Here are three things the United States has:
1. An indefensible history of slaughtering Native Americans.
2. A holiday called Thanksgiving wherein we celebrate some of our earliest slaughterers, albeit not for their slaughtering.
3. A capital, Washington DC.
The football team in Washington DC has an offensive, racist name; a slur against Native Americans.
This Thanksgiving—the holiday that for many represents “hundreds of years of genocide and oppression against Native Americans”—that football team—the one with the awful racist name offensive to Native Americans—sent out the following tweet.
From our family to yours, have a very safe and Happy #Thanksgiving. #HappyThanksgiving #HTTR pic.twitter.com/TZ0fBzbEm2
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 27, 2014
Dan Snyder: Just as the pilgrims intended.
Update: Thursday November 26, 2015: Another year, another tweet.
Wishing you and your family a Happy #Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/qI3U7hbGhK
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 26, 2015
Update 2: Thursday November 24, 2016: This year they made a video.
Washington #Redskins players wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/rK2752wI2Q
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 24, 2016
Anyway this obviously isn’t the players fault. It’s Dan Snyder’s fault.