Friday, March 28, 2014

Bantam Billionnaire Bids to Buy His Way Out Of Bigotry

Most people aren't buying Dan Snyder's attempt to buy his way out of the controversy over his refusal to change the offensive name of his NFL team.

Josh Levin of Slate put it thusly:

If you want my money, Snyder's saying, you’re going to have to choke down my nickname along with it. This is the essence of Dan Snyder: He can’t do good works without shoving his badness in your face.

Arturo GarcĂ­a of is equally unimpressed:

Snyder reached out to 26 tribes over a four-month period before launching the foundation . . . But, as Indian Country Today Media Network noted, there are more than 300 reservations in the U.S. , meaning Snyder is relying on approval from .08 percent of the country’s Native population. As [we have] previously reported, a study released last October by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) showed the team’s name was met with disapproval from 80 percent of Native communities.

Will Bunch of piles on:

I’m not against the concept of philanthropy. . . . But there should be no such thing as billionaires buying a “Get Out Of Doing What’s Right, Free” card. I was struck by what Peter Buffett wrote last year about philanthropy and “what I would call ‘conscience laundering’ – feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.” Now here’s Dan Snyder to take “conscience laundering” to a new ridiculous height.

Just change the name little guy, and it'll go away much faster.  Meanwhile, your (sorry) reputation just keeps on twisting in the wind.

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