In the latest episode of the American Renaissance podcast, white nationalist Jared Taylor defended the controversial Washington Redskins name, claiming that it actually was meant to honor Native Americans and their “fighting spirit.” After alll, the U.S. Army “does not have an Apache attack helicopter because we’re insulting Indians.”
Setting aside for a moment the problems with naming war machines after tribes the U.S. government has decimated, the term “redskin” is a racial slur. It’s also demeaning to use an entire racial group as a mascot, but Taylor insisted that this is all motivated by “respect for Indians.” Then, in an effort to make it appear as though “liberals” were contradicting themselves, Taylor mentioned the retirement of Confederate symbols at colleges and high schools.
“However, if, as in the old days, you had Southern high school or college teams and their mascot was the Rebels, that’s glorifying the Confederacy,” Taylor said. “Well, gee, make up your minds fellas. Are we glorifying people by using these names or are we insulting them by using the name?”
Co-host Paul Kersey responded by bringing up the “frightening” case of the University of Mississippi, which has been steadily “denuding” itself of its “Confederate heritage.” He criticized former Ole Miss football coach Tommy Tuberville for requesting that students not wave the Confederate flag at games, lest they undermine the university’s recruitment efforts. Ultimately, Robert Khayat — the university’s former chancellor who, oddly enough, supports the use of the Redskins name — made the decision to retire the Confederate flag at the school once and for all.
Years later the school retired their mascot, Colonel Reb, for its tacit approval of the Confederacy. Colonel Reb, of course, did not symbolize a racial group but rather a military unit, and, for many people, is as unseemly as using a Nazi as a mascot. “I guess having the ability to recruit black athletes to have a, you know, a mediocre football team is more important than actually having your heritage,” Kersey complained.
Taylor: You know, it is the most extraordinary thing. Apparently, calling a team the Redskins is an insult to Indians? Well, of course not. It is a tribute to their fighting spirit. The United States Army does not have an Apache attack helicopter because we’re insulting Indians. It’s out of respect to Indians. We have a Black Hawk helicopter also. All of this is respect for Indians.
And, you know, the crazy, crazy liberals want to have it both ways, because if you name something the “Indians,” I mean one theory is, well “redskin” is a bad name, but even talking about the Atlanta Braves or the Cleveland Indians — just talking about Indians, just the objective word, there’s no slur possibly implied — that apparently is an insult.
However, if, as in the old days, you had Southern high school or college teams and their mascot was the Rebels, that’s glorifying the Confederacy. Well, gee, make up your minds fellas. Are we glorifying people by using these names or are we insulting them by using the name? I mean, they just wanna have it both ways.
Kersey: Well there’s a pretty frightening story, of course you know that over the past 25 years the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, they’ve basically been denuding themselves of their Confederate heritage. First it was no longer — Tommy Tuberville was the coach who said, “Please don’t bring Confederate flags to the games, you’re gonna keep black athletes from coming to our school.” Well that didn’t happen. Black athletes still came to the school and Ole Miss was still winning four or five games a year.
Then they said, well we’re gonna do away with “Dixie.” We’re gonna do away with Colonel Reb. Well, you know, we’re gonna do away with this, we’re gonna do away with that. Well this year they actually mandated that the band could no longer play “Dixie.”
And people who brought signs to the game or the actual Mississippi state flag, which has the Confederate battle flag on it, police were told to take them away. So there are reports that police would confiscate signs that said “LET THE BAND PLAY ‘DIXIE'”
And Breitbart actually has a story up now that a student at Ole Miss said he was arrested for having a state of Mississippi flag at the game. He was actually arrested by a university police officer at the football game. Now Ole Miss is winning, you know, seven or eight games. I guess having the ability to recruit black athletes to have a, you know, a mediocre football team is more important than actually having your heritage.