During Thursday’s broadcast of “Around the Horn,” a group of ESPN reporters suggested that the 9 out of 10 Native Americans surveyed in a recent Washington Post poll about the Redskins’ team name don’t know what they’re talking about.
The poll showed that, despite the media’s narrative, Native Americans overwhelmingly don’t care about the issue at all, but Newsbusters pointed out this didn’t seem to make sense to the panel. (RELATED: Poll Finds 90 Percent Of Native Americans Aren’t Offended By Redskins’ Name)
“It could just be that others don’t know the history of it and therefore aren’t offended,” noted Israel Gutierrez. “There’s so much history there. Maybe even Native Americans don’t know the history.”
“Our conversation around race is worse when we reduce people to cartoon characters, as a policy,” added Pablo Torre. “That opens the door to other things but absolutely still stands in this case.”
Finally, J.A. Adande noted that it’s important “to avoid the tyranny of the majority.”
“That’s something that the framers of the Constitution instituted into our democracy. And I think that’s something that should apply here, even if the majority is within the particular group that we’re talking about.”