Redskins’ Twitter Campaign To Defend Their Name Goes About As Well As You’d Expect


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The Washington Redskins — desperate to defend the name that Native Americans, members of Congress, a majority of the United States Senate, religious leaders, civil rights groups, several current and former NFL players, United Nations Human Rights representatives, and even President Obama have said should be changed because it is a “dictionary-defined” racial slur — started a Twitter campaign to rally support Thursday afternoon.

It started with this tweet asking fans to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has made a habit of chiding the team over its name, how they felt:

No one, other than perhaps the people running the team’s communications effort, thought this was going to go well:

And, well, it didn’t: