"In a previous story the WaPo let the pro-team panel describe what occurred as they faced off.
The encounter at a Dupont Circle hotel was so tense that an Alexandria fan said she left in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police. She has told “The Daily Show” to leave her out of the segment but doesn’t know whether the producers will comply.
“This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said Kelli O’Dell, 56, a former teacher who lives in Alexandria and doesn’t watch the show regularly. “It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn’t consent to that. I am going to be defamed.”
So what did the Native Americans actually say that made Ms. O’Dell so upset? Well, this.
“I said to them, ‘You sound like an alcoholic, someone who’s in denial and who doesn’t want to believe what they’re doing is not right,’ ” recalled Blackhorse, who said the interaction with fans left her feeling “dehumanized.” “They don’t see anything wrong with it.
… That’s what the owner [Dan Snyder] is feeding their fans.”
O’Dell said she felt trapped. “I was told that I was ‘psychologically damaging Native American children,’ and every time we tried to say something, we got cut off,” she said.
Well, considering the fact that (as far as many Native Americans are concerned) the word “Redskins” was actually a term that came into being (to be used in America) when the King of England began to require the sheared off skin of dead Native Americans as proof before payment on a bounty for murdering them, per Phips Proclamation of 1755. Yeah, I would say that might be a bit scarring to Native American children who just might come into contact with regular use of the term.
Here’s a little more insight:
It was brought to my attention that some were asking if the term “redskin” was really offensive to Indians and that they would like to hear from us on this subject. Well, here you are…I am Blackfoot, Cherokee and Choctaw…and yes, the term is extremely offensive to me. Let me explain why. Back not so long ago, when there was a bounty on the heads of the Indian people…the trappers would bring in Indian scalps along with the other skins that they had managed to trap or shoot. These scalps brought varying prices as did the skins of the animals. The trappers would tell the trading post owner or whoever it was that he was dealing with, that he had 2 bearskins, a couple of beaver skins…and a few scalps. Well, the term “scalp” offended the good Christian women of the community and they asked that another term be found to describe these things. So, the trappers and hunters began using the term “redskin”…they would tell the owner that they had bearskin, deer skins….and “redskins.” The term came from the bloody mess that one saw when looking at the scalp…thus the term “red”…skin because it was the “skin” of an “animal” just like the others that they had…so, it became “redskins”. So, you see when we see or hear that term…we don’t see a football team…we don’t see a game being played…we don’t see any “honor”…we see the bloody pieces of scalps that were hacked off of our men, women and even our children…we hear the screams as our people were killed…and “skinned” just like animals. So, yes, Mr./Ms. Editor…you can safely say that the term is considered extremely offensive.
If you didn’t know that and this was your very first time hearing it, ever, particularly from Native Americans standing right in front of you, it could be a bit upsetting. A person might think you were then endorsing the taking of Native-American scalps, just like the hunting and trapping of an animal like a beaver, a deer, or a bear. They might think you’re making light of centuries worth of murder.
Because, well, indirectly, you are.
O’Dell was so upset by the encounter that she actually called the police on the Native-American panel, albiet two days later. Police correctly told her, “there is no crime here.”
—Because few things are more traumatic to white people than being called racist. BE a racist? No problem. Be CALLED a racist? Heads must roll.