clearly, these groups are unaware of Buchanan’s nostalgic attachment to the team name, or the joy he felt while singing the ol’ Redskins fight song about “Braves on the warpath” in his youth, back in the 1700s. If they knew how much that team name meant to a young Pat Buchanan, surely they would get over this whole “racial epithet” thing and decide to be flattered by the team name.
Buchanan published an op-ed in WND Monday, in which he writes:
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!
Braves on the warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Yeah, I know. Pure unadulterated racism. We just didn’t know it.
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.”
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.
See? See Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation? Why can’t you be more like your ancestors, who were so cool about being killed off so that we could live here? I mean, that worked out really well for you, right? You guys have like, casinos and stuff now, so not sure why you’d be complainin’! We totally mean it as a compliment! To how super great you are!
I digress. If you are going to blatantly insult people, at least have the chutzpah to admit that you’re doing so. Is Pat Buchanan some delicate Southern Belle getting around telling someone to go to hell by saying “Bless her heart?” Could he not at least have the decency to say “Yes, I realize that many, many people find this incredibly offensive, and for good reason. But, I happen to be incredibly attached to the name of this sports team, and I don’t really care how they feel!”? Is that so hard? Does he actually have to go so far as to demand that they be flattered?
Saying the Redskins is a compliment is like saying “Amos and Andy” was an homage. It is just ridiculous, and no one really believes you. Even you don’t believe you, Pat Buchanan! Everyone knows the name is insulting and racist, and anyone that doesn’t is just too stupid to live. Which, they should know, I mean as an insult, in case that was unclear.