Offensive or a Badge of Honor? Glenn weighs in on the Washington Redskins debate

There has been an ongoing debate regarding the political correctness of the name of the Washington D.C. NFL team known as the Washington Redskins. Just last week, President Obama came out and said the name ‘Redskins’ is racist and insults the American Indian community. He called on the owner of the team to change the name.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: If it had a storied history that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.

But is the name really offensive, or this yet another example of political correctness run amuck? Glenn decided it was time to set the record straight.

  • Jesse Elmore

    Lets name them the Foreskins!

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Why is Obama even getting involved in this matter? Or is it he feels this is payment in kind to the Native American tribes for, in his eyes, centuries of oppression at the hands of Europeans and especially Americans?

    More and more, everything Obama does centers on two things: revenge, and politics.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beck you AGAIN prove to me you are a bigot. I really can’t take seriously the statistics you qoute. My people have been fighting this racism by the Washington team and others for many years. It has taken clowns like you to try and turn it into something political, and FYI I didn’t vote for Obama. The term Redskins is often refered back to the times when the terrorist US Government paid bounties for the scalps of “Redskins”. The term “Redskin” should be looked upon as you would use the “N” word. More and more the right-wing, conservative, tea party crowd reminds me of the Manifest Destiny crowd. A few years back I wouldn’t have expected this about you, Thanks For Opening My Eyes

  • Sam Fisher

    I am part Native American and outside of the left winged Native Americans who would get offended if they even seen a feather in the presence normal  Native Americans really don’t give a flying rat. Most of us got better things to do than worry about some stupid football team.  

  • Sam Fisher

    I am part Native American and what I find even more racist is the left that thinks everyone in the minorities groups should be offended by everything and demand money from white people and if you don’t side with them you get called every racist name under the sun and get treated like your in the middle of a KKK rally.

  • Anonymous

    He was asked about it, so he gave his opinion. 

  • David

    Anything to keep Americans distracted and fighting over ridiculous things instead of binding together and fighting the REAL ENEMIES of our FREEDOM!

  • Michael C Robertson

    Simply marvelous idea- and oh so true!

  • Corey Campbell

    Because it’s not like he has a nation to take care of.

  • Raina

    Father is full blooded Cherokee and is say it would offend him if they did change it ..

  • Sam Fisher

    I got an new name for them tho the black hole seeing how money seems to disappear in Washington all the time better yet rename them the twilight zone.

  • Idlan

    I am part Native American as well, and I find nothing offensive about it.

    No one has a right to not have their feelings hurt. 

    That is what is making the PC police more and more powerful.  The more people demand some type of justice because their feelings are hurt the more power you will be giving to someone to make sure only “correct” speech is heard. 

    The only problem is when you have given them that much power, they get to decide what speech is correct and next time you will be on the wrong side with no one to stand up for your rights.

  • Idlan

    Once they get the power over what you may say, then they go for the what you make think, read, watch and listen to.  What car you can drive, dog you may own or not allowed to have a pet.  The government may even try to force you to buy something you do not want…oh wait a minute!

  • Anonymous

     So you are an  Indian?  Do you know who first used the word?

    Here you go:  According to , early historical records indicate that “Redskin” was used
    as a self-identifier by Native Americans to differentiate between the
    two races. Goddard found that the first use of the word “redskin” came
    in 1769, in negotiations between the Piankashaws and Col. John Wilkins.
    Throughout the 1800s, the word was as they negotiated with the French
    and later the Americans. The phrase gained widespread usage among whites
    when James Fenimore Cooper used it . In the book, Cooper has a dying Indian character lament, “There will soon be no red-skin in the country.”

  • Sam Fisher

    It would offend me as well I think it is honor to have a football team named after our people. After all the bull we faced in the past.

  • Occupy the Dollar

     Right? Seriously, mentioning it once for 60 seconds isn’t exactly tantamount to “getting involved.”

  • Anonymous

    Let’s rename them in honor of….that guy living in the White House.

    The Washington Thinskins.

  • Jimmy Stubblefield

    Did he get mad when we had a WFL team in Hawaii

  • John Kirby Hanson

    He’s been asked a lot of questions that he has never given a straight answer to or never answer @ all.

  • Anonymous

    Or the Ass-Fisters, after Glenn, Pat, and Stu. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s hilarious. Snowleopard complaining about someone commenting on a racist and bigoted mascot. 

    By hilarious, I mean hypocritical.

  • Anonymous

    Snowleopard hates Obama because of his race, so it infuriates her to see him do anything

  • Anonymous

    or after Glenn Beck: the Washington Blumpkins

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck recently said the word “Ni**er” makes him uncomfortable but he was doing all he could to overcome that because he knows how powerful the word is. He is such a mealy bigot.

  • Anonymous

    please reattempt your joke, because no one read it. Your approach was too inarticulate, so not one cared what you wrote.

  • Mike Butler

    They should name the team after Øbama: The Washington Pantywaists.

  • Johnathan Read

    What next?

    If the name ‘Washington Redskins’ is offensive , then what about….

    The Declaration of Independence

    “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

  • Sam Fisher

    Shut up I know it sucks.

  • Sam Fisher

    He is not the bigot you are.

  • Sam Fisher

    Stop pretending you care about my people all you people see in us is a vote you liberals never saw us as people. By the way look it up many of us really don’t give a shit they are named the Redskins and find it hardly bigoted moron in fact most of us see it as a honor but what would an angry old white person know about that.

  • Sam Fisher

    Stop lying just because Obama is half black does not mean he is god. I guess using your logic your a racist to.
    a list of a few Black conservatives that you most likely hate.
    Dr. Benjamin Carson
    Crystal Wright
    Mia Love
    Francesca Chambers
    Chelsi Henry
    Sonnie Johnson
    Artur Davis
    Tim Scott
    T.W. Shannon
    Allen West
    Wayne Dupree
    Alfonzo Rachel
    Why do you hate the black race so much randypants?

  • Anonymous

    Another case is now playing out in a little Wisconsin town, Mukwonago (Indian translation: Bears Den).  Mukwonago began as a small Native American village about 30 miles west of Milwaukee and is now a bustling town of about 7,300.  Too small to garner the attention of major news outlets but they have the same pin-headed leadership in the WI State Dept. of Public Instruction as our current president recently demonstrated.  

    WI DPI is trying to force Mukwonago to change the high school football team’s name.  They are currently called the Mukwonago Indians and have been since 1911.  The school, to their credit is refusing to knuckle under and vowed to fight this.  Sadly, the DPI pinheads care not a twit that the team honors the Native American heritage of the area and has for over 100 years.  Also of interest is Mukwonago’s local newspaper is called the Mukwonago Chief reflecting the town’s origin, a native american village. Fortunately this is outside the jurisdiction of the WI DPI.
    A while back Sports Illustrated conducted a large poll, ( that made it clear the use of indian names was not offensive to the vast majority of Native Americans. So what we conclude is that a bunch of uninformed liberals are trying to mess with historical traditions to satisfy their own mini-minded ideals.In a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal poll, 84% of the area residents, support Mukwonago High School in their fight to retain the team’s name. The state legislature is working on changing the law stripping the WI DPI of the authority to force a name change.  I’d say it can’t happen soon enough. 

    Time to clean house in the WI DPI and in Washington.

  • Jon Keck

    You’re right! Getting involved would mean that he actually knew something about what he spoke and had actually researched the subject before answering said question. His answer was ignorant, unnecessary, and rhetorical of a liberal, everyone’s a victim, political- correctness-gone-crazy mind-set. He should have just claimed he was unaware, like he does on everything else from the IRS to Benghazi to Fast and Furious. HE is the epitome of racist and clueless.

  • Kevin S Griffith

    If the “Redskins” name is changed, then as a person of Irish and Danish ancestry, I want the “Fighting Irish” and any team named “Vikings” to be changed as well. “Fighting Irish” is a HORRIBLE racial stereotype.

  • RiteWingNutKrakka

    after randypants, a true tea bagger.

  • Anonymous

     All he had to say was he was not going to get involved in it, that he has more important issues to take care of.

  • Richard David Cisler

    It seems to me that the more we get rid of Native American references in sports names the more they will be forgotten. Unless Liberals want them to be known only for casinos. I think we should remember their stories of a proud people.

  • MaryAnn Pulaski

    Well said Sam.  I alway thought that it was more of an honor to have the team named after Brave Redskins.  I wonder if Minnesota Vikings are an insult to Vikings, or New England Patriots are an insult to Patriots, Dallas Cowboys an insult to Cowboys — you get my drift.  Looks more like they are trying to dig up controversy where there is none. Obama needs to keep his nose out and stop trying to divide the country in every way he can.

  • Jack Lalanne

    Great reply Sam…Kind Regards, Russ

  • John Rivas

    Not only does competition most efficiently allocate resources, it serves to guide our efforts without the meddling of central authorities.

  • Anonymous

    How about we call then the Washington DC ‘Pinkos?’

