The Washington Redskins are still fighting to keep their name, despite 50 United States Senators sending a letter urging them to consider changing it. One of the more outspoken Senators is Harry Reid.
“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” Reid said, via the Washington Post. “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.”
So the Redskins Twitter account tried to get their fans to support the team name by Tweeting at Senator Reid.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 29, 2014
The only problem is that everyone can see the Redskins Tweets, and it backfired like so many Q&A sessions with prominent figures we’ve seen before.
if native Americans are proud of the Redskins name and it's honor then why are people saying it's a racist name ? Get a job! #RedskinsPride
— Danny (@Puffwoody) May 29, 2014
— Dave H (@theballisorange) May 29, 2014
— Darryl (@dacj501) May 29, 2014
— SotaSooner (@SotaSooner) May 29, 2014
#RedskinsPride… because nothing says 'fine & upstanding' like people being proud of a racial slur.
— Nefarious Newt (@NefariousNewt) May 29, 2014
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) May 29, 2014
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 29, 2014
proudly the only team name that is literally a slur! #RedskinsPride
— keara ☀ (@kearalong) May 29, 2014
— Durham Strong (@durmstremf) May 29, 2014
#RedskinsPride is being a huge fan of a team that has absolutely no idea how to manage public relations well or get out of their own way.
— Kenneth Riddle (@riddle920) May 29, 2014