Reading Habits & Redskins Name Controversy

How many books have you read in the last 12 months? And do you find the Washington Redskins football team name offensive? These are the two topics we discuss on today’s 30 minute audio podcast. Click here to download the audio directly right now.

Segment 1: Reading is more important than you realize. If you are well read, you have a better chance of getting a better job, and making more money than those who do not read on a regular basis. Are you below or above the median number of books the average American has read in the last 12 months?

Segment 2: We begin by reading some new liners for the show, and they turn out to be… well, slightly offensive. We compare that to the Redskins name controversy which rages on after the latest Washington Post poll showing that Native American opinion has changed very little if at all since the last poll ten years ago. Should they change their name? Where do you weigh in on all this? Was the poll fair & accurate?

Send us a comment or email us podcast@nativetalk.net and make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes! See you all next week!

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  1. The polls and any other statement of subjective opinion, misses the point: Native American mascots should be changed not because anyone is personally offended, but because they reinforce and perpetuate the stereotypes that skew the thinking of both natives and non-natives. The general impact of stereotypes can be encapsulated in the concept of the savage in Western civilization. The indigenous peoples of any land that the “civilized” (white Christian) people wanted to conquer in the age of colonization were assigned this status; primitive, aggressive, subhuman; not entitled to any rights including life, liberty, or property. Social science research has established that it does not take much to bias anyone’s thinking, and that these biases do not operate consciously, so asking direct questions is not going reveal them. Native Americans, when asked “Does the name of a football team 1,000 miles away bother you?” may say no, but if asked “Do white people wearing war paint and feathers, whooping and doing the tomahawk chop offend you?” would more likely say yes. But the important thing regarding the Redskins is not what Native Americans think or feel, but what biases white people have. Those biases have an indirect effect that emerge in unexpected ways. The most recent example might be the Dakota Access Pipeline. Did the owners of the pipeline think about Native Americans in any realistic sense when they rerouted away from Bismarck, where white people live to Indian land?

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      Hello Joe, I appreciate your comment! We’ll be reading it when we record the show for the upcoming weekend, at which point we will also respond and comment on your views. Thank you for writing in! Thank you for listening as well!

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