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Redskins Owner’s Indian Foundation Is ‘Bribery’

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Redskins owner creates foundation to help Native Americans; activist compares it to ‘bribery’

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON – Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says it’s time to put some money behind his claim that his team’s nickname honors Native Americans. Snyder said Monday he’s creating a foundation to assist American Indian tribes, even as some in that community continue to assert that the name "Redskins" is offensive.

"It’s not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans," Snyder said in a letter to the team’s fans. "We must do more."

The letter states the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities" for Native Americans. The announcement did not state whether Snyder will personally donate any money to the foundation and gave no other financial details.

A major opponent of the nickname said Snyder’s move was "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery."

What about when the federal government does it? Is it insulting then?

Moreover, isn’t this sort of what the Republicans are supposed to do with Hispanics and other voting blocs? Only Mr. Snyder is using his own money, instead of the US taxpayers’.

But, clearly, you can’t win for losing if you are already deemed to be officially racist, like Dan Snyder and the Republicans have been.

Suzan Shown Harjo, a lead figure in a long-running case that seeks to strip the Redskins of their federal trademark protection, told The Associated Press that Snyder is showing the "same arrogance" that he’s shown previously when defending the nickname.

Yes, what could be more arrogant than giving your money to a cause?

"I’m glad that he’s had a realization that Native Americans have it tough in the United States," Harjo said. "All sorts of people could have told him that, and have been trying to tell him that for a long time."

Snyder again gave no indication he plans to change the team’s name. He said he believes "even more firmly" the name "captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents." …

In the letter, Snyder said he and his staff visited 26 reservations over the last four months. He listed poverty, illness, drug abuse, violence and lack of basic infrastructure as among the problems faced by Native Americans. "I’ve listened. I’ve learned. And frankly, its heart wrenching," the letter said…

Yes, but most of that is directly traceable to the vicious use of the ‘redskin’ slur.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Redskins Owner’s Indian Foundation Is ‘Bribery’”

  1. Snyder can only hurt himself. Shut up, leave it alone.

  2. canary

    I’m not a Native Indian, but I’m going to write him pointing out that Indians here are getting rich off gambling but won’t aid taxpayers in building Indian thingys for tourists to learn about their culture. Thingy’s like a little village showing how Indians used to dress and dance, or put on plays and skits on Native Indian History.

    On second thought, they could do this at their huge casinos. They took over running the gun shows too and now they are so boring. No more African darts, Ninja stars, or “anti-Clinton” bumber stickers.




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