  • Anonymous

    The question to ask is: Are the Native Americans demanding a name change?  If so, perhaps

    the owner of the team would be wise to change it.  Hold a contest for the best name.

    However, if they don’t care a fig, leave the name alone.  It’s become part of history.

    Off topic: For a 2nd week in a row, I’ve had to wait until Mon. to get onto the Fri. page.

    Anyone else having that problem?

  • Anonymous

    Just want to point out the Washington professional football team never called ‘Fenway Park’ their home field. Otherwise, good video.

  • Anonymous

    No you are not…ever white person claim to be Native are so full of shit. AS foe Glen’s comment..he is and idiot. why in the world would you listen to him.

  • Anonymous

    Why… is it, that many white American’s in the US, claim to be Native American. In fact most law forbid interracial marriage between white and Native American. The law did allow marriage between Native American and blacks American in most state.

  • Sam Fisher

    No it is you that are full of shit and racist because you think a Native American cannot have the own opinion outside of your bat shit crazy world.

  • Sam Fisher

    Yes because everyone follows the law just ask Obama’s parents oh wait a minute dumbass wasn’t his monther white but I thought their where laws against that. God your such a moron second are you stuck in the 60s those laws do not exist anymore moron and I would like to point out to this racist bigot that it really did not apply on Native American tribal lands why because our government considers them their own Nation but that is ok racist ignore facts. Ignore facts that it was my people who let escaped slaves join their tribes and the intermixed in our tribes and same was true with whites. Ignore facts that not all Native American tribes have red skin. Take a look at some Florida tribes all of them are white but yet some are full blooded Native Americans. You see racist the left judge on skin color instead of facts you have not one clue what my people look like and if you are offended that we have different skin color than that is not our problem that you got a racist heart.

  • Sam Fisher

    None of us are but 10% because every race has to have the overly sensitive.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Since nobody elected you as spokesperson for Native Americans (formerly known as “Red Skins”) your views are your own and nothing more.

    Many Native Americans, maybe not even a majority find the term offensive. Liberals who believe as I do defer to those Native Americans who find the term offensive. It is a term from a less tolerant era the one you are still part of unless you are referring to yourself as a “Native American.”

    In all the postings I have read of yours you have never noted the concept of “white privilege,” the concept that dominant “white” culture dictates much of society and that those who are not so identified are marginalized.

    You have a self serving definition of what liberals think that serves your own sense of victimhood.

  • Sam Fisher

    And you only listen to the 10% of my people and not all of them and the liberals I am referring to are not your type but people like LIB4EVER I should have been more clear on that. Why do we in the minorities have to be angry about white privilege seeing how that was left behind way before my time. I feel that people that bring that card out just gave up on trying because life is hard and it does not matter which race you come from. I would rather get their on my two feet instead of being pushed ahead of the line because of my race and many in my age group feel that way both left and right.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I work in a business environment and deal with people on a fairly high level. I know very well that racism is still very much alive. If you don’t see it you have to have blinders on.

    You may kid yourself but I know better.

  • Sam Fisher

    Sure their is racism but it is in the minority. Their is no such thing as White privilege their has not been such a thing in 20 years. I know for a fact their is racism but it comes from you guys. No lie when I cam out about my Native American heritage I been called a savage which is a real racist term not redskin accused of drinking fire water all from the left. I know not all of you are like that but it does not help matters don’t you agree. Those where the left wingers I was talking about.Very little racism in my town because if anyone came out to be a racist they would be tared and feathered here.

  • DKT First Nation

    yes, I am an elder. The early historical records you refer too is no doubt that of the whites, which isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, this I have seen while going thru their schools. The term “Redskin’ goes back to when the Government paid bounty for my ancestors scalps, an act brought over from Europe. This is a derogatory term, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, no matter how Beck wants to twist it

  • DKT First Nation

    Sam, you sound more like a Beck employee than anything. If you actually are part indigenous, then you are as far away from indigenous culture and history as you can get. I do not need a bogus poll conducted by whites who can’t confirm who said they were native and if they actually were to tell me what is going on in Indian Country. This issue has been going on for DECADES, I know by experience. Apparently you couldn’t comprehend what was written above either

  • Sam Fisher

    Their are things more important than skin color. I prefer to use my time wisely and worry about important things like finding work helping others than worrying about some stupid name on a football team and the Native American population here actually agrees with me. What because I am half white I cannot feel for my other half. Please people like you care more about skin color than normal people ever even think of and it sounds like your a big time racist to my other half because I never seen such racism out side of the KKK or black panthers.

  • DKT First Nation

    Learn the history of the term “Redskin” it’s meaning is derogatory