By Byron Tau
The team hired McGuireWoods Consulting in late May, according to newly-filed lobbying disclosures.
The hire of a major K Street firm came just one week after 50 Democratic senators sent a letter to the National Football League asking the league to formally support a change in the Redskins name. “The N.F.L. can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the senators wrote.
McGuireWoods will work on “discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans’ Foundation,” according to the disclosure.
By Robyn Pennacchia
We have mocked them on social media and antisocial media. 50 Senators signed a letter asking the NFL to change their name, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has bought airtime during the NBA finals to air this ad protesting the name.
And yet, they still think they have a chance to change the nations hearts and minds. To get them to embrace the racism rather than deride it. Which is why they’ve gone and hired K Street lobbyists McGuirreWoods Consulting to help them improve their image without changing their name, and to handle “discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans’ Foundation.”
What, at this point, could a lobbying firm even do for them? They would literally have to find a way to make that word not insulting or a slur to people, and it’s just not possible for that to happen.
By Kavitha A. Davidson