The NFL franchise has been fending off mounting criticism for the use of their name and its racist origins, but ownership attempted to rally the fans on social media to tell Senator Harry Reid–a vocal critic– to express their #RedSkinsPride. Reid issued a formal letter to the NFL asking the league to endorse a name change for the Redskins but owner Dan Snyder has insisted he won’t change it. So they doubled-down and took it the to the digital streets:
Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 29, 2014
While some fans did just that, it didn’t take long for supporters of the name change to co-opt the hashtag:
Anthony B. (@PoliticalAnt) May 30, 2014
Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) May 29, 2014
Jeb Lund (@Mobute) May 29, 2014
Willful blindness to genocide and racism.
Jackal Silva (@jackalsilva) May 29, 2014
A (@Ab_Weezy) May 29, 2014
Daniel Bentley (@DJBentley) May 29, 2014
The people have spoken, but it remains to be seen which people the team will listen to.
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