Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff in the Redskins trademark case, compared Native Americans who are offended by the name to domestic abuse victims.
“You don’t look at the people who are for [the name],” she said on ESPN’s Outside the Lines special on the name that aired this week. “You look at the who have been damaged by it. There are real native people who have been hurt by the issue, who have been damaged psychologically. Those are the people that we need to look at and those are the people that we need to focus on.”
She continued by comparing Native Americans hurt by the name to domestic abuse victims.
“You don’t ask in a domestic violence situation… you don’t ask the perpetrator how he’s doing, how he’s feeling, he or she–whoever it is… You ask the victim, ‘how are you doing?’ How can I help you? How can I make this a safer place for you?'”
She also predicted that the Redskins will change their name this year after those who “support the team who are just now starting to realize what this is all about” pressure the team to do so even though an overwhelming majority in nearly every poll do no want the team to change its name.
“I think it will happen within the next year,” she insisted.
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