CBS Columnist: Indians Who Like The Washington “Redskins” Nickname Are Uncle Toms


Here in North Dakota a years-long battle over the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname ended with a whimper when the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe lost a federal appeal in their lawsuit against the NCAA.

Yes, that’s right, at the end of that fight the people fighting hardest to keep the Sioux nickname at the university where the Sioux Indians themselves.

I was thinking of my friends at Spirit Lake – I got to know some of them quite well during the nickname fight – as I read about CBS columnist Mike Freeman describing Native Americans who support the Washington Redskins nickname as “Uncle Toms.” writer Mike Freeman wants the Washington Redskins to change their team name, and thinks any American Indian who doesn’t feel the same way is a new “Uncle Tom.”

“Sure, there will be some Uncle Tom American Indians who will say Redskins honors them, just like there were some Uncle Tom blacks who once didn’t mind being called colored,” Freeman wrote.

In his column, titled “Redskins not offensive to you? How about the Washington N-Words?,” Freeman argued that supporters of the “Redskins” name might as well not oppose the idea of a team going by the “Washington N-Words.” “If we’re going to be bigots, why not go big?” he wrote.

There’s a special sort of arrogance that goes into attacking a group of people for refusing to feel victimized by something as trivial as a sports team nickname. Attacking them by resorting to racial slurs, no less.

Mr. Freeman – who is black – presumes to know Americans Indians should feel about the Redskins nickname, but attacks actual Indians who disagree with him.

To be sure, there are plenty of Indians who are offended by the Redskins nickname, but it seems there are quite a few who are ambivalent toward it or even, as Freeman admits, downright appreciative.

Does that mean these people are being obsequious in the face of some supposed white racist oligarchy? Or do they maybe just have an honest opinion that runs contrary to the left-wing victim narrative?

Therein lays an ugly truth about the left’s victim politics. If you challenge their narratives, you’re a racist. Or, if you’re a part of the victim group they’re championing at the moment and you challenge the narrative, then you’re a race traitor who doesn’t know what’s good for you.

Because people of a certain skin color are supposed to think a certain way, I guess? Far more racist than any sports team nickname or mascot is the idea that having a certain skin color means you have to think a certain way.

There’s nothing in that which has anything to do with tolerance.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • flamemeister

    Or do they really want to say “Uncle Tom-Toms?” Raaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!!!!

    • Neiman

      Racist! Well I said it for the liberals, okay?

      Now that we are beating the war drums and doing the liberal war dances, may be we can call them the Washington Slightly Sun Burns (SSA)? Or, the Washington “Well Tanned Native Americans?” Or, simply explain it refers to any moron of any color exposed to the sun too long?

      This is such Liberal racist, entitlement b.s.!

      • flamemeister

        Part of the long-term agenda to erase all traces of Native American references from the popular culture.

        • Neiman

          I would like to think up an acronym that essentially stands for “Those generic, multiple tribes natives to this land we stole from them, while we committed genocide against them and whom now want us to kiss their rumps for eternally”

  • Lianne

    I can understand how many Native Americans may be offended by the name “red-skin”; but I can’t for the life of me understand how anyone can be offended by names or logos that instill pride and honor, such as Fighting Sioux. In this day of PCism, red skin could be considered derogatory or at least slang.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      Maybe some people don’t want to be a mascot of the people who took their land by force and put them on reservations.

      • Rob

        Maybe. But then, maybe others dont want to be perpetual victims.

        Does that make it ok to throw racial slurs at them?

        • Neiman

          I seriously doubt very many non-Native American thinks of “Redskin” as relating negatively to those indigenous people at all. So, because the word has a negative connotation for a small minority of Americans, if this team is forced to stop using it as their name, then surely every word that hurts the feelings of anyone must equally be taken from the English Lexicon and cannot be used without constituting a hate crime.

          On the other hand, it was originally used not just of those people made red by the sun, but by the red color of Indians when they were skinned by criminal elements that were racists and Indian haters.

