Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is suing the Washington City Paper for running a photo of him with Sharpie-style scribbling, on an article about his bad reputation. While the paper says they intended it as juvenile defacement, Synder’s suit says: “In its cover art, the Washington City Paper depicted the Jewish Mr. Snyder in a blatantly anti-Semitic way, complete with horns, bushy eyebrows and dollar signs.”
The specifics of Snyder’s suit are immaterial to the larger question: how can the owner of one of the most criticized team mascots in modern sports be unaware of the parallels to suits by Native American tribes — suits that he’s consistently dismissed out of hand?
From Indian Country:
The claim comes as ironic to many observers since Native Americans have for over a decade been suing Snyder for his use of the Redskins name and trademark. The word redskins has historically been used derogatorily toward Indians, and is highly offensive.
Many newspapers and other organizations have chosen to stop printing the word because there is a widespread belief, supported by psychological research, that it is dehumanizing toward Indians.
Still, Snyder has staunchly defended the use of the team name and trademark, saying that they should not be revoked.
Given Snyder’s rationale in his own devil-horned lawsuit, many Indians are now left asking why he can’t understand their argument.
Sports blog Deadspin points out that, to further compound the irony, a letter on behalf of Synder to the City Paper manages to raise and awkwardly dismiss his bad track record with Asians, for no discernible reason.
Of course, the Redskins should really be concerned with their bigger problem: that Alec Dubro cursed them.