#RedskinsPride backfires on Twitter

WASHINGTON, DC (USA Today/For the Win) -- Last week half of the U.S. Senate sent letters to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell castigating the team name of the league's Washington club as a racial slur.

The team has sent an email to its fans urging them to contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.) and "show their #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to" them. Attached to the team's email is a letter that Bruce Allen, the team's president, wrote to Reid, complete with footnotes.

The team also put out a tweet with a similar request on Thursday afternoon.

It immediately, like many tweets of that nature, turned into Twitter users expressing their distaste for the name.

"Twitter, and social media in general, is a wonderful medium because it gives voice to so many people," Faiz Shakir, Reid's digital director wrote to USA TODAY Sports in an email. "What we saw in the immediate aftermath of the tweet was a collective, overwhelming outpouring that was heavily critical of the Washington football team. It was an utter failure for them, and I hope it causes the organization to reflect on why that occurred."

One thing that the team's tweet, email and Allen's letter don't address is the notion that in America it is normally the offended who get to say what's offensive to them.


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