Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder tapped Republican operatives Frank Luntz and Ari Fleischer to help fend off growing pressure to drop the team’s name, which most Native-Americans consider a slur.
Luntz Global, which is majority owned by MDC Partners, conducted a focus group for the team, while the head of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications provided PR counsel, according to emails obtained by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund organization.
Tony Wyllie, VP-communications for the team, said Luntz did not get paid for his counsel.
He added that neither Fleischer, who was President George W. Bush’s press secretary, nor George Allen Communications, which is headed by Virginia’s former governor/senator and son of a past Redskins head coach have contracts with the team.
The National Congress of American Indians today posted a two-minute video, which raps the D.C. team’s name.
“The Proud to Be” piece says: Cheering for a football team should never include the casual use of a racial slur. It is important for all teams and of their fans that the name of the D.C. team is changed.”
Bill Huey (Feb. 4, 2014): NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname has been "presented in a way that honors Native Americans."
Now, Goodell seldom puts a foot wrong, but this is a stretch around a New York block. “Redskin” is an honorific? Really?
Who thought up that one--Frank Luntz or Lanny Davis?
Kevin Foley (Jan. 31, 2014): When they named this team, redskin was a slur. In those days, white people thought nothing of tossing slurs. My grandmother had a lovely black couple in the next door apartment whom she liked and she often referred to them as the "n.....s next door. Redskin is still a slur. If Native Americans are offended by it, just change it.
Pekin (Illinois) High School changed its name, albeit a little late. In the 1980s they dropped the nickname "Chinks" as in Pekin Chinks...nice.
I heard a rumor that Snyder's neighbor trademarked "Bravehearts."
Bill Huey (Jan. 31, 2014): The only way to force a name change is to bring pressure to bear on Congress to revoke the 501(c)(6) non-profit status of the NFL, which is a legal fiction if there ever was one.