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Did the Redskins Learn Anything From #RedskinsPride?
Not really. By Benjamin Freed
Social-media visionary Bruce Allen. Photograph by Flickr user Joseph Glorioso.
Comments () | Published June 3, 2014

What did Washington’s NFL team learn from last week’s social-media misadventure? Apparently nothing.

Bruce Allen, the team’s president, general manager, and mouthpiece, tells the Washington Post that #RedskinsPride—the hashtag he asked fans to use in messages to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who does not like the team’s name—was a brilliant success.

From the Post:

“The social media is the way people get information now, and our fans have spoken very loudly in support of what we’ve been doing,” Allen said in a phone interview Monday. “We got a very good response from our fans.

“Thousands of our fans responded, including hundreds of Native Americans, saying we are their favorite team. I do think that’s the message we’ve been hearing.”

Besides the fact that most people just call it “social media,” not “the social media,” Allen’s memory doesn’t quite match up with the events of last Thursday. The most visible responses to Allen’s missive for #RedskinsPride were overwhelmingly against the team’s name, on-field performance, and relationship with its fan base, with a tiny smattering of support.

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  • Fred Friendly

    Perhaps social media is part of modern life, but should matter little compared to all of the expert opinions on the issue, most of which is on the side of changing the name and logo along with all of the other instances of stereotyping in American popular culture and entertainment.

  • Q.

    Shame that the US Capital has such a racist team name. Shows much about Americans.

  • Joe

    Not true on Reid's facebook page though. The exact reverse. But the pc media types ignore that

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