Like most #brands, the Washington Redskins sent out a “Happy Thanksgiving” message on social media yesterday. But the Washington Redskins aren’t like most brands, a fact that was made clear from the backlash the tweet received by those who thought it was a little insensitive for the team that is embroiled in a scandal over it’s “racial slur” of a name to actively celebrate the holiday that many Native Americans reject.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 27, 2014
Predictably, the responses highlighted the irony of the whole thing:
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) November 28, 2014
.@redskins y’all just needed to skip this holiday, man. go deadbeat dad with it, for we know self-awareness is too much.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) November 27, 2014
— Tyler Munro (@tylrmunro) November 27, 2014
— Jeremy Scheuch (@jeremyscheuch) November 27, 2014
— The Notorious T.I.M (@BionicBombshell) November 27, 2014
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that the Wampanoags and other native tribes spend Thanksgiving Day observing the 45th annual National Day of Mourning near Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, which the event’s organizers consider “nothing more than a monument to racism and genocide.”
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