“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
Every year just before the start of the football season we get political correctness with the term, The Redskins. Okay I can see how the name can be construed to be something offensive but what about tackling poverty rather than worry about the name of a football team or teams?
To put this in stark terms, counties on Native American reservations are among the poorest in the country and, according to the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 60 percent of all Native Americans who live outside of metropolitan areas inhabit persistently poor counties.
Tom Rodgers is the president of Carlyle Consulting of Alexandria, Virginia. A Blackfoot tribal member, he advocates on behalf of Native American tribal governments and their people. He was previously a congressional staffer for Senator Max Baucus.
Unemployment rates are depressing with alcohol use and violence against women alarming. The poverty rate ranges from 40-54% with about 10% in extreme poverty. WASHINGTON—A gap in law enforcement on Native American lands creates an environment in which Native women suffer a higher rate of violence than any demographic in the United States, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Census Bureau and advocacy organizations.
I saw a program from the reservations where rapes were around 60% of the Native American women? Do you think they care about a name when they are hungry and subjected to rape so much? The women there had their little support group, lamenting the violence and degradation.
Washington Redskins Defend Name With Help From Native Americans
“It’s a warrior’s name”
The Washington Redskins premiered a video Monday in which Native Americans explain why they don’t think the team’s hot-button name is offensive.
In the Redskins Facts video, Native Americans argue that they have bigger issues to deal with than a football team’s name. “They’ve never asked Native Americans. It’s somebody else who knows nothing about us trying to speak for us, and it’s kind of an insult,” Wade Colliflower, Team Redskins representative from the Chippewa Cree Tribe, said before adding, “If you can help in any other way it would be greatly appreciated.”
Sadly though that money does not help those in dire need. Have you seem some of the Alaskan Wilderness show? Or Alaskan Troopers? Some of those homes are barely big enough for one, let alone a family. And yet some tribes get one million per as the article above relates.
So yes, Native Americans are rightfully mad but that anger should be redirected to get help to the needy and not create another caste system in this country.
The drinking and violence is staggering and being homeless over a year ago, I know the plight that faces people without a place to stay!!!
Fix the pain and suffering and then we’ll see how I feel about women and children suffering and men with no hope and no future….