          If the people today were using the word in a mean-spirited, racist way I could make some sense of this action; but, as it appears to honor the courage and fighting abilities of Native Americans, it doesn’t make much sense to me. Oh, my late eldest brother and a sister are part Cherokee Indian, so you can lay of any insensitivity or racist crap.

        • Matthew Hawkins

          I would not have called them Uncle Tom’s, but you seem to approve of the racial slur Redskin.

          • Rob

            Actually, I’m totally ambivalent about it. Some Indians find it offensive, others don’t. I’m not an Indian, so I really don’t have a dog in the hunt, but I do think people are making too big a deal put of it.

          • $8194357

            So Marxist PC of you Matthew….
            Indoctrinated Lenin’s useful idiot.

        • JoeMN

          Yet liberal dogma insists on locking the American Indian of today in shackles and chains trailing all the way back to 1608, plus cementing them in with government entitlements for good measure.

          You see, they simply cannot participate in the wealthiest economy in the world as long as there is a football team named the Redskins.

          Meanwhile, this retired Patawomeck chief will be offended if they DO change the name

      • JoeMN

        So let’s hear from the outraged Vikings
        Or outraged “Giants”

        • Goon

          i am offended by all the above teams because they have beaten the Vikings so bad in the past. :)

          • $8194357

            You should be offended by the Vikqueens?
            Go Pack…..Hee hee….

          • Goon

            yeah, they’re not very good.

          • $8194357

            At my former place of employment,
            there were close to 80 Viking fans and two of us Packer fans.
            We caught a lot of grief and scored a few good ones to boot…
            They are the “heart break kids”, huh.

          • $8194357

            Talent hasn’t been lacking as much as just bad coaches decisions and bad luck, IMO…I was lured over for awhile when Tarkenton was playing…Grant was a cool cat as well.
            the Purple People eaters had me and my Dad on opposite sides for awhile, but sanity came back and Dad was proven correct again, IMO. Green and Gold..

          • two_amber_lamps

            Since the Vikings suck so badly… I get a lot of mileage out of this one.


          • $8194357

            Hee hee……

      • Thresherman

        Really? When did this happen? Oh, you mean 140 years ago? I got news for you, none of those people are alive any longer. Do you also think that the Irish should be upset for the way their ancestors were treated back in the 1860’s and 70’s as well? Or is that different, but if so, then why?

        But then again why was it OK for the Sioux to take the Chippewa’s land or the Cheyenne to to take land from the Sioux by force, but not for settlers to homestead the same land? But then idea that the land was taken by force from Native Americans is largely a falsehood as well. There were battles to be sure, but there was no great military defeat of the Native Americans that essentially made them surrender. Instead is was a mixture of some willingly going on reservations because they were seduced by relative ease of no longer having to endure the rigors of a hunter/gatherer lifestyle, others tried to cling to that lifestyle but were defeated not by military force but by the inrush of settlers and the demise of the buffalo herds and a few chose to be renegades but even most of those eventually came in peaceably. Which is not to say that this was all swell and peachy keen, but the demise of the Plains Indians was due more to the pressures of cultural evolution and was an inevitable conclusion.

        • Matthew Hawkins

          One way it is different is that it wasn’t the government through the military taking the land. Were their government massacres of the Irish that I didn’t learn about in American History class. Comparing what the Irish went through to what African or Native Americans went to is the worst type of pandering. It is the same as saying the name redskin has a similar historical connotation as a viking.

          Are you serious that there was no military defeat of the Native Americans? Read about the trail of tears, they didn’t volunteer for that. Read about Wounded Knee. Read about Sand Creek. The cultural evolution came because the we killed all the buffalo. Learn your history before you say thinks that are so breathtakingly ignorant.

          • $8194357

            Its only different because one is a Marxist social justice unconstitutionally protected class citizen and one is not.
            The PC victimhood classes are the false morality crutches
            all ya all on the ideological left have been brainwashed into destroying limited government Constitutionalist Rule of equality to make you “feel good” when you spout the Marxist social justice rhetoric based on destruction agendas…

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Are you really saying that there is no difference between our government trying to systimatically kill a people (Native Americans) and where our government let them come in but they were discriminated by local english shop owners?

