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Here's The Daily Show Showdown That 'Defamed' Racist Redskins Fans

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The controversial Daily Show segment that left Washington Redskins fans feeling "defamed" and "in tears" aired on Comedy Central last night. If you've been wondering how on Earth these brave defenders of the offensive Redskins team name and logo could end up feeling so victimized, well, here are your answers.

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Trouble began last week when a small group of Redskins fans complained to the Washington Post that they felt taken advantage of when Jason Jones, in a yet-to-be-aired Daily Show segment, surprised them with a confrontation with several Native American activists who are currently protesting the Redskins team name.

"This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that's not what happened. It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn't consent to that. I am going to be defamed," participant and Redskins fan Kelli O'Dell told the Washington Post.

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O'Dell left the taping feeling so threatened that she even attempted to file a police report, only to be told by D.C. authorities that "no crime had been committed." (Someone making you own up to your shitty worldview, it turns out, is not a criminal offense.)

Because of the Redskins fans' complaints, the segment was being both maligned and celebrated before it even aired. Which is probably why, last night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart introduced it with a solid defense.

"Some of the people who participated in the piece — they didn't enjoy the experience, something that happens a lot less than you would think" he said. "But we take the complaints seriously. We generally do not want people who participate in the show to have a bad experience. We work very hard to find real people who have real beliefs and want to express those beliefs on television. And we work hard to make sure that the gist of those beliefs are represented accurately — albeit sometimes comedically — on our program."

"If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally mislead or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece," he continued. "So that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece."

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It's too bad that the Redskins fans feel like they're not in control of their representation and like their image is being used in offensive ways. Who can imagine what that would feel like?

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mitchellconnor
Mitch Connor

White people are so afraid of being called racist that they can't take a step back, look at their own assumptions, exercise some self awareness and say to themselves, "Yes, I am also kind of a racist, because I live in a society that, until less than 50 years ago, was trying to make white supremacy work, and my world view is still shaped by that to some degree, consciously or no." You can be a mostly decent person who would never wish harm on anyone for any reason and be racist.

I am white. I try to not be aware and not be racist, but I don't fell like I can honestly say, "I'm not a racist." In as far as I'm sure I've committed lots of micro-aggressions against people that I wasn't aware of and continue to benefit from my place of privilege in ways I'll never fully understand. All of these people have been taught that being a racist means committing hate crimes, and thus only the worst of the worst are racist, when really racism is much more insidious. You don't have to be pro-segregation and burn crosses (or be a Redskins fan, for that matter) to be a racist.

TL;DR-Every white person on this board is racist to some degree. Cue Avenue Q.