Political Blogger Ben Tribbett to Resign Two Weeks After Taking Job with Redskins
By Chris Lingebach
Tribbett, 34, made clear those intentions Monday evening on Twitter.
The exact cause of Tribbett’s sudden and strange change of heart remains unclear at the moment.
Perhaps it was the discovery of perceived derogatory comments he’d reportedly made, with regard to a Native American man, on Twitter from a Las Vegas casino in 2010, according to Indian Country Today.
In the tweets, Tribbett claimed “an older native American guy just accused me of cheating and pulled some stuff out of his pocket to put some kind of spell on me,” later adding, “I’d call it a scalping but that seems uncalled for.”
Or, perhaps Tribbett’s resignation is the result of the realization he was largely responsible for the takedown of former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen (brother to current Redskins general manager, Bruce Allen) along his 2006 senatorial reelection bid against Jim Webb.
It's a curious mission—after all, anyone familiar with the debate is well aware that the majority of fans support the name. The debate isn't over fan support, it's over the nature of the word as a racist slur.
The Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians released a joint statement on Tribbett's departure. "In trying to continue profiting off of a racial slur, Washington team officials have attempted to assemble a political attack machine, but that has only underscored their insensitivity," says the statement. "The only tenable solution for the team is to recognize that the R-word racial epithet is deeply offensive to Native Americans, to quit pretending that this word somehow honors them, and to stop using this slur."
This incident is about on a par with quoting the "Inuit chief" who was a non-Inuit nobody. It's like a joke campaign, or a primer on what not to do.