Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) was asked about the Redskins changing their name, and of course, the former pugilist had an opinion.
“Redskins is a racist name and native Americans believe that. They (Dan Snyder and the Redskins) have tried to buy off some of my Nevada Indians and they have not been able to do that, giving them trucks and stuff like that.”
Yes, he really said “my Nevada Indians.”
Probably not best to verbally subjugate the very constituents whom you feel are being harmed by a perceived racist nickname:
In 2008, Reid was quoted as describing President Barack Obama as “light skinned, with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
And just last week, while speaking to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce:
“one problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”
Even as public sentiment to change the name grows, Harry’s authority on what is or is not racist is laughable.