In a startling moment of tone-deaf responses, the Washington Redskins took part in the #BlackOutTuesday posts, where many showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protesters marching to stop police brutality of people of color. Given the racist history of Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the protests over the team’s name, some are calling it another example of failed PR stunts.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 2, 2020
“Teams with racial slurs for names should really sit out racism protests,” explained user Dennis Perkins.
Teams with racial slurs for names should really sit out racism protests.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) June 2, 2020
“We’ll never change the name,” Snyder told USA TODAY in May 2013. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
“Snyder continues to insist Washington’s nickname “honors” Native Americans, and he cherry picks polls and surveys to find those that bolster his argument. But the height of privilege – and by privilege, I mean that enjoyed by white people, particularly white men – is thinking you can tell minorities or disadvantaged people what is and isn’t offensive to them,” wrote columnist Nancy Armour in 2018.
You can see the other comments from people explaining why it wasn’t a smart move below:
Want to really stand for racial justice? Change your name. https://t.co/XTlIJrfNx4
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2020
imagine posting about racial equality when your name is the redskins https://t.co/4h6ix8yxXe
— manny (@mannyfidel) June 2, 2020
Now the redskins have something to say about racism https://t.co/MFHIuMZ2As
— Kyle 🌱 (@KylePlantEmoji) June 2, 2020
Ah, good to know that racism won’t be tolerated by the Washington.. *checks notes* Redskins pic.twitter.com/c6KADCStiT
— SpongeBob.. At Night! (@spongefacts_alt) June 2, 2020
The WASHINGTON REDSKINS: We think racism is bad pic.twitter.com/H6C2EmongC
— Matthew McGovern (@MatthewMcGovern) June 2, 2020
The Washington Redskins.
The Washington Redskins.
The Washington fucking REDSKINS.
What a joke. pic.twitter.com/THkbXf7NiR
— Tom Pringle (@PedroiasFace) June 2, 2020
you've gotta be shitting me with this
— Heather Kelleher (@hkell21) June 2, 2020
Uh….this tweet is going to cause a worldwide irony shortage.
— Scott Smith (Stop touching Your Face) (@stampergr) June 2, 2020
They're called the Washington PR Stunts now
— blessed are the cheesemakers (@quesador) June 2, 2020
It is, they just don't realize it.
— A Republic, if you can keep it (@GlennMorin10) June 2, 2020
thank you, washington racial slurs, for standing against racism
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 2, 2020
You have a racist nickname and logo. Start there.
— Laurence “lock it all down, test and trace” Lewis (@RealTurkana) June 2, 2020
Still waiting for Twitter to respond to my report of your racist-ass account and avi.
— President Warren G. Harding (@PopeAwesomeXIII) June 2, 2020
Come the fuck ON
— ah! a fellow gamer, i see (@coolgoku13) June 2, 2020
Change your name, racists
— Monsieree de Castro (@monsieree) June 2, 2020
You're literally called the Washington Redskins
— der zauberer (@GhostofJSBach) June 2, 2020
— Kevin (@kevin8seven_2) June 2, 2020
Racists Against Racism!!!!
— Maybe: Shrimp Boi ✨🦐✨ (@geoffwithasword) June 2, 2020
This *isn’t* the Onion?
— Dane Penn (@dpenn23) June 2, 2020