During last night’s Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC, veteran sportscaster Bob Costas decided it was his turn to weigh in on controversy over the Washington Redskins moniker. We already know how President Obama feels about the NFL franchise’s suddenly controversial name, so it was only natural that Costas interrupt the dual between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins to offer his two cents on the topic.
“Well, I want to talk to you about somebody I think is a very smart man and I’ve had a lot of respect for over the years. But… I think he’s gone full-fledged senile,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “But the nice thing is, in his senility, he still has remained wildly arrogant. Here is the one, the only, Bob Costas on the Redskins:”
“He goes on for about two minutes on the Redskins,” Pat explained. “You know, there are some names, like the Braves and the Seminoles that are really legitimate tributes to Native Americans. And he goes on and on and on.”
So what is the takeaway from Costas’ couple minutes of blabbering?
COSTAS: ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.
“Wouldn’t it have been nice if Bob had done a little research on that,” Pat asked. “And part of the set up was that he said a majority of Native Americans are offended by it. 90%, Bob [are not offended by the name]. Technically that’s a majority.”
On Friday, Glenn released a video that explained how overblown this situation as begun. The outcries of President Obama and those in the media seem to suggest a majority of Native Americans are offended by the Redskins moniker. In reality, that is simply not the case:
“It’s, again, the arrogance of the white man,” Glenn said of this controversy. “And again, where does that arrogance come from? From Manifest Destiny, it came from the government. It came from people who were in control… Look at George Washington. He was a friend of the Indians. So was Davy Crockett. He brokered most of the deals we had. The reason he left Congress is because Congress said, ‘Well, those deals aren’t working.’… And he left Congress because he couldn’t take it anymore. He figured out that the guys in Washington are all about power and they don’t have any honor. That’s who it always is, the people in power or those who are protecting those in power. Bob Costas is trying to make us hate each other even more.”
“It is the progressive way. They know better than you,” Glenn concluded. “This time, they happen to be in the 10% of really smart people. And 90% are wrong.”