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.
#BlackOutTuesday https://t.co/HANYZN6BXN— Washington Football Team (@Washington Football Team)1591130246.0
"Teams with racial slurs for names should really sit out racism protests," explained user Dennis Perkins.
@Redskins Teams with racial slurs for names should really sit out racism protests.— Dennis Perkins (@Dennis Perkins)1591131491.0
“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 (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1591132946.0
imagine posting about racial equality when your name is the redskins https://t.co/4h6ix8yxXe— manny (@manny)1591133437.0
Now the redskins have something to say about racism https://t.co/MFHIuMZ2As— Kyle 🌱 (@Kyle 🌱)1591132378.0
No one: The WASHINGTON REDSKINS: We think racism is bad https://t.co/H6C2EmongC— Matthew McGovern (@Matthew McGovern)1591133410.0
The Washington Redskins. The Washington Redskins. The Washington fucking REDSKINS. What a joke. https://t.co/THkbXf7NiR— Tom Pringle (@Tom Pringle)1591132748.0
@Redskins you've gotta be shitting me with this— Heather Kelleher she/her (@Heather Kelleher she/her)1591131600.0
@Redskins Uh....this tweet is going to cause a worldwide irony shortage. cc: @gminks— Scott Smith (@Scott Smith)1591131435.0
@WongKarWax @Redskins They're called the Washington PR Stunts now— limburguesa (@limburguesa)1591131905.0
@ItsMonicaSharp @Redskins It is, they just don't realize it.— A Republic, if you can keep it (@A Republic, if you can keep it)1591132277.0
@Redskins thank you, washington racial slurs, for standing against racism— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1591131830.0
@Redskins You have a racist nickname and logo. Start there.— Laurence Lewis (@Laurence Lewis)1591131747.0
@Redskins Still waiting for Twitter to respond to my report of your racist-ass account and avi.— President Warren in a Harding Wonderland (@President Warren in a Harding Wonderland)1591131561.0
@Redskins Come the fuck ON— ah! a fellow gamer, i see (@ah! a fellow gamer, i see)1591131491.0
@Redskins You're literally called the Washington Redskins— thelonious super microphonus (@thelonious super microphonus)1591131860.0
@Redskins Racists Against Racism!!!!— shrimp in heavenly peace✨👼🦐✨ (@shrimp in heavenly peace✨👼🦐✨)1591132200.0