Actual Native Americans Set the Record Straight on Cultural Appropriation

Conservative Tribune | 1/12/2019 | Cillian Zeal
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My personal favorite sign of the times when it comes to virtue signaling is when sports journalists won’t say “Washington Redskins,” instead replacing it with some variety of “the Washington professional football team.” Yes, because that will solve everything.

It isn’t just that the name “Redskins” is offensive, mind you. It’s the fact that the name is culturally appropriating Native American heritage. Back during the controversy involving a certain NAACP leader who didn’t happen to be African-American despite her protestations otherwise, sports journalist and ESPN personality Kevin Blackistone wrote a piece for The Washington Post titled, “Washington football fans are as guilty of cultural appropriation as Rachel Dolezal.”

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“For much of my life, at least on fall and winter weekends, I was Rachel Dolezal,” he proclaimed, clearly with no whiff of melodrama. “I donned a T-shirt, sweatshirt or cap emblazoned with some image and nickname of my hometown football team and cheered it on. In the beginning, it was a gold-and-white spear and arrowhead festooned with a single feather. Then it became a burgundy R with a circle around it and a pair of white-and-burgundy feathers dangling down the back. Finally, the R gave way to the silhouette of a dark-skinned man with feathers cascading from his scalp.

“He was an ‘American Indian,’ as we’ve come to call the original and native people of the Americas. And the feathers, the golden spear and arrowhead, the paint that some who sat in RFK Stadium near Dad and me streaked on their faces, the headdresses that a few fans wore and nicknames they gave themselves, such as a guy who went by ‘Chief Zee,’ were all that concocted Native American’s property — or his people’s.

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“We stole it. That’s called cultural appropriation,” Blackistone concluded. “It’s misapplication. It’s misuse. It’s a callous disregard of the sensibilities of...
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