            You are the perfect conservative. Nobody matters except how they can help you economically today.

          • $8194357

            Your a$$umptions and straw men arguments….
            Not mine ideological useful idiot.

      • bcliff

        Perhaps SOME people should not control the majority!

    • headward

      redskin wasn’t talking about race. some tribes were using some bug repellant that had a red dye. the Europeans settlers saw that and would describe them as such.

    • $8194357

      PC is marxist cultural terrorism by its proper name.

      “Political Correctness:”
      A Short History of an Ideology
      Edited by William S. Lind
      Posted by Frank Kitman on 19:20 in counter-revolutionary film, drugs’n’dis-info, leftist strategy, political correctness |

      “Political Correctness is Marxism, with all that implies: loss of freedom of expression, thought control, inversion of the traditional social order and, ultimately, a totalitarian state.”…

      The authors of “Political Correctness” attempt to trace the PC movement back to its origins—Marxism and the Frankfurt school of thought. By so doing they claim to uncover the true and sinister purpose of political correctness—the complete eradication of traditional Western Culture. They also attempt to demonstrate how deeply political correctness has penetrated into every aspect of Western Culture, and how damning its presence is.
      Shortly after the first practical attempts to implement Marxist economic socialism it became clear that the theories of Marx were limited. In order to achieve any notable revolution it was necessary that that revolution should focus not only on the economic order, but also, and firstly, on the cultural. This is the root of cultural Marxism. The Frankfurt school was its most eloquent proponent. According to the Free Congress Foundation, political correctness is one of the ideological offspring of this school.

      Read the rest of the review here and visit the Free Congress Foundation

      The 6 chapter volume is embedded below – for an introductory lecture by Wiliam S. Lind go here
      The now legendary film on the History of Political Correctness is here

  • mikemc1970

    Hmmm, isn’t it suppose to be Native American? Who would dare to forget to stick to the PC Nazi mantra? That’s right a liberal, not just an ordinary run of the Whole Foods liberal, but a full on racial grievance hustling liberal. Irony.

    • $8194357

      Indigenous peoples?
      Don’t matter what ya call it at any given
      time or decade…
      It is what it is…Not what ever name they call it
      for deceptions and destructions purposes.
      Such an age of false enlightenment,
      the 60’s and 70’s…Regurgitated marxist dogma
      applied to the nations super structures and rule of
      Constitutional Law…
      From it?
      Special protected class status given in an equal under the rule of law structure….Deconstruction agendas the ACLU fought for for decades and decades…Burn that mother down, dude and from the ashes?
      False Eden and liberal utopia, man…

  • JoeMN

    On the liberal Democrat reservation, you are told when to be “outraged”

    • $8194357

      On cue and thru indoctrinated false enlightenment brain washing.

  • headward

    When are we going to change the NY Yankees name? The british gave that name to americans to insult them. Are we all Uncle Toms if we are ok with that offensive name?

    • $8194357

      Englands B!tch, still?
      Naw…Not anymore.

  • 11B40


    First they came for the Redskins.

    How long before they come for the Browns ???

    • $8194357

      Speak of the devil and hanni appears?

    • TyrannyInsurance

      …Warriors, Braves, Chiefs???

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    “Attacking them by resorting to racial slurs, no less.”

    Hey Genius, the word Redskin is a racial slur, cracker. Why not The Washington Crackers?

    • jimlauten

      It’s only racial slur to idiot Liberals, cracker. Here on earth it’s just the name of a football team.

    • devilschild

      The name was chosen in 1933 to honor the teams coach whose mother was a Sioux.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Hawaii doesn’t rate a football team but if they did they could name it after something near and dear to your heart…

      How about the Honolulu Tax Cheats? Or the Waikiki basement dwellers?

