Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham suggested on Tuesday that Native Americans and students in New York opposed “Redskins” as a mascot only because they wanted “their Selma moment.”
Last week, two high schools in New York had cancelled games with Lancaster High in Buffalo because the school district had not made a decision on whether or not to change the “Redskins” mascot, a term that many Native Americans find offensive.
“The people who want to keep the name don’t understand the hurt,” Tonawanda Senecas tribe member Al Parker told the school board at a Monday meeting. “It is not an honor. We are not honored by your continuing this mascot.”
On Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked Ingraham for a reaction to what he called “crazy behavior” by those opposing the mascot.
“Everything is politically correct so I think the students in upstate New York, maybe they think they’re having their Selma moment by acting against this other team,” Ingraham replied. “They can do what they want, they can cancel the game. Everyone is bringing in witnesses to say I’m more offended than the other guy. And then some guy who is part Indian says, ‘I’m not offended.'”
She added that her high school mascot was the “Tomahawks.”
“And we had wonderful respect for Native Americans. It wasn’t a slight,” Ingraham insisted. “I understand that some people are offended. But to me, we are dragging the high school teams no into this controversy, I think this is being egged on by a lot of the adults who should act more adult.”
“I’m offended by Mr. Met,” Kilmeade concluded. “His head is huge.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast March 10, 2015.