The hacks at CBS This Morning on Monday jumped on the cancel culture bandwagon, hyping the effort to force the Washington Redskins to change their name. Reporter Chip Reid featured an ESPN host assailing the “bloody” nickname. NOWHERE in the entire segment was any mention that Native Americans have been repeatedly polled and overwhelmingly support the name.
Reid featured Bill Rhoden of ESPN’s Undefeated to snarl: “The history of the name, there's nothing nice about it. It was never intended to be nice. It was a bloody nickname. It still is a bloody nickname. I think most people say we've got to move on.”
The only time the other side was mentioned was a brief clip of owner Dan Snyder. Mostly, Reid stacked the deck with those who hate the name. Chuck Hoskins, the principal chief of Cherokee Nation attacked: “It still hurts when depictions of native Americans or slurs, frankly, are used in a commercial sense or are reduced to mascots or caricatures."
Nowhere in the story is any mention of a 2004 Annenberg poll finding overwhelming support, 90 percent, for the name by Native Americans. In 2016, The Washington Post repeated the effort and found that 90 percent were not offended. Writers John Woodrow Cox, Scott Clement and Theresa Vargas wrote:
Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker.
The paper wasn’t happy with what they found. In 2019, Vargas essentially called Native Americans stupid for not being properly offended: “The name is a dictionary-defined slur, whether or not 10 percent of Native Americans or 50 percent of your co-workers or your favorite aunt acknowledge it.”
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CBS This Morning
8:22 AM ET
TONY DOKOUPIL: One of the oldest NFL teams could be, could be on the brink of changing its name after decades of criticism. Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera says, quote, “this issue is of personal importance to him.” So he's working with owner Dan Snyder on possible replacement nicknames to Redskins. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins said he personally likes the Redtails to honor the us the Tuskegee Airmen. Snyder has strongly resisted any change, but now he’s under heavy pressure from some of the sponsors who pay the team’s bills. That will get your attention. Chip Reid has more from Washington.
CHIP REID: Since the 1930s, the Washington Redskins have ruled over football in the nation's capital. But now the famous moniker looks to be on the outs. The team announcing it will undergo a thorough review of the team's name. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been slow to embrace a name change. In fact, in an interview seven years ago, he famously said, "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER. You can use caps." He also said this in an interview with ESPN in 2014:
DAN SNYDER: I understand where the name came from. I understand that it means and obviously, whether we sing "Hail to the Redskins, “Braves on the warpath," it means honor, it means respect, it means impeachment trial -- it means pride.
REID: But pressure from sponsors, including Nike, Pepsi and FedEx may force Snyder’s hand.
CHUCK HOSKIN JR: This is a great day in terms of progress
REID: Chuck Hoskins Jr. is the principal chief of Cherokee Nation --
HOSKINS: It still hurts when depictions of native Americans or slurs, frankly, are used in a commercial sense or are reduced to mascots or caricatures.
REID: The National Congress of American Indians also weighed in writing "This moment has been 87 years in the making. Indian country deserves nothing less. The time to change it now."
BILL RHODEN (ESPN’s The Undefeated): The tide is shifting so, so vigorously.
REID: Bill Rhoden is a columnist with ESPN's The Undefeated. He says team names like the Washington Redskins have no place in sports.
RHODEN: The history of the name, there's nothing nice about it. It was never intended to be nice. It was a bloody nickname. It still is a bloody nickname. I think most people say we've got to move on.
REID: For CBS This Morning, Chip Reid, Washington.