As America continues to wrestle over the great moral questions of our time, it has increasingly turned to the worst tool imaginable to have that conversation: Twitter.
The latest entry to the Twitter-makes-everything-worse vortex? #RedskinsPride.
The NFL’s Washington Redskins are facing increasing public pressure to change their team name, which critics and several dictionaries consider racist. Supporters deny the racist connotations and are pushing back against the outcry. That includes team owner Daniel Snyder, who has defended the team’s name as honoring native Americans.
Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has waded into the controversy, sending a letter criticizing the name to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter, signed by 50 US senators, asked Goodell to endorse a new name for the Washington team.
By Thursday, the team decided to go on offense and asked its Twitter followers to send Reid messages of their support of the Redskins name.
Did this plea lead to a courteous and illuminating conversation about the topic at hand?
Are you kidding?