      • mickey_moussaoui

        the surfer twinks

        • two_amber_lamps

          Too bad they’d probably have to pay royalties for “The Butthole Surfers.”

      • Proof

        The Honolulu Haoles

        • $8194357

          Hey Proof…
          Keep them quote de jours a coming…
          I love em…

  • $8194357

    Yes sir…

    The leftist tolerance for those who
    “don’t follow Marxist social justice indoctrinated dogma”
    on display once again by the ideologues.
    But for their own good and the sake of the children tho, huh.

  • $8194357

    PC is liberal fascism. End of story….
    Normalizing cultural terrorisms deconstruction of the targeted western Judeo/Christian rule of law structures.

    Good and thourough Documentary on the origin of political correctness.
    As it turns out it is a revision of the marxist concept of false consciousness,
    and has very real similarities with policies made by the communists
    in the eastern bloc “in order to silence dissent”.

    The western variant originated in the “critical theory” of the Frankfurt School.

    Refusing to take any responsibility for their own belief system
    and present their agenda in a direct and comprehensible manner,
    they found themselves content with
    “igniting the conflicts”
    within capitalist societies
    “in order to weaken them.”
    (the sixties..Burn that mother down, dude…7.62)

    Promoting hedonism and
    “making enemies of every thinkable grouping”
    within the free world, they kept authorities comfortably busy on the homefront.

    Blacks and whites, husbands and wives, young and old, gay and straight etc.
    If gay-marriages were to become a majority preference one day, they would surely fight for the rights of the minority-group of individuals who want to marry their pets and criticise homosexuals for discriminating against people with a more polymorpheus sexuality than themselves.

    In essence many of the moronic professors now presiding over all the big social “studies” departments at american and european universities are the wounded victims of this aspect of the cold war.

    Getting a helping hand by the active measures of the soviet union,
    because they had
    “a weakened sense of truth,”
    unable to resist the careful attack on academia,
    led by the cultural marxists,
    disappointed by the revolutionary potential of the western working class

    the origins of political correctness

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The solution:
    thanks to BFH / IOTW

    • $8194357


      • mickey_moussaoui

        That’s not just any potato, that’s a “redskin” potato

        • $8194357

          Planted 3 rows of reds and three rows of whites..

          Equal opportunity “hater” that I am..

    • devilschild

      It’s the right color….instead of Gatorade than can drink butter.

  • Stuart

    Straw Dog..distraction

    • $8194357

      Yup, what it is…
      A fight in the stands to mis direct attention
      so DC can continue destroying
      the Constitution for internationalist gain.

  • Drain52

    Talk about a mixed metaphor. By the way, what about redskin peanuts (aka Spanish peanuts)?

  • Stuart

    Rob..first I’m told I am not I need a pass word..what’s with my registration is Holder in charge here?

    • Rob

      Oh give me a break.

      It’s simple, register and then verify an email and you can comment without moderation.

      • $8194357

        Stuart leans libertarian?
        Hee hee….

    • $8194357

      ( is Holder in charge here?)
      Good one !

  • awfulorv

    North Dakota was once the hot bed of names deemed offensive, and risque. There were the Fargo Midgets, the Grand Forks Redskins, the Wahpeton Wops, the Beach Bitches. The schools might still be insulting various groups but for the attempt by Grassy Butte, Pam Gulleson’s favorite collection site, to attach the name “Butt Phukers” to their teams, which was thought to cross too far over the line.

  • Neiman

    I just had an idea, how about striking fear in the hearts of the opponents, by calling them the “Washington raped and mistreated white squaws by Native Americans?”

  • Matthew Hawkins

    When did it become PC to stand up for racism.

    I would have thought it was just the right morally thing to do.

  • Pickee

    I, for one, would love it if there was a team called the Whites. I would make them one of my favorite teams. I had a red dot Indian tell me that he roots for the Redskins because of their name. As an aside, I am not sure what Freeman meant by his coloured remark. 60 years ago a Black person would look at you like you were nuts if you called them Black or African American. Everyone, including Blacks, referred to themselves as coloured.