Last week, 50 U.S. Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid sent a letter to the commissioner of the NFL asking the league to get behind a name change for the Washington Redskins.
Today, the Redskins asked for help pushing back against Harry Reid:
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 29, 2014
The ensuing avalanche of comments to #RedskinsPride got the hashtag trending:
Uncork a bottle of PC anger and stand back:
@Redskins how do you not see what a bad idea this is
— em—dash (@em_dash01) May 29, 2014
Look at all the white folk WHITESPLAINING to Native Americans why #RedskinsPride isn't offensive. Them's some HUGE BRASS BALLS right there.
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) May 29, 2014
— Jeff! 2016 (@JeffInBK) May 29, 2014
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) May 29, 2014
— Walker Francis (@wwnf7) May 29, 2014
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 29, 2014
— John Sifton (@johnsifton) May 29, 2014
Steal the land, kill the people, and celebrate it by naming a football team after the genocide. #RedskinsPride
— no (@staylikethis4vr) May 29, 2014
— Dave (@RichmondOpus) May 29, 2014
— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) May 29, 2014
— DJ Big Mike (@DJBigMikeDMV) May 29, 2014
The backlash to the Washington Redskins’ tweet also unleashed a sizable portion of snark:
1/32 of a comment at least?
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) May 29, 2014
Because Elizabeth Warren needs the issue to prop up her flagging campaign.
— Brad Slager (@MartiniShark) May 29, 2014
— R. Justice (@rjustice21) May 29, 2014
When Elizabeth Warren calls herself native american #RedskinsPride
— joe warner (@jwarner180) May 29, 2014
Change the name already so we can find some other white guilt causes to waste everyone's time with #RedskinsPride
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 29, 2014
— Don Gordon (@Phana24JG) May 29, 2014
If Reid is serious about making the team’s name less offensive, it was suggested that he start here:
Of course if the Washington Redskins really wanted to make their name less offensive, they'd just drop the 'Washington.' Ha
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 29, 2014
— Sport Scoop (@greggoodrichou) May 29, 2014
And doesn’t Harry Reid have anything better to do?
When Harry Reid is done grandstanding over the Redskins, can he focus on actual issues? #RedskinsPride
— Some things matter (@EvanDMyers) May 29, 2014
— Greg Milburn (@gregmilburnz) May 29, 2014
Here’s a scapegoat that would no doubt get the thumbs-up from Reid:
— Chris Moody (@moody) May 29, 2014