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Jacqueline Keeler and other twitter activists have responded to Dan Snyder's move with the 'Not4Sale' hashtag.

Dan Snyder and his OAF: A Trick Play That Is Fooling No One

ICTMN Staff
3/26/14

By now, media professionals and social-media activists have had a day and a half to digest the four-page letter Dan Snyder issued late Monday. American Indians who've campaigned against the name of the NFL franchise Dan Snyder owns -- the Redskins -- are understandably greeting the Washington Redskins Original Americans Fund as a cynical effort to deter criticism of the team's name. 

Snyder had to expect that the National Congress of American Indians would protest the move and call on him to "change the name of the DC team and prove that the creation of this organization isn’t just a publicity stunt."

He had to expect that the Change the Mascot campaign spearheaded by Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter would object. Halbritter said in a statement that he is "hopeful that when [Snyder's] team finally stands on the right side of history and changes its name, he will honor the commitments to Native Americans that he is making." 

Snyder might even have expected to see Halbritter on TV, speaking with Lawrence O'Donnell, or perhaps Kevin Gover, National Museum of the American Indian, discussing the team's name on All In with Chris Hayes.

And if he is a Twitter guy (somehow we think he is not), Snyder could have expected the #NotYourMascot activists to call BS on his Foundation. They've been tweeting selfie photos with dollar bills taped across their mouths with the hashtag #Not4Sale

Snyder could have expected some people would be skeptical of or offended by his attempt to pacify some Natives with money to justify holding on to his team's racist slur of a nickname. But did he expect that anyone would believe he is doing the right thing, for the right reasons? If so, he miscalculated. 

Judging by commentary in the mainstream media and sportswriting blogosphere, nobody was fooled. The formation of the Original Americans Fund (OAF, as it's being called) is a flea-flicker that didn't flick. A fumblerooski that turned out to be just a fumble. A Statue of Liberty that is waist-deep in sand. 

Here's Keith Olbermann on the "OAF":

And that's not all. Click through to the next page to read 11 cutting comments from skeptical writers and bloggers.

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Alice's picture
Alice
Submitted by Alice on
this all smacks with entitled racism. check this out from The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/179007/dan-snyders-open-letter-redskins-nation-presented-commentary

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Submitted by scd on
What infuriates me the most is that my people are accepting his racist handout! I would rather do without than bow down like a beggar to receive one cent from this man. If you really want to embarrass him and show him shame…DON’T TAKE A DIME from his charity. Make a stand! Show him that your pride in who you are is more important than his handout! PLEASE…for the sake of our ancestors take a stand!

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shadowdragon42
Submitted by shadowdragon42 on
I agree we shouldn't take the money. It is like that State Farm Commercial with the fishing guy and the dollar on a fishing pole. I am not going to jump at it and have my human rights yanked away. I would rather be poor and have my dignity. Then have a hand out and be treated less then a human. Remember people the US government did this to..But they called them Reservations. #NotForSale #Changethename

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Flower
Submitted by Flower on
It's just not right to take this tainted money or have someone play upon our hardships. The owner is being manipulative. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
There is no honor in anything this man does. Don't be an apple, throw Snyder's money right back at him. Your ancestors and our ancestors DEMAND it!

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I'd be happy to support Daniel Snyder's foundation, but first he has to change the name to Dreadful Indians Can't Know or D.I.C.K. OAF is close, but truth in advertising forces me to call Snyder as I see him!
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